Things to do in Sarandë

Our most recommended things to do in Sarandë

Tirana: 4-Day Albanian Heritage Highlights Trip

1. Tirana: 4-Day Albanian Heritage Highlights Trip

Explore Albania's top attractions in the hands of an expert tour director during a 4-day, 3-night sightseeing tour. Sample authentic Albanian food and visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Berat, Gjirokastra, and Butrint. Day 1: Durres and Berat Start the tour with a hotel or airport pickup in Tirana and head to Durres for a short guided walking tour and coffee break. Alternatively, you can start with a hotel pickup in Durres. Transfer to Berat, the "city of a thousand windows." Get settled in your picturesque hotel before enjoying lunch in a restaurant with city views. In the afternoon, follow your expert local guide on a guided tour of this fascinating city. Visit Berat Castle/Citadel and explore the upper town with churches, mosques, and 27 watchtowers packed inside its walls. Admire the Ottoman houses, where people still live as they have done for centuries. In the evening, your tour director will guide you to the best restaurants to sample Berat’s typical dishes. Day 2: Gjirokaster After breakfast, admire small villages during your transfer to Gjirokaster. Once you arrive in this “city of a thousand steps,” settle into your hotel before heading for lunch in a small local restaurant for a taste of the city’s authentic dishes. Next, visit Skenduli House, the best-preserved Ottoman house in the old city of Gjirokaster. Hear about its past from your local guide and the house’s owner, a descendant of the Skenduli family. Then, soak up the castle's rich history and enjoy the view of the “city of stone” from above. Explore the Ottoman Bazaar and historic wooden houses before visiting the Gjirokaster Obelisk dedicated to the town's first school. Enjoy its 360º views. Spend a relaxing evening in the streets of Gjirokaster. Day 3: “Blue Eye” and Butrint Travel to the “Blue Eye” spring. Admire the shades of blue and surrounding nature before heading to Butrint. There, marvel at 2,500 years of history on a guided tour with a local guide. See the highlights, such as the amphitheater, castle, churches, and Lion Gate. Drive to Ksamil and enjoy lunch by the lake at the Mussel House. Spend your afternoon in Ksamil before heading to Saranda via Lekursi Castle, which overlooks the city. Day 4: Llogara National Park and Vlore Transfer to the city of Vlore via Ali Pasha Castle, which you will explore with your tour director. Marvel at the architecture and listen to entertaining legends about the man who built it, Ali Pasha of Tepelenë. Head to the Llogara “balcony” for a stunning view of the South Coast beaches before indulging in lunch at Llogara National Park surrounded by pine trees and a fresh mountain breeze. Visit the city of Vlore, the hometown of the Albanian nationalist movement, in the afternoon. See sights such as Flag Square with its Independence Monument right in the center, the Muradie Mosque, and Vlore Lungomare. After you have explored Vlore, you will get transferred back to Tirana.

Day Trip to Saranda and Butrint National Park from Corfu

2. Day Trip to Saranda and Butrint National Park from Corfu

Explore the beauty of Albania on a guided day trip from Corfu. Step back in time at the ancient Greek and Roman city of Butrint. Visit an archaeological museum in a Venetian castle. Savor a delicious buffet lunch at a restaurant in Saranda.  Board the airconditioned bus at your meeting point on the island of Corfu. Sit back and enjoy the ride to the port city of Saranda. Enjoy a 20-kilometer guided bus tour of the stunning southern coast and its virgin shores and islands. Pass through small villages and through endless fertile plains that lead to a great lake. Arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Butrint, where the ancient Greek city of Buthrotum disappeared under layers of silt and vegetation until its was found by archaeologists.  Tour a Venetian tower and see the remains of the theater and Temple of Asclepius. Continue to the ruins of the ancient gymnasium and Roman Baths and admire a priceless mosaic floor in the Roman Baptistery. Travel back in time as you explore the Cyclopean walls and get panoramic views of the lake and plains from the top of the hill. Return to Saranda for a mouth-watering lunch, and then take a guided walking tour before sailing back to Corfu.

Albania: Ancient Landmarks Day Tour

3. Albania: Ancient Landmarks Day Tour

Depart in the early morning on a drive through Albania, known for its centuries of notable world history. Travel from the north to south of the ancient nation, where we will uncover pieces of archeological history that still stand today, including churches and castles.  Learn and understand how life was organized more than 2 millennia ago. We will visit notable people’s homes, including dictators and Nobel winners in the Palorto Neighborhood in our last stop, Gjirokaster, after visiting the beaches and basilicas in Saranda, Ksamil Beach, and Butrint. The drive will take us through the Albanian Riviera, where the natural beauty of the nation can be taken in before discovering the history of the ancient world’s architecture in the next stops. The journey will end in Tirana, with stops in between the three-hour return journey.

From Sarandë: Guided Half-Day Trip to the Blue Eye, Muzinë

4. From Sarandë: Guided Half-Day Trip to the Blue Eye, Muzinë

Describing the multidimensional beauty of this place will never be the same as looking at it while being there. Your professional guide will lead you in a 5-hour tour, learning about the legends of Blue Eye and immersing yourselves in the magical beauty of the area. Even in the hottest days of summer, the freshness of this place will make you enjoy this experience. You will be mesmerized by the clear water, that allows you to see straight to the bottom. Looking at the center of the tarn source, you will understand why it is named the ‘Blue Eye’. Divers have tried to descend into the Blue Eye to see its actual depth but it’s still unclear how far the mysterious hole really goes, because the pressure of the source, pushes you up again.

Tirana/Durres to Saranda: Private Transfer

5. Tirana/Durres to Saranda: Private Transfer

Take advantage of a convenient private transfer from Tirana or Durres to Saranda. Our English speaking driver will be waiting for you with a sign at your hotel 15 min before departure. Cars are available all year round, 24 hours per day. On the way to Saranda, enjoy a coffee break in Tepelena Cold Waters. Ride in the air-conditioned comfort of a Opel Corsa, Ford Fiesta or T5 Caravelle Van. Vehicles and drivers are supplied by Good Albania, a local tour operator, with a track record of high-quality customer service.

Sarandë: History and Archaeology Half-Day City Tour

6. Sarandë: History and Archaeology Half-Day City Tour

Saranda is one of the most beautiful seaside city in Albania,located in the south of the country. The past few years it has been one of the favorite destinations from tourists from all over the world.This city is known not only for having the best beaches in Albania but also for his rich culture and history. On this tour you will be able to see some of the most important monuments and main attractions. Your tour will start with Lekursi Castle, which dates back to the 16th century. The strategic position, in a 300-meter high hill, will allow you to enjoy a panoramic view of Saranda, Butrint Lagoon, and even the island of Corfu. After it, you will reach a comfortable minivan the main attractions of the city. You will see the charm of the Saranda Synagogue and the Archaeological Museum and depending on your wishes and weather conditions, you can also visit the Museum of Traditions

From Sarandë: Gjirokaster Half-Day Trip with Castle Tickets

7. From Sarandë: Gjirokaster Half-Day Trip with Castle Tickets

Your tour will start from Saranda and only in an hour and a half, you will reach Gjirokastra. One of the main characteristics of this place is the intensive use of stone in the building of the houses and streets, which is why it earned the nickname “The City Of Stone”. You will also need to walk a lot to get around the city, so that is the reason Gjirokastra is also called as 'the city of a thousand steps'. You will be exploring the main attractions of the city such as the Castle of Gjirokastra, known as the origin of the city, built in the 12th century, following the Museum of Arms, and the historic center. Your tour will continue with the visit to the house of the Zeka’s family (the most magnificent and characteristic building of Gjirokastra), the museum house of Ismail Kadare, one of the most important writers in the country, and to the final visit and the Ethnographic Museum. During the walking tour of the city, you will notice that all the roads lead to the old Bazaar.

Sarandë: Butrint Archaeological Park and Ksamil Day Trip

8. Sarandë: Butrint Archaeological Park and Ksamil Day Trip

Departing from Saranda, your first stop will be Butrint where you will learn the ancient history of this site. Full of archeological monuments, Butrint has been part of the national heritage of UNESCO.You will see the old Roman theatre, watchtowers and numerous and splendid well-preserved monuments. After taking in what represent some history of the area it will be time for your next stop. In about 30 minutes you will reach Ksamil. One of the most wonderful beaches in Albania, well known for the clear waters and a mix of white sandy beaches and white cliffs What is special about this place, is it’s three small islands around which you can reach by swimming, by kayak or by boat. With its excellent position this place is known as "the Ionian pearl".

From Sarandë: Day trip to Konispol

9. From Sarandë: Day trip to Konispol

Experience authentic rural Albania with a visit to Konispol and surrounding villages. Konispol is an untouched region off the beaten track, full of diverse activities. Explore its historical, cultural, and natural treasures on this tour. Start your tour at 9 AM from Saranda. After a relaxing 40-minute drive, you will reach your countryside destination. Konispol is the southernmost town in Albania, just 1 kilometer away from the Albanian-Greek border. It is divided into several settlements like Çiflik, Market, and Xarrë. Konispol offers spectacular views of Butrint Lake and Ionian Sea. Spot traditional stone houses in the region which once hosted wealthy families. Explore the town's main interests of agriculture and viticulture. Visit citrus groves and cultivated fields of the caves inhabited since the Paleolithic era. Enjoy the unique cultural heritage of the town. Konispol is located between Laberia to the north and Cameria to the south. Since the beginning of time, Albanians of the Cham ethnic group from the Chameria region lived in these parts. Learn all about its history and culture from your guide. Continue to your next stop, the Kreshmoi Cave, commonly known as the Cave of Konispol. This limestone cavern is one of the oldest testimonies of human settlement in Europe. It is built on a 400-meter-high hill near Saraqini’s ridge. Enjoy great views of Konispol from here.

From Sarandë: Day Trip to Permet with Thermal Pool Visit

10. From Sarandë: Day Trip to Permet with Thermal Pool Visit

Near the border with Greece and North Macedonia, there is a small Albanian city named Permet. This city is famous for its wonderful nature combined with the rich culture. Permet is also known as ‘the city of roses’, which describes the presence of roses and a lot of flowers. It is also known as the ‘city of the river’ since the second largest river crosses the town forming a large canyon. In the Permet day tour, departing from Saranda will be included a relaxing visit to the hot Permet thermal pools. After the spa time, you will dive into the woody paths of the Redhi I Hotovës National Park, to continue the visit to Langarica Canyon, Kelcyra gorge, and some points of historical and artistic interest, such as Ottoman-era bridges (Kati Bridge) and Orthodox monasteries. You will discover the town of Tepelene, famous for the high quality of its cold spring waters. This journey will not be completed without the traditional food that you will be able to enjoy during the day.

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What people are saying about Sarandë

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 265 reviews

We booked the German tour and it was absolutely stunning. The places of Albania that we visited were really beautiful and I learned a lot about the country. Our German speaking Tourguides was super amazing! He told us many exciting story’s and he was generally very likeable, friendly and had fun. Couldn't have imagined a better tour guide. And please try the trelece cake in saranda :) I can highly recommend this trip :)

A fabulous day spent in Butrint. Very well organised. Everything on time. No hassle what so ever. An excellent guide who gave us all the information and gave us time to take things in at our pace. Ur two teenagers thought it was the best tour ever. We would recommend this whole heartedly. We also found Albanians very friendly and helpful.

It was interesting journey trought the Albania. We like hotels where we stay. Our guide was very nice young men and tell us lot of Albania. We recomend the trip.

Very good guide, multilingual and friendly who made us personally discover the 3 milk cake, Albanian specialty Visit of the park commented very professionally

Wonderful scenery and out guide was very informed on history and current events. Only downside was the rain.