From Shkodra to the Albanian Riviera
Travellers venturing north from Tirana will arrive in Shkodra, near the Albanian border with Montenegro. The ancient city is located on the shores of Lake Skadar, which is the largest lake in Southern Europe. The second-largest is Lake Ohrid, one of the oldest lakes in Europe and renowned for its extraordinary fauna. Set between southwestern Macedonia and eastern Albania, the shores of Lake Ohrid are home to the popular holiday destinations Ohrid, in Macedonia, and Pogradec in Albania.
The port town of Durrës, Albania’s second-largest city, is less than twenty miles as the crow flies from Tirana and a popular choice for beach holidays. Having said that, the nicest beaches are situated along the Albanian Riviera, a coastal section in southwestern Albania: crystal-clear, turquoise waters attract visitors to the various beach resorts, such as Himara and Saranda. The bay of Porto Palermo, just south of Himara, is especially popular.