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A view of the Dhermi coastline
A view of the Dhermi coastline
Dhërmi is located in Albania
Coordinates: 40°9′0″N 19°38′20″E / 40.15000°N 19.63889°E / 40.15000; 19.63889Coordinates: 40°9′0″N 19°38′20″E / 40.15000°N 19.63889°E / 40.15000; 19.63889
Country  Albania
County Vlorë County
District Vlorë District
Municipality Himarë
Elevation 200 m (656.17 ft)
 • Total 1,800
Time zone Central European Time (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 9422
Area code(s) 393
Website Official website

Dhërmi (Greek: Δρυμάδες, Drymades) is one of the nine villages of the Himara region/municipality, in Albania. The village lies 42 kilometers south of the city of Vlorë (the capital of the Prefecture) and about the same distance north of the southern city of Sarandë. The village is built on a slope of the Ceraunian Mountains at approximately 200 meters in altitude. It comprises three neighborhoods: Gjilek, Kondraq (also known as Kallam), and Dhërmi itself. The mountains descend to the southwest into the Ionian coast and Corfu in the distance to the south. Nearby is the village of Palasë. The inhabitants of Dhërmi speak a variant of the Himariote dialect, characterized by archaic features not retained in standard Greek.[1][2] Recently, the coastal area has seen a boom in the construction of accommodation facilities, such as wooden villa complexes. In addition, it is considered by the Albanian youth as a nightlife destination.


The foundation of the village is lost in the history. Himara, where Dhermi is included, has been inhabited by the Epirote tribe of Chaonians.

The first Greek school in the village started to function at 1682 with the support of the local bishopric of Himara. During the 17th century another Greek school (the Vizilios School) started its operation under the sponsorship of a local benefactor. In the 1898-1899 school season three Greek schools were operating: elementary, secondary and a girls' school.[3]

At November 5, 1912, when the nearby town of Himara was controlled by the Greek forces of the local major Spyros Spyromilios, armed groups from Dhermi declared that they were prepared to assist his movement for the incorporation of the rest of the region into Greece.[4]


Panorama of Dhermi village.

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  1. ^ Nicholas (1998) p. 20
  2. ^ Gregorič, Nataša. "Storytelling as a spatial practice in Dhërmi/Drimades of southern Albania" (PDF). Anthropological Notebooks. Slovene Anthropological Society 2 (14): 5. 1408-032X. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  3. ^ Koltsida, Athina. Η Εκπαίδευση στη Βόρεια Ήπειρο κατά την Ύστερη Περίοδο της Οθωμανικής Αυτοκρατορίας (in Greek). University of Thessaloniki. p. 126, 174. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Kaphetzopoulos Ioannis, Flokas Charalambos, Dima-Dimitriou Angeliki (2000). The struggle for Northern Epirus (1.udg. ed.). Athens: Hellenic Army General Staff, Army History Directorate. ISBN 9789607897404. Retrieved 27 December 2014. As soon as news of the capture of Cheimarra by Greek troops spread, armed Christian inhabitants of the villages Drymades, Palasa, Vouno, Keparo, Kudhesi, appeared and declared to Major Spyromelios that they were prepared to assist in the liberation... 


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