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Ksamil – Albania’s hidden gem

Ksamil – Albania’s hidden gem

Ksamil is a hidden gem is located on the Albanian Riviera, and it sure is one of the best beach destinations in Europe.

It has been quite a while since Europe got a new tourist destination, most are classics that people have traveled to for years. But Ksamil just started to gain more visitors in recent years.

What to expect? Once in Ksamil, you can enjoy Paradise beaches offering white sand and crystal clear water with a Mediterranean climate year round.

I went here earlier this summer and instantly fell in love. Below you can see some photos and tips on accommodation, how to get here and the top things to do in Ksamil. 

Below you can see some photos and tips on accommodation, how to get here and the top things to do in Ksamil. 


This photo below is taken at a secluded place just around the corner from the busier beach are above. We found this little place with two sunbeds and two pedals.

In short – The perfect way to have a romantic and joyful day on the beach.

strand i ksamil

More info about Ksamil

Ksamil is a small village in southern Albania. Locals have long gone here in the summer for sunbathing and swimming, but it is only now in recent years that foreign tourists have found their way here. Several charter companies offer trips to Ksamil, but it’s just as easy to get here on your own.

Ksamil is primarily known for its fine sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Especially on the four islands located a bit out in the water. These four islands are uninhabited, and you get to them via boat.

In the village lives about 4000-5000 people and tourism is increasing every passing year. However, there are still plenty of secluded places left if you are looking for peace and quiet on your holiday.

The village has also retained the charm to some extent, and there are plenty of cozy little restaurants serving Albanian cuisine.

The hotels are also no big resorts and are instead most part family-owned hotels.

charter albanien

How to get to Ksamil

The trip to Ksamil is smooth and easy. The flights go to Corfu in Greece, located approximately 30 minutes away from Albania by boat. To land at Corfu airport when traveling to Ksamil is really like a regular shuttle since it’s just a short transfer.

The boat stops in Saranda and from there you either take a taxi or bus. A taxi from Saranda to Ksamili costs about 10 Euros, and the bus costs 100 LEK (approx 0.70 €). The boat trip costs about 10 Euros.

Several charter companies offer trips to Ksamil, but it’s just as easy to book your trip to Ksamil on your own. Direct flights go to Corfu from many destinations around Europe and from there it is, as I said just a short boat ride before you have arrived in Albania.

Whether you go charter or on your own, you still fly to Corfu airport.

Another option is to fly to Tirana and from there take a cab or bus. But this is more expensive and also takes a longer time.

You can find the cheapest flight tickets to Albania here

Recommended hotels in Ksamil

Two mermaids hotel

A three-star hotel in central Ksamil that has everything one could possibly need for a nice vacation. Two Mermaids Hotel has nice rooms with air con, and the staff is friendly as well. A restaurant is available at the hotel.

Click here to see photos, reviews, and current price

Villa Ideal

If you’re looking for a genuine stay and a family owned hotel, then Villa Ideal is indeed the ideal accommodation in Ksamil. The family who owns this hotel are so friendly and helpful. The rooms are also nice and the price per night is really affordable.

Click here to see photos, reviews, and current price

Other attractions and things to do near Ksamil


Saranda is the largest city in the southern part of Albania. This is where the boat from Corfu stops and many locals are living here. It is not a typical tourist destination such as Ksamil, but here you get the chance to experience daily life and Albanian culture.

To stroll along the harbor and the seaside is also nice. Along the boardwalk, one will also find a couple of cozy restaurants and bars that serve good drinks.

Syri i Kalter

A beautiful natural phenomenon which is about 50 minutes drive from Ksamil. Syri I Kalter is also known as the blue eye and here await crystal clear waters in turquoise and green.

What characterizes the site and that gave rise to the name, however, is that part of the lake where the bubbles from the water create a dark blue color. This contrast makes it look like an eye, and hence the name “the blue eye.”

The easiest way to get here is by car, but there are also guided tours. However, by car, you can also visit other attractions in the same day such as Butrint or Gjirokaster.

syri i kalter Sarandë


An ancient city in well-preserved ruins that are also on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. In Butrint, one can look at an old amphitheater, monastery, watchtowers and a fort.

Butrint is about 20 minutes away by bus Ksamil. For those who feel hearty, you can also stroll along the olive groves – A walk that takes about 1 hour.

Butrint Sarande


Approximately 2 hours by car from Ksamil lies the historic town of Gjirokaster. This city is as well on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. The main reason for this is the old fort perched on top of the town and the traditional stone houses.

Gjirokaster is a nice day trip where you can stroll around the ancient alleys and learn more about the Albanian culture and history. The easiest way to get here is by car, but there are also daily minibusses from Saranda.


Good restaurants in Ksamil

  • Beach Bar Restaurant Korali – Luxurious and good food.
  • Brother’s Taverna – Good food and low prices.
  • 3 Gjiret – Nice restaurant.
  • Guvat – A bit expensive, yet delicious.

Price level

RestaurantIn the store
Lunch: 5 €Coca-Cola: 0.5 €
Three-course dinner for two: 18-20 €Local beer: 0.7 € (50cl)
Local beer: 1 € (50cl)Water: 0.4 € (1.5 liter)
Bottle of wine: 8-15 €Bottle of wine: 4-5 € (75cl)

Flight tickets to Albania

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Want to know more about Ksamil in Albania? Here are my best tips on how to get here, beaches, activities, hotels and other helpful tips.


Tuesday 18th of December 2018

Are there any beaches where you can sunbath naked?


Tuesday 18th of September 2018

Also, don't forget to mention that there are no public beaches and you have to pay for a sunbed 1000+ albanian lek!

Alexander Waltner

Tuesday 18th of September 2018

Thanks for the added information. It wasn't like that when I visited. Is this a recent change? and is it effective for all beaches in Ksamil?

Elin Kristiansen

Saturday 25th of August 2018

Hello How is the weather there in October? Or is most of the hotels and restaurants etc closed for the season in October.

Brgd Elin Kristiansen

Alexander Waltner

Friday 31st of August 2018

Hello Elin,

The weather will still be quite nice during the days, but night temperatures will be a bit colder. Hotels and restaurants are starting to close during this period, if not earlier. But some will remain open and you can still enjoy the beautiful beaches without the summer crowds.


Monday 17th of July 2017

Same! We attend to go there at the end of august - 25-th maybe. We have already been in Albania 4 years ago but in Duras and now we would like to explore another part of this magic and unknown country.

Megz ... @foreign_aussie

Friday 7th of April 2017

I can't wait to visit now after reading this post! x