The European Maldives: Kasmil, Albania —Luxury Was Never So Affordable

When it comes to luxury beach destinations, many people immediately think of places like the Maldives. But who says that you have to pay a premium price tag to experience something like that? Albania is known as one of the most affordable vacation destinations, but a small Albanian village named Kasmil takes it to a whole different level. Often called the “European Maldives”, Kasmil offers the same level of luxury, stunning beaches, and crystal-clear waters at a fraction of the price. Here’s everything you have to know about this hidden gem.

The stunning sandy beaches of Kasmil, Albania

The main attraction of Kasmil is, of course, its beaches. The village is home to a series of stunning beaches, each with its own unique charm. The most popular beaches include:

The most popular and developed beach in Kasmil is Drymades Beach, which is surrounded by a wide range of bars, eateries, and lodging options. The beach itself is stunning, with smooth white sand and sparkling water.

Jal Beach is a more intimate beach, but it is just as stunning and has a more quiet ambiance. For those who wish to avoid crowds and enjoy a little solitude, it’s an ideal choice.

Gjipe Beach is only accessible by boat or by hiking through a gorge, but its remote location and breathtaking scenery make it a must-visit for nature lovers. The beach is surrounded by towering cliffs, and the water is a stunning shade of turquoise.

Where to stay in Kasmil

Despite being a tiny village, Kasmil has a wide range of accommodation choices to suit all preferences and budgets. There is housing for everyone in Kasmil, from lavish beachside homes to affordable guesthouses.

In and around Kasmil, there are a number of upscale resorts and villas for people looking for the height of luxury. These villas include breathtaking vistas, exclusive beach access, and top-notch services including infinity pools, spas, and fine-dining restaurants. The Hotel Marub, Vila Blu, and Hotel Liro are some of the most well-liked upscale hotels in Kasmil.

For those on a budget, there are plenty of guesthouses and small hotels located in the village and its surroundings. These properties offer clean and comfortable accommodations at affordable prices, often with easy access to the village’s beaches and restaurants. Some popular budget options in Kasmil include the Guesthouse Rondos and the Guesthouse Kamberi.

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What to do there

While Kasmil is primarily known for its beaches, there are plenty of other activities to enjoy in the village and its surroundings. One of the most popular activities is hiking in the nearby Llogara National Park, which offers stunning views of the Albanian Riviera and the Ionian Sea. The park is home to several hiking trails of varying difficulty levels, so there is something for everyone.

Additionally, Kasmil is located close to several historic sites, including the ancient city of Butrint and the Castle of Ali Pasha in nearby Porto Palermo. Visitors can also take a boat tour of the nearby caves and coves or go scuba diving to explore the underwater world of the Albanian Riviera.

How to get there?

Despite being a hidden gem, Kasmil is still easily reachable from major cities around Europe and beyond. The distance by driving from Kasmil to the closest international airport, Tirana International Airport, is around three hours. Additionally, visitors can take a flight into Corfu International Airport in Greece, which is close across the Albanian border. Visitors have two options for getting to Kasmil from there: a ferry or by car.

Kanita is a wanderlust-fueled traveler with an inclination for unraveling the mysteries of history, the paranormal, and the bizarre world of medicine. As a true crime buff, Kanita's nights are often spent delving into the depths of chilling mysteries. Yet, it's not just the paranormal that captivates her—her background in medicine fuels a fascination with the weird and wonderful world of medical oddities, from twisted historical practices to the myths and legends that shroud the field. From exploring haunted locales to uncovering the strange and morbid tales of medical history, Kanita is your guide to the unconventional, the unexplained, and the downright eerie.

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