Once a year, on January 6th, the Orthodox church have their water blessed by the priest of their respective church. Because Himare is a predominantly Orthodox community, it is a religious holiday. At approximately 10:30 am each year, the priest of the Orthodox Church that is located in Himare Fshat (Upper Himara at the top of the hill) comes down to the sea, says a prayer and throws a wooden cross into the water. After the cross is tossed into the sea a group of boys and men race out to where the cross has landed. Whoever gets to the cross first is blessed by the priest. This was a huge community event. All the people in Himare were down on the beach watching the priest and the men swim out to the cross.
With its beautiful urban landscape, coastal location and with countryside, riviera and mountains all nearby, there’s certainly no shortage of things to do in and around Himara. Even after you’ve ticked off all the major tourist attractions, blown your travel budget and sampled the finest restaurants and busiest bars, Himara still has more to offer in the way of entertainment. This section is dedicated to the pursuit of leisure and fun stuff so whether you’re a beach bum, water sports guru, air sports fanatic, spa addict, health and fitness freak, adrenalin junkie or anything else, then check out what’s listed on Himara’s Life. On top of all those fun things to do, we’ve also listed some of the very best tour providers in town, and each of their websites is packed full of even more ideas for activities, excursions and day trips. Go browse!
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Albanian’s Riviera beaches are beautifully situated between rocks that fall in the sea. The contrast between the white sand and the clear blue seawater makes a very amazing view in every single beach. Accommodation is mainly in local family dwellings, as well as in a variety of small hotels. The people of Himara are well known for their traditional hospitality which makes Himara a great year-round destination for all sea lovers.
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