Guns & Butter: Albanian Riviera Travel Guide (Improv Edition)

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The Albanian Riviera Travel Guide is part of the #NoCollusion, No Albania for TPOL where I break my 100 country count mark. See the World Map for where I’ve been.


TPOL’s Guns & Butter Travel Guide is the best way to see as much as you can in as little time as possible. Here’s how it works – a trip is composed of two factors: Labor And Lazy. The opportunity cost (what is given up) for relaxing and being Lazy is gained by being adventurous in the form of Labor and vice versa. The guide includes inefficient activities i.e., tourist traps that should be avoided and aspirational activities that are worth doing but may be impossible to see given the constraints of time and resources.


To Go Or Not to Go

The biggest reason not to go to the Albanian Riviera is because it is inaccessible (see Albanian Riviera: Beautiful, But How Do You Get There?).

If you can get past the hassle of getting there from land, air, and sea, then here is what you should and should not do in the Riviera.

Skip

Corfu

Why? Because it’s not part of the Albanian Riviera. TPOL’s best travel advice is to Stick to the Plan. There’s a reason you spend time planning your trip. Even if it is last minute, there is still a degree of planning involved. Spontaneous moves like this one occasionally workout, but more often than not, they end in regret (see Make Corfu Greek Again! How Tourism Ruined an Island). Fortunately, there’s a quick ferry back to Saranda in case you don’t heed my advice.

Happy to be back in Albania.

Lounge

Santa Quaranta Beach Bar

If you’re in Saranda, a popular place is Santa Quranta Beach Bar. I would skip it if you aren’t allowed to rent a beach chair which were all ‘reserved’, even though the place was far from at capacity.

A world away from the fun

Party

Party at Folie Marine.

Pamper

Get a Haircut in Saranda.

TPOL loves to get haircuts abroad (see Haircuts Abroad: Marseille Edition). For $7, I got a proper shave and haircut.

Plan

Finding a good hotel would make your trip less stressful. I booked my first hotel on the way from Skopje which is how I ended up here for one night (see Bollanos Hotel Albanian Riviera: Wait, Where Am I?).

Bad planning led me to Corfu for a night and then back to Saranda. I spent more time in transit than on vacation.

Depart

It was a disjointed few nights on the riviera. I was happy to take a private transfer to Tirana (see Siranda to Tirana: The Perfect Minibus).

Overall

I was given recommendations for where to go by my Albanian friend before I booked my trip. Even with this advice, this part of the trip was a bit of a mess.


If you enjoyed reading the Albanian Riviera Travel Guide, read the rest of the #NoCollusion, No Albania for TPOL Trip Report.

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