If there is one place in Albania that everyone should visit during the summer, it is Dhërmi. This enchanting coastal village located in the south of Albania, at the beginning of the famous Albanian Riviera, is one of the most spectacular places to see in the country, as well as in the Balkan Peninsula. Dhërmi is home to some of the best beaches of the Mediterranean, including Dhërmi Beach and Drymades, which is one of the most scenic bays in the country. A plus here is the presence of the lovely hamlet of Dhërmi, filled with traditional houses, Orthodox churches with blue domes, and secret alleys full of colorful bougainvillea.
Another not-to-miss place to visit in Albania during the summertime is Himara, the main village situated along the Albanian Riviera. Himara is mostly known for its intense nightlife and stunning neighboring beaches, like Livadhi and Spile. The best thing to do here, besides spending some time swimming in the crystal clear waters of the enchanting bays, is to head to the spectacular Ali Pasha Castle, a large fortress located 15 minutes from the town that offers breathtaking views over the sea.
Saranda is considered by most as the unofficial capital of the Albanian Riviera: it is the main town in southern Albania, with plenty of cool clubs and excellent restaurants, frequented by international tourists and surrounded by terrific beaches that are perfect for a beautiful Albanian holiday. For travelers who have extra time, the best thing to do is to organize a day trip to visit the stunning Blue Eye, a natural spring with multicolored waters located near the town.
Ksamil is the last beach along the Albanian Riviera and one of the best, too. Ksamil, also called “the Ionian pearl” because of its beauty, is an enchanting beach with three small islands reachable by boat or with a pleasant swim. Summer is a great time to visit Ksamil, but the best months are June and September; during July and August tourists from all over the world overcrowd the beach. A plus here is the presence of the archaeological park of Butrint, one of the three UNESCO sites in Albania.