This European beach beat the Maldives to claim the world’s bluest sea

Beach Pasqyra near Ksamil

One beach in Albania has the bluest waters in the world (Picture: Getty Images)

In search of sparkling blue waters for your summer holiday?

Europe dominates the list of beaches with the world’s bluest water, and one hidden gem in Albania has claimed the top spot.

Pasqyra Beach, around 13 minutes’ drive from the resort of Sarandë in the southwest, beat out the likes of Bondi Beach, Bora Bora and even the Maldives in securing the title.

It’s nicknamed ‘Mirror Beach’, thanks to its clear, turquoise water that visitors say has a ‘magical’ quality.

Meanwhile, nearby Greece occupied both second and third place, featuring seven times in the top 30, the most of any country.

Determined by the travel experts at CV Villas, the research took unedited Google Maps screenshots of 200 beaches across the world and used a colour dropper tool to find the RGB code of each body of water.

This was then cross-referenced with the world’s bluest shade of blue to work out which location’s water had the closest match.

Albania’s Pasqyra Beach was just 12.4 points off, with its mirror-like appearance widely considered to be a highlight of the country’s coastline.

And the best part? You can get there for just £39 return.

Things to do in Sarandë

If relaxing on a beach for hours on end is your idea of a holiday, then Sarandë is the ideal destination.

Pasqyra Beach isn’t the only option in the area: there’s also Pulebardha, Lori, and Santa Quaranta, all of which are a similar sparkling blue.

This bunker is above Pasqyra Beach (Picture: Getty Images)

For a spot of local history, amble on down to Lekursei Castle, which also hosts live music and traditional Albanian dance performances inside its restaurant.

There’s also the Museum of Traditions, found in the old Customs House in front of the marina. Offering an insight into local culture, a ticket also grants entrance to the Museum of Archaeology and the Galeria Art Saranda.

Explore local churches including the Monastery of Saint Mary and the Saint Charalampos Orthodox Church, or take a day trip to the Monastery of 40 Saints.

How to get to Sarandë

There isn’t a direct flight to Sarandë from London, but you do have a few options.

You can fly from London Stansted to Brindisi and then pick up the car ferry from Brindisi Terrare to Corfu. Finally, take another car ferry from Corfu to Sarandë.

Alternatively, there are direct flights from London to Tirana, the capital city of Albania. However, you’ll need to be on board with long(ish) drives for this option, as Sarandë is about three-and-a-half hours by car away.

Return flights start from as little as £39 (Picture: Getty Images)

According to Skyscanner, there are return flights to Tirana from London Luton available for as little as £39.

Meanwhile, Brindisi comes with a slightly higher price tag, but there are options from £76 return. You’ll need to factor in the car ferries, too.

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Source:: Metro


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