Ksamil

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Ksamil ( Albanian: Ksamili, Greek Eksamilion Εξαμίλιο ) is a small place, respectively, a commune in southern Albania on the shores of the Ionian Sea, but also the name of four small islands and the long peninsula between the Butrintsee the east and the sea, on the the place about 15 kilometers south of Saranda is located. The Ksamil to very narrow peninsula widens south of the town and forms an attractive coastline with many bays with sandy beach and several small islands. From Ksamil, located at the narrowest point of the Strait of Corfu, there are no four kilometers to the Greek island of Corfu. The municipality, which includes the village of Manastir heard has 2994 inhabitants ( 2011 census ). But local authorities reported a much higher number of 7716 inhabitants.

Four kilometers further south, at the very end of the peninsula, there are the ruins of the ancient city of Butrint, which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The scale in 2000, Butrint National Park begins at the southern edge and includes the southeastern end of the peninsula with the 232 müa high mountain Sotira.

Ksamil developed since 2000, fast becoming a summer resort which attracts mainly Albanian tourists from home and abroad. The small community is thereby greatly increased. It emerged many small hotels and restaurants, and many locals rent rooms or whole houses. Since 2009 there is also a small campsite in Ksamil. Under the haphazard construction activity that once barely touching beauty of the area has suffered greatly. Today Ksamil has around 7000 inhabitants.

Although the place an ancient name - Heksamilion - has Ksamil was only established in the 1960s. At that time, large parts of the peninsula were terraced and created cultures with citrus and olive groves. Ksamil was created as a place of residence for the workers of the state farm. Previously, the peninsula was barren, overgrown with brambles country that served only goats and sheep grazing. For the visit of Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, a road was created in 1959 by Butrint, which the peninsula was tapped by Ksamil.

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