Best Beaches in Orikum, Albania

Set on the wide grassy plains of a valley is the rather austere looking little town of Orikum. About 10 km south of Vlore the bay here is home to Albania's only Marina. This suggests that whilst Orikum is quite a sleepy town of low-rise apartment blocks it is earmarked for development.

There is a quite a sizeable beach in the town, but it's nothing to write home about. Made up of pebbly sand it does have clear blue Adriatic water and a pleasant enough backdrop in most directions.

Whilst Orikum itself doesn't offer the visitor much more than a friendly welcome there is plenty to see and do nearby. There are extensive archaeological remains of an ancient city just outside of town but the biggest attraction is the Karaburun Peninsula at the far end of the bay. This is home to some of the most stunning scenery in Albania including numerous beautiful hidden coves such as the Bay of Grama.

  • Grama Bay

    Grama Bay
    © Silva.arapi / CC BY

    Situated on Albania's Ionian Sea coast Grama Bay is a small but beautiful cove almost surrounded by high, rocky cliffs. This semi-secret little beach is one of the real gems of the Albanian coast and as of yet completely untouched or spoiled by mass tourism. If you do make it here you won't be disappointed;… read more »

  • Dhërmi Beach

    Dhërmi Beach
    © Linda Saitos

    Dhërmi beach is often cited as the finest beach in Albania - hard to argue with this when this is where Albaninian prime ministers allegedly come to holiday! It isn't hard to see why. Set in a small bay, the village clings to the high sloping cliffs which rise up from the beach.

    The beach here is… read more »

  • Drymades Beach

    Drymades Beach
    © Yelena011

    Drymades Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Albanian Riviera. It is a secluded slice of paradise featuring a natural rock formation that divides it in half. One side is full of white pebbles and the other is brushed with silky golden sand.

    Drymades Beach is located near the village of Dhermi on… read more »

  • Gjipe Beach

    Gjipe Beach
    © Ross Helen

    Gjipe beach is set along the same stretch of the Albanian coast as some of the other most popular, highly rated beaches on the Riviera. Located between the resort beaches of Drymades and Himara the beach at Gjipe has barely been touched by development.

    Obscured by the mountainous terrain, the beach here sits at the end… read more »

  • Gjipe Beach

    Gjipe Beach
    © Pudelek / CC BY

    Gjipe beach is set along the same stretch of the Albanian coast as some of the other most popular, highly rated beaches on the Riviera. Located between the resort beaches of Drymades and Himara the beach at Gjipe has barely been touched by development.

    Obscured by the mountainous terrain, the beach here sits at the end… read more »

  • Himarë Beach

    Himarë Beach
    goliveandtravel.com

    One of Albania's most picturesque and glamorous beaches, Himarë enjoys some of the country's best beach weather. All year round, the temperature is warm, the sun is shining, and the long stretches of soft white sand seemingly stretch on into eternity. There's a real sense of timeless beauty here with the sapphire sky, deep turquoise… read more »

  • Potami

    Potami
    © Yelena011

    Looking for a an Albanian beach with something for everyone? Potami Beach is one of the biggest beaches in the Himarë area, offering a unique blend of Greek and Albanian culture beneath clear blue skies overlooking sun-kissed sand.

    The name Potami translates as "river" from Greek and the water that runs through here is crisp, cold,… read more »

  • Bunec beach

    Bunec beach
    Albinfo

    Bunec Beach is a quiet, yet beautiful, spot near Saranda in Albania. With a backdrop of mountains  it offers an opportunity to get in touch with the natural beauty of Albania. 

    Littered with white pebbles, the water at Bunec is crystal clear and the beautiful shade of blue-green you only find in the Ionian Sea. The… read more »

  • Vega Beach

    Vega Beach
    Tomasz Lewicki

    Set on a short stretch of rocky coastline roughly 150 metres long by 15 metres wide, Vega Beach is a manmade creation close to the city of Vlorë. Access from its fine off-white gravel surface to the sea is via steps bypassing the rocks, which may make it a little tricky for some younger children.… read more »

  • Jalë Beach

    Jalë Beach

    Call it Jale, Jali or Jala - whichever you choose - this certainly was one of the finest little beaches along the Riviera coast. The water here is crystal clear with a vivid azure hue. In fact it is said that this is some of the clearset water on the coast owing to the bay's… read more »

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