Length: 64.5 km (total length 126 km)
Width: 5 m, 2 lanes
Surface quality (out of 5): 4
Highest point: 1,043 m
Operating times: throughout the year
SH8 National Road
Route: Sarandë to Vlorë
Going through Llogara Albania
The SH8 road in Albania is known as one of the best coastal drivers in the world. Drivers that take this path will have spectacular views of the Adriatic and Ionian coasts, along their way.
The Albanian State Road 8 connects the city of Fier with the port town of Saranda, located in southern Albania. The terrain is mountainous, and it leads to the Albanian Riviera and the Ionian Sea. From Vlorë, the road takes travelers to the Llogara Pass, the point with the highest altitude, of 1,043 m above sea level. The road ends in the city center of Sarandë.
The SH8 national road is quite spectacular with its winding curves and overlooking the Ionian coast. Also, the final point reached by this way, Sarandë, is one of the most important tourist attractions in Albania. The Albanian Riviera is a beautiful area and visitors should not overlook it. Getting to Llogara Albania is a wonderful experience for those that love driving in unique places like this one.
The Albanian Riviera
The road is asphalted, bumpy and twisty. It was built in 1920 and recently surfaced. The drive is smooth, and it gives drivers the opportunity to enjoy the views, without having to be extra careful to avoid bumps in their way. The SH8 road ascends rapidly from sea level to the highest point, the Llogara Pass.
When getting to this pass, the road becomes more dangerous, so it requires more attention. It becomes narrower in some spots, and the high elevation means that you have to change gears frequently and use the breaks. There also are tight turns and no barriers in some places.
Starting from Konumi, the ascent will be 22.8 km long, and the elevation gain is 1013 height meters, with an average percentage of 4.4 %.
The views you’ll see from here are the typical Mediterranean coastal landscape. Besides that, you can also see shepherded walking with their flocks of sheep, donkeys, cows and so on. Driving a road less traveled and less known to the mainstream public is a unique experience. Albania is such a beautiful country and has many things to offer, including the SH8 road taking you through Llogara Albania and showing you the best views the coast can provide.
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