To enjoy our last beach days for a while, we were headed to the Albanian Riviera. Deciding to give the busier beach towns of Dhermi and Drymades a miss, instead we headed to Himare – a quieter town further up the coast.
Wherever you stay on the Albanian Riviera, you can’t go wrong. The views on the bus ride to Himare, past the other beaches, were stunning.
We’d heard that the Albanian beaches were busy during the summer and we weren’t sure what to expect after the crazieness of Ksamil, but Himare was perfect. It’s basically a small, rural town with a beautiful coastline. The main beach of town is lined with cafes, restaurants and smaller apartment buildings, but just one street back, things are more spread out and you have houses with big vegetable gardens and fruit trees. We woke up each morning to the sound of the bells on the goats, as their shepherd herded them through the orchard next to our hostel.
The main beach in town was okay for a quick swim, but we were a bit disappointed. It was nice, but not as amazing as the beaches we’d seen on the way up.
That’s when we found out that if you’re prepared to walk for about 20 minutes, up a hill, through old olive groves and past some old communist structures, you might just find paradise!
Himare’s Best Beach
After a hot hike, we arrived at Livadhi beach, a spectacular place.
We grabbed one of the empty deck chairs and relaxed the day away.
Back in Himare, similar to Saranda, after the main heat of the day had passed, the streets came to life. After seeing almost no one all day, there were people playing beach volleyball, and the promenade was packed with locals and other Albanian holidaymakers, doing their usual evening promenade up and down the main strip. We really like this part of Albanian culture.
Himare was the perfect place to end our run of amazing beaches. Now it’s time for us to head inland.
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When to visit Himare: We visited in mid July 2014.
How to get to Himare: We took a furgon from Sarande which took 3 hours. It was a beautiful drive up along the coast.
Food & Drink recommendations in Himare: We had some great seafood in Himare. We recommend Lefteris Tavern in Himare town, and also the restaurant at the back of Livadhi beach (the name which we can’t remember).
Where to stay in Himare: Himare Hostel was an amazing hostel in a beautiful setting. One of our favourite places we’ve stayed on the trip so far. Very relaxing environment, garden area covered with trees, with hammocks for those looking to chill out.