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Guide to Albania

From snow-capped peaks to unspoiled coastlines, Albania is an unrivaled Mediterranean paradise

Situated between Montenegro and Greece in the Balkan peninsula, Albania serves as the perfect retreat to enjoy in isolation or in conjunction with the neighbouring superyacht hotspots.The unspoiled and picturesque beauty of the country is particularly spellbinding when appreciated from the surrounding waters. Indeed, with the Albanian Riviera being lined as it is with traditional villages, breathtaking beaches, and an abundance of olive groves, there is no better way to discover the destination than by cruising alongside it.

In many respects an untouched paradise, Albania has only recently become accessible to visitors, meaning that stories concerning its ancient ruins, mountain trails and breathtaking scenery are the preserve of a select few. Just as fascinating as any other historic Mediterranean destination, the country still bears traces of the Ottoman empire which can be observed up and down the length of its breathtaking coastline.

Indeed, the towns of Butrint, Berat, and Gjirokastra boast an assortment of artifacts and sites which make it possible to lose entire days checking out some of the best aspects of World History. For those more inclined towards rest and relaxation, the beaches close by to each of the ports provides a total haven to unfurl in, with the glistening waters completing the picturesque backdrop.

Just as ideal for charter guests who enjoy getting out with tenders and toys, Albania offers some incredible opportunities for rafting in the waters of Vjosa, Osum, and the Black Drin rivers. Elsewhere, the peaks of the Balkans provide the perfect spot for some paragliding, hiking, and snowshoeing.

When it comes to dining, the national cuisine takes its inspiration from traditional Turkish dishes whilst the restaurant culture is distinctly East Mediterranean. That is, meals are treated as a highly social event, with glasses of raki characteristically signalling the jubilant mood which can be found everywhere from the street cafes to the more premium establishments.

Facing the Ionian and Adriatic seas, Albania enjoys a typically Mediterranean climate, making her a particularly appropriate summertime superyacht charter destination. Whilst the town of Orikum is home to Albania’s only marina, it is possible to conveniently anchor in the ports of Sarande, Vlore, Durres, and Shengjin to access the country’s attractions in only the greatest of convenience.

It is possible to enjoy a luxury yacht charter which combines Albania in an itinerary with Greece and Montenegro, or simply as an independent destination. The warm, dry summer climate ensures that guests can enjoy all of the central attractions in an inviting and comfortable warmth.  

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Reasons to Visit

Numerous undisturbed beaches
Unrivaled historical sites
Outstanding natural scenery
Inviting Mediterranean climate
Situated in close proximity to other superyacht hotspots

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  • Nature
  • Anchorage
  • Mountains

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