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Butrint, Saranda

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See the remains of an ancient Greek and Roman city at Butrint. The ruined city thrived until late antiquity when it began to decline, but it wasn't abandoned until the Middle Ages. Located on a hill near the sea, the ruins continued to play a part in the region's history even after its demise as different groups took power, such as the Venetians and the French. Constant excavations have taken place since 1928. Local preservationists worked hard to protect the site from looters and violence, and in 2005 UNESCO declared that the site was out of danger. You can reach the ruins and view the archeological work by using the road leading directly there from Saranda. The attraction is located in Butrint National Park, so consider combining the two and spending a day exploring the park. Butrint is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Saranda Edition.
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  • Participated in a group tour with english guide to this very nice and well restored historic castle in south Albania, with an interesting history and a nice museum Good restrooms and a nice restaurant...  more »
  • Unmissable archaeological site Unesco World Heritage. Advisable, in midsummer, visit the wee hours of the morning. The heat makes it unbearable to the long way that your site requires. Well maintained. Just a few minutes from the Centre of the village of Ksamil.
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  • The ruins are definitely impressive but much more I liked the tranquility and the beautiful nature surrounding the ruins. I was basically walking around all on my own (offseason in April).  more »
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  • Butrint is an archaeological site whose megalithic city walls date from 1000 BC. The city and it's setting emerge magically from the Lake and Mountains of Butrint National Park, and some say the city's founders were the descendants of Andromache, wife of Priam of Troy. Indeed the Trojan Gate entrance to the city evokes dreams of that great city before it fell to the Macedonians. After ten visits to Butrint, I have still not explored all of the site and it's national park, and each time I return, it is as if Troy is calling to me, working mysteriously to transport me back to an epoch of legend made true in Butrint.
  • Fascinating to tour this ancient city. If you are in Albania definitely check it out! Admission is only $5 and there is a lot to see.
  • Awesome place. Must-visit if you are in Albania. Reflects the entire history of the country from ancient times to today.
  • Really nice place, must see when going around.
  • One of the best history lesson you can get if you visit Albania.Don't hesitate to come to Butrint, as you can see one of the most amazing rise and fall of a Roman town during different ages.The view is also amazing, and at the end/beginning of the day you can take a bath in Ksamil which is 6-7 km away.