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Butrint archaeological site

This is an UNESCO World Heritage site. Butrint was an ancient city throughout Greek, Roman, bishopric and Byzantine periods. The city was finally abandoned during the Middle Ages perhaps due to the marsh surrounding and subsequent malaria epidemic. - Despite being one of the greatest classical cities of the Mediterranean, Butrint remains largely unknown. The current archaeological site includes an impressive Roman amphitheater, a Byzantine Basilica (the largest in the world after Hagia Sophia in Istanbul), a Roman temple with mosaic floor, a beautifully carved lion's gate as well numerous constructions built throughout the periods. Furthermore, what you see is just 15 per cent of what lies beneath. As of summer of 2005, there is an international archaeological team performing excavations at Butrint which can be observed inside the park. - 700 lek entry fee (€5). As of September 2014, there are city buses that run to Butrint, via Ksamil, every even hour on the half hour, from 6:30 until 16:30 p.m. (06:30, 8:30, 10:30...16:30). The same bus line runs from Butrint to Saranda, via Ksamil, every odd hour on the half hour from 7:30 until 17:30 p.m. (07:30, 9:30, 11:30....17:30). Bus price is 100Lek per person and can be picked up at the main Saranda bus station or across the street from Hotel Buntrinti. Butrint visitors should allocate approximately 2 hours to enjoy the site; archaeology fans will probably want closer to 3 hours.

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Backpackers SR

Centrally located in the heart of town, close to everything Saranda has to offer. Bus route 6 min walk, Corfu ferry 1 min, Bus st. to Ksamil/Butrint 1 min, Bus st. to Greece 2 min, beach in front of the hostel, the famous promenade (xhiro) on our doorstep, the farmers market, fresh fruits & vegs 1 min. Open year-round. 14 dorm beds in a new building. Free breakfast. Free wifi. Kitchen. Free Security lockers. Free linen & bedsheets. Free coffee and tea. Roof terrace. Beach BBQ dinners in front of the hostel in the summer. Run by Tomi, a local resident, who is such a nice and helpful guy. He will make you feel right at home by going out of his way to help you out. Knows lots of information about day trips to Butrint and the Blue eye.

Holiday Apartments from locals

There are plenty of private houses, apartments offered by locals especially during the high season period. The accommodation offered ranges from low-budget to highly exclusive locations both for low and reasonably high prices. However, if you are traveling in a group of more than 2 people, it is worth considering. The apartments can usually accommodate up to 10 people and are much cheaper than a hotel. Furthermore, you can usually cook in the apartment and save some money. But make sure to book your accommodation in advance, since most of the apartments get booked out very fast.

Sunset at Lekures

In the afternoon, when the sun is setting, you should go to Lekures, and watch the sun set, or you could go to the beach and relax with your friends or family while enjoying the beautiful sunset. Something else that you can do, when it’s not a really hot day is to go camping. If it’s not a hot day, camping would be a really good experience and also allow you to have a good time looking at the stars at night, and it would be a change from going to the beach. Another idea is to visit a new beach each day, such as one day “pllakat” the next day “manastiri” and so on.

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Ksamil beach

This village has a beautiful beach with several small islands you could swim to. Ksamili is now heavily developed, with a large number of part-completed properties. An extraordinary sight is that some of these new buildings are toppling over; this is believed to be where buildings have gone up without permission, and the police have sabotaged the building by pulling out a couple of upright pillars, leaving the owner to clear up the damage.

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Bunkies Hostel

Bunkies is a new hostel (as of 2016) and is located in the city center in front of the beach. It has 14 comfortable dorm beds and includes free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, free linen, free lockers, laundry service, book exchange, car rental and tour options. Also, the owner, Dani, is very nice and helpful. The hostel has a communal kitchen area, two lounge rooms, two shared bathrooms and two balconies that overlook the city and Corfu islands.

Saranda Tourist Info Center

There are two Tourist Info Centers (one yellow-domed building on the boardwalk, another more traditional office near the bus center). Both are excellent resources for bus timetables. An added bonus is that the employees speak good English

The Hairy Lemon hostel

A small 18-bed hostel run by a great Irish lady. Has hot shower, laundry, free breakfast, 24-hour tea and coffee, internet, comfy bunks and a large balcony with great views of the beach and Corfu.

Old Castle of Lekures at "Qafa e Gjashtes" (The Pass of Six)

There is a nice outdoor restaurant within the castle from which you have panoramic views of Saranda Bay below, the inland mountains, the Butrint Lagoon and the island of Corfu on the Ionian Sea.

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Syri i Kalter

Water spring - a natural phenomenon. The clear blue water of the river bubbles forth from a stunning, more than fifty-metre-deep pool. A great place to visit and relax.

SEE   —  Delvinë District

Hotel ‘Dea’

20 rooms, all with views on the sea, 3 large suites, a big swimming pool, bar, restaurant, reception and 24-hour private parking.

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Lukove beach

 - part of the Albanian Riviera, here is Kakome, one of the most beautiful Albanian beaches

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Dhërmi beach

— one of the finest of the many beaches along the coastal road, perfect for camping.

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Hotel Butrint

This luxury five-star hotel is prohibitively expensive but very pretty.

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Hotel Duraku

Very comfortable and clean rooms, and the staff is very qualified.

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Porto Eda Hotel

The simple. Mobile: +355 69 7233180

SLEEP   —  +355 69 2063480 —  Rruga Jonianet

Hotel New Heaven

Twenty rooms with a shower.

SLEEP   —  Saranda Butrinti Road


a maritime village

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Ferry Port

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