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The village of Dhërmi has earned so much popularity among Albanians in the last several decades that its very name has become synonymous with summer itself. In fact, the many elements within and surrounding this village so perfectly reflect the hot summer, that is has become quite difficult to fully experience this season without once immersing yourself into its nature and diving into its brisk sparkling waters.
“In front of the sea happiness is a simple idea”, the French writer Jean Claude Izzo once wrote, and, indeed, Dhërmi’s part of the Ionian coast is deserving of these lines. It is because of this very reason that thousands of local and foreign tourists annually choose Dhërmi as their summer vacation destination. Dhërmi never disappoints with its countless shades of blue, spectacular bays, water sports and always dependable sunshine. A place where everyone is quite simply happy!
In Dhërmi, as well as in its neighboring beaches of Palasë, Drimadhes (Drymades), and Jal, you will find some of the most prestigious summer nightclubs. They are perhaps one of the main contributors to Tirana’s sudden emptiness during the period from June to August. The capital’s youth is generally found in these vibrant, open-air clubs where some of the best international DJs host their exclusive summer parties. During the hot summer nights, it is difficult to rival this buzzing atmosphere, full of spark and energy.
Hypnotized by the sea and nightlife, many of Dhërmi’s visitors quite often neglect the unique history of the village. Definitely worth exploring, the village’s past is especially visible in its many well-preserved churches. One of these particular churches is the Panagia Monastery Church, built in the 12th century. Also known as the Queen church, due to the visit of Anna Comnena, daughter of Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos, this church’s history and architecture perfectly represents Dhërmi’s cultural heritage.
Due to its constant popularity, Dhërmi has attracted some of the best Albanian chefs among its countless kitchens. The organic village products combine with the fresh seafood of the Ionian to add even more taste to an already exquisite experience. There are many restaurants to choose from, most serving their delicious dishes on open verandas overlooking the Ionian. Some recommendations: Royal Blue Restaurant, and Elysium Restaurant.