Coordinates: 39°46′N 20°0′E / 39.767°N 20.000°E / 39.767; 20.000
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Crystal blue waters of Ksamil
Crystal blue waters of Ksamil
Ksamil is located in Albania
Coordinates: 39°46′N 20°0′E / 39.767°N 20.000°E / 39.767; 20.000
Country Albania
 • Municipal unit
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal Code
Area Code893

Ksamil (Albanian: Ksamili, Greek: Εξαμίλι) is a village and a former municipality in the riviera of Southern Albania, and part of Butrint National Park. At the 2015 local government reform it became a subdivision of the municipality Sarandë.[1] The population at the 2011 census was 2,994;[2] while according to the Civil Offices it was 9,220.[3] The municipal unit consists of the villages Ksamil and Manastir. During the communist era, the coastal village of Ksamil was built[4] in 1966 and is located south of the city of Sarandë off the road to Butrint.


During communism, the area became well known for the production of olive oil, lemons, and tangerines. In 2010, national authorities demolished over 200 illegal structures that violated the town's master plan and the integrity of Butrint National Park. Some remains from the demolished buildings have yet to be removed by authorities.


In 1992, the village of Ksamil was inhabited by a mixed population of Muslim Albanians (1125), Greeks (520) and Orthodox Albanians (210).[4]

According to official estimates (2014) the population of the commune of Ksamil numbered 9,215,[3] of whom 4,207 were Greeks, seven Aromanians, and the rest Albanians.[5]

Tourist attractions[edit]

Ksamil is one of the most frequented coastal resorts by both domestic and foreign tourists. Ksamil Beach and Albania's Ionian Coast further north was included in the Guardian's 20 of the best bargain beach holidays for 2013.[6] The main attractions are the nearby Ksamil Islands. The Caribbean white sand beaches in Ksamil gave the town great tourist boost. Albanians from Kosovo and other Albanian-speaking areas visited Ksamil in recent years, but more and more international tourists are visiting the beach. This leads, for example, to new hotel facilities, but also to more expensive prices. Other activities are the Blue Eye in Muzinë, the Butrint National Park, Saranda and as well some other minor beaches that lie north to Ksamil.


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  1. ^ "Law nr. 115/2014" (PDF) (in Albanian). p. 6376. Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  2. ^ 2011 census results Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b "Vlora's communes". www.observator.org.al. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  4. ^ a b Kallivretakis, Leonidas (1995). "Η ελληνική κοινότητα της Αλβανίας υπό το πρίσμα της ιστορικής γεωγραφίας και δημογραφίας [The Greek Community of Albania in terms of historical geography and demography." In Nikolakopoulos, Ilias, Kouloubis Theodoros A. & Thanos M. Veremis (eds). Ο Ελληνισμός της Αλβανίας [The Greeks of Albania]. University of Athens. p. 51. "Ε Έλληνες, ΑΧ Αλβανοί Ορθόδοξοι Χριστιανοί, AM Αλβανοί Μουσουλμάνοι, Μ Μικτός πληθυσμός”; KSAMIL ΚΣΑΜΙΛΙ (ΕΞΑΜΙΛΙ/νέο) 1955 Μ (1125 AM + 520 Ε + 210 ΑΧ)"
  5. ^ "Fourth Report submitted by Albania pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 2 of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities". Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Albania. p. 98. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  6. ^ "20 of the best bargain beach holidays for 2013". TheGuardian.com. 4 January 2013.

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