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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. Using our custom trip planner, Saranda attractions like Butrint can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • excellent place in national park. lots of wildlife. an interesting water craft that takes you to the triangular castle.brilliant roman greek and other ruins. fantastic place and scenery. nice little m...  more »
  • When in Saranda these trips to Butrint are included as the town is nearby, take some good walking boots to wear on this trip. Some good views to be seen over the waterfront and high up on the terraces...  more »
  • Interesting archaeological site. At the entrance we asked if there was a guide and as a volunteer, we have entrusted a young babe with very good English and very prepared. Certainly there are to make interventions to preserve and admire the beauty of the site (we explained that the water in the Bay is slowly rising, threatening to flood the site and make it inaccessible; also there are some wonderful mosaics on the floors but you can see why, to preserve them from the Sun hurts them, keep them covered with sand!).
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Albania’s best-known seaside city, Saranda caters to tourists with accommodations clustered along the waterfront, which is exactly where you’ll want to be too. Resort hotels line the shore, offering views of the sea and Greece across the water. Albania remains a pretty cheap tourist destination, but the cost of a seaside room falls in the more expensive range. Head farther back from the beach to find lower-budget hostels, still within walking distance to the water.
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