Vlorë sits on a bay that marks the meeting of the Adriatic and the Ionian seas, which means clean waters and briliant beaches. With over 300 sunny days a year, too, it’s easy to see why it’s a popular beach resort. But if you prefer your beach to come with a side of city slicking, Vlorë also fits the bill.</p> <p>The city beaches can be a bit crowded and unkempt at the peak of summer when the mercury soars, so visit on either side of peak season. Plazhi i Ri is the best bet. There are also quieter and more appealing beaches just south of the city – the locals love Orikum.</p> <p>For a real escape, catch a boat to the Karaburun Peninsula, which is pretty free of development and offers pristine white pebble beaches.

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