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Imagine, if you will, the most stunning shades of ultramarine and turquoise that a sea could possibly possess. Now, frame this shimmering seascape with olive groves. Listen to the sounds of the waves softly hitting the pebbles on the shore. Take a deep breath and smell the calming scent of the salt and sea. Look in front of you. You are in one of the most idyllic beaches of Albania: Borsh in the southern coast of Albania.
Pressure and stress are notions you will forget in the last European coast of the real laissez-faire attitude. Unless you’re thinking of the pressure of selecting which delicious fish to order for lunch. That can actually be difficult! Otherwise, there are only kilometers of purely stunning, white pebbled Ionian coast in plain view, free of clutter and crowds. Nothing stands between you and the iridescent seacoast. Take a long walk on the warm white pebbles and dive into the eternally refreshing Ionian. Here, your soul will attain a quietude which you thought was no longer possible.
Like the rest of the southern Albanian Riviera, the Borsh village and beach remain authentically Albanian. No chains, no fancy, recognizable names, no glitz. Only simple, old-fashioned beauty and comfort. The very affordable prices of hotels and restaurants, where delicious fresh seafood is served daily, make this beach a favorite among locals. During the day, there’s sailing, canoeing, kayaking and waterskiing. At night, you’ll always find the most surprising, harmonious groups of locals and tourists gathering under the starry skies with music and bonfires.
An increasing number of tourists are discovering Borsh every summer but the extra-long coastline can comfortably accommodate all of them and has plenty of space for more. Borsh beach is located near countless other spectacular beaches of the southern Albanian Riviera which, by the way, in 2014, was voted as the 4th of 52 places to visit in the world by The New York Times. It is well worth visiting all of the smaller virgin beaches and bays hidden along the coast, as many tourists do, opting for a different daily dose of magic. The trips are very short, each turn of the road revealing beautiful panoramas, an added bonus in this full Ionian immersion.
Suggestions: Vila Borsh
For such a small country, Albania packs an endless amount of offerings. For the ones who like to take a day off from the sea to dive into some culture and history, the lush green hills surrounding Borsh hide the Borsh Castle, located about 500 m above sea level. The castle dates way back to the 3rd-4th century B.C. In the middle ages, it was known as the Sopot Castle, and it was mentioned as early as 1192 in the memoirs of the Byzantine emperor, Alexios I Komnenos’ daughter, Anna Komnenos. During Ali Pasha’s rule, in the 18th century, a mosque was added to the castle which is well-preserved to this day, missing only a minaret.
Become familiar with the grounds and coastal lines where modern civilization was born. Immerse yourself in the invigorating Ionian. Bathe under the glorious sun. Enjoy every beautiful gift that nature has given to you in Borsh. Luxe, Calme et Volupté as Henri Matisse so accurately put it.
Castle location: 3 km northwest of the Borsh village. A brand new road takes you all the way to the entrance of the castle.