With one of its largest borders being against the Adriatic Sea, Albania has some of the best beaches in Europe. Albanian beaches hold some distinct advantages over beaches in other European nations. They are still quite untouched and not crowded. Some of the more popular ones do start to fill up in the high season but once August passes it is possible to get a prime spot in any Albanian beach.
Mali Robit is one of the most popular beaches in the country. During the summer season it attracts quite a crowd, making the quality of the water slightly questionable. Mali Robitis a very about a 40 minute drive from the city of Tirana. There are a few low rise constructions near the beach but also a beautiful pine forest to help add to the scenery. Mali Robit is a beach that is best visited after the high season when the crowds start to dissipate.
Shengjin lies about 50 minutes north of Tirana, near the Kosovo region. It is a beach town and one of the country's larger ports. Access to the beach has been much improved due to the construction of a new road. Ferries from Italy are scheduled to start so the area holds enormous potential for growth. Nearby Shengjin there are wetlands, pine trees and various local wild life that make up the scenery.
Vlors is a sandy beach located where the Ionian and Adriatic seas meet. It is a very touristy town that is growing due to the expanding port and thermal power plant. Although locals have their concerns about the impact development will have, currently swimming at Vlora provides some majestic mountain views.
Saranda is a shale and pebble beach in the southern part of the country. In fact it is directly opposite to the Greek island of Corfu. Saranda is known for its clean, crystal clear waters. The word is getting out about Saranda as tourist numbers increase every year from holiday makers looking to escape the higher prices in Greece and Italy. The beaches at Saranda are artificial but safe and clean.
Ksamil is a beautiful, white sandy beach that looks like it belongs in the Caribbean rather than Eastern Europe. It is located about 25 minutes south of Saranda beach, making it the closest point in Albania to the island of Corfu. The UNESCO World Heritage site of Butrinti is only a few minutes away, as well.