Vuno is a village in the municipality of Himara and is located betweeen the towns of Himara and Dhermi. It has a population of around 500 people and is built on the slopes of the hills, up to a hight of about 300 meters. Hence it’s name is derived from the Greek word Vouno, which means “mountain”.
How To Get To Vuno
Vuno is located on the coastal road SH8 and can best be reached by car as it’s only a small town and having some form of transportation gives you more flexibility to move around and discover more of the surrounding riviera coast. You can easily rent a car in for example Saranda or directly at Tirana Airport if you don’t have one. If you want to go to Vuno by bus you can take any bus between Himara and Dhermi or further. From Saranda you can take any bus to Dhermi or Vlora.
Vuno itself is only small, but renovations have brought back the charm of this hillside village so it’s nice to wander around the small cobbled streets for a bit and discover some of the old churches in town. In the upper part there are the Saint Mary’s Church right next to the main road, and the remins of the Saint Nicholas Church up the hill. In green area of the lower part of Vuno are an abandoned school and the Church of Saint Spyridon and the Church of Saint Michael. Also don’t forget to enjoy the magnificent views from the village, for example while having a coffee or a lunch at Lula Bar on the square or at Bar Restaurant Marko which has a viewing platform.
The area around Vuno is great for hiking, for example up the mountain behind the village, or down to the Gjipe Canyon. You can also enjoy some relaxing beach time by visiting the nearby Gjipe Beach or Jala Beach.
Where To Stay In Vuno
Vuno is only small but there are a few options if you want to stay in the village:
Villa Filip: A friendly guesthouse with a restaurant and a beautiful view down the hill over the Ionian Sea.
Shkolla Hostel & Camping: Located in the lower part of Vuno, Shkolla offers a cheaper accommodation with shared rooms, a camping, restaurant, bar and a garden.