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Location: Sarandë

Day 1 - 1 Nov 2021

Saranda Ferry Terminal

Sarandë, Saranda Ferry Terminal

Content: Arriving at Saranda ferry port after one hour drive from the Greek island Corfu. It was a cozy drive but because I was going off season all ferries depart at 9am.

Backpackers SR

Sarandë, Backpackers SR

Content: Saranda backpackers is a cozy hostel few minutes away from the ferry port. Breakfast waited for me which was bread, marmelade and fruits. I love the atmosphere, nice host and great people I met. The rooms are pretty cozy and clean with the seaside view.

Location: Butrint

Day 1 - 1 Nov 2021

Butrint National Park

Butrint, Butrint National Park

Content: Butrint National Park is one of the oldest archeological sites in Albania. It's located 45 minutes by bus, on the way to Ksamil beach. Roman and Greek heritage offer amazing discovery at this large area. It takes 2-3 to cross all site.

Location: Ksamil

Day 1 - 1 Nov 2021

Ksamil Beach

Ksamil, Ksamil Beach
Ksamil, Ksamil Beach

Content: Mesmerizing colours of the Ksamil beach are some of the most beautiful I saw. I even took a swim in November. It's located 30 minutes by the local bus from the city centar of Saranda. Little islands and bays are just so cute.

Location: Sarandë

Day 1 - 1 Nov 2021

Saranda Beach

Sarandë, Saranda Beach

Content: Saranda is such a lovely town with the hilly views and white houses. I enjoyed walking around the central promenade near the sea.

Like Creperie

Sarandë, Like Creperie
Sarandë, Like Creperie
Sarandë, Like Creperie
Sarandë, Like Creperie
Sarandë, Like Creperie

Content: This cute pancake house is located a minute away from my hostel. The charming decor attracted me and the lovely cat. The pancakes are big and pretty delicious. One pancake is less than 2€ but I took two. Great decision to look for a nearby place when I don't feel like searching for food.

Location: Gjirokaster

Day 2 - 2 Nov 2021

Gjirokaster

Gjirokaster, Gjirokaster
Gjirokaster, Gjirokaster
Gjirokaster, Gjirokaster

Content: I take a day trip to the lovely town Gjirokäster which is located 2h by bus from Saranda. Its cobblestone streets are just so enchanting full of Ottoman heritage. Gjirokäster looks specially beautiful in autumn. I took a day trip but there are so many cozy hostels that I recommend staying overnight.

Location: Gjirokastër

Day 2 - 2 Nov 2021

Castle of Gjirokastra

Gjirokastër, Castle of Gjirokastra

Content: Castle above the Old town of Gjirokäster dominates the town. It contains a military museum. The castle traces back to the time before 12th century.

Location: Sarandë

Day 2 - 2 Nov 2021

Lëkursi Castle & Restaurant

Sarandë, Lëkursi Castle & Restaurant
Sarandë, Lëkursi Castle & Restaurant
Sarandë, Lëkursi Castle & Restaurant
Sarandë, Lëkursi Castle & Restaurant
Sarandë, Lëkursi Castle & Restaurant

Content: Lekursi Castle above Saranda is located 1h by walking from the city centre. It's specially beautiful at the sunset with the magnifiscient views. It features the lovely restaurant inside.

Location: Himarë

Day 3 - 3 Nov 2021

Himara Hostel

Himarë, Himara Hostel
Himarë, Himara Hostel
Himarë, Himara Hostel
Himarë, Himara Hostel

Content: I arrived at Himara hostel at the sleepy but lovely town of Himara. I was attracted by the garden full of fruits like kaki and oranges. Unfortunately, they were not so good. It's a lovely place to meet volunteers all around the world.

Himarë

Himarë, Himarë
Himarë, Himarë

Content: Walking around the Himara promenade and Himara beach makes me in awe. The colours are just so turqouise even when it's raining. Unfortunately, off season the town is pretty sleepy as only some bars and restaurants are open.

Plazhi i Potamit

Himarë, Plazhi i Potamit
Himarë, Plazhi i Potamit

Content: Such a lovely beach in the centre of Himare adjacent to the main beach. I love its remote feeling.

Location: Kallithea

Day 3 - 3 Nov 2021

HOLLYWOOD STREET FOOD

Kallithea, HOLLYWOOD STREET FOOD

Content: Unfortunately, it was not open during my visit but I love the idea and decor. Though not the healthiest, it's pretty creative street food at Himara near the beach.

Location: Himarë

Day 4 - 4 Nov 2021

Livadhi Beach

Himarë, Livadhi Beach
Himarë, Livadhi Beach
Himarë, Livadhi Beach
Himarë, Livadhi Beach
Himarë, Livadhi Beach

Content: I took a little hike to Livadhi beach, around 20 minutes from the centre. If I continued 1h more, I would see the Aquarium beach which is more remote and lovely. The hike leads through the tiny rocky path without the signs. Turqouise colours enchant me again.

Himara Castle

Himarë, Himara Castle
Himarë, Himara Castle

Content: Unfortunately, I didn't find the Old town Himare and its Castle as it's located even more up than I've been told. I recognized it from the bus on the way to Tirana. The hike is longer that it says in the brochure, about 1h. The seaside views are fabulous and lovely cobblestone streets.

Location: Tiranë

Day 5 - 5 Nov 2021

Trip'n'Hostel

Tiranë, Trip'n'Hostel
Tiranë, Trip'n'Hostel
Tiranë, Trip'n'Hostel
Tiranë, Trip'n'Hostel

Content: It takes 5h from Himare to Tirana. When I finally reach Tirana, I need to take a local bus to the main square Skanderbeg square. It takes one hour. Trip'n' hostel is located in the close distance, decorated in the vintage style.

Skanderbeg Square

Tiranë, Skanderbeg Square

Content: Skenderbeg Square is one of the largest squares in Europe. It's the place that gathers many significant momuments of Albania like Eyhem Bey Mosque, the National Historical Museum, the Clock Tower, the National Opera, Tirana International Hotel, the Palace of Culture..

Et'hem Bej Mosque

Tiranë, Et'hem Bej Mosque
Tiranë, Et'hem Bej Mosque

Content: Ethem Bey Mosque is a beautiful mosque at the Skenderbeg Square in Tirana. The outside decor represents trees, waterfalls and bridges which is rarely seen in Islamic art

Veggies

Tiranë, Veggies

Content: As I didn't want to bother myself by finding the suitable food around- I order it by wpp to come to my hostel. I enjoyed my veggie burito, so happy to finally find the vegan food in Albania.

Location: Shkodër

Day 6 - 6 Nov 2021

The Wanderers Hostel

Shkodër, The Wanderers Hostel

Content: This lovely hostel in Shkoder is located in its most colourful street, Gjuhadol. The garden is so cozy and breakfast rich. Many hikers come here as it's the getaway to the nearby Theth mountains.

Rruga G'juhadol

Shkodër, Rruga G'juhadol

Content: Gjuhadol street is the prettiest in charming city of Shkoder. It's located at the central pedestrian area in Shkoder full of lovely bars and restaurant. It's also pretty close to my hostel The Wanderers hostel

T'amla

Shkodër, T'amla
Shkodër, T'amla

Content: Lovely floral caffe and pastry shop catches the eyes at the central street Pedonale. I enjoyed the popular Sacher cake and delicious ice cream. The outside area covered with glass doors is so cozy.

Location: Shkoder

Day 6 - 6 Nov 2021

The Doors

Shkoder, The Doors

Content: These lovely door at Gjuhadol street just amazes with the flower decor. The street is full of amazing details.

Location: Shkodër

Day 6 - 6 Nov 2021

Sol Bakery Caffè

Shkodër, Sol Bakery Caffè

Content: Such a cozy place in Gjuhadol street has the rich offer of pizzas, pancakes and sandwiches. I also like bureks and cakes you can find here. The ambient is lovely with some Venice pictures. The dinner time starts at 20h.

Location: Shkodër

Day 7 - 7 Nov 2021

Rozafa Castle

Shkodër, Rozafa Castle
Shkodër, Rozafa Castle

Content: Rozafa castle with the stunning view of Bojana river that merges with the Shkoder lake is just so amazing. The castle is located about 1h walking from the city centre. The best way to come is by bike following the visit to the Shkoder lake. Unfortunately, it was pretty raining so I needed to change the sky.

Location: Shkoder

Day 7 - 7 Nov 2021

Shkodra Lake

Shkoder, Shkodra Lake
Shkoder, Shkodra Lake

Content: I visited the Shkoder lake by bike, the large lake that divides Albania and Montenegro. Unfortunately, it was pretty rainy but I succeded to visit the villages of Shiroke and Zogaj. It was a chance to see the traditional houses of this are and lovely beaches.

Location: Tirana

Day 7 - 7 Nov 2021

Shkoder Bus Station

Tirana, Shkoder Bus Station

Content: Bye Shkoder, Ksamil beach was the highlight of my Albania trip. I wish though I explored the mountains. This is a cheap country filled with marvellous nature wonders.