"Himarë and the Albanian Riviera" Himare by JLBG

Himare Travel Guide: 5 reviews and 14 photos

In the antiquity, Himarë was inhabited by the Chaonians, one of the 14 Greek tribes of Epirus. Chaonians are often mentioned in Ulysses’ adventures.

Himarë is a large village between Sarandë and Vlorë. It is 51 km north to Sarandë and 32 Nautical miles from the main port of Corfu Island

The region of Himarë comprises 8 villages: Himarë, Dhërmi, Palasë, Vuno, Pilur, Qeparo, Kudhës and Iliasi. The population of the Himarë region is estimated at around 3,000 inhabitants. Himarë itself should have around 500 permanent inhabitants and 3,000 in summer when expatriates (from abroad and from the capital) come back home.

The name of Himarë is said to come either from its founder, Chimaira or from the Greek “cheimarros” (torrent). Himarë is the only one of the villages of the Albanian Riviera that is not clutched to the mountain but stands in a small plain, at the foot the Keravnia Mountain.

In 2009, we stopped briefly in Himarë, as the road works for the new road were very busy in town. The main street was closed for traffic. Once the road works finished (very soon), there will be a very pleasant promenade along the sea. There are several cafes with a terrace. This is where we had a beer. Sorry, because of the road works, I did not take any photo.

  • Last visit to Himare: May 2009
  • Intro Written Jun 28, 2009
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