From Tirana to Saranda is an enjoyable trip along the Albanian Riviera. However, on this trip, there are many things to do on the way. You can book the attractions we suggest and add some more minutes to your trip from Tirana to Saranda.
If you are Saranda, you should make a stop at Lëkursi Castle. This fortress dates back to the 16th century and has the shape of a square with two round towers sitting diagonally to one another. Its strategic position on a hill of about 300 meters in height as well as its panoramic views of Saranda, the Butrint Lagoon and even the island of Corfu, make this destination a tourist favorite.
Visiting the Blue Eye of Albania should be on everyone’s bucket list. The Blue Eye is a water spring phenomenon, where water gushes from the depths to the surface. The vegetation around the spring gives you a magical view, of a beautiful contrast of greens and blues. The deep blue color of the eye surrounded by the greens of the nearby forest is the most beautiful view you will take home with you. The blue eye is a valuable place on earth where mother earth hasn’t failed to impress. It is a monument of nature. The view is out of this world.
The Borsh Castle is located on the hill of the village of Borsh, about 500 m above sea level. The castle dates way back to the 3rd – 4th centuries, B.C. In the middle ages, it was known as the Sopot Castle. Furthermore, it was mentioned as early as 1192 in the memoirs of Anna Komnenos, daughter of Byzantine emperor, Alexios I Komnenos. During Ali Pasha’s rule, in the 18th century, a mosque was added to the castle which is well-preserved to this day, missing only a minaret.
Visit the Independence town of Albania. Vlora is home to the Albanian Independence, there you can see the Independence Museum, the Independence Monument and the Bektashi Temple Kuzum Baba. This is a spiritual temple and the highest point in the city from where you can enjoy outstanding views of the beautiful landscape of the Ionian Sea.
The archaeological park of an ancient city. Apollonia is located on the banks of the last wild river in Europe, Vjosa River. The pillars and theater of Apollonia will remind you of the days when Greeks used to believe in Gods and built houses for them. The ancient city is part of the UNESCO heritage list. The site is very well preserved and shows you about the past. Apollonia’s Beauty has attracted many visitors. Considering Apollonia a great and important city of the past. You can see that from the almost perfect ruins.
The monastery is located on the gorgeous hills of Ardenica. It is one of the most spiritual places you will visit in Albania. Why so remains to be discovered when you are there. It is a hidden jewel and a marvel of Albania’s landmarks.
Placed on the Adriatic coast, Durres is a sea city with numerous things to offers to visitors, including great beaches and unique archaeological landmarks, such as the largest amphitheater of the Balkan Peninsula. Its foundation dates back to 627 B.C. when the Corinthians and settlers from Corcyra invaded the Illyrian territory of the Taulants. You can explore the remnants of Albania’s most significant Amphitheatre here, while both the city defenses and forum date back 1500 years. You could also travel inland to see the castle where Albanian national icon Skanderbeg fought off three Ottoman attacks in the 1400s. Blessed with a 10km stretch of beach, Durres is fun and has a charmingly Mediterranean atmosphere once you get off the seafront.
The National Park of Divjaka-Karavasta is the largest non-coastal park in Albania. It’s a park rich in Flora and Fauna. The park consists of the Lagoon of Karavasta. The lagoon hosts 6,4 % of the Dalmatian Pelicans of Europe’s population. In this bird watching day tour in the park of Karavasta is good to mention that the park is going to leave you mesmerized. The first time you see it, the park gives you the impression as having jumped in a jungle, an unexplored land, abandoned or forgotten by the people and their destructive deeds. Its first and the only inhabitants are the animals, or better say the waterfowls.
It lays above the village with the same name, in the hill’s crest. This is a small castle that started to be constructed at the beginning of the XIV century and was finished at the beginning of the XV century from the feudal family of the region, Topiajve. Besides, the castle is a ‘culture monument’. In her corners, the castle has four roundly towers. The watching dates from 1800 – 1850.
Tourists love it for its beautiful position that sees over the Tirana field. Also in front of the tower, you will find the Kruja Castle. This Castle lays by the International Airport of “Nene Tereza“ in Rinas. Also, in the castle are restaurants and service bars where you can rest and have a good time.
Important Note: For each attraction that adds more time to the transfer the price changes.