Saranda is a very important tourist location for Albania, since foreigners and Albanians alike flock there each summer. The reason is clear, Saranda is one of few Mediterranean beach towns where you can still get a hotel room for as little as 25-40 Euros a night (or even less during the off-season). The scene is lively with plenty of ocean-side bars and clubs, yet you can also find refinement in the many restaurants which abound with local produce and freshly-caught seafood.
Overall, Saranda is a great location for summer travelers who want a good deal without having to compromise cleanliness or good food. Whether you want to relax on the beach and swim to one of the islands in Ksamil, visit ancient archaeological sites like Butrint, or perhaps just enjoy a nice meal or drink next to the glistening Ionian sea, you will likely find yourself charmed by this unique location.
A short drive to virgin coastline
Once you get out of the hustle and bustle of Saranda City and drive for about 30 minutes north along the coast, you will find some of the most spectacularly untouched natural beauty. Silver-leaved olive trees line the sparkling mediterranean, parts of which exhibit the bright blue-green color you’d expect to see only in the Caribbean. The beaches in this area are cleaner and much less crowded than those in or near the city.