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Himara is bordered by the village of Nivica to the south and the Llogara Pass in the north. West to east, the region is bounded by a beautiful blue sea and a coast line dotted with capes and beaches on one side and forbidding mountains such as Çika, Veza, and Mesimeri on the other.
The place-name of “Himara” comes from ancient Greek—himarros—or “creek.” In ancient times, it was populated by the Kaons which were an important Epirote tribe but, perhaps more famously, are now immortalized by the local beer “Kaon.” The town of Himara is located in the center of the region which encompasses Spille and the Kala neighborhood. The oldest living space in the region is the Spille cave, from the fourth century B.C., which is located on the eastern most side of the city’s main avenue. The fields around Spille were also inhabited during this time, evidenced by an antique temple, gravestones and pottery. West of Spille, tourists can visit the ruins of a Roman bath and Roman graves. Further, above the Spille cave on the Stefaneli hill, the ruins of a medieval settlement from 1431 can be found.

Potami Beach is beautifully situated between rocks that fall diagonally in the sea. The contrast between the white beach and the clear seawater make for a very panoramic view.

Kala Neighborhood (Himara village) is built on the rocky Barbaka peak and—with an age of 4000 years—is by far the oldest settlement of the area. The church of Petro Kozmai is located on the ruins of an old church which, according to an old stone inscription, was built on 10 January 1796.

Himara is bordered by the village of Nivica to the south and the Llogara Pass in the north. West to east, the region is bounded by a beautiful blue sea and a coast line dotted with capes and beaches on one side and forbidding mountains such as Çika, Veza, and Mesimeri on the other.

The place-name of “Himara” comes from ancient Greek—himarros—or “creek.” In ancient times, it was populated by the Kaons which were an important Epirote tribe but, perhaps more famously, are now immortalized by the local beer “Kaon.” The town of Himara is located in the center of the region which encompasses Spille and the Kala neighborhood. The oldest living space in the region is the Spille cave, from the fourth century B.C., which is located on the eastern most side of the city’s main avenue. The fields around Spille were also inhabited during this time, evidenced by an antique temple, gravestones and pottery. West of Spille, tourists can visit the ruins of a Roman bath and Roman graves. Further, above the Spille cave on the Stefaneli hill, the ruins of a medieval settlement from 1431 can be found.

Potami Beach is beautifully situated between rocks that fall diagonally in the sea. The contrast between the white beach and the clear seawater make for a very panoramic view.

Kala Neighborhood (Himara village) is built on the rocky Barbaka peak and—with an age of 4000 years—is by far the oldest settlement of the area. The church of Petro Kozmai is located on the ruins of an old church which, according to an old stone inscription, was built on 10 January 1796.

The Temple Road ends at the Church of All Saints that was rebuilt on 08 August 1826. Its majestic bell and interior paintings and iconostasis make a visit worthwhile. On its northern entrance, the visitor will find engraved “Agioi Pandon-Himarro” and the rebuilding date.

The city wall was built in the fifth century B.C. on large polygonal stones. Between the 800 m east-side walls and the west-side rocky slope, visitors can find dwellings built on rock. Leaving the Kala neighborhood on the two-kilometer dirt road, visitors can reach the great beach of Livadh. The beauty and cleanliness of this sandy beach attract many visitors in summer time.

Today Himara is a highly frequented destination for summer holiday travellers. Accommodation is mainly in local family dwellings, as well as in a variety of small hotels. The people of Himara are well known for their traditional hospitality which makes Himara a great year-round destination for all sea lovers.

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