Discover Grama Bay, the hidden gem of Albanian Riviera

The Cave between the villages of Dukat and Tragjas

It is not so easy to arrive at Grama Bay. That`s what makes it a better destination to visit, because not everyon is willing to go there. There are two main ways to get there: by boat, departing from Dhermi; or hiking up in the hills for more than 5 hours. Whatever is your favorite way, do not miss a visit in this not only beautiful bay, but a historical one too. Let me tell you why:
Grama Bay on the Karaburun Peninsula, known as Grammatas Bay, is located on the western slope, very close to Orikum. It has served as a haven for ships in distress along this dangerous coast in difficult weather conditions. This bay initially served as an area of ​​local stone exploitation, in large quarries, traces of which can still be seen today on both slopes.


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The name of Grama is clearly associated with the engraved inscriptions that in antiquity, the rock inscriptions were numerous in the bay of Grama, there are counted with more than 1500 inscriptions, the Greek inscriptions are more ancient and belong to the last centuries BC, followed by some Latin inscriptions of the imperial period, before medieval Greek was predominant with inscriptions that most often refer to Jesus Christ.

Ancient Greek inscriptions are addressed to Dioscuri, Castor, and Pollux, pagan gods of salvation, protection of sailors, and ships. The formula specifies that the author of the inscription asks Dioscuri for help for different people, family members, fellow travelers, fellow slaves, etc. The presence of Latin names translated into Greek also speaks of the close links between the two shores of the Adriatic and the Ionian Sea, to the extent that Latin names are also found among the inhabitants of the east coast. Medieval inscriptions, written in Greek, are prayers to Jesus Christ, generally with the formula “Senior, help your servant.” The most bizarre medieval document, presented by Henry Daumet, shows that in 1369, the Roman King John V Palaeologus came to Grama Bay during a voyage to Venice, known from contemporary evidence.

If you are visiting the bay for a whole day, keep in mind to take food with you. Yes, there is a small restaurant there, but sometimes you will have to wait a while until you get an open seat. So, be ready, don`t forget to take your favorite snacks in your backpack.