Himara is one of the most frequented of the Albanian Riviera, because it offers not just beautiful beaches but also a vibrant nightlife. Yet it still has not lost its charm. It is home to several Orthodox churches built in the traditional Byzantine architecture that are worth a look. The seaside promenade with many restaurants and tavernas is the best place to spend the night and have fun.
Here are some of several beautiful beaches near the town such as Jalë, Dhërmi, Qeparo and secluded beaches like Gjipe.
Let’s discover together some of the most interesting tourist attractions not to miss in your journey.
The village of Dhermi is built on a slope of the Ceraunian Mountains at approximately 200 meters in altitude.
The mountains descend to the southwest into the Ionian coast and Corfu in the distance to the south.
Recently the coastal area has seen a boom in the construction of accommodation facilities, such as wooden villa complexes. In addition, it is considered by the Albanian youth as a nightlife destination.
It has a new large promenade by the sea and all the facilities emerged into the wild nature.
One of the longest beaches on the Albanian Riviera, Dhermi is a tourist favourite for those looking for a slightly more upscale experience.
Just up the hill from the beach is the village, filled with wonderful stone houses which bring to mind an idyllic bygone era.
The beach itself is a pebble beach surrounded by coastal pine forests.
You have the choice of enjoying the main beach that comes complete with amenities and people watching, or head to the outer lengths where the beach is more pristine and quiet.
For nature lovers, the Albanian Riviera offers Gjipe beach.
Hidden by the surrounding mountain, the beach itself is accessible only by asphalt road and set apart from the town.
To reach the beach requires a nice 30-minute trek through the forest that offers fabulous views of the coast. There’s rarely a crowd here.
The beach itself is at the end of Gjipe Canyon, which also offers lots of great hiking.
Despite the seclusion, there are a few amenities like a snack vendor and some straw huts, but you’ll definitely feel like you’re in a personal paradise.
A not-to-miss place to visit in this area is Qeparo, a nice seaside village. It is one of the favorite summer destinations of locals who love to spend their time in this beautiful hamlet surrounded by nature and gorgeous beaches.
If you are a history enthusiast, don’t miss the chance to visit the Ali Pasha Castle, one of the highlights of Albania, a wonderful Venetian castle surrounded by a magnificent bay not far from Qeparo.
The Porto Palermo beach is near the castle of Porto Palermo ( also known as the castle of Vasiliqia ) is a small bay but very beautiful , with white cliffs and the sea looks like a personal pool. Certainly do not leave without visiting the castle of Vasiliqia, built by Ali Pasha 19th century.
Jal is a great beach for parties and camping. It’s one of more beautiful beaches in Albania and comes with just about everything you’d want when you’re looking to get the most out of your holiday.
Relaxation, swimming in crystal clear water, long walks, snorkelling, amazing views, and a great night life.
Thanks to the parties and good music, Jal draws a younger crowd.
Himara is mainly known for its beaches, but its old town on the hills high above the seafront is an interesting place to stroll around.
One highlight is the ruins of Himara Castle, which existed in various forms on this site since the Bronze Age. Despite being a ruin, many people live in houses within its walls, and the sea views are superb.
The first road over Llogara Pass was built in 1920 but until as recently as 2009 the road from Llogara to Sarande was very narrow, almost single lane, partially a dirty road or a road with an old dilapidated coating.
Llogara Pass (Qafa e Llogarasë – in Albanian) sits at the height of 1027m and is nestled in the middle of the Çika Mountain range which is part of the Llogara National Park.
The Çika Mountain range starts at the Karaburun peninsula, and as it’s running south it’s becoming taller and taller. The top peak – Çika reaches 2,044 meters elevation, and it stands a little south of Llogara Pass. This mountain range runs almost for the whole length of the Ionian coast until the city of Sarande