In May 2009, the Butrint ferry was still working but there seemed that a bridge would soon be built. I bet that next year the ferry won’t be there any more! This soon will be a piece of history!
The first photo shows a truck that drive into the ferry.
On the second photo, the ferry-man shows that he will not take an other vehicle for the short ride (5 minutes). We will cross on the next ride.
Photos 3 and 4 shows the cables that pull the ferry from one side of the channel to the other.
Flocks of sheep are not unusual on the road and between Konispol and the Buthrint ferry, we had three of them.
The first photo shows a small flock wit one shepherd and a dog.
Photo 2 and 3 show another flock with again a single shepherd but he has a donkey (or is it a mule ?) and no dog.
On photo 3, the flock is not larger but has two shepherds, no dog, no donkey!
In May 2009, only the frame of the new Albanian custom was built (first photo). On the right, the new wide road (not yet coated) can be seen. The new building for the custom will soon replace the prefabricated units.
Amazingly, the old walled ditch (photo 2) where all vehicles had to drive in order to “disinfect” the car before entering in Albania was still there, though not in used anymore. The ditch was empty and there was no disinfectant!
Photo 3 : the walled ditch on the left, the new custom building on the right.
In 2007, the road from the Albanian custom office near Konispol to Butrint (15-20 km) was a dirt road but the surface was reasonably good. When we drove it, there had been a rainy period before our arrival and there were plenty of muddy puddles (not really pot holes). At the end of the road, the car needed a good wash! In summer or when the weather has been dry for a long period, it must be very dusty.
This road can be driven with any kind of car. However, if you drive a car with a limited ground clearance, you might have to pay more care to your driving (and drive slower). Same thing for cars with low cut tires (possibly the same, plus cars designed for fast driving).
If you do not feel comfortable with dirt roads, and want to go from Greece to southern Albania, you should choose to enter into Albania at Kakavia instead of Konispol. It will be a little longer but as far as I know, the road is surfaced all the way and in good condition.
In June 2009, the road had been widened almost on the whole way, and should soon be coated. In a very short time, the Albanian part of the road from Igoumenitsa to Saranda will be as good as the Greek part (improved with EU fundings).