Forming part of the sun-drenched Albanian Riviera, Himarë is a picturesque resort town in the country’s south. It is believed to have been founded by the ancient Chaonians as a trading outpost and made appearances in the writings of the Roman author Pliny the Elder and the Greek scholar Procopius of Caesarea.
Things to do in Himarë
Spend your days relaxing on Himarë Beach, which stretches the entire length of the town. Sunbathe and swim in the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea, then dine at one of the seafood restaurants located nearby. A short drive west lies secluded Livadi Beach, which is backed by cliffs blanketed in olive trees.
On the hillside behind Himarë Beach is the Old Town where you’ll find winding laneways, local boutiques and cosy cafes. Offering spectacular views across Himarë and its beaches is the ruined Himara Castle, a medieval fortress with a history dating back to the 8th-century BC. Learn about its role as a centre of the Bishopric of Himara as you explore the remains of its Byzantine churches and stone-built houses.
One of the most popular ways of experiencing Himarë is on a boat cruise, where you can explore the idyllic coves of the Albanian Riviera. Visit the beautiful Bay of Panormi and magnificent Gjipe Beach, which is framed by rocky cliffs at the mouth of a canyon. In addition to snorkelling and swimming, you can also rent jet skis at some of the beaches.
Getting around Himarë
Himarë is around two hours’ drive from Vlorë and four hours from Tirana. Tirana International Airport is 3.5 hours away and has flights to destinations across Europe and the Middle East. Renting a car is the most convenient way of getting to Himarë and the town is compact enough to explore on foot.