Visitors can travel to Butrint by ferry from the Greek island of Corfu. The U.S. Embassy in Tirana, Albania, however, warns against traveling by land from Tirana to Butrint. Check with the U.S. State Department for future advisories.
Getting There: Ferries to Corfu depart from Patras, Greece; overnight ferries depart from the towns of Bari and Brindisi, in southern Italy. One-day cruises to Butrint from Corfu are organized by several maritime operators located at the Corfu port. One reliable operator is Patrakis Lines (tel: 30–661-31649). For specific information contact the Corfu headquarters of the Greek national tourism agency (where English is spoken), located in Corfu’s Agricultural Bank Building; the office is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Saturday (tel: 37520).
Where to Stay in Corfu: The following hotels are ranked in descending order by price, from luxury class to backpack class: Corfu Palace (tel: 39485), Cavalieri (tel: 39041), Bella Venezia (tel: 46500), and Hotel Cyprus (tel: 40675).
Where to Dine: Corfu’s Rex Restaurant is a good choice. But most enjoyable of all are the cheery tavernas strung along Corfu’s waterside strand, offering inexpensive specialties from the Greek islands. Since the kitchen of a taverna is always in view near the entrance, you can pick your meal by watching—simply point at a dish that suits you, and wash it down with Greek pine resin-flavored wine.