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SARANDA

SARANDA

The port city of Saranda is situated in the south-eastern Albania. In front of the northern part of the island of Corfu(Greece) and 26 km near the Greek border. In ancient times, the name of this city was Onchesmus. According to the famous Albanian writer Mr. historical NeritanCeka (Minister of Interior 1997-1998), the city took its name from the father, the prince of Troy "Anchises". The name of Agii Sarandaaccording to Christian legend derives from the time of the 15 th century, when 40 monks, soldiers were beheaded by the Turks because they do not change their religion. So, the people and the church declared them as saints. The origin of the name of AgiiSaranda comes from two Greek words. Agii means Saints,Saranda means that the number forty. Today the city is called onlySaranda. The city has a population of 30.000 inhabitants. This number triples during the summer because there are many tourists. The people of Albania and Kosovo are all appliance to spend their holidays in this city, which lies on the Ionian Sea. The climate of Saranda is mild Mediterranean and good weather most of the year. The economy of Saranda town is based mainly on its agricultural products from the valley of Valtos, the cultivation of mussels from the Salt Lake Vouthrotos (Butrint). Fishing is another source of wealth and, finally, tourism, which has registered a great growth in recent years.