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Advantages and features of a beach holiday in Ksamil
Moldovan tourists have so far poorly studied Albania. However, as time goes by, the experience of travel is accumulating, I want variety. On the other hand, there are really many exceptionally beautiful, but poorly promoted places for a beach holiday in the Balkans. Maybe the service here is not as developed as in the most popular destinations. And the country itself sins with contrasts of poverty and luxury. But the fact that the landscapes here are not inferior to the Caribbean and the Bahamas, and even at fairly affordable prices, is recognized by all those who have been here.
Ksamil is one of the most famous Albanian resorts in Moldova. It is located almost on the border with Greece (to the customs 8 km, to the island of Corfu - only 2 km). Although only a few thousand people live here permanently, the infrastructure is well developed; for settlement, you can choose hotels from 2 * to 5 *, campsites or private housing. Hotels mostly offer self catering apartments. There are no hostels.
There is a wide choice of cafes, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. In the summer season, the population of the village increases by 2-3 times due to visitors.
Ksamil - beaches
It is believed that the beaches here are the most picturesque in the region. Therefore, people come here mainly for a beach holiday. The beaches have pebbles or sand, white or yellow.
There is one large Sunset Beach 440 meters long and ten more located in small bays. So for two weeks of rest you can swim in different places, and with the classic 8 days / 7 nights, there will still be unexplored pieces of the coast.
The beaches are free, you have to pay extra for umbrellas and sunbeds.
Ksamil - the sea
The water here is amazing, transparent 30 meters deep. There are four small islands (proudly called the Tetra Islands archipelago), which can be sailed on a rented boat or catamaran. And you can swim - to the nearest island 80 meters. Coniferous trees grow on them and there is even a restaurant.
The air temperature in the season is up to 35 degrees in July, the water temperature is up to 30 °C.
There is literally a tropical variety of fish in the water, so snorkeling is popular here.
The beach season in these places opens in June and ends in September. However, the "Velvet Season" lasts until October. Then during the day it is +25, at night up to +18, the water in the sea is +23C.
In the season, those who have seen through the charm of this place come here en masse: Germans, Greeks, Albanians themselves. Moreover, from June to September there are really a lot of vacationers in Ksamil, on the beaches you can not find a free place to throw your towel. Therefore, it is advisable to take care of booking accommodation in advance.
How to get there?
By car from Tirana. There are two options: through Gjirokastra; or along the coast along the SH8 highway through Vlora, the Logara Pass and Himara. The second way is much more picturesque.
By bus. There is no direct flight, you need to go to Saranda (5-6 hours, 12 euros) and from there about 20 minutes to Ksamil (1 euro).
Selection of tours
Ksamil, the "pearl" of the Albanian Riviera
Archaeological Museum-Reserve Butrint
These are excavations of an ancient city, which is 2.5 thousand years old. It was inhabited by the Greeks, then by the Romans. Included in the UNESCO lists.
Ali Pasha Fortress
This fort is located in the suburbs of Ksamil. It was erected by the ruler Ali Pasha, the then chief administrator of all the lands of Albania, in the 18th century. They get to the fortress by boat (20 euros per couple).
This is the largest resort in the southern part of the Albanian coast, located 15 km from Ksamil. There are several interesting objects here. For example, the Lekursi fortress, built back in the days of the Ottoman Empire.
Monastery of St. George
Located on a mountain between Saranda and Ksamil. From the top of the mountain you have a beautiful view of Corfu.
Not far from Ksamil there is another attraction - the Blue Eye. This is a source that takes water at a depth of about 50 m. It is called so because of the blue color of the water, the temperature of which does not exceed 10 ° C.