Discover the Pristine Splendor of the Palasë to Grama Bay Hike in Albania

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Granit, an avid hiker and enthusiast of all things outdoors, has been fortunate enough to discover some of the most breathtaking destinations around the world. Among them, Grama Bay and Shën Andre Bay in Albania stand out as true gems waiting to be explored. Tucked away in an unexplored part of Albania, these bays have managed to preserve their untouched beauty, making them a must-visit for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. Join Granit on this exhilarating journey from Palasë to Shën Andre Bay, and then onwards to Grama Bay, as the beauty of southern Albania is unraveled.

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Getting to this picturesque hiking trail is quite straightforward. The starting point is the charming village of Palasë, conveniently located near the Llogara National Park, nestled below the majestic Qorre Mountain. If coming from Tirana, one can head towards Vlora and follow the road to the Llogara Pass. Once reaching the pass, continue the descent towards Dhërmi. About 5 km before arriving in Dhërmi, make a right turn that will lead to Palasë.

The hike to Grama Bay and Shën Andre Bay begins at the Palasë shoreline, where a trail leads to the church. Follow the path behind the church until reaching an unpaved road adorned with a few historical bunkers. After approximately 500 meters, an encountered sheep path will guide to the destination. Running parallel to the glistening sea, this trail treats hikers to awe-inspiring coastal vistas and a remarkably scenic landscape. Importantly, the hike is not overly steep, allowing immersion in the surrounding natural beauty truly.

After hiking for about 8.5 km, hikers will reach the stunning Shën Andre Bay, where they can be captivated by its remarkable sand and crystal-clear waters. The pristine quality of the water and its vibrant color make it a true paradise. From Shën Andre Bay, roughly 4.5 km remain until reaching Grama Bay. The trail continues along the coastline, treating hikers to more breathtaking views of the sea. Eventually, an old military station, once used during the communist era, will be encountered. From this vantage point, prepare to witness the most awe-inspiring vista of the entire hike—the panoramic view of Grama Bay. With its pristine beach and extraordinary surroundings, this secluded spot offers an ideal setting to reconnect with nature or take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear seawater.

It’s important to note that there are no water sources along the trail, so it’s essential to carry an ample supply of water—around 4 liters is recommended. The weather can be quite warm, especially from May to October, making early spring and late autumn the ideal times to embark on this hike.

In terms of logistics, the total distance for this hike is 13 km (one way). Hikers will begin at an altitude of 45 m and reach the highest point of 100 m, resulting in an elevation gain of 533 m. For detailed directions and guidance, Granit highly recommends following the Wikiloc trail, which is available at the bottom of this page.

Embark on this unforgettable hiking adventure and witness the unspoiled beauty of Grama Bay and Shën Andre Bay in southern Albania. Immerse yourself in the serenity of these untouched havens.

Wikiloc Tra

Wikiloc | Palasë – Shën Andre Bay – Grama Bay Trail


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