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Listed under Historic Towns and Villages in Albania.

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As yet, the ancient port city of Saranda is relatively unspoiled by the tourist industry and gazes proudly out onto the Ionian Sea next to its long-ruined sister, Butrint, inhabited since pre-history.

Fringed with cream-coloured sand, clusters of palm trees and crystalline water, this strip of coast is understandably referred to as the 'Albanian Riviera', and Saranda is the perfect base from which to explore it, and Corfu too, since the island is only forty minutes away by boat.

Communist-era architecture makes for a slightly mismatched feel in the city centre but there's a strong Mediterranean resort theme to the place, and as well as pretty holiday villas, waterside restaurants and new hotels, you'll also discover Roman ruins and pristine lakes concealed among dense woodland.

Written by  larapiegeler.

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