From our hotel to the beginning of the long sandy beach was about 5kms. I was quite surprised when we turned the corner and saw the beach covered in umbrellas and chairs for as far as the eye could see. I wondered if they continued for the entire 13kms — we weren’t planning to walk any further, and so we’ll never know!
As we walked along the road to the little wooden bridge that crossed the river over to the beach, I was struck by how many incomplete buildings there were. One apartment building was inhabited, but the 3rd level had never been finished.
The quote for using the chairs and umbrellas was €10/hour — I’m not sure if that was for all 4 of us or per couple. Regardless, it was excessive, and so we opted to sit in the shade of some trees. We rested there for about an hour, Michael, Gitti and Hermann each going for a refreshing swim at some stage. The water was quite shallow for some distance out, and given my concern about sun exposure, I chose not to go in.
Apparently, many Albanians come here for their holidays. I imagine this long sandy beach is a special experience for many of them. It makes one appreciate Australian beaches even more!
Our walk back was particularly hot, and so it was a relief to get back to our rooms and freshen up with a cool shower.
After a long rest, we met for pre-dinner drinks and nibbles in Gitti and Hermann’s room before heading down the road for dinner at one of the restaurants Michael and I had seen on our walk the night before. It appealed to us, as it overlooked the main beach and old town of Ulcinj. We enjoyed an inexpensive dinner as the sun set behind the old town, and then wandered back to our hotel via the main streets which were again buzzing with activity.
According to Gitti’s phone records, we walked over 20,000 steps today — our longest hike yet. And so it was no surprise that I found myself drifting off to sleep whilst waiting for my photos to transfer on to my iPad!