Lti Gelina Village
Travel Blogs from Acharavi
... all not to miss out on Albania, (which we were thinking of doing) we eventually all said our goodbyes. After a quick change to our plan and kindly being given a detailed travel map, we drove north crossing into our next country Albania.After making it through boarder control which was rather weird, felt like we were interrupting their cigarette break. We then ...
... to go. I have arranged through Jasin and Chere to stay with two special pioneers, Severin and Sabine who are originally from Switzerland. I phone Severin to let him know I will arrive about 10.30 furgon permitting. The driver of the furgon leaves on time and we head over the mountains. It is full of people this time, no sticks, rugs or auto parts. The drive over the mountains is really nice with sun periods but ...
... kms and let me take pictures etc and has given me about 3 hours of his time. Sounds OK to me and he is eager to please.
So we head off. We are heading on the road to Gjirokaster into the mountains. We pass a town called Vrion which has a shanty town set up. Very sad to see people and families living like that. We head past towns called Mesopotam and Bistrice and then everything thins out and we are in forest. About 5 kms past Bistrice ...
... Sea on both sides. We reach Butrint which is located on the lake. I can already see some of the towers of the site which is well kept as it is UNESCO listed so the local planners cant do much.
I pay my 700 leke and enter. The map provided is useful, this area was inhabited by the Greeks and then conquered by Romans so it is quite a strategic place. It was then partly rebuilt by venetians in the 14th century. It was lost to the lake and ...
So we roll into Sarande - a driver, 10 passengers, luggage, six large bags of sticks, a crate of auto parts and a large rug. Only in Albania! I wander to the accomodation which is called the Harmony Hotel. The owners are a nice family, husband, wife, young son and husbands parents who live on the first floor. I am the only one on the third floor (top) which has a nice view of Sarande and over to Corfu. It ...
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- Room service
- Swimming pool
- Free parking