A mixture of clear blue seas and beautifully rugged mountains, the Albanian Riviera is a sight to behold; the kind of view that beckons anyone who lays their eyes on it to come and take a visit. And for a country that has yet to be discovered in many a traveler’s radar—The Guardian notes Albania gets only around 80,000 UK visitors each year compared to its neighbors—the Albanian Riviera has indeed helped draw in visitors for a taste of what it has to offer.
Much like many beachside attractions, the Riviera is best visited in the summer, where one can lounge about its sands, take a dip in the crystal water, and perhaps go to a music festival—The Guardian, for instance, profile Albania’s Kala Festival last July. However, if you’re looking to explore the area at your own pace without being rushed by the swathes of people who come in during such months, then autumn’s the next best thing. But where do you begin your journey through the Albanian Riviera when the off-season comes? We might have a few suggestions for you:
Beachside is where the excitement is
If you have to do one thing while you’re visiting the Riviera, it’s going beachside. But while the autumn months might prove inconducive to your usual summer lounge, the area’s beaches still offer plenty of things to do, particularly in the nightlife aspect. Here are some beaches you might want to dip your toes into for maximum leisure:
- Borsh. There’s nothing more breathtaking than the sight of uninterrupted beachfront, with sands stretching almost as far as the eye can see. And this much can be said of Borsh, which is precisely that: long, unbroken beach. Head here if you’re looking to take a nice leisurely stroll with a special someone or a long lost friend, and perhaps partake in some food hopping in between. Borsh, after all, is also home to a handful of restaurants where you can enjoy a plateful of seafood and sips of cocktails while talking about anything under the sun.
- Saranda. One of the more populated areas, it’s nonetheless an absolute treat for those who love jetting from one happening to the next. From elegant boulevards to historical sites, there’s always something to look forward to in this resort town, particularly for locals. After a day’s worth of exploring, you can head on down to some of the area’s nightclubs for your dose of music and extra energy.
Go on a personal adventure
Speaking of exploring, if you want to go beyond the beaches, the Albanian Riviera has a plethora of other areas you can discover—just choose your own adventure:
- Check out the hamlets. Charming and picturesque, these hamlets line the coast in their quaint glory and cobblestoned paths. They’re perfect for an afternoon stroll, particularly if you’re a fan of architecture. Look out for some of the houses and churches—you might find something that would catch your eye.
- Discover secluded bays. Ever dreamed of finding a hidden beach? Well, now’s your chance. The Riviera has a number of these gems to look for, and are great for getting away from it all. Say goodbye to those pesky crowds!
Head on to the Albanian Riviera now
Indeed, the Riviera is a place perfect for those tired of cookie-cutter tourist areas and are seeking something fresh and new to look into. That said, you can head there now with our selection of charter flights, which can give you a bit of luxury as a bonus. What are you waiting for? Submit a flight request now—Albania is waiting for you.