As I collect photos of school warning road signs, I had to get some from Vlora. It shows a little girl with a small bag running to school with an older boy that holds a largerl bag. It is a modern road sign, shot in 2007 and that can now be found allover the country. It is exactly the same than in Italy. Too bad that Albania has not a design of its own!
Mediterranean beaches - which also include most city beaches - are crowded, murky and dirty. Take a close look to see how much oil has been spilled in these waters before thinking of a swim or dip.
Take a minibus or taxi to one of the ionian beaches - they are smaller and often belong to a hotel, so you'll have to pay a fee to use them: you'll see how green-blue and clean they are.
No danger, just a headache! We found that public transportation means you have to be 'up with the birds'. Miss it, and you're looking at hefty taxi-fares if you're up against a tight time schedule . . .
Like in the rest of Albania the situation in Vlora has also improved, although wondering alone through town late in the evening it is not advisable.
As long as you are accompanied by locals or enjoy the entertainment of your hote-bar-restaurant, evrything should be fine.