• Surface of Region : 2706 km²
  • Land borders : 54 km
  • River borders: 75 km
  • Length of Vlore region coastline ; 244 km
  • Districts and bordering places: Region of Fier, Region of Gjirokastër, Crossborder with Greece, Seaborder with Italy

Facts about South

South Coastal Region (Vlora County)

South Coastal Region (Vlora County)consists of seven municipalities: Vlora, Selenica, Himara, Saranda, Delvina, Konispol and Finiq. Each of them represents values, traditions, culture and entire variety of its identity.

South Coastal Region (Vlora County) lies in South-Western Albania and is bordered by the Adriatic and Ionians seas.

The centre of the region is Vlora city.

South Coastal Region (Vlora County) coastline is characterized by a beautiful natural background, which attracts visitors with a mix of panoramic seas, green areas and infrastructure. It lies in the southern-western edge of the Sothern Mountainous Region of Albania and goes down from delta of Vjosa River to continue along the beaches of Vlora Bay and after the Cape of Gjuheza in Karaburun it reaches the Cape of Stillo, near Ftelia Bay at the Greek border. The coastline has the characteristics of the Dalmatian shore and is 244 km long of sea line. Its contrasts and ruptures are caused due to powerful geological processes, tectonic ruptures, accompanied by eternal force of the waves, which never get tired. The coastline is abrasive, high, rocky and with a lot of abysses, ruptures and infinite windings that cause a suspense and curiosity to see the next view after these windings. The strong waves have created numerous capes, bays and different beaches that offer a breath-taking view. From the geo-morphological aspect, the Ionian coastline, alias Albanian Riviera, is divided into two parts, the Upper Coast – stretched from Palase to Qeparo and Lower Coast – from Borsh to Nivica. The earth formation of the coastline are characterized from typical Mediterranean plants rich of green types such as xina, mare, mersina, shqopa, mretja, or krifshe, helmeza, laurel, broom, wild olive (allastra or Argelidhe), etc. Regarding the leaf-falling plants are grown lofata, cornel, konopica, etc. Rare trees grown only in the Coastline are xhixhibanozi, wild cotton in the field of Borsh and Qeparo, drarryelli, etc. Likewise, it is found also the tree of valanidh, ilqja and cypress or selvia, typical for coastline, together with the subtropical plants, such as nut of hindi, sea fig, agavja, etc.

The characteristic aroma of the flora attracts the attention from the generously offered feelings of nature and assets calling on visitors to focus on them. The fauna of Vlore region is also very rich. The lagoons and territory of the region counts about 905 types of water poultry. The flora counts around 1400 species, 34 of them are rare, 68 species are endangered, as well as 2 endemic types and 57 types of medical plants. The fauna counts about 244 different types, where there are 37 rare types, 45 endangered and 5 endemic species. The historical and archaeological values of this area are unique, attracting the fantasy and becoming part of the visitors.

The Vlore region coastline is one of the most beautiful and historic area in Albania. It is a coastline region with a ruptured and peculiar relieve. This characteristic has directly influenced in the region’s climate, as well as the peculiarity of the tourist phenomenon. The region, mostly hilly-mountainous, full of fields and valleys, offer the people of this region the opportunity to develop agriculture, animal farming and tourism.

The continental space of the region consists of hilly and mountainous lands reaching up to 2000m high, with fields among them and valleys, as well as short rivers crossing it. We highlight the Cika range reaching up to 2045m high, range of Mali i Gjere-Stugare in Delvina Municipality and Livadhja. Among them and Ionian coastline lie the fields of Vurgu, Mursia and Konspol. Along the bank of the rivers are found the lagoons of Kala, Bistrica, Pavlla, Borsh, Shushica, etc.