Hiking to one of Albania's most beautiful hidden beaches
After our failed laid-back beach day (read more about that here), we again decided that the easy option was too boring for us. We could have just walked out of our huts towards the beautiful beach in Dhermi right in front of us. Instead, I thought it would be a good idea to try another small and a little more difficult to access beach called Gjipe Beach.
How to get to Gjipe Beach?
The road that led to the top of the mountain from where to get down to Gjipe beach was extremely small and could just fit one single car. With a jeep it's probably possible to drive there, but since we had a Fiat 500 L we decided to just park our badass monster truck and hike our way down. The sun was already burning on our skin (I recommend doing the hike early in the morning!), and halfway down the path we had to choose between the signs "Gjipe beach" and "panorama." When you get to this point: don't hesitate! Go and see the panorama first. It leads to a huge canyon with a titanic-like viewpoint from where you can admire the mountains, and all the way down, the beach. Stephanie and me stood there silently, admiring all the many details of the incredible landscape, while our Costa Rican friend Cris enjoyed himself creating echo's with random Dutch words we taught him (Smakelijk eten! Kroketten volk!)
When we got tired of him (kidding) we finally decided to push him of the cliff (KIDDING) and walked further down the path towards the beach. We had been spending quite some time walking in the hot sun, but if you don't stop every 5 minutes to admire the landscape, you can probably get down in about 20-30 minutes. When we finally reached Gjipe beach, I had one of the best dives I've ever had - in crystal clear turquoise water. The place was quite small but did have some sun umbrellas made of straw as well as comfy beds, of which about 2/3 was empty halfway through September. There were even some small restaurants/bars, which was great because the only "food" we could find in the small supermarket in Dhermi were crisps.
The rest of the day we just laid there, fully relaxed, reading, enjoying the heat of the sun while taking refreshing dives in between. There was no aquatic life whatsoever though, so even if the water was crystal clear, there wasn't really anything to see. We waited until the sun started to go down to do the hike back up the mountain, which took about 45 minutes.
Prices at Gjipe Beach
Two beds and an umbrella: 500 LEK
Cold drinks: around 200 LEK
Salad: 350 LEK
Piratet Bar Dhermi
We ended the day at the Piratet Bar in Dhermi, a beautiful restaurant right beside the sea with a view on the waves crashing into the rocks. This was without doubt the best restaurant location in Albania I've been so far. The food was amazing and the atmosphere just couldn't have been better. A perfect ending to a perfect day.
What's your favourite place in the Albanian Riviera?