5 Unlikely August Getaways: Relax and Wind Down at Summer’s End
To ensure that you have no regrets by the summer’s end,
we have compiled a list of destinations to see before it ends.
As the unofficial last month of the summer season, August is
the time to do everything that you may have missed during the summer. Some of
you may sneak in more visits to the Riviera while others may go the opposite
route, into the rugged north.
If you must go to the beach, go here. Perhaps the least
“pop” beach of the Riviera, Lukova remains a favorite for those who truly need
to get away from it all. Because of its extremely limited number of guesthouses
and inns, not many people make it all the way to this beach, one of the last
ones along the Riviera. Be it for inspiration, tranquility or a need to isolate
from all noise and become one with the breeze and the sound of the sea waves,
Lukova is perfect. Bring your camping gear just in case you don’t find a place
to stay. For more quiet beaches, click here.
We suggest that you visit this magical place before the
summer’s end. The road to Theth is a bit challenging and it gets a bit more so
as the temperatures get cooler. In August, Theth is not only the most
refreshing place to be but the healthiest. Both invigorating and relaxing,
there is plenty to do in Theth, including short hikes to the gorgeous waterfall
or much longer ones to Valbona and a quick boat ride to the Blue Eye. Spending
time with the village locals as well as enjoying the traditional food and
atmosphere are perfect ways of winding down in this alpine oasis. For more, click here.
Gjirokastra is the ideal bridge between the beach and the
city, the summer and the fall. From here, you can explore something new each
day and not let go of the summer just yet. You can stroll along the cobbles
stoned streets and eat traditional foods in the city. You can go up to the
castle and enjoy the sun setting as you climb down. You can go the invigorating
tropical Blue Eye springs or a bit further to the beaches along the Riviera to
soak up the sun. You can spend an entire afternoon in the beautiful ruins of
the ancient city of Antigonea. For more, click here.
If you have to recover from the summer, this is where to
cleanse, relax and detox. Everyone who visits Përmet, has only sweet things to
say about the warm town and its extremely hospitable locals. Here, you can
taste the very best version of the world famous gliko, the delicious
traditional fruit soaked in thick syrup. You can also enjoy some of the most
beautiful and peaceful panoramas in the country or visit one of the healthiest
retreats in Albania, at the thermal
pools in Bënjë. Health restoration with a view. For more, click
here. Or, read
this wonderful experience in Bual Village near Përmet.
Any underrated destination
Last but not least, we suggest that in August you try something new. Everyone loves the familiar and sometimes even the best of us fall for the popular destination out of sheer laziness or reluctance to explore. This is why, we have already compiled a list of underrated sites that everyone should see in Albania. And what better month to check off rare sites off your bucket list than August? From Upper Curraj to Rehova, check out our top ten picks and select your favorite.