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Saranda (Sarandë) is a popular holiday destination for both Albanians and foreign tourists – particularly from Italy –  who come to visit the Roman ruins of Butrint. 

This port has the best facilities for visiting yachts at this time, however, there are not many berths available as it is a small port even though it has recently been extended.

Entrance Notes:

Saranda Harbor Master can be reached on VHF Ch. 11.

Cruiser Highlights: 

Hire a care and visit the old town and castle of Gjirokastra, a UNESCO world heritage site.


39°52′16″N, 20°0′19″E.

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Saranda was last updated 4 years ago.

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  1. June 25, 2021 at 10:21 AM
    eldadhadani says:

    We have visited Sarande in June 2021.
    Moored Med style anchor and stern to quay at the small indent after (to the north of) the fuel dock.
    I suspect we were directed there as the ferry that uses this space was not operating due to the Covid restrictions and the fuel dock was occupied most of our stay there by megayachts bunkering fuel.
    Our boat is a Lagoon L400 cat, and there was room at this small dock for two-three additional yachts.
    Paid € 17 per night including electricity & water. The pedestal is behind a fence and you need long hose and cable (the agent offered a help if needed).
    As others here I highly recommend Jelja Serani +355 694 859 383 [email protected].
    Helpful and efficient (also rented a car through her office).
    Paid € 55 for formalities (entry & exit to/from Albania).

  2. October 30, 2018 at 4:53 PM
    Lynda Lim says:

    Joe Richardson says:
    Oct 30, 2018 06:36 AM
    On Sunday the 28th I left Corfu to check into Albania while transiting to Montenegro. Given various heavy weather systems around I was keen to be able to anchor on the cost of Albania. I had tried to contact but it seems they only work Monday to Friday so took a chance and turned up at Saranda. As I came alongside on the dock an agent was there to greet me. The Harbour Master had seen the AIS and rung an agent to help us. I confirmed the cost and was pleasantly surprised at 40 euros. Effectively you have to check into the port and country but also check out the port. 20 euros to check in and 20 euros to check out of the port. You can then Anchor along the coast but if you wish to go on land you need to check into the local port before doing so. The agent who was very good in Saranda was Jelja Serani +355 694 859 383 [email protected]

  3. October 28, 2018 at 9:40 AM
    Lynda Lim says:

    We had the same nice experience: Contacted Jelja at [email protected] in advance. She is the optimal combination of being professional, super effective, calm and friendly. Check in/out, was done in few minutes without our involvement. We hired a car for two days round trip, very interesting and friendly country/people.

    1. June 3, 2019 at 7:03 PM
      Wizard42 says:

      Totally agree with comments about Jelja and her company – very professional 🙂

  4. September 1, 2017 at 9:47 AM
    Lynda Lim says:

    Sep 01, 2017 09:47 AM

    We sailed from Corfu to Saranda and spent two nights. We used Jelja and her husband as agent (details in the agency section of noonsite), who were very friendly and helpful. After announcing our arrival at Port Control on VHF channel 11, they identified a berth for us. Some of the births are alongside, but we had to go stern-to with the anchor out. No problems. Jelja took care of the formalities, there was water and electricity. There are toilets in the port building. Cost: Euro 40 for the agent and Eur 13 per night for the port. The nights were calm and we could leave and enter the port without problems. You can visit Butrint by bus, highly recommended. Change some Euros to Lek close to the port to pay for bus fare (100 lek) and entry to Butrint (500 lek). We notified Jelja of our intention to depart and she got the papers ready for our next port. Note that it is also possible to anchor in the bay.

  5. July 23, 2017 at 8:07 AM
    Data Entry2 says:

    We just left Saranda after a very pleasant stay, and can’t recommend Jelja at Saranda Summer Tours highly enough. She is professional, knowledgeable and economical. It would absolutely be a blunder not to use her services when checking in and out.

    This visit we anchored out and completed all formalities by coming to shore in the dinghy. No problem, and much nicer than being bashed up against the rough concrete dock by the ferry wakes and the surge.

    We actually forgot to call the Harbor Master when we came in – just sailed in and dropped the anchor – and there were no problems about that…

  6. May 6, 2017 at 2:50 PM
    swest Data Entry2 says:

    What a lovely bay after coming from Vlore. We decided to stay an extra day after speaking to jelja (agent). We hired a car and enjoyed sight seeing and ruins, highly recommended. Agents extremely helpful. Paid 53 Euros for the first night and 13 Euros the second night. Many restaurants etc. Please stay and enjoy.
    Suezette “Q”

  7. July 15, 2016 at 1:49 PM
    Data Entry2 says:

    **** out of possible 5 (just for lack of facilities like shower, toilets or laundry)
    Date: 2016-07-15
    Captain: Maciej Laskowski, Road Harbour (30)

    Before getting to Saranda contact Saranda Summer Tours ([email protected] Address: Saranda Summer Tours, Lagja Nr 4, Rruga “Mitat Hoxha”, Porti, Sarande, Albania Phone: +355 69 485 9383, Tel / Fax: 00355 852 26768). The nicest and the most hospitable couple that own the place will help you out with all immigration/custom clearance.

    They will make arrangements for your boat to moor at the ferry harbor. Be prepared for a Mediterranean mooring using your own anchor and lines. Go either bow or stern in. Somebody from SST will be on the dock to assist you with lines. That counts a lot!There’s 240V electricity on the dock (some extensions and socket multipliers may be need as there are only two electric pylons there) and limited water (you may need to ask SST to get water turned on when you needed it).

    Also they will assist you with all information and help needed to visit the town or make any side trips. (I personally recommend the Blue Eye water source!)On the shore, close by, a number of nice restaurants serving variety of foods. Look up the for recommendations. A produce farmer market very close to the dock. Just go up from the marina gate and turn right.

    Also a nice bakery very close by.The current price for Saranda Summer Tours service is €50 for the first day, which include clearing in and out upon the departure and a day of docking fees). Every next day at the marine is € 15.
    (Visited July 2016)

  8. May 12, 2016 at 8:46 AM
    Data Entry2 says:

    I am a sailor from Italy. I have heard about Albania very often from my friends who had been there and I was really curious to visit it.
    So, we left Bari on 10 April 2016 and sailed to Corfu where we stayed for 2 nights. We had been there a couple of times before that’s why our visit was short.

    After that, we decided to stop in Saranda, which is the closest port to Corfu. We got contact with an agent there. Her name is Jelja Serani and she promised she would arrange everything for us. Jelja and her staff were waiting for us on the dock. They helped us to moor and prepared paperwork. They also gave us a map of the town marked with all the interesting sites and good traditional restaurants of the town. We were surprised when they offered us a delicious local dish on the boat.
    The next day we visited the Roman ruins and the Blue Eye.

    In the evening Jelja took us to a very nice restaurant outside the town named “Karahaxh” where we ate paid are. After two days we left Saranda with the best impressions and a promise to come back again.

  9. September 8, 2015 at 2:55 PM
    Data Entry2 says:

    A friend who had been in Saranda gave us Jelja Serani email [email protected]. She helped us with everything we needed. We stayed two days in Saranda beautiful city good food. We visited Butrint and Blue eye. Thanks, Jelja

  10. August 24, 2015 at 12:49 PM
    Data Entry2 says:

    3 August 2015. Second time in Saranda, Albania. Really glad to be back and this time with my family. I contacted again my port agent, Jelja Serani, who was very kind and helpful the first time we came to Saranda. She organized a tour for us to Gjirokastra town and Blue Eye Spring. We had a lovely time.

    I recommend Jelja as an agent to all the sailors who plan to visit Albania. She will arrange everything for you. Contact her on +355694859383 or email [email protected] or send her a message directly from her website

  11. July 30, 2015 at 1:50 PM
    Data Entry2 says:

    Posted on behalf of Tony Olin:
    We left Corfu for the Albania port of Sarande, emailed agent Agim Zholi, [email protected], a very helpful fellow who will have everything organised for you on arrival, cost including four nights mooring €100. Tie up on the new ferry dock, 24/7 security close to everything.

    Definitely worth a visit if in this area, The Blue Eye and the Amphitheatre of Butrint are a must-do. Electricity and water available, eat and drink well for cheap, great internet from a local phone shop, €14 for 10mb.

  12. May 18, 2015 at 8:26 AM
    Data Entry2 says:

    They usually take 50 euros for small boats up to 12 meters long this includes the harbour dues check in, check out an agency fee for 1 day. For the days that follow there is a calculation based on linear metres and the position of the berth. So, if stern-to 3 x width + 4 euros. If, alongside 3 x length + 4 euros. These are the prices used for small boats for bigger ones, the agency fee and harbour dues are of higher.

    There are some grocery shops and fresh fruit and veg markets within walking distance of the port. There are several good restaurants close to the port and further around the bay, including bars. It was fairly cheap shopping and eating out. About half the cost of Corfu – cheap !!
    I’m not sure about boating repairs and chandlers. There may be but I didn’t see any.

  13. May 17, 2015 at 10:02 AM
    Data Entry2 says:

    Contact for Saranda Summer Tours & Sailing is [email protected]
    See for more information.

  14. May 16, 2015 at 7:53 AM
    Data Entry2 says:

    I have been to Albania 4 times over the last 2 years and discovered a very helpful lady that helps with all sailing issues, tours and just about anything. She helps with my sailing plans, told me the good shops and restaurants in Saranda and organised a couple of tours for me and my subsequent guests on following trips. She helped make all my trips to Saranda and onwards through Albania extremely pleasant.

    Her name is Jelja Serani and she works for Saranda Sailing and Summer Tours. I contacted her via

  15. December 23, 2013 at 12:57 PM
    Data Entry2 says:

    August 2013. We used Agim Zholi as our agent (Office phone & fax +35585225075, Mobile phone +355692566576). Very good experience. He is to be recommended. SMS him a day before you intend arriving with boat details and he will arrange everything. We paid him €30 for agent fees and €20 for 2 nights mooring at the quay.