Butrint is an Ancient Greek city and an archeological site in Albania, close to the Greek border. It is located on a hill overlooking the Vivari Channel. Inhabited since prehistoric times, Butrint has been the site of an Epirot city, a Roman colony and a bishopric. It is accessible from nearby Saranda and Ksamili.
The current archaeological site includes an impressive Roman amphitheater, a Byzantine Basilica, a Roman temple with mosaic floor, a beautifully carved lion gate as well numerous constructions built throughout the periods. As of summer of 2005, there is a cross-national archaeological team doing digging at Butrint. You can watch the scientists do their work inside the park.
Things to See & Do
* Butrint ruins
Cruise Season - Feb to Dec
Currency - Lek (ALL)
Language - Albanian
Land Area - km²
Population - 33,000 approx. (Saranda)
Electricity - 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT/UTC plus one hour
International Country Telephone Code - +355
Port Location - The port is located in the city of Saranda.
Travel Links - Butrint is accessible from Saranda, along a road built in 1959 for a visit by the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. It is increasingly becoming a popular tourist destination, attracting day-trippers from the nearby Greek holiday island of Corfu.
Hydrofoils (30 minutes) and ferries (90 minutes) run daily between the New Port in Corfu Town and Saranda. A regular public bus service runs between Saranda port and Butrint.