The line of villages along the Albanian coastline is known a Bregu to the locals, and the Albanian Riviera to the rest of the world.
Starting in Palasa and ending in Lukove, tourists flock to the area each year in search of what Frommer’s named the Top Value Destination of 2012. Filled with isolated pockets of undeveloped nature, quaint villages, incredible night life, history and culture, and some of the most incredible vistas in the Balkans, it’s no wonder this hidden gem is gaining in popularity.
1. Llogara Pass
The road between Orikum and Dhermi is known as the Llogara Pass. It’s a spectacular mountain pass that overlooks the Albanian Riviera. Driving along the road you get a panoramic view of what’s below and the feeling that you can touch the clouds at the same time. The winding road reaches a height of over 1000 metres and is considered by many to be the best coastal drive in Europe.
It’s so impressive that greats such as Ptolemy, Julius Caesar, and Strabo have written about it. Be sure to bring your camera and don’t eat a heavy meal before you begin! Prior to 2009 the road was very narrow and not well paved. And although it’s well maintained now, there are parts that remain narrow and at such elevation, fog can make driving tricky. You’ll feel like you’re flying over the sea – it’s sure to be one of your most memorable Albanian experiences.