Collected by John Oseid, AFAR Local Expert
First discovered in the 1980s and then excavated and restored in the early 2000s, the 5th-century synagogue in the center of Sarandë belonged to a prosperous Jewish community in what was then called Oncheasmos. The ruins that visitors can see...
Rruga Flamurit, Sarandë, Albania
Before heading out to explore the Albanian Riviera, visitors to the small Sarandë Museum of Tradition get an introduction to local ethnology and archaeology. A block from the harbor, the space displays traditional clothing, rugs and weaving looms,...
Built by none other than Süleyman the Magnificent, Lekursi Castle dominates the hill above the city with optimal views of the Greek island of Corfu as well as Albania’s tiny Ksamil Islands. It's especially stunning at sunset when the fading light...
Apollonia St, Ksamil, Albania
Falling within the boundary of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Butrint National Park, and 16 kilometers (10 miles) south of Sarandë, the village of Ksamil is famous for its fine coves and beaches with clear blue waters (it's packed in summer)....
SH8, Himarë, Albania
Himarë has one of the best seaside promenades on the Albanian Riviera, with the coastal Ceraunian Mountains as a dramatic backdrop. The town and nearby villages have long been a center for Albania's Greek community, which is reflected in the large...
Less than 16 kilometers (10 miles) from Sarandë, the Blue Eye Spring is a national park named after a 43-meter-deep (140-foot-deep) pool that resembles a pupil and iris: The various colors of its crystal-clear natural springwaters change from...
Known as “the city of stone,” the cobblestoned former Ottoman trading town of Gjirokastër lies on steep slopes overlooking a valley. In addition to its enormous castle with an armaments museum, this UNESCO World Heritage Site draws visitors for...
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