This place seemed always so close yet so far. I have been swimming around this part of Albania for as long as I remember but I never took the time to visit this particular beach and its canyon. To begin with, there was no road until recently and the road you see on the photos can be done only with 4×4.
It wasn’t on my plans for the last weekend either but an old Belgian couple I met up in Llogara told me they were amazed and considered this as the most beautiful beach in Albania. I decided on the spot to visit it, although I had my 4 years old son with me.
The place can be found easily if you keep an eye for Ilias village as soon as you cross Dhermi Panorama. After the village there is a right turn that leads to a monastery. The road is narrow but paved with asphalt. Drive until the end and you will see a parking space with amenities for campers. Park your car, pay some 1-2 EUR to the lady that lives there and just start walking toward the only path that leads down the hill toward the beach.
The rest can be seen on the photos. I can only say that the water was crystal clear, the beach was sort of sandy with very small pebble stones. There is also a canteen for beers or water, in case you didn’t bring yours. Expect to pay 80 cents for a small bottle of water or 1.5 EUR for a bottled beer (Korca). As for toilette or shower, this place is semi-famous for travelers with tends or sleeping bags and there are amenities.
Best part, this place is almost empty of people. I’ll post photos of the canyon tomorrow or the day after.
Some sea snail shells, a naked woman statue and a strange playground where a ship ran ashore and couldn’t go back to sea. It’s the Kompleksi Teuta one. The strange gray metallic wall on the right is actually part of the ship and the hull has sunk in the sand at almost ground level.
The season is starting so get ready beforehand to visit our beautiful country, the land of contradictions. 🙂
A friendly reminder, you’ll find us on AirBnb and at our website http://www.durresbeachapartment.com 🙂
At approximately 8 o clock, a peaceful morning, a cold breeze and a warm sunshine caressing our faces. I wish I had my running shoes but still, I was late for work. It will be for another time I guess.
So, what you see here is the Durres beach, as seen from Apollonia beach, a small section of the long seashore. The structure on the sea surface used to be a restaurant but nowadays only the platform remain, the restaurant is long gone. The hills on the background are part of Rock of Kavaja, a small rocky hill by the highway.
As you can see, the beach is perfect foo jogging and the sea is ideal for families with kids since the water is shallow. If you’re thinking of visiting Durres, check my rental apartment here. If you’re from the future and wish to pay in bitcoins, let me know, I’ll be happy to welcome you.
The Dry Tree is the closest point with Corfu. I know I have mentioned it many times but it is quite hidden and more people should know about it. Or better not, this way it stays quiet and not overrun by tourists :))
The hills you see on the third photo are actually on Corfu.
The view from our summer apartment. Shamelessly I’ll promote it here as well, in case anyone is visiting Albania this year. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/5509812
My father taking a photo of me climbing the watchtower.
As I said in my previous post, here is an old standing villa from the old times, built perhaps during the second world war. Further on the left there is a restored one, painted and with roof semi-fixed. As you see, the beach now is full of apartment buildings, restaurants and hotels, each one different from the next.
Durres city can be seen at the hills feet. If you get the chance, visit it before it’s lost, swallowed entirely by new residential buildings.
I climbed a watch tower to take a photo of both sides. What you see is approx. 3.5 km long walk. After the white dome on the second photo is the government residence (for summer vacations) guarded by light military. Then there is Golem, another endless zone/beach of sand and small hotels.
It cannot be seen in these photos but a little bit further the yellow restaurant on the second pic there is the first 5* hotel in Albania, Adriatic Hotel. It was built during communism, in a time where all this beach was empty and there were only a few villas here and there (I’ll show you a remaining one tomorrow).