Albania // Southern Albania //

Saranda and Butrinti

Staring straight at the Greek island of Corfu, and even within day-trip territory, sunny Saranda is perhaps Albania’s most appealing entry-point. A recent building boom has eroded some of the town’s original genteel atmosphere, but it’s still a great place to kick back, stroll along the promenade and watch the sun set over cocktails. There are beaches in town, but better are those near the village of Ksamili, which lies next to the archeological treasure-trove of Butrinti.