TIRANA, August 15
For many years Sazan Island has been the place where the sun sets for the inhabitants of Vlora, but recently it was promoted as the newest tourism destination in southwestern Albania. Yet the island that has been a military base since the time of the Roman Empire is not completely open to the public due to its military status. Therefore, a group of environmental experts from Albania and France visited the island during the last week in the frame of a new mission. It consists of setting new objectives that might help to improve the current situation on the island.
One of the main concerns that the team of experts pointed out is related to military waste that is present on the island. They need to be removed and eliminated in order to make possible for tourists to visit the entire island.
Further on, the preservation of archaeological objects found on the island is another main concern raised by the team of experts. Given that the island has been a strategical military site since the period of the Roman Empire, it is considered a genuine museum in terms of archaeological values.
Regarding this issue, the experts brought to attention a research plan drafted in 2015 regarding the museographic nature of the island and the architectonic assessment of buildings in Sazan. It is filled with bunkers and tunnels from the communist era.
These were some of the observations made by the Albanian-French team of experts on the situation in Sazan Island. A final report will be submitted to the competent institutions in order to define the tourism perspective of the island. Could it become part of the network of the most visited islands in the Mediterranean? Time will tell.