Ksamil: A Beautiful Area That Needs To Be On Your List Now

Did you know Ksamil has over ten beaches? This small area in Southern Albania, near Saranda, provides some of the most picturesque views in Albania.

And it’s super easy to get to!

Whether you’re hoping to get some time on the beach, among Roman ruins, or dipping into the nearby Blue Eye, Ksamil is the place for you.

This post will highlight some of the highlights of Ksamil, as well as how to get there.

Let’s get into it.

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Is Ksamil worth visiting?

First things first. Yes, Ksamil is worth visiting. Sporting multiple white-sand and stone beaches, ancient ruins, 4-star hotels, and much more, Ksamil should be at the top of your list. Even if you have a short amount of time in Europe, Ksamil is a gorgeous place to spend some of your time.

But that’s not all.

Corfu, a Greek Island and one of the most famous Ionian Islands, is right off the coast! Ferry companies don’t have a ferry from Corfu to Ksamil

Corfu to Albania

But, multiple ferry companies — Joy Lines, Ionian Seaways, and Finikas Lines — offer a ferry from Corfu to Saranda! And Saranda is only a short 15-20 minute drive from Ksamil.

Add a Greek island to your list? Yes, please!

You should head south if you’re in Albania for around a week or more. Other cities like Vlore, Dhermi, and the Albanian Riviera await.

What sea is Ksamil on?

Ksamil, and its small islets, are on the Ionian Sea in Southern Albania, which is located near the Mediterranean Sea.

This results in beautiful and calm blue waters lapping against the shores of Ksamil. 

Its location makes it a convenient spot to get to other Greek islands or Italy.

What is the weather in Ksamil, Albania?

The weather in Ksamil is mild. During the summer months (June-September), temperatures will reach highs of 85°F or higher with lows of 70°F. There are usually clear skies and very little rain.

During the winter in Ksamil, temperatures reach a high of around 59°F with a low of around 44°F. November, December, January, and February are the rainiest months, seeing around 10 days of rain.

Top Albania beaches in Ksamil

Here are some top beaches to visit while you’re in Ksamil. Most beaches offer free parking, so you don’t have to worry about paying a fee.

Without further ado.

Ksamil Beach, Albania

Ksamil Beach is what you envision when you think of paradise. It checks every box.

And Instagrammers got that message and flocked to the area.

A wooden dock stretches out into the water on the beach’s central part to get your stunning photos with clear water below the pier.

Ksamil Beach in Albania
Photo credit: Hendrik Terbeck

Cafes and restaurants run along the entire stretch of the beach. So, it’s perfect for grabbing some food, a beer, or sitting back to people-watch.

And, in the distance, you’ll see the four Ksamil Islands!

Monastery Beach, Albania

Monastery Beach is a contender for the most beautiful beach in Ksamil, let alone all of Albania.

Seafoam blue waters create giant waves that crash on the stone shore, which surprisingly lulls you into a nap.

Monastery Beach

You’ll find straw umbrellas placed across the beach, providing shade to any beach-goers. It’s a nice beach for adults hoping to relax and sunbathe for the day.

A restaurant at the beach entrance makes for a great spot to get some food or drinks during your visit.

Paradise Beach, Albania

Paradise Beach is an excellent name for this tiny beach (where you’re sure to find tourists).

Gorgeous white sand forms a small cove that’s lined with umbrellas and chairsThere are nearby restaurants and bars for you to grab a drink or some food. Then sit down in one of the chairs and spend the day watching the water.

Stunning blue water forms small waves against the shore, making this a great visit for families.

Worthwhile to visit, but you don’t have to spend a lot of time here.

Mirror Beach, Albania (Pasqyra Beach)

Now, one of the more hidden beaches, primarily because of the difficulty of getting to it.

This beach is perfect for anyone who enjoys a worthwhile hike before diving into clear blue waters for a day in the sun.

Mirror Beach

And, you get some beautiful views along the way. Azure waters, white-sanded beaches, and rocky cliffs give you some eye candy for the hike.

For the more adventurous here, jot this one down.

Puerto Rico Beach, Albania

Puerto Rico Beach is a quiet little beach where you usually won’t find as many tourists. A beautiful strand of white sand, a surrounding forest, and a small beach bar ready to serve you drinks.

This is an excellent choice for those looking to relax.

Lounging chairs and umbrellas are available for rent at a small fee.

Pema e Thate Beach, Albania

Pema e Thate Beach is a little different from the other beaches on this list because it’s privately operated.

And they’re doing a great job with the beach.

Pema e Thate Beach

A little out of the way, this beautiful beach sits with a perfect view across the Corfu Strait. You can miss the island in the distance.

There’s a small restaurant/bar on location so it’s great for a relaxing day in the sun.

Butrint National Park

In between all of your visits to Ksamil’s many beaches, be sure to check out Butrint National Park. This ancient city has a long history, stretching back to the Greeks.

But, it was a staple of defense (and a bit of vacation) for the Romans, especially Julius Caesar.

Ksamil Butrint Ruins

There’s an extensive museum inside the ruins that details the history of the region.

I’d recommend spending a few hours in the park as there’s a lot to see, and it’s worth taking your time.

How to get to Ksamil, Albania

Given Albania’s size, you’ll likely be traveling to Ksamil from Tirana.

So, I focused on that route for this post.

Here’s how to get to Albanian Ksamil.

How to get from Tirana to Ksamil

There are a few methods to get from Tirana to Ksamil:

  • Bus
  • Taxi
  • Rental car

Tirana to Ksamil by bus

There isn’t a direct line from Tirana to Ksamil, so you’ll have to maneuver.

The best method is to get a bus from Tirana to Saranda, which costs around $10 and takes about five hours.

Take a bus from Tirana to Ksamil

From Saranda, take a bus to Ksamil, which takes around 10 minutes and costs less than a dollar.

This is the most cost-effective way to get to Ksamil from Tirana.

Tirana to Ksamil by taxi

Taking a taxi is pretty simple; you just have to find a taxi driver willing to drive the entire way. Some services provide pickup and dropoff, but these can be pricey and match the price of a taxi.

Take a taxi from Tirana to Ksamil

Usually, you’ll pay around $150-$200 minimum to take a taxi from Tirana to Ksamil.

Tirana to Ksamil by rental car

This is the easiest, most fun, and best way.

Car rentals are cheap (depending on your choice), and you can take your time exploring the south of Albania while you make your way to Ksamil.

And it’s easy to navigate!

Drive a rental car from Tirana to Ksamil

Drive west on SH2 out of Tirana toward Durres. Once you’re in Durres, turn onto SH4 and head toward Vlore.

This will take you most of the way. Then near Vlore, you can choose to get to Ksamil faster or take the scenic route.

For the faster route, take E853.

For the more scenic route (it’s worth it), take SH8 along the coast.

Conclusion

If you’re visiting Albania, Ksamil is a must-visit for any trip around a week or longer.

It’s easy to get around Albania, especially if you rent a car.

I hope this post inspired you to head to Ksamil today. I know it did for me!

If you’re looking for more, then you’ll definitely like this post highlighting the beautiful country of Albania! And definitely check out Theth National Park if you have the opportunity.