Himara is one of the most beautiful places of the Albanian Riviera, emptied throughout the year due to the high emigration in Greece. But in summer it gains a special livelihood with returning locals and numerous tourists from all over the world.
Evenings in Himara are passionate, especially in July and August. You can rest in the seafront cafes, take a walk to the beach promenade, at the center and in the eastern part of town, stay late at Manolo’s cafe, or dine at the restaurant of Esperia situated at the port of Himara with an astonishing view of the town. The greatest pleasure of vacationers is the roundabout in Himara’s boulevard, less than 400 meters, which is also crossed by the waiters, who serve coffee and drinks in the seaside.
Upon arrival in Himara, one may visit the 5th century B.C. Castle of Himara, positioned prominently on the hill above the city which it once protected. A long-time stronghold of the local population, the castle was occupied until the 16th century A.D. and contains a number of houses and churches of the post-Byzantine period. Perhaps the most beautiful church within the walls is the Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus, overlooking Himara and the Ionian Sea. Also, known as the Church of All Saints, this former seat of the archbishopric of Himara showcases church walls preserving its multiple phases of construction, part of them being built on top of earlier walls. Himara castle and its churches charge 100 LEK entry fee.
The Castle of Ali Pasha at the bay of Panormi is a small castle located on a lovely peninsula in the middle of the bay, known since ancient times. The castle has a triangular shape of 150 x 400 meters with the walls reaching as high as 20 meters. Ali Pasha of Tepelena, the 18th century ruler over the eastern part of the Ottoman Empire, built the castle in honour of his wife Vasiliki. There is an admittance fee of 100 LEK at the castle, and it is open from 09:00 – 16:00 daily.
The beach of Livadhi, famous for its deep blue waters and the endless fields of olive trees, it is one of the largest beaches of the region, it has a stretch of 1.2 km and more than 60 meters of sand, and it’s mostly visited by campers and families for its peace and quiet. It is located north of Himara, 5 minutes of driving or by taking a short walking path on the seaside.
After the town of Himara and Potami neighbourhood, a small and beautiful beach lies ahead. Stuck between rocky hills, the beach is well frequented during the high season, expect to find both swimmers & jet-skis around. Sharp look-out required! It has very deep waters and colder temperatures than any other beach in the region because of the underwater springs that work all year long.
The monastery of Athali with St. Mary’s church inside is located about 10 km from the center of Himara. Believers gather at Athali every Friday after Easter and every 15 of August, more than 500 people celebrate those days. The monastery was built around 1975. It has a typical byzantine basilica and beside the church there are two storey dwelling ruins that where habitable then and for storage usage. Athali church size 10 x 10.5 meters, covered with flat ceiling, while the side naves are rectangular, separated from each other by columns with arches that connect adjacent walls, which are covered with barrel vaulted. The church is located about 450 meters above sea level and has a wonderful panorama of the Ionian Sea and the city of Himara. Can be accessed by car or visitor can hike their way till there.