Saranda is one of the three most popular resorts in Albania, along with the cities of Durres and Vlera. Saranda is often called the Albanian Riviera, as according to many travelers and tourists it is one of the most beautiful coasts on the shores of the Adriatic.
The city is located on the shores of the Ionian Sea, on the south of it is the Greek island of Corfu. The local waters are azure blue, and the beaches are large, clean and pebble. In general, a vacation here is a great alternative to a beach holiday in Spain, Italy, Greece or Croatia, but at more affordable prices and excellent service. Come and see for yourself. But before that, be sure to read our Saranda Travel Guide.
How to get to Saranda?
Saranda is an excellent resort, its only negative is poor transport accessibility. The nearest airport is in the capital of Albania, Tirana. Flights from most European cities land here. In order to get from Tirana to Saranda, you can use a rented car or bus.
From South Station (Stacioni i Autobusave te Jugut), the bus company Gjirafa departs daily four times a day to Saranda. A ticket costs from $12, payment is accepted only in national currency or by bank transfer by card.
Despite the fact that from the capital to the resort only 200 km in a straight line, the travel time can be about 5 hours, regardless of whether you are traveling by car or bus. This is due primarily to the geography of the country and the presence of mountains that you have to go around on local roads. On the other hand, this is a wonderful opportunity to see stunningly beautiful views from the window and get acquainted with the country in its entirety.
Things to do in Saranda
Saranda is considered a very busy resort: the entertainment infrastructure is developed at a very high level. There are many night clubs, bars, cafes and shops, so that tourists tired of the day sun can relax in the evening.
The main reason why tourists come to Saranda is of course a beach holiday on the shores of the Ionian Sea. Among the main attractions are the rental of jet skis, boats, diving, as well as excursions to the Albanian and Greek islands.
Various trekking routes and safaris in the nearby mountains are also very popular with tourists.
For those who love history, entertainment is also available in the surroundings of the city. For example, you can go on an excursion to the ancient city of Butrint, which is an archaeological museum-reserve and is included in the UNESCO list. In addition to it, you can also visit the ancient city of Foinike, where you can see the largest acropolis ever created on earth.