Tirana, Albanian's capital, is 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of Sarande.
To really immerse yourself in the Albania way of life, take a trip and make a vist to the other parts of the region. You'll find Himare, 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the southeast, and Vlore 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the southeast.
Drop into Albania's historically significant archeological sites, it's a good way to learn about the region's rich past. Take a trip to Albania's history museums. These are good places to explore, particularly when the weather is a little moody.
If the weather is fine while you are here, discover Albania's watery side. Rafting and swimming are both popular here.
There is no better method to learn about a place than sampling the local produce. Tomato and cucumber are some of the key ingredients. Two local favorites not to miss are vegetable casserole are rice boiled in meat. Once the main course dishes are cleared away try the mouthwatering tollumba (fried dough in syrup). Those who don't consume alcoholic beverages will can order soft drink, a regional favorite.
Sadly, vacations can't go on forever, so when it's time go home, head to the nearest major airport in Corfu, 19 miles (31 kilometers) to the south.