Llogara Pass

We drove south on the coast road through Orikum and came to the Llogara National Park in the Ceraunian Mountains.  The north side of the range was covered in pine forests and the road climbed to over 3,400 feet, taking us through the Llogara Pass, where the temperature dropped to 9° (it had been 18° at sea level), there was even a little snow by the roadside.  The drive took six hours and the scenery was spectacular.  We saw the island of Corfu eight miles off the coast in the Ionian Sea.

We spent the night at the seaside resort of Sarande on The Albanian Riviera and walked along the esplanade to Limani, a sea food restaurant that had good reports on Trip Adviser.  It was an attractive venue right on the water’s edge.  Unfortunately, the waiters seemed surly and barely spoke to us, this treatment was even harder to accept because we were so used to being treated as minor celebrities by our Albanian hosts, who showed a genuine interest in where we were from and what we were doing.  The food at Limani’s was mediocre so we paid and left as soon as we could.  Greece in the morning!