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Wander no more, experience the magic of a virgin beach in Lukove, Sarande [Jun 2024]

5 Reasons Why Lukove Village near Sarande, Albania, is the Perfect Destination for this summer

Lukove, Sarande ©Albert Jestem
Lukove, Sarande ©Albert Jestem

Lukove Village is a small, charming coastal village in southern Albania, just a few kilometers from the city of Sarande. With its crystal-clear waters, stunning scenery, and rich history, Lukove is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the beauty and culture of Albania. Lukova (Lukovë) is a coastal town on the Albanian Riviera with around 3,000 inhabitants. The village is located on higher grounds, providing spectacular views over the beaches and the Ionian Sea. The surroundings are fascinating and full of olive and orange plantations. The name Lukova was also derived from the green landscape as ‘lluke’ means ‘green landscape’ in the old Slavic language.

So, wander no more, experience the magic of a virgin beach in Lukove, Sarande:

Here are the top 5 things to do there:

1. Explore the virgin beaches:

The Lukove Beach is a pristine, rocky beach that stretches for kilometers along the coast. The crystal-clear waters of the Ionian Sea are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and diving. The beach is surrounded by olive groves and pine forests, providing a natural and relaxing atmosphere.


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2. Visit the Lukove Church:

A short walk from the town of Lukova, hidden on the hill in the forest, there is an old orthodox church that you can visit. The Church of Saint Friday (Kisha e Shën e Premtes) is thought to be built in the 17th century but is in a deteriorating condition. Close to the basilica there is also a small waterfall. The upper town of Lukova is also great for its views of the coastline, beaches and the Ionian Sea. There are few great places that are also perfect to watch the sunset. The photo below was taken from the small cafe at the top of the road that is going down to Lukova Beach.

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3. Take a boat tour:

A boat trip is a great opportunity to discover the Albanian Riviera while floating on the crystal clear waters of the Ionian Sea. Head off to some virgin beaches, like Kakome, Krorez or the islands of Ksamil. Some of the best beaches can only be reached by boat, so a boat trip is a must-do when you’re in Saranda. You can find here a few tours!


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4. Experience the local hospitality:

Albanian hospitality is known throughout the region, and Lukove Village is no exception. Visitors are welcomed with open arms and can expect to be treated to warm, friendly hospitality. The locals are known for their warmth, generosity, and willingness to share their culture and traditions with visitors. You can stay in a local guesthouse, where you can experience traditional Albanian hospitality and cuisine firsthand. The locals are always happy to share their stories and traditions, making your stay in Lukove Village a truly memorable experience.

5. Enjoy the local cuisine:

Lukove Village is known for its delicious seafood dishes, including fresh fish, calamari, and octopus. You can enjoy a meal at one of the many seafood restaurants in the village, or you can sample some of the local cuisine at a traditional Albanian taverna.


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Lukove offers a unique blend of natural beauty, history, and culture. With its pristine beaches, historical landmarks, boat tours, the peaceful village, and delicious cuisine, Lukove is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to the south of Albania.