Albania Yacht Charter
Albania's coastline has been described by some as the Mediterranean's
best kept secret, hosting bay after bay of untouched sandy beaches lined on one side by blue water and on the other cypress trees that make this area a paradise for Eastern Mediterranean
luxury yacht charters.
Visitors to the region might already be familiar with the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia
to the north, neighbouring Montenegro
and the Ionian Islands of Greece
to the south. In fact, Corfu
is just a mile from the southern shores of mainland Albania.
What makes this destination so attractive to luxury yacht charter groups is its undeveloped natural beauty above and below the waterline and myriad ruins of Greek origin that you can take your time exploring without having to worry about crowds. And with the additional benefits of EU clearance and duty-free fuel, many are already discovering the benefits of this incredible stretch of coastline.
Whether you are planning a luxury yacht itinerary taking in multiple countries in the Adriatic Sea or intend to spend the entirety of your time discovering what Albania has to offer, your crew will provide you with first-class service and plenty of on board entertainment to make your experience truly memorable.
5 quick reasons to visit Albania
- Untouched natural beauty
- Fantastic coastal ruins
- Numerous wreck dives
- Rich cultural heritage
- Close to other sensational luxury yacht charter destinations
More about this part of the Adriatic
Luxury yacht charters in the Adriatic
typically start or end in the north is famous destinations such as Venice
and the Istrian peninsula before cruising down to Rovinj
, which are popular itinerary additions along with the local beaches and dive sites.
A cruise south will pass by the Dalmatian Islands that draw in sailing yachts and motor yachts with picturesque towns, sandy coves and impressive wreck and cave dive sites. Electronica music festivals take place here in the summer, but if that's not your preference then there are numerous islets to leave the parties behind and have one of your own in complete seclusion.
The incredible city of Dubrovnik lies in the far south of Croatia and is followed by the tiny country of Montenegro, where scenic castles and forts are dramatically perched along clifftops and rocky islands.
The colours of these enchanting landscapes continue into Albania, where there are scores of wrecks for divers to discover, some dating back over millennia and others from World War II. Gentle bays create perfect conditions for a family holiday with young children at the beach, and water sports enthusiasts will have the right amount of breeze for windsurfers and kite surfers.
The popular Ionian Island of Corfu looms in the water opposite the southern part of Albania and charter guests could easily cruise down to the rest of Greece to include another country in their fantastic holiday or event charter.
Albania Yacht Charter Experiences
Visitors to the Albania charter grounds cruising down from the exceptional Montenegrin seascape will be just as impressed with the sapphire and topaz blues surrounding the Albanian beaches, backed by fertile farmland and far-reaching mountains.
Stop off at the Cape of Rodon to explore Rodoni Castle, St. Anthony Church and the beautiful fine-sand beaches nearby: Far from the tourist town of San Pietro, you will have the area virtually to yourselves.
The northern city of Durrës is replete with beaches to the north west and south to give you choice snorkelling and Scuba diving grounds as well as sheltered bays to let loose with the water toys. The numerous beach bars give you plenty of alternatives to drinking an dining on board, and the nearby vineyards make a great alternative to life at the beach and wine-tasting tours will take your group through the aromatic countryside from one quality winery to the next.
In town, there is the remains of a 20,000-seat 2nd-century CE Roman amphitheatre built by Emperor Trajan, and within walking distance is also the Venetian Tower and the Forum & Roman Baths so that guests can absorb ancient history in atmospheric ruins during the afternoon then spend the evening exploring the city at night or entertaining back aboard your luxury yacht.
Vlorë and its impressive natural bay give luxury yacht charter groups with varying interests the chance to explore the city and get in some shopping, sightseeing and local dining while Scuba divers discover the local wildlife in the deep blue bay. Spend the night anchored in the harbour or cruise down to Gjipe Beach stopping by at Grama Bay and/or Sant Andreas Bay for the beautiful quiet beaches.
Hidden spots like Aquarium Bay near Himare are great for rock pools and snorkelling with children and give the group a chance to interact with the local environment as much as possible. Like much of the undulating Albanian coast, this region offers one large sandy bay after another with plenty of opportunity for kayakers and paddle boarders to get up close to the cliffs and caves - stop by at the Cave of Porto Palermo and paddle around the base of the Porto Palermo Castle to see it from below and the panoramic views of the sea from above.
In Sarandë, Lëkurësi Castle looms high on the clifftop and is worth visiting for the views alone, however the restaurant also has live music and a mouth-watering menu to prolong your stay at sunset. After learning about local history at the museum near the port, shop for unique souvenirs at the nearby art gallery then Suba dive the harbour wrecks of an Italian cargo ship as well as a cutter sailing yacht. Return to the wilds as you cruise south to Pulebardha Beach, or Pasqyra Beach and Bora Bora Beach within the Butrint National Park. Have your best quality camera ready to snap some of the 250 bird species to be found here, including kingfishers, peregrine falcons and golden eagles.
If you intend to end your yacht charter in Albania and extend your stay, or make time to spend a day on land, then the Blue Eye Nature Monument is a stunning example of the vibrant colours that the natural world can produce: Look through the glassy blues and greens of the springs and take a dip, drying off as you walk back through the scented pine forest.
Things to Consider
Yachting Seasons & Climate:
The hottest months along the Albanian coast are from June until September, when temperatures remain above 23°C/73°F throughout and hover around a high of 27°C/81°F during July and August.
Rainfall is also at its lowest in July and August, while December through to February has the highest chance of rainfall. Wind and cloud cover is light throughout the region.
Clothing to Pack For Your Charter
T-shirts and shorts are fine to wear away from the beaches however guests might want to take an extra layer for air-conditioned interiors and cooler temperatures after sundown.
When visiting religious sites, visitors should cover their shoulders and thighs and avoid shoes such as flip-flops which are likely to make noise. Guests intending to visit the ruins, coastal tracks and vineyards should also pack a sturdy pair of hiking boots.
Main Ports and Marinas
Sarandë Port, Orikum Marina
Famous Restaurants & Clubs
Blu Mare restaurant (Durrës), Bar Restorant Pizzeri Troplini (Durrës), Kodra e Kuajve restaurant (Durrës), Portofino Lounge bar (Durrës), Boga Lounge bar (Durrës), Alban Restaurant (Sarandë), Milo's Kitchen (Sarandë), Summer Restaurant (Sarandë), Terrace Cocktail Bar (Sarandë), Jericho Cocktail Bar (Sarandë), ROX Cafe Bar (Sarandë)
A Must See Attraction
Rodoni Castle, St. Anthony Church, Durrës amphitheatre, Cave of Porto Palermo, Porto Palermo Castle, Lëkurësi Castle, Butrint UNESCO World Heritage Site, Butrint National Park, Blue Eye Nature Monument
Best beaches to visit in your yacht
Gjipe Beach, Grama Bay, Sant Andreas Bay, Pulebardha Beach, Pasqyra Beach and Bora Bora Beach
Best time to go
For the warmest, driest weather, July and August are the best months to visit Albania on a luxury yacht charter. Sailing yachts might prefer the spring and autumn shoulder seasons when there are slightly windier conditions.