SH8 is one of the world's best coastal drives. It’s a newly surfaced road along the Albanian coast offering one of the most scenic and spectacular views along the Adriatic and Ionian coasts. The highest point of the road is the Llogara Pass.
This bumpy and twisty road is asphalted. It was built in 1920 and climbs up to Llogara pass, at an elevation of 1.043m (3,422ft) above the sea level. The newly surfaced road ascends rapidly from sea level to the pass. 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!
This spectacular winding road is 126km long. It overlooks the Ionian coast of the Albanian Riviera and links Vlorë, the second largest port city of Albania and Saranda or Sarandë, a municipality in Vlorë County, southern Albania, one of the most important tourist attractions of the Albanian Riviera. The drive is definitely worth it. There are many excellent photo opportunities here. Don’t forget your camera! The road follows the rocky cliffs and blue waters of the Adratic, with charming hotels and popular beaches along the way.