While the ride along the coastal road was physically exhausting, the ride down the dirt road was the real adventure. The dirt road was in real bad shape, with a lot of deep holes created by cars that got stuck on the hill. Even for a four-by-four vehicle this street must be a real challenge. However, we were rewarded with a beautiful beach with only few people.
We chose the beach to be our main base for the evening, but this did not stop us from exploring the rest of the peninsula. On the Western side, we found the collosal gates protecting the entrance to a submarine bunker which cuts one kilometer through the peninsula all the way to the Porto Palermo military base. While the military base on the other side is still in use, the bunker is not. After exploring for a bit, we took our bikes and followed the dirt road around the peninula, where we discovered some smaller beaches and a complex bunker system which is apparently also used as a shelter by local goat herds.
The sheer amount and the complexity of bunkers on this peninsula is simply stunning. Back at our base, we went into the wild waves hitting the coast and simply enjoyed the sunset behind Himara.