Photos taken by David Stanley on a visit to Butrint, Saranda, Port Palermo, Vlora, Apollonia, and Fier in coastal Albania.
This Communist-era bunker near Apollonia is one of thousands built during the 1960s and 1970s to protect Albania again foreign invasions.
Resort hotels line the waterfront of the southern Albanian city of Saranda, blessed with a fine Ionian beach. It's a tradition for Albanian couples to spend their honeymoon here.
In antiquity the 2nd century Odeon at Apollonia, Albania, seated 650 persons and was covered by a roof.
This tunnel at the north end of Porto Palermo Bay, Albania, was used to shelter fast coastal defence vessels during the Communist era. It's still a forbidden military zone.
The limestone walls of the Castle of Ali Pasha Tepelena (1804) at Porto Palermo, Albania, are up to 3.5 meters thick. At each corner of the triangular fort are pentagonal towers.
The Castle of Ali Pasha Tepelena (1804) stands on a small island now connected by a causeway at Porto Palermo Bay, Albania.
Clear water bubbles forth from limestone karst formations at the Blue Eye Spring between Gjikokaster and Saranda, Albania.
The13th century Orthodox monastery at Ardenica north of Fier, Albania, has an ornate wooden pulpit.
The 2nd century Bouleuterion or Hall of the Agonothetes was the ancient seat of the magistrates at Apollonia, Albania. The building was reconstructed between 1974 and 1978.
Vlora is best known as the main port of southern Albania but there's a nice beach east of the harbour.
Corfu Island in Greece is visible across the Ionian Sea from the Albanian coast south of Saranda.
The fertile plain around Apollonia, Albania, provided food for the ancient Greek and Roman cities. In antiquity large flocks of sheep were kept here.
The 13th century Monastery of Saint Mary at Apollonia, Albania, is noted for the icons in the church and museum, the capitals in the narthex, and the frescoes in the rectory.
David Stanley posing in the Castle of Ali Pasha Tepelena at Porto Palermo, Albania.
Albania's southernmost city Saranda sits on a horseshoe bay almost opposite the northern tip of the Greek island of Corfu.
A 4th century BC Cyclopean wall at Butrint, Albania, bears an ancient relief of a lion killing a bull. This is said to be symbolic of a protective force vanquishing assailants.