Sarande Albania

For the first time the name Saranda (Sarande Albania) is mentioned in the year (1412).

Until the 4th century AD it was under the Roman Empire and this is proven by the ruins of the surrounding walls, parts of which are also located in the city promenade. from the century From the 4th to the 6th century, Onhezmi was under the Byzantine Empire. Saranda (Saranda Albania) is a city in the southwest of Albania, located on the Ionian coast.

Sarande Albania

Previously (in antiquity where it was mentioned by some historians of that time such as Strabo, Ptolemy, Cicero) Saranda is known in history with the name Onhezmi and this word has 2 meanings, according to the Latin language Onhezi was an easterly wind that blew and facilitated travels and the second meaning is that according to the legends Onkizi was the father of Eneas) and much later, during the fascist Italian occupation of Albania in 1939, it was called Porto Eda in honor of Benito Mussolini’s eldest daughter. Onhezmi in ancient times was a port city, one of the gates, we can call it such, which connected the Western Balkans with the countries of Eastern Europe. A very favorable economic strategic point for the Illyrians.

Saranda (Sarande Albania) is an important tourist center in Albania. The main source of income is tourism and immigration. Its geographical position greatly favors agriculture and animal husbandry. Although after communism the production is very little. In the area around Saranda, citrus terraces were built with voluntary youth work and with non-political prisoners, which in most cases were destroyed without a single lawsuit being filed by any instance.
Under the jurisdiction of Saranda municipality (Sarande Albania) there are five neighborhoods and three villages: Gjashta, Metoqi and Shelegari.

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The city has over 40,000 inhabitants and is known as an area with a large emigration. The average life span exceeds 72 years. The coastal city has a diverse ethnic and regional composition. Saranda (Sarande Albania) has a typical Mediterranean climate. Saranda has the highest number of sunny days in Europe, over 270 days. Natural assets The area of Saranda is characterized by a large number of natural, semi-natural and artificial habitats. It has a diverse typical Mediterranean vegetation.

The area is known for the production of citrus fruits and olives, while fruit trees occupy about 30 percent of the area. The aquatic vegetation of the Ionian Sea is added to the plant wealth of Saranda. Corals are not missing in the depths of the Ionian Sea. Saranda brings spectacular views of blue waters to local and foreign visitors. The area of Saranda has a rich animal world, such as wild boar, rabbit, jackal, fox, wolf, coot, partridge, duck, etc. Some reserves, such as the forest of Butrint, Stillo, Corraj, Muzina, Janjar, are a very suitable hunting ground for the amateurs of this sport.

The aquatic and animal wealth of the Ionian Sea is also diverse. Dolphins are friends of the city of Saranda, approaching the shores of Saranda. A Careta-Careta turtle was recently seen in Butrint. The sea waters are extremely clear and blue in color. The entire area offers precious habitats for fish and other marine animals. The Ionian coast is in many areas still virgin and extremely beautiful. This area includes the typical Mediterranean lagoon of Butrint, about 1600 ha. The lagoon is rich in vegetation that serves as food for many types of fish. The lagoon is also a stopover for thousands of wintering and migratory waterfowl.

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Saranda (Sarande Albania) is a city with more than 2000 years of history, built in the area of the southern coast of Albania, rich in rare values of the Albanian cultural and archaeological heritage, but also European. In its beginnings, the city served as a gateway to the ancient city of Finic and thus also as a gateway to the region. This rich archaeological heritage intertwined with the beauties of nature, as well as its natural harbor, constitutes the most important basis to promote the development of the current image of Saranda, as a destination of classic world tourism, as well as to attract the tourism market. special.

Saranda (Sarande Albania) has benefited in recent years from the attraction of local and foreign vacationers. In recent years, a “boom” of the construction industry has been noticed, which has changed the image of the city from a quiet coastal vacation spot to a massive construction area, among which there are many illegal buildings. Currently, the National Archaeological Park of Butrint is the primary generator of international tourists, who mostly come as day visitors from the island of Corfu in Greece, after a pleasant journey of about an hour by boat.

In 1927, Saranda had about 800 inhabitants, while almost ten years later it had 1800 inhabitants. In these years there was an urban development, the pier was built, the promenade by the sea was opened, the first houses and a series of warehouses and shops were built. In 1957, the city became the administrative center. In the years 1960-1980, Saranda was promoted as “Albania’s tourist offer” not only for Albanian visitors, but also for the few foreign visitors who could be counted on the fingers of the country surrounded by wire in the middle of Europe. But during this period the first investments were made, especially in the green crown of the Riviera.

Thousands of young people worked in stocks to turn the surrounding hills into belts of olives, oranges and lemons. From 1960 to 1982, Saranda’s population grew at an average annual rate of 2.7 percent. At that time, the city of Saranda had about 15,000 inhabitants and development was quite limited. In the years 1990-2004, the city experienced a pace of development and an increase in population, mainly due to the arrival of many families from different areas of Albania. In 2022, the population was 41,000 inhabitants.

Under the Ottoman regime, Saranda became the private property of Sultan Abdyl Hamit by a decree of the High Gate. During the rule of Benitto Mussolini, the city of Saranda took the name “Porto Eda”, for the sake of his daughter. After World War II, some high-ranking officials of the communist regime had the town as their tourist and hunting retreat.

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The city of Saranda (Saranda Albania) is experiencing a rapid development of the banking sector. The main banks in Albania have opened their branches in this city, paying particular attention to the banking service during the summer season. So far, more than 14 operators are exercising their banking activity. Saranda has a civil hospital, where all medical cases are treated… And for the most serious ones, a quick transfer by helicopter to Tirana…Or to the hospital in Ioannina (Greece) is done.

The service at the hospital is completely free. In Saranda there is also an emergency service and a day hospital. There are also public ambulances and specialized clinics. Mobile phone companies Vodafone, Eagle, AMC and PLUS, as well as Albtelekom, offer service in Saranda, where coverage of the entire area, including the rural area, is provided with a signal. In the amphitheater of the ancient city of Butrint, the International Theater Festival “Butrint 2000” is held every year… With the participation of many European theater companies. Many shows are staged in the cinema of Saranda.

During the summer months, not only Saranda’s stage troupe… But also other troupes inside and outside the country, give different shows in the city that is “flooded” by visitors. In the city of Saranda, there is no TV channel that broadcasts live on the Internet… Despite the constant requests of viewers on the website In terms of electronic communication… Saranda Web remains the first and main contact… Both on the Facebook social network and through the website

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