Rruga Mithat Hoxha Nr10, Lagja 4, Sarande, 7500, Albania
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What I ordered at the restaurant Kocë, grilled veg
Looking southwards in 2009
Travel Tips for Sarande
Best souvenirs are...
The best souvenirs to bring away from Sarande are:
leke (although bear in mind that taking leke out of the country is technically illegal)
raki (the local spirit, a kind of white brandy? I'm not sure about in Sarande, but in Ksamili, just down the road, a bottle of the stuff cost 100leke, which was the equivalent of about 50p in 2002!)
Additionally you could always visit the market and get yourself an Albanian flag, or the ubiquitous sheep bell which you will hear everywhere if you go into the countryside. These are a bit more pricey as they are aimed at tourists, but they're still cheap by western standards. There are also some tapes of Albanian folk music for sale for about 200 lek (they hadn't made it onto CD in 2002), and I can recommend the Ali Pasha Tepelene group, although it does take a bit of getting used to (hearing it over breakfast every day for a month ought to do it....)
There are a few old houses left in Sarande, I guess they are from a "pre-socialist" period, before they started building those horrible concrete buildings all around (most unfinished BTW). These houses were in a bad preservations state, but you could see the gardens and imagine how nice this town must have been in a not so distant past...
Visit the ancient city of...
Visit the ancient city of Butrint, a World Heritage Site. It was founded by the Greeks in 8th Century BC and has been continuosly inhabited until the 18th century when it was abandoned because of the Turks. It is the place associated with the legend of Aeneas. Many archiologists among whom some of the best British archeologists regard Butrint as one of the most important excavations of the 20th century second only to the ancient city of Pompei in Italy. It is one of the few sites where different remains from different cultures and periods of time lay side by side and on top of each other giving a clear sense of continuity.
It is only about 20 km from Saranda and it is well worth the trip not only for its ancient remains and history but also its magnificent surroundings. The beautiful beaches with the cristal clear waters, together with the relaxing and relaxed atmosphere as well as the excellent food.(particularly seafood)
1988, the sea front
This photo was taken in May 3rd 1988. Thus, it is not surprising if the sky is cloudy and the background hazy. It is not surprising if in early May that there are not many people wandering on the sea front. What is surprising is that you do not view a single boat, whatever its size?
Surprisingly, there is actually an internet cafe in Sarande, and it's pretty cheap too. I used it once, and the price in 2002 was 90 leke (about 45p?) for 18 minutes. I seem to remember it being on the main street.
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