Skip to content. | Skip to navigation

Personal tools
The global site for cruising sailors
Sections
You are here: Home / Countries / Albania
By No owner — last modified Jul 10, 2013 10:54 AM

 Albania - Profile

Facts

  • Albania, known as Shqiperia in Albanian, is situated on the Adriatic Sea between Greece and the republic of Montenegro.
  • After decades of rule by a strict Stalinist regime, which systematically discouraged any contact with the outside world, Albania has now opened its doors to foreign tourists and the number of visiting cruising yachts is steadily increasing. Whilst the welcome may be warm, visiting yachts can still be treated with some suspicion by officials.
  • The main ports of entry, Durres, Vlore and Saranda are all commercial ports with few or no facilities for visiting yachts. There is a new marina at Orikum, near Vlore with some facilities, and a marina planned for Durres.
  • The opening up of the country in the early 1990s has brought freedom to the people but has also affected the economy. This has caused high unemployment and has forced many people to emigrate. Greece and Italy are the main targets, which many Albanians try to enter illegally in small boats. Cruising boats sailing the Adriatic should be aware of the possible presence of small unlit boats.
  • Cruising along the coast offers many possibilities although permission to do so must be obtained when clearing in. One of the main attractions inland are the remarkably well preserved Greek and Roman ruins at Butrint, which is best reached from Saranda. The capital Tirana is 24 miles inland from the port of Durres.
  • It is not advisable to leave a yacht unattended or without someone appointed to keep an eye on it.
  • Be aware that not all the buoyage conforms to the IALA System A as it should and anchoring in areas marked as "minefieds" (although mostly cleared), are best avoided.

Weather

The climate is Mediterranean in type, with hot summers and mild winters. The wind in summer is mostly onshore, stronger in the afternoons and dying away at night. Unpredictable thunderstorms are common in the summer.

Albania Weather Forecast

For links to free global weather information, forecast services and extreme weather information see the Noonsite Weather Page.

Main Ports

Durres * , Himare , Saranda * , Shengjin * , Vlore (Valona Bay) *

* indicates port of entry

Share |
Ali BROWN
Ali BROWN says:
Sep 14, 2013 07:27 PM

Visited Vlores Sept 2013 direct from Greece and wasn't allowed to go direct to Orikum. Agent Nino cost Euro55. Only stayed couple of hours at Vlores moored alongside tug boat-boat continually beset by youths begging so didn't feel secure to leave boat for any length of time.
Anchored north of Cape Porto Nuovo. Very sheltered from Southerly winds for shallow draught- 1 metre ish.
Durres much better. Agent Beni. 00355 672082061 very helpful- cost Euro50 plus Euro 10 per night. Quay very secure but can be covered in coal dust/ grain.Harbourmaster and dock staff very helpful. Needed new rudder made EXCELLENT SERVICE from Henkel +355 665680386. (was difficult to track down any repair facility in Durres) Made new rudder wood and GRP within 48 hours for less than Euro 200. Was very professional from small repairs to whole boat moulding- workshop 10 minute drive from Durres on Tirana dual carriageway- difficult to find.

Tellus
Tellus says:
Jan 11, 2014 02:48 PM

update:

Official agent for Orikum Marina and Vlore Port
SAIL ALBANIA
Capt. Irene L. COP (ex nautical Officer of cruiseships and Hurtig Routen vessel, Norway )
Mob. +355 69 732 41 38
Mail: sailalbania@gmail.com
web: www.sail-albania.com
Facebook: Sail Albania

For yachts in transit Orikum Marina is only Port of Entry.
Irene and her team are very helpful and professional, providing all paperworks, yacht charter and Tourist services.

Global Sponsor

pantaenius_banner_130x65.gif

Global sponsor of Noonsite.com

www.pantaenius.com

Albania
Durres
Himare
Saranda
Shengjin
Vlore (Valona Bay)
Profile
Facts
Security
Weather
Main Ports
Formalities
Clearance
Immigration
Customs
Health
Documents
Fees
Restrictions
Local Customs
Clearance Agents
Pets
General Info
Time Zone
Electrical Supply
Opening Hours
Money
Communications
Transport
Diplomatic Missions
Events
Emergencies
Publications
Links
Update History
Countries
Albania
Algeria
American Samoa
Angola
Anguilla
Antarctica
Antigua & Barbuda
Argentina
Aruba
Ascension Island
Australia
Azores
Bahamas
Bahrain
Barbados
Belgium
Belize
Bermuda
Bonaire
Bosnia
Bouvetoya
Brazil
British Virgin Islands
Brunei
Bulgaria
Cambodia
Canada
Canary Islands
Cape Verdes
Cayman Islands
Chagos
Channel Islands
Chile
China
Christmas Island
Cocos Keeling
Colombia
Comoros
Cook Islands
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba
Curacao
Cyprus
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
East Timor (Timor Leste)
Easter Island
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Eritrea
Estonia
Falkland Islands
Faroe Islands
Federated States of Micronesia
Fiji
Finland
France
French Guiana
French Polynesia
French Subantarctic Territory
Galapagos
Gambia
Georgia
Germany
Gibraltar
Greece
Greenland
Grenada
Guadeloupe
Guam
Guatemala
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Hawaii
Heard, McDonald & Macquarie Islands
Honduras
Hong Kong
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Ivory Coast
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Juan Fernandez Islands
Kenya
Kiribati
Kuwait
Latvia
Lebanon
Libya
Lithuania
Macau
Madagascar
Madeira
Malaysia
Maldives
Malta
Marion & Prince Edward Island
Marshall Islands
Martinique
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mayotte
Mexico
Monaco
Montenegro
Montserrat
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar (Burma)
Namibia
Nauru
Netherlands
New Caledonia
New Zealand
New Zealand's Subantarctic Islands
Nicaragua
Niue
Norfolk Island
Northern Marianas
Norway
Oman
Palau (Belau)
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Peru
Philippines
Pitcairn Island
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Qatar
Reunion Island
Romania
Russia
Saba
Samoa
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Sint Maarten
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands
South Korea
Spain
Spanish Virgin Islands
Sri Lanka
St Barts
St Helena
St Kitts & Nevis
St Lucia
St Martin
St Pierre & Miquelon
St Vincent & the Grenadines
Statia
Subantarctic & Southern Ocean Islands
Sudan
Suriname
Sweden
Syria
Taiwan
Tanzania
Thailand
Tokelau
Tonga
Trinidad & Tobago
Tristan da Cunha
Tunisia
Turkey
Turks & Caicos
Tuvalu
US Virgin Islands
USA
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
Uruguay
Vanuatu
Venezuela
Vietnam
Wallis and Futuna
Yemen