Konispol Municipality

Konispol Municipality is located in the most southern corner of Albania, about 30km of Sarande Municipality. It is bordered in the south with the state border of Greece, in the east with Finiq municipality and west with the Ionian Sea. One of the tourist attractions of this municipality is the tourist point of Buar, located in a hill covered by pine trees and bushes. From here the eye can catch on the horizon of Ionian Sea in the direction of Cham cities in the south, Corfu island in front of them and along the Stillo hills up to Buthrotum. Pavlla River crosses the entire field of Konispol and falls in the Ionian Sea. From the ethnic aspect, Konispol area has been historically part of the Thesprotia region of Epirus in the Antiquity or today’s Cham territories. The Konispol Municipality is today a precious treasure of full of archaeological, cultural and historic objects of national cultural heritage. This municipality inherits a cave dwelling, one of the most important not only in Albania, but also in the South-eastern Europe. The territory of the municipality includes the ancient city of Cuke of Ajtoi with a surface of about 4 ha, settlement of Sterre coast, monastery of St. Koll dating to XIII century, which is situated on a hill of Pavell River. In Konispol today stand also 7 old dwellings, cultural monuments, in the Shehat neighbourhood. Part of the territory of Konispol Municipality are also some objects from the National Park of Buthrotum, such as Triangle Castle of Ali Pashe Tepelena at the coast of Vivar Channel and castle of Ali Pashe Tepelena in the delta of Vivar Chanel, dwelling of Diapor in the south-eastern coast of Buthrotum Lake and Roman ruins near Vivar Channel. Visitors can also see the Monastery of St. Ilias, St. Theodhor, Cave of St. Marina, etc. The coastline goes along the hills to Cape of Stillo, which is used by animal farmers of Konispol as a pasture. The municipality has developed the animal farming sector, favoured also by the thousand-year old tradition of ancient inhabitants Thesprotia, whose heirs are the inhabitants of today’s Chameria and Konispol Municipality. Agriculture sector is also developed, especially the agro-culture aspect. Inhabitants also continue the old tradition of handcraft work and other branches of economy, such as bee growing. The vicinity with famous antiquity centres in the zone, especially the presence of National Park of Buthrotum in its territory is another opportunity for development of cultural, rural and balneary tourism .

Konispol Municipality includes also Xarre village which consists of the warmest area in Albania. The general annual radiance quantity is estimated at 2189 kw/m 2 , whereas the average annual sun reflection per hour in the course of 1956- 1980 period was 2696 kw/m 2 . This is a typical subtropical Mediterranean climate – hot and dry summer and cool and humid winter.