Here is a beach I was impressed of last year in Albania. It is not a 5***** from the hotel and tourism commission but it’s a natural 5***** resort.
There were small things I got angry about but as soon as I opened the window and saw the view I forgot the complaints. Our friends flight to india , mexico or maledives for white virgin beaches. Me and my husband drive from Vienna to Dhermi because of our son who is still too young to fly overseas or we fly short to turkey.
There is no mass tourism yet in south Albania. Mainly the beaches are frequented by the “richer” locals or the smart expats living in Albania.
We were last year in august at the Altea Lodges in Drymades Dhermi Beach. They speak all languages there. Foreign languages or good service languages.
there are around 20-25 bungalows in the middle of an olive tree small forest. 30m from the sea with private terrace. there is a great restaurant there with great fresh fish specialties ( frozen fish is Sakrileg in Albania! Yet!). and a beach bar with not loud music. There are other good restaurants closed by we didn’t really change often.
I was last year in august with my family. we had a great time because the waking up in the morning and looking at the Jonian see while thinking you are in the Caribbean was a feeling....!
even though it was 42 °C outside we never turned on the air conditioners in the bungalows night or day because of the olive trees I guess. But outside at the beach was dam hot! So we woke up everyday very early to take our son at the beach and from 10:00- 15:00 we were as good as not at all at the beach. Next time we will go in September/October or May/June because of the busy season and the heat.
there is not much activity in the walking distance area like shopping and things. But you find all the normal beach activities like swimming, hiking, paragliding snorkeling etc if you want .
You have to drive to get to see things and explore Albania. There are historical and archeological sites not far away.
There is a lot of party going on for young people in drimades beach and in dhermi beach (3 km away). All famous world DJs ( Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk etc) are in drymades/dhermi beach in high season.
There is a nightclub/disco/very loud music club with not far away from altea but no worry you don’t here the noise in the night. My son was 1 and ½ last year and that was my big worry. We didn’t hear a thing. The nightlife/clubbing is really cool specially on the weekends. Tipp for girls : if you are single and want to get noticed in the clubs you have no chance unless you bring with you the wardrobe of a rock star. Everything is short short short (skirts) and small small small ( tops) and high high high ( heels of course). So it’s a real fashion show degenerating sometimes to bizarre and kitsch but who cares you are on the beach! A german girlfriend of mine who was normally dressed ( tshirt and shorts) said me that she feelt very uncomfortable and stupid because no one talked to her all night ( she is really pretty and smart)
If you want to go on a weekend you better book your rooms in advance.
There are as well a lot of camping possibilities for camper and/or just tents.
In front if the lodges there is the sea with the sunbeds of the hotel on the beach. And on both sides there is at least 200-300m empty beach. So approx in 1km long beach there are around 200 people laying on it and that in high season august.
Quite empty white beaches with turquoise sea waters! A wonder!
here a link: movingculture.org/new/…altea.php
have a nice summer and a nice holiday in the beach wherever it is