Ionian Coast Line

The Albanian coast begins in the northwest at the Buna River delta, which marks the Albania-Montenegro border, and extends southward until it reaches Cape Stillo at the Albanian-Greek border. Including various lagoons and harbors, the coast stretches for a total of 450 km and touches two seas: the Ionian in the south and the Adriatic in the north.

Along its length, the coastline is dotted with beaches ranging from large and sandy to hidden and private. Beautiful rocky coastlines comprise portions of this landscape as well. This unspoiled coast has been preserved as a natural beauty. The surrounding of Lukova, Sasaj, Piqeras and Borshi

This fragment of the Albanian Riviera constitutes one of the rarest pearls of the Albania coast, even of the whole Ionian and Adriatic coast. Deep blue, crystal-clear and sparkling sea water. A high coast covered with vegetation and decorated with human-made terraces planted with citrus and olive trees. The background is made complete with the high tops of Levan, Picolla, Gostilie and Shendellia.

The shores meet the hilltops by means of a ribbon of fine amber sand, which is permeated by the outlets of the springs and streams rushing down the slopes into the sea. These are real bio-climatic oases of subtropical and tropical features, which will serve as a basis for future tourist development. It is worth mention­ing the beaches of Bunec in Piqeras and others extending from Lukova to Sasaj.

If you go farther as you pass the hilltops of Piqeras, the plain of Borshi stretches like a Californian panoramic view with the citrus and olive plantations, the spring waters flowing down the mountain slopes and a beach about 3.2 km long - all framed in one single tableau where the sea, the beach, the hilltops and the mountain peaks make a whole. This area is the warmest spot in our country. Solar radiation reaches high figures about 1495 kWh/m² because of the large number of sunny days.

The water temperature in summer is about 25 degrees Celsius; however, suitable temperatures of 10 degrees Celsius for swimming and sunbathing are registered from the first days of May to the end of October.

Many rare trees grow in this area such as carob trees, wild cotton plants, sea fig trees, banana trees, etc. 5000 inhabitants live in these villages and their main occupations are arboriculture, livestock breeding, trade, etc. The castle of Borshi, which was built on a hill northwest of the village, is a monument of historic value. The main road is asphalted.

The bay of Kakome

Only three kilometres from the village Nivice-Bubar, as you pass through a wooded mountain pass, you can see the azure stretch of an exotic bay. It is the Bay of Kakome, which lies 2.8 km north of Qefali Peninsula. The north and south coast is rocky with cliffs, which are 15 metres high, but the plain close to be bay, which has an area of 15 hectares, is suitable for building tourist facili­ties.

The coast and the hillsides rising from it are wooded and covered with typical Mediter­ranean vegetation forming a green belt. The sea at the bay is deep, but crystal-clear and abounds in plant life and wildlife. Two typical sand beaches in Kroreza extend for about 3 km in a strip of 2-5 metres wide. On the first beach there is a spring of very cold potable water.

In Kakome Pass and in Kroreza there are two monasteries with the monastery of St. Mary standing out in an altitude of 100 m above the sea level and 150 m from the coast. At present it is difficult to be reached because of the rough track off the main road, but the most practical way of getting there is by sea on small boats from Saranda.

For more information on the Albanian coast see Related Information page.

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