Located on the western side of the Balkan Peninsula in Southeastern Europe, Albania is a beautiful country with so much to offer its visitors. Not quite yet subject to mass tourism, Albania is rising in popularity because people have realised the true beauty of this country. Overlooking the Adriatic Sea’s intense shades of blue in combination with the typical Mediterranean climate, is there any better place for a yacht charter?
There are many factors that influence the price of a boat rental in Albania. For example, the type of boat, its size, the time of year, and also whether it is with or without a skipper and/or crew.
A motorboat fit for six people is around €1,400 per day throughout the year. A sailboat for 8 people is around €5,250 per week throughout the year.
Albania experiences a very typical Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot and dry summers. However, considering 70% of its territory is mountainous, these climatic conditions vary considerably between regions. The best time to go to the Albanian coast for a boating holiday is during the summer months of July and August. This is when the sun shines the longest and the sea is warm.
When searching for a boat rental in Albania, you may find the option to rent a boat with a skipper. On one hand, this comes at an extra price. However, on the other hand, there are many benefits to having a skipper on board with you that will make it worth it. First of all, hiring a professional skipper means that you don’t need the qualifications to handle a boat. You can rely on the skipper to handle all the sailing, docking, and anchoring of the boat, while you stay comfortable and enjoy yourself. Moreover, a skipper is usually familiar with the area, so they can keep you safe by avoiding dangerous areas, and also show you the hidden spots instead.
You can begin your boat rental in the beautiful town of Saranda (also known as Sarandë). This coastal town on the Albanian Riviera will charm you with its precious views and relaxed atmosphere.
After visiting Saranda, you can head 12 km south to Ksamil (also known as Ksamili). This little village is one of Europe’s hidden gems, with clean and serene sandy beaches that have crystal clear waters. Many tourists come to this slice of paradise to spend their time swimming, sunbathing, and doing water sports. One of the best parts is that there are also small islands near the coast that you can swim to- ideal for when you want to find a more secluded place.
For history lovers, you can also head to Gjirokastra, an ancient town hidden inside the valley between Gjere Mountain and Drino. This town was given the name “City of Stone” because of the distinctive architecture that remains from the 13th century, including the Gjirokastra Castle.
You can also head up the coast of Albania to the town of Borsh. This has one of the longest beaches on the coast, and viewing it all from the water on your yacht charter will definitely leave you speechless. More than just beaches, the coast is lined with luxury hotels, restaurants, and clubs to fulfil every desire on your holiday.
Interested in a longer journey? If you are able to extend your holiday, you will be able to take your yacht charter to more destinations from Albania. If you want to head deeper into the Adriatic Sea, head north to other Balkan countries such as Montenegro or Croatia! Here, you will likely be greeted by the same turquoise waters and gorgeous beaches. If you head just south, you will be in one of the most popular islands in Greece- Corfu! You can continue down this path and explore more of the Greek Islands, or also head west until you meet the eastern Italian coast. No matter where you travel, you are certain to find beautiful destinations once you set out from Albania.