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Albania is one of the most underrated and least touristed corners of Europe, with fantastic history, cuisine, and scenery, and a prime example of that scenery is the Albanian Riviera along its 172-kilometre (107-mile) Ionian Sea coast, a place where the sun stretches across the deep sea 300 days per year; where there are splendid configurations of rocky and isolated small beaches; and the mountains and hillsides are covered in Mediterranean vegetation and dotted with charming villages perched between the mountains and sea. The average temperature in January is 10⁰ Celsius (50⁰ Fahrenheit) and in July 25⁰C (77⁰F). You can get a bird's eye view of this breathtaking coastline (top) from the Llogara Pass, 1,057 meters (3,468 feet) above sea level.
The Ionian coastline is known for its fascinating beaches, with deep and very clean waters, and are popular with many Albanians but especially younger crowds drawn by the many opportunities for water sports like snorkeling, diving, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, and windsurfing.