Relax in the sun and swim in the perfectly clear waters at Albania’s up-and-coming resort, where cultural and natural attractions are easily accessible.
Ksamil is one of the Albanian Riviera’s most alluring resorts. A sheltered cove, with perfect white sand and sparkling clear waters, sits at the resort’s heart, offering a romantic and idyllic getaway. Take a boat trip out to the Emerald Islands, set off on a day trip to the Blue Eye natural spring or go in search of history at the ancient city of Butrint.
Find a perfect Mediterranean beach destination at Ksamil, the largest city in southern Albania. Located 10 miles (17 kilometers) south of Sarandë, it is ideally located for a quick getaway. Lounge on the beautiful beach, enhance your tan, rent a paddleboat or try low-key watersports.
Just offshore are the paradise Emerald Islands, known individually as Emerald Island, Small Island, Stone Island and the Twin Islands. Hop on a boat from Ksamil to hike among the abundant plants and birds that thrive here. Try snorkeling or scuba diving in the crystal clear waters.
Watch the sunset from one of the beachside bars, cafés and restaurants that are open late into the evening. Serving a mixture of traditional Albanian dishes and international fare, they are delightful spots in which to relax after a lazy day on the beach.
Ksamil is also well positioned for several daytrips. Spend a day in Sarandë to glimpse Albanian life and culture and to walk the pleasant boardwalk. Join a tour and head to the archaeological site of Butrint, where you will discover an amphitheater, basilica, watchtower and fort. It is just 10 minutes from Ksamil. A little farther is the Blue Eye, a natural 160-foot-deep (50-meter) pool that is the source of the Bistricë River and creates mesmerizing blues and greens.
Get to Ksamil either through Albania’s capital of Tirana or via the closer international airport in Corfu, Greece. From here, take a 30-minute boat ride to reach the major city of Sarandë any time you want.