Once you visit the beaches of Saranda, you will rarely want to replace them with others in the Mediterranean. The Ionian Sea has given a precious gift to this city and the surrounding areas and has blessed it with blue rocky shores, greenery and fantastic landscapes to relax the eye and mind.
These are TOP 10 Beaches near Sarande according to Albania360!
The coastline of Lukove consists of a variety of small beaches and a large beach called Lukove Cave. It is located 25 km from Sarande. The road to this beach is quite long and follows the hills down like a snake path among the olive trees giving it a unique and natural beauty.
Mirror Beach is a remote beach that offers opportunities for diving and tranquility, but that has few tourists, as the only way to get here, is by foot or by car. Bathing shoes are recommended!
Manastery beach is located less than 5 miles (8 km) away from Saranda, on the Saranda -Butrint road. The beach of Manastir takes its name from the Monastery of St. George, which is located on the hill above this beach. Near this beach there is the Wall of the Bull, the protective wall of the ancient city of Butrint. The beach is small and with crystal clear water. There is also a bar where refreshing drinks are served, while a camping tent has been built for vacationers who prefer free holidays and away from the noise of the city.
Pulebardha Beach is located almost 12km away from Saranda along the road to Butrint, very close to Ksamil. This small, secluded, pristine and very picturesque beach is at the bottom of a hill near a small sea bay. The beach is the ideal place to enjoy the tranquility and the sea in complete relaxation. The beach is accessible by car and there is also a small restaurant serving seafood and fresh fish.
Borsh is known for its olive oil, probably the best in the country. It is also known for the beach and the castle on the hill. Borsh Castle is located about 2 miles 3 km northwest of Borsh Village, Saranda. Borsh Castle rises on a hill, which ends at the top with a rocky ridge and occupies a central position opposite the ancient city of Borsh, which once lay on the slopes of this hill.
The untouched stretch of white sandy beach backed by rolling hills with boulders & clear azure waters. Krorëz Bay is a deserted beach in the Albanian Riviera, just above Kakome Bay. The beach is secluded by rocks on three sides and has amazing turqoise waters. It can only be reached by boat, as it’s completely secluded by the surrounding rocks. In the summer months you can find many boats offering tours to Krorëza Beach from the beachfront promenade in Sarande. There are several big boats with a fixed schedule, including some tall pirate ships, but also many smaller boats to accommodate smaller groups and more flexibility. Most boats depart around 9 or 10 in the morning and make several stops between Saranda and Krorëza Beach.
Gjipe Bay is a remote beach surrounded by towering rock formations, and beautiful aquamarine waters of the Ionian Sea wash up on its shores. Gjipe is one of the area’s most famous beaches in the region, but less crowded due to limited ways to access it.
Shpella e Pellumbave is a small beach squeezed in between the rocks of the Ionian coast, near Ksamil in the south of Albania. The beach is located right next to Mirror Beach, but you’d have to swim around the rocks to get from one beach to the other. To get there you have to follow Rruga Butrinti between Saranda and Ksamil and take the exit at the sign of Mirror Beach (Plazhi i Pasqyrave). From there you just follow the road until you see the sign of Shpella e Pellumbave where you take a left. You will end up at a challenging unpaved road, so be careful when driving. When you reach reach the end of the road, you need to climb down a few flights of stairs to reach the beach.
Ksamil is a beach town in the south of Albania, just 12 kilometers south of Saranda with it’s main attraction the amazingly beautiful beaches. Ksamil Beach consists of many small and different beaches, scattered around the town. There are some rocky beaches, but most of them are sandy, which is not very common on the western Balkan coast. Most beaches are more or less secluded and together with the white sand and amazingly clear blue water and a view at the Ksamil Islands in the background, Ksamil Beach is considered a true paradise.
Qeparo is a seaside village in the Albanian Riviera, located between Lukova and Himara, and right next to Borsh. It is said that Qeparo’s name was derived from the Greek word kipos, which means garden. The Greek tribe of the Chaonians inhabited the area in the late Bronze Age, around the 14th to 11th century BC. The charming village has become popular under tourists for its white and sandy beaches, the beautiful stone architecture and its calming natural environment. Here you can find everything you need to know when visiting Qeparo.
If you want to explore the city of Sarande, here’s where you can find some more information about the best attractions to see and things to do!