THE BEST BEACHES IN ALBANIA – GJIPE – ALBANIA

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Gjipe beach is squeezed between high cliffs of a canyon. It’s quite difficult to reach, but if you’re there you’ll know that your effort was worth it. The easiest way is to get there is by boat from Jala beach – you will also be able to get a beautiful view from the sea. You […]

How to get to Gjipe beach and why there are no bad sides to it

An hour’s stroll through the picturesque Gjipe canyon in the Albanian Riviera and we should reach the Gjipe beach on the Ionian sea – that’s what I was assured of by my sweetheart.

At the beginning this is a nice stroll, really. The canyon is not very deep but overgrown with bushes and covered with pebbles but as we walked it became deeper and narrower.  The trees are like in a fairy tale dream with their thick branches bathed in sunbeams.  So quiet, only birds singing, a murmuring brook and cicadas…and us, of course.

So as we walked, the canyon got deeper and darker. The pebbles turned into stones, then rocks and the brook slowly became a small waterfall.

More and more often we had to walk on all fours and as we were not prepared for a climbing expedition we had to slip down from the rocks or even jump.

Suffice it to say, my boyfriend had to jump and then I had to jump into his arms hoping that my beloved man would not be disheartened by my increasing moaning and groaning and would catch me if I fell 1f60e - THE BEST BEACHES IN ALBANIA -  GJIPE - ALBANIA

One hour later – I must mention that by now I should have been lying on the Gjipe beachfor at least half an hour – surprisingly not a beach, but a steep cliff presented itself before our eyes – very steep actually, and about 5 meters high, so we could either jump or…die or turn back so we….retreated, and this time it was not only my decision.

My conclusions: next time, even if you are planning to go for a supposedly “nice walk” to the beach, take ropes, cord and webbing. 1f609 - THE BEST BEACHES IN ALBANIA -  GJIPE - ALBANIA

Anyway, as a consolation price we spent the rest of the day, or rather the evening on one of the beaches in Dhermi.

Just so you know – we finally reached the beautiful Gjipe beach three days later, when we were visiting the ruins of St Theodor’s Monastery. This time, no jumping or slipping down off the rocks, really we just walked down the old stony road and we saw the exit from the yet to be reached Gjipe canyon.

 

Gjipe beach is squeezed between high cliffs of a canyon. It’s quite difficult to reach, but if you’re there you’ll know that your effort was worth it. The easiest way is to get there is by boat from Jala beach – you will also be able to get a beautiful view from the sea. You can ask anyone at the beach bar, they can make a deal to take you there for a good price.

You can also drive to Gjipe, but soon enough you’ll run out of the paved road and you’ll have to leave your car, then walk down around 35 minutes along the coast following a narrow path. The views are of course magnificent. Besides the paradise sea and the beach itself, there are many damaged bunkers on the way – their heavy, concrete structure contrasts strongly with the idyllic surroundings.

You won’t see many people at Gjipe, probably because of its inaccessibility. When we were there, there were maybe 5 other people for the whole day. It feels like a desert island rather than a beach in an European country. Like hidden paradise. If you’re tired of Greek resorts which are heavily packed by holidaymakers, this is a perfect place for you to go to!

The high, white walls of the cliff form many little beautiful caves around – you can swim into them and find some shelter from the scorching summer heat. Gjipe will remain one of my favorite beaches in the world, provided it will be kept as wild as it is today. If you want to see other hidden and unknown beaches, you might be interested in my post 10 beaches you’ve never heard of.

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