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Butrint, Saranda

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Historic Site Landmark
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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  • A wonderful place that like many treasures that are often in Albania, could and should be kept a bit better. You can't no evenings.
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  • Its amazing place to visit! The amazing history and the architecture build in 4th century BC. Its Illyrian place and very attractive. The architecture is influenced by Byzantine and Helen art. There y...  more »
  • You should definitely go there.It is a place for every age to be visited.Recommend to visit during afternoon time .  more »
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  • Great site, amazing to imagine that this place is more than 3000 years old. The peasants settling in the ruins during the Middle Ages must have believed that the gods had built the place. One star less than perfect because they had the Baptisterium mosaic floor covered and the mosaic was not visible. Why not build a simple roof and a drainage and show it to the world?
  • Great place. Alot of history here highly recommended.
  • Gesù and well accessible historical place.
  • It is good to find out in a same place, history of 33 centuries starting from 12 cen b.c up to date...different empires and emporers and their contribution to civilisation.
  • The site itself is not incredible. But the surroundings...

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Where to stay in Saranda

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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