Vlore is a harbour city that holds special meaning for Albanians, as this is where the country declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire at the start of the 20th century. So you can take a whistle-stop tour of monuments and museums celebrating the statesman Ismail Qemali’s first government, and in doing so get to know a little more about what it means to be Albanian. If you’d like ideas for days trips the wider region is both untamed and beautiful. Relaxing tourist beaches with clear waters are just a handful of kilometres away, and if you follow the coastal road south there’s a string of charming little resorts punctuated by the vast mountainscapes of the Llogara National Park.
The Cold Water
The beautiful zone of the “Cold Water” (Uji i Ftohtë), where the Ionian reveals some of its most stunning colors. Here is where locals and tourists gather for their evening walks, and their daily stops at countless bars, cafes and restaurants along the promenade. Toward the end of the promenade, many sports fans gather to watch various basketball or volleyball matches as well as other athletic events happening at all times of the day. The sea at arm’s length provides quite the background to all this activity.
Right past the city of Vlorë, Radhimë represents the area where many of locals choose to spend their annual vacations. It is famous for its calm waters, organized resorts, and overall relaxing atmosphere. The former military base is one of the most fascinating new locations with lots of diving opportunities.