Albania has seen a very low rate of COVID-19 infection, with only 1,076 cases and 33 deaths to date. The country implemented strict lockdown measures that remain in place until the end of this week. Currently, yachts are permitted to enter Albania with pre-approval for bunkering and provisioning.
The Prime Minister announced that from June 1, the country will open its borders for business and tourism, meaning that life is well on track to going back to normal. Restaurants and bars have already opened up their outdoor terraces, and hotel beaches will be accessible as of the June 1, with public ones opening as from the 10th.
Albanian Bjordi Gogo of Evolution Yachting is an ex yachtie with extensive knowledge of the local area as well as the needs of captains and crew. Here are his top cruising hotspots to check out in Albania this season.
Saranda is of course of primary interest – drawing yachts for the most advantageous bunkering services in the Med. There is duty-free diesel and lubricants to both commercial and private yachts available, as well as AGO 10 PPM, delivery by truck, flow rate up to 1000 L/min, draft up to 9m and tax-free SHELL lubricants.
The Karaburun Peninsula
The Karaburun peninsula has much to offer visiting yachts, the small beaches of Arusha Bay, Grama and Dafina are distinguished by their deep clear waters and caves, in particular ‘The Cave of Slaves’. On the north side, the Haxhi Ali Sea Cave is the largest sea cave with a depth of 18m and ceiling height of 30m allowing visits by boat. The western side of Karaburun is one of the most attractive spots on the Albanian coast for lovers of diving.
Porto Palermo Bay
Porto Palermo Bay is one of the most beautiful bays of the Ionian coast, located in the north of the village of Qeparo. The castle of Ali Pasha towers over the isthmus, said to have been built by Ali Pasha in honour of his wife Vasiliqis in the 17th century. This outstanding monument can be viewed from all angles, but best seen from the aft deck of the yacht, on a peaceful morning, shared only with the odd local fishermen and their potential catch of the day!
For information and advice on cruising this summer in Albania please contact Bjordi here.