1. We ate well at the Tetova restaurant on the beach, and also at the harbor in Fredi, or Taverna Rrapo.
2. It is cheap to rent a sunbed and parasol on the public beaches
3. We drove over to Borsh Beach by car - the distance is 36 kilometers away, but it was worth it
4. Departing from Saranda, I also liked these quieter beaches: Jale, Himare, Lukova, Porto Palermo
5. The promenade is great for people watching
6. From Saranda the excursions to these places: the Blue Eye Spring in Gjirokaster, Butrin, Lekures Castle, the 40 Martyrs Monastery, Finique (with archeological finds), and Ksamil.
7. The fresh burek in the bakeries is super and ridiculously cheap
8. There are a couple of good bars with terraces to have some fun in the evenings
9. Best local beach: Pulebardha Beach! - the water is crystal clear, good for small kids
10. Taxi is pretty cheap.
1. If you do not have a car, you must rely on public transport to get around the area, but the quality of the buses is mediocre
2. Prices are higher than the Albanian average (e.g. drinks, cakes, restaurants) and in some cases as expensive as in the West.
3. The smell of rubbish bins on the promenade in the evening (the day is better)
4. The local beaches are too narrow and therefore overcrowded in summer, especially the city beach is cramped
5. It costs twice as much to rent a car in Saranda as in Tirana
6. There are simply no sidewalks in many places
7. The sea water is sometimes cold, even in August
8. Saranda is full in July. We spent most of our time in Ksamil because there was no parking in Saranda.
9. The waters of the bay are wavy and mostly pebble-rocky
10. In the heat of the summer, it was difficult to get up to the top of the city.