The Adriatic Sea is a body of water separating the Italian Peninsula from the Balkan peninsula and the Apennine Mountains from the Dinaric Alps and adjacent ranges. The Adriatic is the northernmost arm of the Mediterranean Sea, extending from the Strait of Otranto (where it connects to the Ionian Sea) to the northwest and the Po Valley. The Adriatic contains over 1,300 islands, mostly located along its eastern, Croatian, coast. The prevailing currents flow counterclockwise from the Strait of Otranto, along the eastern coast and back to the strait along the western (Italian) coast. Tidal movements in the Adriatic are slight, although larger amplitudes are known to occur occasionally. The Adriatic’s salinity is lower than the Mediterranean’s because the Adriatic collects a third of the fresh water flowing into the Mediterranean, acting as a dilution basin. The surface water temperatures generally range from 30 °C (86 °F) in summer to 12 °C (54 °F) in winter, significantly moderating the Adriatic Basin’s climate. The Beach of Durrës is the biggest and most visited beach in Albania.It lines the seafront of the city of Durrës and is about 10.5 kilometres (6.5 mi) long. The estimated number of tourists, most of whom frequent the beach during the summer period, is about 600,000 a year.
Beach of Durres
History of Durres
Durrës one of the oldest cities, the country’s main sea port, the second largest industrial center after Tirana. Durres lies on a small peninsula on the coast of Adriatic Sea. All through the history, Durres was the most important city which linked West Europe with East. Between the 1st and 3rd centuries it was an important port and trading center on the Via Egnatia trading route between Rome and Byzantium. After a great number of earthquakes , much of ancient Durres sank into the sea or collapsed and was subsequently built over.The arts and architecture prospered, the beautiful girl of Durres mosaic is one of the most popular historical figures found here. You can visit the remains of the amphitheatre which is one of the biggest and most exquisite monuments that has survived from the ancient city. Today the city is well known for the nearby beach resort of Durres, its wonderful sand and warm sea water.