The 10 Best Things to Do in Orikum, Albania

April 4, 2018 Brandee Mangan

Orikum is a town and a former municipality in the Vlorë County, southwestern Albania. At the 2015 local government reform it became a subdivision of the municipality Vlorë. It was named after the ancient city Oricum, which was located 4 km west of modern Orikum. The population at the 2011 census was 5,503. The municipal unit consists of the town Orikum and the villages Dukat Fushë, Dukat, Tragjas and Radhimë. Nearby the modern city is located the only marina in Albania, Marina of Orikum (as of 2011).
Restaurants in Orikum

1. Gjipe Beach

Vuno, Gjipe, Himare, Albania +355 69 930 5002
Excellent
84%
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5 based on 136 reviews

Gjipe Beach

Reviewed By FINANS G

fantastic beach!!! not so easy access makes this a perfect beach to spend a quiet day. highly recommended but hard to reach

Fier, Albania +355 68 405 8529
Excellent
52%
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41%
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4.5 based on 158 reviews

Apollonia

Reviewed By John B - Toronto, Canada

If you're a fan of ancient Rome then the place to visit while in Albania is Apollonia, just outside of Fier. Perched atop a large hill with spectacular views all around, the excavated ruins only hint at what once was an incredible place. There are informative plaques at most of the sites though a good map is necessary to find your way around (take a photo of the large posted map when you arrive). The highlight was definitely the grand memorial area where the small theatre is located.
There is no charge to visit the site and there are two restaurants where you can get a drink or a bit to eat. However, getting here is a little unpleasant. While only a few kilometres from Fier, the roads are truly dreadful and you have to drive slowly and with extreme care to ensure you don;t damage your vehicle.

3. Dhermi Beach

Dhermi, Dhermi, Albania
Excellent
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4.5 based on 162 reviews

Dhermi Beach

Reviewed By Rich190_10 - Chester, United Kingdom

The beach along Dhermi is certainly worth a visit. Many bars spill out onto the beach with various amounts of sunbeds, sun four-posters and thatched shelters.
Quite Italian in its organisation but with a far more relaxed style. Some parts fo the beach are empty where you can take your own towel and parasol but all the supplied parasols and beds are very cheap and come with service at your lounger from the local bars.
Unlike may Beaches in the world, here you are never bothered by annoying sellers of rubbish ! There are some that walk along with fruit, nuts and some doughnut things but you are never pestered.
The beach on the Northern part of Dhermi is very long and straight from Ostro in the south to Summer dream in the North. We favoured the Ostro end.
The covering is mainly shingle and smooth small stones. the entrance to the sea can be a bit uncomfortable on the feet so some swim shoes are a help but, once in, the water is amazing ! Very clean and incredibly clear sea. It really is the most remarkably clear sea I have seen !
The area is still developing and will continue to improve in the coming years. Small bar area with some nightlife is quite cool with plenty of restaurants to experience.

4. Independence Monument

Sheshi Pavaresia, Vlore, Albania
Excellent
28%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
5%
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1%
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4 based on 84 reviews

Independence Monument

Reviewed By nikoletamertiri18 - Athens, Greece

It is a monument that shows the indipence day of Albania. It has a very interesting story.Tourists can stay there to take a photo,but nothing else. But, exept of that, you need to see it.

5. Baraban Bar

Rr. Andon Sheti, Jala 9400, Albania +355 69 219 5126
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5 based on 7 reviews

Baraban Bar

This is the nicest beach bar in the area, not only Jali, but including Drymades and Dhermi. The staff is friendly and the service is very good. If you want to enjoy a nice morning coffee looking at the beautiful Ionians see, or you want to experience the nightlife with some nice cocktails, Baraban Bar is the right choice.

Reviewed By Keti G - Tirana, Albania

This place is great for morning, afternoon and evening, Great cocktails and music all day, and it is right in the seaside, so its easy to go and refresh yourself in the amazing Ionian Sea. The atmosphere is amazingly cheerful thanks to the music and the guests who complete ate frame of the bar. I'll definitely be back every summer!

6. Bunec Beach

Plazhi Bunecit, Piqeras, Albania
Excellent
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Bunec Beach

Reviewed By admirg1972 - Kosovo

Its a unique place. I was here for two days in July 2016 together with my wife and my two boys. It was unforgettable, quite, water very clean. I drove all the way from Saranda, but it was worth of it. I will come back for sure.

7. Kalaja e Borshit

Borsh, Albania
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5 based on 2 reviews

Kalaja e Borshit

Reviewed By Nightride B - Germany, Bavaria

Wir waren heute an der Burg von Borsh. Der Weg geht im Ort (nahe der Quelle) auf einem Schotterweg zwischen den Häusern den Berg hinauf. An der Straße steht ein braunes Hinweisschild. Am Ende der Straße ist ein Parkplatz mit einem Hinweis und Informationsschild zur Burg. Es geht ein super ausgebauter Fußweg hoch zum Eingang.
Die Burg ist sehr groß und neben dem Eingang findet sich eine alte Moschee aus dem 18 Jhdt.
Die Burg ist leider wenig beschrieben aber es finden sich zwei tolle Ausblicke: einmal auf die Berge und einmal auf die Bucht von Borsh.
Diese Festung ist ein Pflichtprogramm für alle Besucher. Es gibt in den alten Mauern viel zu entdecken wie zB verschieden Gewölbe und alte Bauten.

8. Karaburun-Sazan National Marine Park

Sh 95, Orikum 9426, Albania
Excellent
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3.5 based on 12 reviews

Karaburun-Sazan National Marine Park

Reviewed By Ton_NLD - NLD

We were staying in the Llogora pass and spend a day in Orikum where we visited the archaeological parc of Orik, the beach and the Karabarun marine parc. The latter we heard /read could be reached by boat. Seeing the boat operators are not so well marked yet in Oirkum we just went into a small harbour A bit north of the main beach area amd asked if someone could bring us to the peninsula where the parc was located. The owner of the bar at the harbor pointed us to a guy working on a rubber speedboat and said he could take us for €100 13500lek. We took the risk and went onboard with our 3yo daughter. It turned out to be worth while, although we could have picked a day with a less rough see, or a bigger boat. We though the ride on the waves was cool bit our daughter was less entertained.
The ride was beautiful and the parc/penisula was a beautiful area with nice views and secluded Beaches. We were dropped of at a beach restaurant with some small docks.
In the end I think we would have tried to get the price down. We ended up paying 12000 as we were only away for 2 hours (the captain waited for us) to come back from our short hike). We later read that there are tour operators in Oirkum that take groups to the parc for a lower price and probably in a bigger and more comfortable boat.
One can also walk following the beach road north, but you'll have to get by the guard at the marine base. We did that when we visited the ruins also in that area by asking inside the restaurant just in front of the base entrance (follow the sh95 until you reach the base entrance). In our case the guy who sold the entrance tickets was there and arranged for us to enter the military area.

9. Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello

Himare, Albania
Excellent
54%
Good
35%
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4.5 based on 144 reviews

Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello

Reviewed By LMOverby - Columbia, Missouri

The Porto Palermo is a striking part of the Albanian coast. Ali Pasha's castle is the best preserved (and the newest, I think) castle along "the Riviera." Cafe/restaurant across the road offers shaded parking and a shady veranda on which to have a cool drink after touring the castle. In the background, you can the remains of an old Soviet-era submarine base.

10. Zvernec Monastery

Zvernec Island, Vlore, Albania
Excellent
48%
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27%
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4 based on 76 reviews

Zvernec Monastery

Reviewed By Dana C - Bucharest, Romania

The surroundings are awesome, a natural reserve with a lake and the monastery is on an island on this lake (there were flamingos on the lagoon). The monastery and the bridge to the island are very picturesque, worth seeing it.

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