We finally arrived to the coast and found the beautiful sunshine we were looking for! The drive itself was really quite somethin’. From Vlorë south it was one hairpin curve after another and nothing short of amazing. We climbed and climbed in our little rental wagon, eventually turning a corner and stumbling upon this…
We were literally higher than the clouds.
You can’t see it so well in the photos but it is a crazy feeling to see clouds below, with the blue water looking like it’s part of the sky.
We decided it’d be a good place to stop for a bite.
And the food wasn’t disappointing. Greek salad.
And a deelish seafood risotto.
We spent the next couple days exploring some of the beaches (which we had almost entirely to ourselves), hanging around the hotel pool, eating seafood, and working in the evenings.
Turns out, treading water with a selfie stick isn’t as easy as one might think.
Another day, another beach.
And another plate of seafood!
The funny thing about the Albanian Riviera (the region we were at anyways) is that during the day, there is no power. No power whatsoever. They are in the process of upgrading all of the electrical systems throughout this mountainous area and therefore, the whole area is without power every day from about 830am to 6 or 7pm. You’d think people would hook themselves up with a generator to keep things happenin’ but nope – not our hotel. My big plan was to work in the am, sun in the afternoon, chill in the evening…but such is life. Plans are made to be changed!
Definitely enjoyed this poolside view.
And the foooood! Of course.
Perfect, white pebble beaches with no one to enjoy them but us!
You can see Corfu, Greece off in the distance there! Albania shares water with Greece and Croatia but is a bit cheaper and a lot less busy.
This was part way up the mountain, heading North for Montenegro and Croatia.
Next up: a pit stop in Tirana, Albania.