Close to the gulf of Panormi ( Palermo by tourists) stands the village of Qeparo, with its own distinctive beach and the old settlement of Qeparo build on a rocky hill overlooking the Ioanian sea.
A LITTLE VILLAGE
The village of Qeparo is part of the municipality of Himara and it is located 13 kilometres south of Himara and next to Borshi. It has a population of 1200 inhabitant and as the resto of the villages most of them have immigrated in Greece and other cities in Albania. According to 19th century topographer William Martin Leake, the original name of the village was Kiepero or Kiparos, which derives from the Greek word kipos, meaning garden.
Qeparo is also divided in two parts, the Old Qeparo an ancient settlement built on the western slope 450 meters above the sea level. Later on, its inhabitants settled a little further down, in the Gjivlash Slope, southeast of the hill of Kasteli, to be closer to their fields and to escape the cold of the winter and formed the newest part of the village called just Qeparo.
AN UNKNOWN PAST
Not too much is known for the pas of this village but its first mention is at some papers of the Ottoman empire (1431 and 1583) about properties and houses on Qeparo. According to those papers at that time there were a total of 50 houses.