Apart from its great beach, Borsh is also popular for its roasted lamp, quite a few restaurants serve this dish and always fresh roasted.
The massive stretch of sand at Borshi is surrounded by olive groves, grazing goats and high mountain peaks. It’s one of the least developed of Albania’s main Riviera beaches and one of the largest (7 kilometres long). Fingers crossed it stays that way.
Borshi is a maritime village, in the Albanian Riviera, in the former Lukove municipality, which at the 2015 local government reform it became part of the municipality Himara. The village is inhabited by Muslim Albanians who speak the Lab dialect of Albanian. Despite its small size Borshi has a collection of settlements that stretch from the beach to the mountain side, it has a population of 2500 inhabitant and as the rest of the villages this number is much smaller due to immigration.
Borshi in antiquity was part of Chaonia, of the ancient region of Epirus. Not too much is known of the settlement in the Byzantine era, until it is mentioned as Sopoti in 1258 when it was part of the Despotate of Epirus that grew out after the fall of Byzantine empire. Borshi went through a period of considerable turmoil, changing hands several times between the Despotate of Epirus and Norman crusades invaders before being taken by the Turks in 1431.
The castle of Sopoti is an ancient fortification originally built in the fourth century B.C. by the Epirote tribe of Chaons. The castle was heavily damaged during the barbarian invasions of the fifth and sixth centuries A.D., and it was rebuilt in the Middle Ages at which time it took the name of Sopoti Castle, before becoming known as Borshi castle.
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The village is very stable and growing in prosperity thanks to tourism and olive oil production. The thing that makes Borshi very popular is its beach, which is the largest beach in Ionian Sea (7 km). Tourism has begun to develop a lot thanks to village's beauty and thanks to its friendly people. Continuing in this way Borshi will become soon the best destination for tourists in the South of Albania. On its coastline are built a lot of Hotels and restaurants and some beach bars for entertainment.
There’s a cool café restaurant in the center Borshi that has flowing waterfalls underneath the tables and it has become a popular destination during the summer because of its running waters and fresh atmosphere.
Borshi's fortified ancient settlement rises above a pyramid-shaped hill, 285m. high. The first period of Borsh's antique city is in the mid-century. IV BC. In 1192 it is mentioned as Sopoti castle, habitable until the beginning of XX century. An ancient walled is preserved in good condition as well as the walls of the medieval castle of Sopoti at the normal level. It can be visited by a tarmac road, ten minutes away from the center of Borshi.
Borsh beach is the longest in the region of Himare and most probably in Albania with a stretch of more than 5 kilometers long and 30 meters wide sand. Borsh beach is inviting you to spend at least a day in its pure waters and its traditional tentas (wooden umbrellas constructed by locals during summer). The beach hosts many restaurants, cafes and watersports.
"The village of Borsh is home to the only mosque in the region of Himare, built by Ali Pasha of Tepelena, this monument is still in a good condition. Join our guided tour and explore it!"