Set between snow-capped mountains and the turquoise Ionian Sea, Sarande offers something for everyone. Take advantage of the toys onboard your private superyacht to go rafting and kayaking in the many rivers. For the adventurous, try paragliding and hiking in the mountains that line the coast, or relax by swimming in sparkling waters and strolling through modern ports. A yacht charter in Sarande is ideal to explore the coastline – pretty villages, stunning beaches and expansive olive groves create wonderful scenery, and the country is full of history and culture, particularly in the port towns. Once a sleepy village, Sarande itself is now a charismatic town with pleasant beaches and a buzzing nightlife, ideally situated to explore the Albanian Riviera.
Key Cruising Areas: The unspoilt Albanian Riviera is stunning to sail. With beautiful beaches, cosmopolitan port cities and warm, turquoise seas, sailing along the coastline of Albania provides plenty to explore. If you desire a longer sail, the island of Corfu offers many options.
Don’t Miss: An earthquake in the middle ages left the nearby town of Butrint in ruins, which now make an impressive sight, filled with mosaics, basilica arches and walls, and famed for their tranquil beauty. The town has been reconstructed and the castle houses a museum which is worth a visit.
Best Spots for Wining and Dining: The gastronomic scene of Albania is flourishing. For a taste of the best, stop in the port of Durres and head inland to the cosmopolitan city of Tirana for extensive dining options. Try Mullixhiu for a taste of Michelin-trained chef Bledar Kola’s creations.
Local Culture: Albania is full of history, ancient ruins and world heritage sites. A highlight is the striking old Ottoman town of Berat. White houses stack up the hill topped by an impressive castle, where people still live in the fortress. Explore the ancient ruins and Lycian tombs, set in the charming atmosphere of the town.
Best Beach: Sarande is known for incredible sunsets from the shore but for soft white sand all to yourself take a short sail to the quiet island of Ksamil. Paddle in the shallow warm water looking out across blue waters towards the hills of Corfu.
IYC recommends: Drive along winding roads, past palm-lined shores which fade into dense forests to reach Blue Eye spring. Walk along the crystalline water of River Bistrica, and emerge to the breathtaking emerald blue spring. Take a couple of hours to watch the incredible colours transform as you walk around the deep waters, then finish off with a lunch of local specialities at the restaurant.
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