KSAMIL , ALBANIAKsamil, Albania
KSAMIL , ALBANIA – A PIECE OF TROPICS IN THE HEART OF EUROPE.
Just a mile or so north, between Ksamil and Sarande lies a hidden, little beach squeezed in between white cliff rocks. It’s called Pasqyrat Beach (beach of mirrors). It’s more secluded, no hotels or any resorts nearby. It’s wonderful, and the water here has a different, bright blue hue. It’s not sandy like Ksamil but really worth visiting. You won’t believe your eyes when you see that bright blue sea emerging from between the hills.
Ksamil - A piece of tropics in the heart of Europe
Albania isn’t one the most famous or popular tourist destinations in Europe today, which is pretty sad since it truly is an amazing country with beautiful people. Ksamil is one of the more famous destinations in Albania, and it has gained more and more visitors the recent years. This little turquoise pearl is located along the Albanian Riviera, and it is, in my opinion, one of the best beach destinations in Europe!
Ksamil is a place of beautiful paradise beaches with white sand and crystal clear waters. This town has a pleasant climate all year round, and the best part is that it’s not full of tourists and it’s also very affordable.
In this guide, I’ll show you some beautiful photos of Ksamil, what to do there, tips on good accommodation, how to get there, and much more!
Ksamil is a little sea village that turns into a busy resort in the summer. I was lucky visiting it in June, the weather was great, the sea warm enough to swim and there were not many sunbathers. June or September are indeed the best month to visit because later, Ksamil can get overcrowded. However very few foreigners ever make it to Ksamil so it still will have the local atmosphere.
The village of Ksamil is a bit messy with many buildings still under construction erected here and there with no planning at all. It reminds of South America a lot. Not all the streets have been paved yet but it all won’t matter when you see the sea and the coast.
The accommodation is ridiculously cheap, there is even one hostel in Ksamil where I stayed. It was neat, clean, simple and nice. The food is superb, the restaurants are mostly run by the families and the staff is very friendly. The prices are literally shocking – a main course with a pint of ice cold beer costs around 4 EUR (5 USD)!
There is also a supermarket in the center of the village. The staff were so honest that although I didn’t speak any Albanian, when I’d bought a few items and left the store, they ran after me and I was given some chewing gums and beers. I have no idea why, maybe it was a deal or something. Albanians are the friendliest nation I have ever met and they seem to love foreigners!
I’m not a huge fan of resorts with a long boring beach and sunbeds squeezed so tightly that you can only see your sunbathing neighbor’s back (like in Greece or Malta) but Ksamil was different. It wasn’t a long boring beach but many little ones segregated naturally by the rocks. Not to mention unbelievably beautiful mountainous scenery. It felt like paradise.
There are a few little, very green islets just off the coast and it’s a pleasure to rent a sea bike to look around. One of the islands is called… Jamaica. The color of water is unbelievable. Turquoise green, the clearest water I have ever seen in Europe. When you add the perfectly white sand to it (not pebbles), you get a full package that feels like a paradise abandoned island, not Europe.
Just a mile or so north, between Ksamil and Sarande lies a hidden, little beach squeezed in between white cliff rocks. It’s called Pasqyrat Beach (beach of mirrors). It’s more secluded, no hotels or any resorts nearby. It’s wonderful, and the water here has a different, bright blue hue. It’s not sandy like Ksamil but really worth visiting. You won’t believe your eyes when you see that bright blue sea emerging from between the hills.Read full article!