I suppose it's only natural that the resort town closest to Corfu has become the "it" destination for brave foreigners venturing into Albania for the first time. Only 30-90 minutes away by ferry. Marketed to bored Brits lounging on the beaches, looking for something to break up the routine. "Day trip to Saranda and Butrint in the lawless wilds of Albania, mate?" Hell, I'd plunk down a few bucks for that myself.
So it continues. More and more tourists are plucking up their courage and taking the plunge. The latest item to crop up on my screen came from the good folks at the LA Times. A very nice article. If folks from LA like your beaches, you must be doing something right!
The government seems to have gotten the message here and is in the process of moving all the commercial shipping traffic away from the tourist ferry terminal to the former Navy base on the north side of the peninsula. Once that's gone, the pier will be extended 100 meters and the harbor dredged to allow cruise ships to dock directly on the quay. Not soon enough! I look forward to reading more articles from folks who have discovered this southern gateway to Albania.
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