These three photos were taken from the road that leads to Palasë and Llogara pass, leaving Dhërmi.
Photo 1 shows the central part of Dhërmi with the main part of Gjilek district.
Photos 2 and 3 show the part of Gjilek district that overhangs the see. On photo3, in the background, a small part of the beach district can be seen.
I have made an enlargement on photo 4 to show that there are several large structures that are building. Surely Hotels to be!
Added after our May 2009 travel. They are indeed hotels. From left to right : former state hotel, now abandonned ; Hotel Luciano, where we slept the night ; Hotel Dhërmi.
The three photos show the village of Dhërmi, from the road leading to the beach.
Photo 1 was taken shortly after the embranchment of the road and shows only the northernmost part of Dhërmi.
Photos 2 and 3 were taken from further down and show a larger part of the village.
From the terrace of the hotel, the view was outstanding. While we were sipping a bier (though in May, it was very hot !), I took a few photos, from our table.
The first and the second photos were shot northwards with hotel Dhërmi in the background
The third photo shows the shoals in front of the terrace.
Photo 4 was shot southwards with the beach, the abandoned former state hotel and in the background, a building that might be soon another hotel.
Photo 5 shows the view from the balcony in front of a series of hotel rooms.
The first photo was taken in the late afternoon, from the terrace of the hotel.
The second and third photos were taken in the early morning from the balcony of our hotel. There is a herd of horses playing on the beach.
Photo four is a close up on the horses.
n 2007 we stayed in the village of Dhërmi. In 2009, we decided we would look for a hotel in Dhërmi Plazh (Dhërmi Beach).
The road to the beach is a narrow road leaving the main road at the northern entrance into the village. It is 2-3 kilometers. On the way, there are several old road signs advertising for a hotel.
The first photo shows the beach from the southern entrance into the village.
The second photo shows the three hotels.
On the left a large concrete four levels building standing over a small mountain stream, the same as Dorian hotel, upstream, in the village. This is the one that is advertised for … but it is almost a ruin and abandoned. May be that was a former state hotel.
In the middle, hotel Luciano where we spent the night (for more look at my hotel tip)
On the right, Dhërmi hotel (for more look at my hotel tip)
The three photos on this tip were taken in 1988. I feel they were taken from almost the same place that the 2007 photos on the previous tip. Some were obviously taken with tele lens.
I have been able to make a comparison with 2007 photos only with photo 1.
Photo 4 is an enlargement that shows a part of Gjilek district.
Photo 5 is an enlargement of the 2007 photo that shows the same part of Gjilek, with the unidentified church that we tried to visit.
When you compare both photos, you can match several houses but the clock tower seems to be missing! It should be on the extreme right of the picture. Has it been one of those clock towers that had been put down by Enver Hoxa’s regime ? I must admit that the clock tower does not look newly rebuilt. Strange!
I felt that climbing a little more might give a better view on the church and on this part of the village. However, very soon, the path became wet, passed under a stone bridge and was obviously at the same time a path to go further (we met a group of children that went down) and the bed of a torrent that carried the (few) wastewaters from the upper part of the village.
The first photo shows a general view of the Gjilek district with the church in the middle.
The second photo shows the clock tower, once we were closer.
The third photo shows that the enclosure where stands the church was closed and locked with a chain and a padlock
The fourth photo shows the building behind the church. It looks like a school. May be this IS a school!
So finally, we do not know which church is this and if it is one of those that deserve a visit. Anybody knows more on this church ?
Two hundred meters south to our hotel, there was a nice and wide path that climbed to a church. As I had read that there was a church with interesting wall painting, I figured out that it might be this one and we decided we would climb towards it. The beginning of the alley was welcoming!
Amazingly hotel Dorian Hotel stands over the torrent that split Kondraq and Gjilek, at the bottom of a narrow valley and inside a tight road hair pin (photo 1, from the south) !
Photo 2 shows it from the north; On this photo, the situation of the hotel, inside a hair pin as clearly seen.
Just below the church, I noticed a man that came with a horse loaded with a heavy load. Though I used my binoculars, I do not know exactly what he did with the load but after may be ten minutes, the horse was unloaded (photo 1) and they both climbed back the path (photo 2) and the man let his horse graze the green grass (photo 3).
Dhërmi is said to have 30 churches : Church of Santo Stefano and church of Santo Mitri from the XIIth and XIVth century. Santa Harallamb was, under Enver regime converted into a picture house of which it has kept rows of wooden seats.
On top of the village, Agios Maria Panaiotis (our Lady), orthodox church, displays medieval frescoes depicting the devil and that are a testimony of peoples’ art. It is also called devil’s church.
I cannot tell the name of this church, which is along the main road in Kondraq district and where numerous old women went on a Sunday morning.
Gjilek district overhangs the sea and is separated from Kondraq district by a deep and narrow valley that widen near the sea. The main road connects them in an upper part, where the torrent has not carved much its bed. This is where stands our hotel “Dorian Hotel Restorant Disko”.
The photo shows the three districts of the city : Dhërmi district in the foreground, Gjilek district in the middle and Kondraq district in the background. In the far background, the new road to the Llogara pass makes a scar on the mountain slope.
Dhërmi is considered as one of the most beautiful villages in Albanian Riviera. It is built high over the sea on the slopes of the Cika mountain.
Dhërmi is made of three districts : Dhërmi/ Drimadhes in the south has given its name to the whole city. It is followed by Gjilek and finally, in the north, by Kondraq
As many houses are not inhabited yearlong because of an important emigration, its is better to know the number of houses. Dhërmi as about 300 houses, Gjilek and Kondraq, each 150, which makes 600 alltogether.
The first photo shows mainly Dhërmui district
The second shows mainly Gjilek district with Kondraq in the background. In the far background, the road to the Llogara pass.