SUMMER IN VUNO
The village of Vuno remains an undiscovered gem of the Albanian Riviera. Aside from its proximity to the sea, Vuno is also home to a medieval church, castle ruins, and a monastery. The traditional stone villas and narrow, cobblestone streets, against the backdrop of olive groves stretching to the sea, make Vuno a picturesque Mediterranean village. It hosts a couple of guest houses and vacation rentals during the summer. Volunteers has helped to clear and mark trails from Vuno to Jali and to the monastery, cleaned many green spaces of debris and garbage, partially restored a Medieval church, and created the area’s first backpacker hostel. Now, business from the travellers who stay at the hostel is an economic boom for the village during the summertime.
The mini canyons of Vuno are located between the villages of Vuno and Ilias, on the left of Gjipe stream and the road linking these two villages. Represents an extremely degraded landscape, consisting of quaternary clay deposits, 10 to 15 m in thickness and red. It can be visited, approaching several dozen meters nearby.
St. Spiridon Monastery is positioned in the center of the village of Vuno where it forms an ensemble with social character buildings. Its church was built in 1777 and painted in the year. The church presents a basilica and beside it there is also a two-chamber bell tower that appears as simultaneous construction with the church. Currently the church is in the process of restoration.
The Church of St. Mary of Mesodhia is positioned on a shore in the southeast of Vuno, a few meters above the national road. Wall paintings were made in 1783. On the front of the western wall there was a stone wall-bell tower from which only the legs of the chamber were left. The church is preserved in good condition and is easily visited on foot.
Jali beach is located just before the village of Vuno, almost 3 kilometres far from the main road. It has a large main beach with fine sand and crescent rocky ridges with blue and green colours, and two small ones occupied by some resort hotels. It’s a popular destination among young people because of its camp sites and summer music festivals.