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Saranda and Butrint

Saranda Photo, Albania, Europe

Saranda is one of the prime beach resorts of the country. The beach however is not very clean and one cannot say that the town is beautiful. Most of its buildings are communist style and only a few older more typical South-European buildings are found.

Unfortunately, these last are in a state of disrepair. For the rest one can have nice walks on the boulevard, which is being cleared now of all its illegal buildings. Some 20 km south of Saranda is Butrint, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. Here one finds ruins of an ancient Greek and later Roman settlement. Among others one can visit an ancient theatre, which still is sometimes used for performances and a little acropolis on a hilltop. Again, the hill provides beautiful scenery, with the Butrint Lake on one side and the village of Konispol, as well on a hill, on the other side. Halfway between Saranda and Gjirokjaster one can visit Delvine or blue eye. It derives its name for the turquoise blue mineral water that runs from the mountains here. One can have a nice walk here.

I stayed in the Hotel Renato on the boulevard. It was 15 euro per night and good value. To Butrint I rented a taxi that stayed with me for 4 hours for 20 euros. Busses leave in the upper town. There are multiple services daily to Tirana, a constant stream to Gjirokaster and services to Vlora and Korca. Little busses to Konispol and Himare leave from the boulevard near the port entrance.

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