THE BEST BEACHES IN ALBANIA – JALA – ALBANIA

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How to get to Jala beach Jala beach is close to the town of Himare (have a look at the full post I wrote about Himare here), around 12 km (7.5 miles) north. The drive takes around 20 minutes. And, to drive, is the best option to reach Jala beach. There is no public transport that […]

Jala beach.

The beauty of Jala beach is spectacular, no pictures or words will convey how amazing it is in reality. The sea water is so intensely azure that the rocks underneath actually seem painted blue! For sure, it is completely opposite to what Albania is associated with in western media. But there is also a bad side to this paradise – it is slowly being engulfed by commercialization… One part of the beach is already taken by a posh beach club with sun umbrellas, and, the construction works are in progress so we weren’t even allowed to get close to that exact part!

How to get to Jala beach

Jala beach is close to the town of Himare (have a look at the full post I wrote about Himare here), around 12 km (7.5 miles) north. The drive takes around 20 minutes. And, to drive, is the best option to reach Jala beach. There is no public transport that I know of. As I mentioned in other parts of the posts on Albanian Riviera, we were lucky to travel with a local couple – they drove us around and showed amazing, off the beaten path places for a great value. If you wish to arrange a trip in Albania, please let me know the dates when you’re there via the contact form here, I might be able to help.

Otherwise, you can try asking at your accommodation, they might be able to arrange something for you or alternatively, you can take a taxi – this will work well if you’re traveling in a group.

The good and bad sides of Jala beach

It almost made me cry to see how this beautiful paradise is being turned into another crowded resort, because I adore the unspoiled places without thousands of tourists, concrete hotels and ubiquitous stands with cheap, plastic souvenirs. If you also love the off the beaten path and unique spots few know about – you’ll fall in love with Albania. If, on the other hand, you prefer the typical resorts with 5 star hotels, Albanian Riviera might not be up to your standards, though. Nevertheless, in the summer, there are great beach parties and tourist spots at Jala and in more popular places.

The other part of Jala beach is still wild and open to the public – we went there in June and it wasn’t crowded at all – it was so beautiful and peaceful.

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