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Welcome to Himara, the Jewel of the Albanian Riviera!

Where the green of the olive groves interwines with the blue of the Ionian Sea and the azure of the sky in a perfect harmony! The hospitality and the pride of it's inhabitants have been well known since early antiquity as the ancient historians as Plinius, Stravon, Thoucidides pointed out in their works.

The region of Himara is named after the county town of Himara, that lies on the shores of the Ionian sea. The region of Himare is a strip that starts with the village of Nivica to the south and ends at the Llogara National Park on the north. At the west side lies the Ionian sea and a continuous series of peninsulas, capes and bays, some of wich like Porto Palermo are closed and sheltered from the wind, while others provide long and beautiful Beaches.

On the east site lies the mass of the Acrokeraunian mountain range, with high peaks like Cika (2,018m), Augo and Messimeri. The strip line between the mountains and the sea is the beautiful and historic land of Himara, with it's villages and theis old stone build houses, the Byzantine churches and monasteries, the castles and many other monuments, as well as the people of Himara hospitable and proud, who have remained unbowed throughout history.

 

Let's take a look at the villages of the Himare region. First of all the county town Himara, wich includes the individual settlements of Castro (Castle), Old Himara, with it's monuments and it's unique architecture, Spilia (Cave) on the beach side with it's economic and tourist hub, Potami (River) with it's wonderful beach and its hotels, Livadhi (Meadow) a beach side neighbourhood mostly with hotels, restaurants, camping sites and beach bars, Michaili a small village on the east of the town and Stefaneli a hill side part of Himara's center with many rooms to let.

Continuing north we encounter the village of Vuno, with its medieval architecture and its wonderful beach Himara, a big tourist attraction during the summer. Next is the small village of Liates and close by is the magnificent canyon of Gjipe and the monastery of St. Theodore. Just before entering the village, visitors can view the amazing waterfall only a few days during the winter. After Liates the road takes us Drymades (Dhermi), a large and particularly beautyful village, with old churches, lovely houses and on the top of the hill, overlooking the villages , the Monastery of Panagia (St. Mary) a little higher lies also the Monastery of Stavridhi (Holy Cross).

 

After Drymades (Dhermi) to the north lies the final village of the region, Palasa, the ancietn village of Palaeste. Further north the road takes us to the Acroceraunian Mountains with its breathtaking cliff edges overlooked by Cika the highest peak and the Llogara National Park, a beautiful well preserved pine forest.
On the east side of Himara are located two mountain villages: Pilur and Kudhes. In order to visit these villages visitors must take the road that scrabbles up the mountains. Pilur is at the highest altitude build like an eagles nest with magnificent view over the Ionian Sea. The second village, Kudhes located at a lower altitude on the slopes of the Acroceraunian Mountains on an inland valley that leads to Qeparo. High on the hill Old Qeparo perches precariously, a veritab;e museum of local architecture with wonderful old houses and churches. New Qeparo is located near the sea with a wonderful beach. A little southern from Himara we find the beach of Llaman a very popular place among tourist. Further south is located the bay of Porto Palermo, in the centre of the bay is a peninsula on which the castle of Panormo is build, which is in an excellent condition along with the little chapel of St. Nicolas.


This is the end of Municipality of Himara.


The southernt region is the Lukove region and contains the following villages. 4 Km south of Qeparo we find Borsh, which in antiquity was known as Meandreia and during Byzantine years was named Sopoto with a castle of the same name located on top of the hill. The village has wonderful running waters, a beautiful long beach and a small number of hotels and taverns. Just after Borsh comes the village of Piqeras, a small and quiet village with its beautiful beach Buneci, continuing with Lukove and its great beaches until we arrive at Shen Vasil, a village rich with traditional architecture. Near this village lie a set of ancient walls, which certain archaeologist believe belong to the ancient city of Chaonia Phoenike. And finaly we reach Nivica the final village of this region and its unique beach Kakomea.


Himara - simply more to experience!

 

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