Qafa e Llogarasë

Llogara Pass, a winding coastal road in Albania

Qafa e Llogarasë is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.043m (3,422ft) above the sea level, connecting the Dukat Valley in the north with the Albanian Riviera on the southern side. This is the highest point on the main coastal road between Vlore and Sarande. The pass is traversed by the SH-8 roadIt's one of the best coastal drives in the world.

The drive is definitely worth it. Don’t forget your camera! Between the coastal Albanian cities of Vlore and Himare is the famous Llogara Pass, a winding alpine road, rising to 1,043m and overlooking the Albanian riviera. The road winding uphill to Llogara Pass is called SH-8 road, a picturesque mountain pass overlooking the Albanian Riviera. It serves as a panoramic venue to exploring the Riviera from above and touching the clouds at the same time. The first road over Llogara Pass was built in 1920 but until as recently as 2009 the road from Llogara to Sarande was very narrow, almost single lane, partially a dirty road or a road with an old dilapidated coating. Driving along the coastal road from Orikum to Dhermi you will pass through the famous Llogara Pass (Qafa e Llogarasë – in Albanian), a spectacular winding road, rising up to 1,043m and overlooking the Ionian coast of the Albanian Riviera. 

The experience of using this road is very impressive. The latter can be quite dangerous as the road is narrow at spots, high elevation means constant braking or frequent gear changes, tight turns and lack of barriers at some places. The typical Mediterranean coastal road that follows will prove very satisfying. However, don't be surprised to see old aged ladies in black carrying heavy loads of wood for the winter, people riding on donkeys, shepherds walking undisturbed with their flocks of sheep, or just cows chilling for the sake of it - all along the main road! Once arriving at your destination, congratulate yourself for becoming a true Albanian driver!
Starting from Konumi, the ascent is 22.8 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.013 meters. The average percentage is 4.4 %. The surface of the road is asphalted, and chains or snow tyres can be required throughout the year. 


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