The name Saranda derives from an early Christian monastery dedicated to Santi Quaranta (forty Saints).The sea panorama, the variety of flora favored by the soft climate, makes Saranda the preferred centre for rest and recreation and an important tourist town.
Most Albanian couples come to spend their honeymoon in Saranda. That’s why it is known in Albania as the town of honeymooners. Don’t forget to have a coffee at the Lekursi castle on the top of a dominant hill over Saranda, only 2 km far from the town. It is another attractive, historical site, that was built up during XVI -XV centuries, by Sultan Suleimani in his campaign to conquer Corfu.
If you have more time you should go to the magical place of “Blue Eye” spring (in Albanian “Syri i Kalter”), only 18 km northeast of Saranda. At this beautiful spot, shaded by centuries old oak trees, a twelve headed dragon, according to the legend, jeausly guarded and held back the spring waters from the villagers. Consequently, pagan rituals were carried out by sacrificing young voluptuous maidens to the gods of the same waters.
Located in front of the sea and along the main promenade there are some hotels and restaurants which offer you catering facilities and accommodation. Daily ferryboat link Saranda with the nearby Greek island of Corfu.