Saranda is a coastal town in Albania, geographically, it is situated on an open sea gulf of the Ionian Sea in the central Mediterranean, about 14 km (8.7 mi) east of the northern end of the island of Corfu. Stretching along the Albanian Ionian Sea Coast, Saranda typically has over 300 sunny days a year.
Saranda is one of most charming towns of the Albanian Riviera , and during the summer months it seems like half Tirana relocates here to enjoy the busy beach and busier nightlife along its crowd-filled seaside promenade. What was once a sleepy fishing village is now a thriving city, and while Saranda has lost much of its charm in the past two decades, it has retained much of its charisma.
The town’s name comes from Ayii Saranda, an early monastery dedicated to 40 saints; its bombed remains (including some preserved frescos) are still high on the hill above the town. The town was called Porto Edda for a period in the 1940s during WWII, after Mussolini’s daughter.
Saranda is well-connected with cruisers that come from all over the world and Corfu (the Greek town in front of Saranda) , during summer is mostly full of tourists from Nordic or Eastern Europe countries for its climate , food and beauty .
In recent years, Saranda has seen a steady increase in tourists. Visitors are attracted by the natural environment of Saranda and its archaeological sites.