Tomi, he is Albanian and local from Saranda and Meike, the German part of the hostel, welcome you for a visit. Both we are fluent in English and Tomi knows Italian and Greek as well! Our now 4 years running hostel is located on the second floor of a secure contemporary apartment building, just opposite to Saranda's ferry port. All of the rooms have big balconies overlooking the picturesque Ionian Sea. After a day out on the town, Saranda Backpackers Hostel offers many amenities that will help you to relax.
This castle is located on a strategic hill overlooking the town of Saranda. From here it is possible to see the whole town as well as the islands of Ksamil. The castle of Lëkurs was built in the XVI century. It is thought that it was built on 1537 by Sultan Suleyman who attacked Corfu and needed to control the harbor of Saranda and the road that connected it with Butrint.
The Monastery of Saint Nicolas in Mesopotam is a beautiful monument located in the village of Mesopotam, not far from the touristic city of Saranda. It is quite accessible thanks to its location on the national road linking Saranda with Gjirokastra. It is a Byzantine church, reconstructed twice in the years 1793 and 1843 CE. The main characteristic of the monastery is its distinctive defense features. The fortified wall surrounding the monastery includes rectangular towers. It attracts numerous visitors, as it is near the National Park of Butrint.
Onchesmos (Saranda) is the name of the ancient town derived from Anchises, the Trojan warrior whose mythological union with the goddess Aphrodite resulted in a son named Aeneas. Aeneas, along with his father and his son, Ascanius, escaped the sacking of Troy, and journeyed throughout the Mediterranean. Dionysos of Halicarnassus calls Onchesmos the Harbor of Anchises, and the Byzantine historian, Procopius, mentions that Anchises died at Onchesmos. During the 6th century CE, the town’s name changed to HagiaSaranda or “Forty Saints”.
Butrint (Bouthrotos) is located on the southwestern coast of Albania. A narrow stretch of sea separates the city from the Greek island of Corfu. The site has been occupied approximately since the 8th century BCE, but legends hint at the city’s foundation by Trojan exiles. By the 4th century BCE, a walled settlement had been established and the city began to develop through the trade. Augustus founded a colony in Butrint and the town remained a relatively small Roman port until the 6th century CE. Following the fall of the Roman Empire, the city shrank in population and significance.
Finiq (Phoenice) is located near the modern city of Saranda and is about 20 km north of Butrint Lake and the Albanian border with Greece. During antiquity the territory surrounding the settlement belonged to Chaonia, part of the Epirus kingdom. The site is rich in findings from the Classical to the Byzantine period. Ancient sources mentioned the wealth of the city, especially during the Hellenistic period, between the 3rd and 2nd centuries BCE, when Finiq was a prominent city in the Epirot League.
Hotel Lindi is situated in the centre of the city of Saranda, about 300m from the Ionian Sea. The hotel was originally built in 1994 but has been fully renovated, resulting in a fresh, inviting and welcoming property for vacationers. With lively and vibrant décor, featuring local paintings and handicrafts, guests will feel immersed in the Albanian Riviera. With pleasant furnishings and committed, friendly staff, Hotel Lindi is committed to quality service for tourism and business travelers alike.