We went to the ‘underrated’ European holiday hotspot – with £9 jugs of wine and free sunloungers on the beach

SEVERAL friends recently holidayed in the ‘underrated’ European seaside town, where jugs of wine are just £9.

While it may seem impossible to find a vacation spot with cheap drinks and free sun loungers, these places do exist.

Several friends recently vacationed in the "underestimated" European seaside town where jugs of wine are just £9


Several friends recently holidayed in the ‘underrated’ European seaside town, where jugs of wine are just £9Credit: TikTok/wendtherelovedthat
Ksamil in Albania has already been referred to as “Ksamil”. "Maldives of Europe" of vacationers (archive image)


Ksamil in Albania has already been dubbed the “Maldives of Europe” by holidaymakers (archive image)Photo credit: Getty

One such place is Ksamil in Albania, already dubbed the “Maldives of Europe” by holidaymakers.

Although Albania is not a very popular holiday destination with Brits, the Riviera impresses newer travelers thanks to its beautiful beaches and affordable prices.

The TikTok account Went There, Loved That documents the travel adventures of two best friends who were recently struck by Ksamil.

The travel duo recently uploaded a video about their summer vacation trip to the Albanian Riviera.

A caption over read the video: “We were on a girls trip in a beach town in Albania.

“We spent $12 (£9.50) on a large jug of local wine, which we drank while tanning and swimming in the clearest waters ever.

“We lazed around here for nothing and after the sun goes down we head to an authentic Mediterranean lunch where we fill up for $10 (£7.90).

“We go everywhere and everyone is so friendly – travel doesn’t have to be expensive.”

In the footage, the group of friends sat on several sun loungers overlooking the crystal clear water.

The video has garnered 600,000 views on the social media platform and users flocked to the comments.

One person wrote: “That was my Albanian experience! It’s totally underrated, but I hope it stays that way.”

Another person added, “Just added this to my wish list.”

A third wrote: “I am very interested in visiting Albania.”

In a separate videothe friends also shared their favorite beach bars in Ksamil.

They added: “Here are the best beach bars in Ksamil in Albania.”

“The wine is so cheap and the restaurant so delicious at Guvat Bar and Restaurant. I had the best food.”

“Next is Poda Beach Bar, which is the best place to be in the sun. We loved the swings and jumped off the deck all day it was so much fun.”

“Veranda by Apollonia was probably our favorite, it really was the best day ever.”

“The food and drinks were so good and we swam in the pool and jumped in the sea all day.”

In addition to the cheap and cheerful beach bars, Ksamil also has Pema E Thatë – a Maldivian-style overwater bungalow that costs just £8 a day.

Located in the southern part of the Albanian Riviera, Ksamil is close to the Greek border.

Several airlines offer direct flights from the UK to Albania, with prices starting as low as £25.

There are direct flights to Tirana (the capital of Albania), from there it is a four-hour drive to Ksamil.

Holidaymakers can also fly to neighboring Corfu and catch a ferry to Saranda, which is a 30-minute drive away.

In addition to cheap flights, drinks and sun loungers, hotel accommodation is also affordable.

There is a range of accommodation options in Ksamil including hotels and apartments with rooms from £21 per night.

Meanwhile, an up-and-coming holiday hotspot is getting cheap flights from the UK.

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This autumn easyJet will start flights from London Luton Airport to Cairo (Egyptian capital).

And a small European island has been hailed as an “underrated” holiday hotspot.

Ksamil is a four-hour drive from Tirana, the capital of Albania (stock image)


Ksamil is a four-hour drive from Tirana, the capital of Albania (stock image)Credit: Alamy

Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing emmajames@ustimespost.com.

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