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Once a military base, Shengjin is now one of the friendliest beach destination in Albania [Jun 2024]

Here’s what to do in this beach destination 69 km from Tirana

Rafaelo Resort, Shengjin
Rafaelo Resort, Shengjin

Did you know that many beautiful beaches in Albania were used as military bases during communism period in Albania? That is such a pity, considering the nice coast the country has. One of those “chosen” beaches was Shengjin, probably the most wanted beach near Lezhe.

Shengjini’s history, beaches, lagoons, port, military area, entertainment facilities, hotels and restaurants with their famous cuisine are good reasons for a long visit whatever time of the year.

Shengjin, Lezhe
Shengjin, Lezhe

History of Shengjin

Known in ancient times as Nimpheum, or else the land of fairies, as it is thought that between Shengjin and Velipoja there was a forest of fairies, its name would change several times. It woould be San Giovani di Medua, later Medea in honor of princess Medea of the Argonauts, St. Genius in honor of the church of the same name and Willson in honor of the American president are some of the names of this city along the history.

It is also known during the war between Pompey and Caesar in 48 BC as Mark Antony’s fleet landed here. This port, was considered as a perfect retreat for soldiers because the winds were isolated.

Shengjin, Lezhe
Shengjin, Lezhe

The city and the port near it, as well as the constant movements towards the historical city of Lezhe (6 km) are considered good reasons why you should stay on this beach. Traditional, folk, rock, ballad, soul and light music will be playing in the same bar or beach bar with you. In Shengjin you can enjoy the latest music trends and the latest entertainment during the evening and night. You can also have fun in clubs or night clubs located within the city of Shengjin.

Boat trips are available during the summer months, taking tourists to Rana e Hedhun, Rjolli and Rodoni Cape. Its beauty with the nearby mountain makes Shengjin an interesting place for outdoor activities, including camping, hiking, mountain biking, boat racing or kayaking.

Transportation is possible from the city of Lezha by car, public transport lines or by taking a taxi. You can also come to this beach by sea using personal boats with sails or small cruisers.

Beaches of Shengjin

Shengjini constitutes one of the most special marine tourist resources, not only of Lezha but also of Albania, especially considering the ecological park of the surroundings.

Despite its proximity to other beaches, the Shengjin beach is the most sought after by locals and foreigners. The variety of choices to stay, eat, entertainment opportunities and evening walks are good reasons why this beach has so many visitors.

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Rana e Hedhun

Rana e Hedhun (Thrown Sand), famous for its sand hill, is a with crystal turquoise water and gray sand, so you don’t need special shoes. The entrance to the water is very smooth. This beach is suitable for different categories of people, lonely travellers, relaxation getaway lovers, families with children, seniors etc. It is partially crowded during the high season.

 

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Bunker Beach

Considered such because of the bunkers nearby, this is a small beach where you can relax and be not disturbed by many people or loud music. The water is clean and you can also find sunbeds for a small price.

Bunker Beach Shengjin
Bunker Beach Shengjin

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Where to stay in Shengjin

Whether you are looking for a luxury stay or travelling on a budget, Shengjin has it all. We are suggesting a few places where your stay will be a guaranteed great experience.

Maritim Rafaelo Resort

The recent investments on hotels and restaurants have made Shengjin a great destination for the ones who seek comfort, great service and a place for the whole family to enjoy. Such is Rafaelo Resort, offering the best experience by the sea: several swimming pools, a wide menu of fish, meat and vegan dishes, proximity with the beach and modern styled rooms. You can check the availability  for your best dates HERE!

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Rafaelo Resort, Shengjin
Rafaelo Resort, Shengjin

Domus Hotel & Apartments

Set in Shëngjin, 200 metres from Ylberi Beach, Domus Hotel & Apartments offers accommodation with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, free private parking, a garden and a shared lounge. Check the availability and BOOK YOUR STAY!

Domus Hotel & Apartments
Domus Hotel & Apartments

ANTAG Hotel

Located in Shëngjin, 300 metres from Ylberi Beach, Hotel ANTAG provides accommodation with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, free private parking, a terrace and a restaurant. Providing a bar, the property is located within less than 1 km of Shëngjin Beach. The accommodation offers room service and free WiFi throughout the property. Book you stay here!

ANTAG Hotel
ANTAG Hotel