Sarande Cruises

Butrint Archaeological Site
Porto Palermo Castle 
Saranda Blue Eye Spring

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The town of Sarande, on the Albanian Riviera, is an MSC Mediterranean Cruises destination. This seaside resort is celebrated for its lush natural habitat, dazzling displays of mosaics and artefacts, and historical sites such as the ruins of Onchesmos. The peak of Lekures Hill delivers unbelievable views as far as Corfu and the Ksamil islands, while 16th-century Lëkurësi Castle offers a chance to explore Sarande’s colorful history.

MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
• Butrint Archaeological Site
• Porto Palermo Castle 
• Saranda Blue Eye Spring
Journey to remarkable Butrint National Park on an MSC Cruises excursion. You’ll explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its Mediterranean history, archaeology, and architecture. Take a walk to the Acropolis to admire a succession of Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Venetian, and Ottoman ruins. Then, enjoy a guided tour through the site to learn more about its history. 
Discover the bays of Kasolla, Krorez, Gremina and Kakoma on an MSC Cruises excursion. Visit the imposing square structure of the Porto Palermo Castle, built under Venetian control in the late 15th century. This ruined beauty commands views over the Mediterranean Sea and the Albanian Riviera. Admire unspoiled beaches and picturesque villages nestled along the rugged coastline. At the charming Hellenic village of Himara, enjoy 1.5 hours of leisure time. Paddle in the turquoise sea, stroll along the waterfront, or dine al fresco in a vibrant restaurant. 
Explore the heavenly resort of Sarande on an MSC Cruises excursion. See the Byzantine church and synagogue, dating back to the 5th-century! Then, travel to the mesmerizing Blue Eye, a natural water spring that glistens with blues and greens. Watch out for wildlife such as foxes, birds, and martens as you walk through the verdant scenery.

Must see places in Sarande



    One of the Mediterranean’s unspoiled corners
    One of the Mediterranean’s unspoiled corners

    Following decades of isolationist rule, Albania still doesn’t seem to fit into the grand continental jigsaw, with distinctly exotic notes emanating from its language, customs and cuisine.

    With its jumble of rugged mountains fringed by pristine curls of beach, Albania’s south is the most appealing part of the country. The interior route boasts the rewarding towns of Berat and Gjirokastra, each home to whole swathes of Ottoman buildings.
    Heading on down the Ionian Coast instead, you’ll find one of Europe’s few unspoilt sections of Mediterranean shore, a near-permanently sunny spot where the twin blues of sea and sky are ripped asunder by a ribbon of grey mountains – on a clear day you’ll be able to see Italy from the 1027m-high Llogaraja Pass.

    Staring straight at Corfu, and even within day-trip territory of the Greek island, sunny Sarande is perhaps Albania’s most appealing entry point, it’s a great place to kick back, stroll along the promenade and watch the sun set over cocktails. There are beaches in town, but better are those near the archaeological treasure-trove of Butrint, some 25km to the south.