Things to do in Himare

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  • Silvia B
    Latina, Italy34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First things first: the road is not as bad as it was described. From the main road, you need to drive about 2.5 km in a single-line road, but there are several stopping places in case you meet cars along the way. After that, there is a huge parking lot (which costs 300 lek - 3 euros) where you can park your car. Then you can either walk about 30/35 minutes down the road, which is very rocky but manageable (not at as hard as it was described) or you can drive a 4x4 down to the beach (which I believe is harder thank walking).
    We went in April so there were like 15 people down at the beach and there was only one bar which had beverages. I recommend to bring your own food if you go during low-season. The water was really cold, but again, we went at the end of April. I would 100% go there again.
    Written April 30, 2024
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  • Ekaterina M
    France53 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A bit dirty surroundings but the castle itself is rather interesting: well preserved, information cards and some pictures on the walls, and great view.
    Written September 14, 2021
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  • Kseniya K
    Kyiv, Ukraine58 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice beach with beautiful sea. Please keep in mind that there is no shower on this beach. The sun beds are around 600-700 lek/day. There are a lot of garbage on the beach. At the day time may be overcrowded.
    Written August 18, 2020
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  • Elis G
    London, UK131 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic place for families and young children. Great restaurants , amazing beach. Recently added a new promanade and very close to Himare
    Written March 11, 2024
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  • AshSB67
    Sheffield, UK77 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We wanted somewhere to stop on the drive from Dhermi to Himare and so pulled in at the castle car park in Old Town Himare. We paid 200 Lek for the car park and started the walk up the cobbled pathways to the top. On the way, we saw a sign that said cafe. It looked like it pointed to someone's house, but we risked it, and we were fully rewarded with a delightful little cafe serving drinks and delicious homemade cakes, with a wonderful view of the coast. This was a little gem that, I'm sure we will think of as a highlight of our stay. After refreshments (2000 lek for four of us) we continued up the pathways and reached the top. First on the left was an old church with hand painted frescos and then a series of crumbling buildings. You could walk around wherever you wanted, even to the point of standing at a precipice. Even though it was now 7:30pm (and 30 mins before sunset), a man appeared and charged us 300 Lek each. We took loads of great pictures and wandered back down, where I bought some dried oregano from a villager. A lovely and memorable little trip
    Written July 30, 2023
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  • El_Maranza
    Milan, Italy12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    First things first: although there is a walking path to it, DON’T GO BY FOOT, ONLY BY BOAT/KAYAK! Seriously, you have to partially climb to get there, and the path and rocks there are not stable at all. A friend of mine literally almost fell down the cliff as a rock he was holding on crumbled down. Don’t try it, it’s genuinely DANGEROUS. That being said, the beach is wonderful, nice little pebbles on the shore, beautiful rocky cliffs. The sea is also good for snorkeling. Watch out as there is not much shadow, except for a little cave on the right side.
    Written August 4, 2022
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  • 70ava
    Beijing, China974 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well preserved 200+ year old castle on an island. It is well worth a visit and do get inside to climb the few stairs to the upper floor. The history of this place is also interesting.
    Written October 26, 2022
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  • Beatriz M
    Düsseldorf, Germany5,677 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Of course this is a nice beach but in my opinion there are better ones in Albania, for example, I liked more the Himare city beach than this one because the water was clearer, there were fishes, a nicer view. This beach is isolated but it does not mean it is empty, on the contrary, on a Thursday it had many guests. What I particularly do not like is that they have a station for water sports there so the different jet skis and stuff block your view. We did not pay for a sunbed and just put our towels near the water.
    Written August 6, 2018
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  • CulinarySlut
    Toronto, Canada1,030 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We spent three weeks in Himare and spent time here every day. It’s a laid back, family friendly beach with great water for swimming. Never once during our time there did we feel crowded, nor did we feel any sense of insecurity of any kind.

    There are two super friendly guys there who rent kayaks (one- and two-person), pedal boats, paddle boards and beach umbrellas. Prices for the rentals are very fair (600L for one hour on a two-person kayak; 1,000L for one hour with a pedal boat).

    The restaurant/bar strip is immediately behind the beach, so you have great access to restaurants, coffee shops, bars, markets and clothes/beach kit shops.

    We left at the end of June and it was just starting to get busier, but there’s plenty od room and had we stayed longer we would still have been there every day.
    Written June 27, 2022
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  • Belinda M
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This spot is very tranquil with an amazing view of Himara. The walk is a bit tricky - the way is hard to find and we got really lost. Luckily, a friendly shepard found us and escorted us to the monastery.

    The scenery and walk are both fantastic-you hike through ancient olive groves and past massive oak trees. Friendly goats will escort you much of the way. It should take about 2 hours from the centre of town.

    The monastery itself is lovely, but is still recovering from communist destruction.

    I highly recommend making the trip. It feels like a really special spot. It is really peaceful, and still off the beaten path. But take lots of water and get a local to show the way. Don't follow Google maps- the road leads nowhere.

    I can send photos of the way if it helps.
    Written August 30, 2018
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  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,060 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of our best stops on the all day Vlore-Saranda drive was on Porto Palermo beach. It is secluded in the bay of the small peninsula where's the Ali Pasha castle, which you should definitely visit (see that review).
    The Palermo beach is very small, but not crowded. It's just by the main road and there's a parking lot (unpaved).
    The sea was fantastic, crystal clear and calm like oil. Really great two hours spent there.
    Written September 22, 2020
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