Even if you are born or live in Albania surely you haven’t heard about all of Albanian islands. Albanian shores are home to a collection of 11 captivating islands that mark its blue waters. Each island has its own unique charm, history and characteristics, offering visitors untouched beauty. From the historically significant Sazani Island to the tranquil Peace Island, we invite you to discover them in this article.
With an area of 5.7 square kilometers, Sazani Island is the biggest island in the country and stands as a testament to Albania’s history. Located in the Adriatic Sea, this island has witnessed various phases of the nation’s past, and has an unusual subtropical climate for Albania.
At just 1.4 square kilometers Merxhan or as it is known Kune Island is a tranquil escape in the Adriatic Sea between Lezhë and Shkodra cities. The island lies on Drin River and it is known for its untouched and wild forests, home to 70 species of birds. Its intimate size offers a serene getaway from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Floating in the Narta Lagoon, in the heart of Albania, this island is one of the most famous in the area. The island can be visited anytime by a walking bridge and beside the wild nature you can visit the monastery and the island church. Zvërneci Island spans 0.1 square kilometers (10 hectares).
Lying in the embrace of Vau i Dejës Lake, Shurdhahu Island covers 0.075 square kilometers and it is one of the most important islands of the north. Known also with the name Sarda, this little island has been for centuries a connecting cultural center between Mirdita region, Zadrima and Malësia.
The Highlander Island
“Malsori” Island is a name from old Albanian gheg dialect and means The Highlanders Island. This land in the middle of Buna River covers 0.4 square kilometers which makes the island one of the biggest islands in Albania. Only 5 km from Shkodra you can visit the area and enjoy the beautiful nature.
Franz Joseph Island
In the Adriatic Sea, in Buna River it is located Franc Joseph Island that covers 0.05 square kilometers (5 hectares). This island’s unique position offers a glimpse into the union of land and sea named after Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria.
Maybe the most famous Albanian land of the last years. These three little islands located between Saranda and Corfu span a total of 7.1 hectares and are part of the Ionian Sea shores. The rocky islands are available for tourists with bars, restaurants and beaches.
On the border of Albania and North Macedonia lies a little piece of land called Maligrad. The island is only 5 hectares and is located in Prespa Lake. Its tranquil surroundings provide a sanctuary for both nature enthusiasts and explorers. The island has a lot of history in its land as it is home to The Church of Saint Mary that served as an ancient spiritual center for Albanian leaders.
Stillo Island emerges from the Ionian Sea. Its petite size is a testament to the untouched beauty of the Albanian archipelago. Even if it is not inhabited, the island is visited by the locals from nearby towns Konispol and Ksamil.
Ishulli i Paqes, the “Islet of Peace,” an embodiment of tranquility and beauty of nature. This islet, spanning 160 meters in length and with a surface area of 0.18 hectares (0.44 acres), is located in the middle of the artificial basin of Lake Koman. During the 10th anniversary celebration of the statue of “Our Lady of Lourdes” (Albanian: Zoja e Lurdit) being placed within the mystical Cave of Kauri, the islet was baptized with its present name—an act that infused the island with a new layer of identity and purpose.
Bathed by the waves of the Ionian sea, Tongo Island is a small rocky land that spans 0.025 square kilometers (2.5 hectares). Located near the border with Greece, it is known for its wild nature and clear waters.
Albanian islands offer an exceptional opportunity to discover a unique blend of history, nature, and culture. Each island’s distinct characteristics and breathtaking surroundings invite visitors to embark on a captivating journey that
is yet to be discovered. If you have visited one or more of them share your pictures with us tagging @vodafonealbania or using #kudomeVodafone hashtag.