Vila Amantia is a Danish owned holiday villa on the Albanian Riviera in South Albania. The villa is situated in the historical village of Kanina about 600 meters from the ruin of the Kanina Castle and 320 meters above sea level in the mountains surrounding the Bay of Vlora.

Both Vlora and Kanina are ancient settlements, founded in the 4th century BC, and the area has seen innumerable encounters between East and West. In AD 1081 the castle e.g. was conquered by the Normans and on November 28, 1912 Vlora was the city where Albania’s independence from Ottoman rule was proclaimed by Ismail Qemal, the first prime minister of Albania – he was born in Kanina.

Vila (Albanian for villa) Amantia is named after the ancient Illyrian city of Amantia (450 BC – AD 400) situated about 20 km south of Kanina. The village of Kanina is by arhaeologists thought to have been Amantia’s important advanced bastion towards the sea in antiquity.

For many years Kanina, protected by the ancient Kanina castle, due to its cooler and cleaner air, was the preferred summer refuge for the well to do people from Vlora.


The Albanian Riviera – with more than 2,000 hours of sunshine a year – starts at Vlora, where the Ionian Sea meets the Adriatic Sea in the Strait of Otranto.

Albania is a beautiful country and far better than its reputation. There are still many problems to solve, but the Albanians are working hard to reach European standards and they are determined to become members of EU.

If you want to experience a country in a process of change where tradition and modernity meet, you have come to the right place.

Vila Amantia



Vila Amantia is owned by Albanian Honorary Consul in Copenhagen Hans-Georg Nielsen LL.M and managed together with his daughter M.Sc. Hanne Lashi.

Vila Amantia was completed in 2008 and is built in traditional Albanian style with solid walls made of natural stone from the local quarry and a low-pitched roof of red tile.

The villa is perfect for family and/or friends travelling together, because it accommodates up to 10 persons in the 4 flats + 1 room and has a large shared kitchen. But you of course can also rent one or e.g. two flats.


Here you find the big shared kitchen with a dining table large enough for 8-10 persons. The ground floor also has a double room (we call it the South room) with shower, the toilet close by and a private door to the garden.


2 flats each about 50 m2 with a great sea view with bedroom, bathroom, living room and balcony. Aircon.

In these flats the sofa in the living room can be turned into a sofa bed giving space for 3 persons per flat. 


2 flats with a great sea view, each about 45 m2 with bedroom, bathroom, living room and a shared balcony. Aircon.


A shared garden with sea view, laid out in three terraces. In the garden there is an almond tree, a palm tree, a few olive trees and roses.

A shared patio with sea view and the big cypress tree, a yard with parking for 1 car, and a private parking for 2 – 3 cars close by on the other side of the Kanina road.


Prices are for 2 persons per flat per week. (6 nights)

First floor flats 460 € + cleaning fee

Second floor flats 420 € + cleaning fee

The South room 335 € + cleaning fee

Single bed-night 85 € + cleaning fee (2 nights minimum)

Extra sofa bed: (only possible on the first floor) 25 € per bed-night

We offer free and fast internet

On departure 3500 Lek = 35 € per flat must be paid for cleaning.

A discount will be allowed for longer stays and when renting more than one flat. All prices are subject to revision.


Collection at the Tirana airport (max. 4 pers.): 110 €

Return to the airport (max. 4 persons): 110 €

Guide per day (10:00 AM -21:00 PM) with car (3 persons) is included, but guests pay for gaz: 125 €


  • The lease agreement concerns the renting of one or more flat(s) for 2 persons mentioned in the invoice.
  • On arrival the guests will receive keys for the gate, the front door and the flat.
  • Clean towels and bed-linen will be provided upon arrival
  • We recommend that guests study the operating instructions for the air condition of the flat.
  • Owing to the Albanian electricity supply, short periods of power cut may occur.
  • The water supply of the village is not quite regular. 2 water tanks are securing the water supply of the villa. Guests are asked to focus on their use of water.


  • Vila Amantia will send you an invoice immediately to confirm your booking. If you book your stay more than 30 days before your arrival we must receive your payment at least 30 days before the time of your arrival.
  • If you book your stay between 30 – 14 days before arrival you must (have to) pay the whole amount 7 days after you received the invoice at the latest.
  • If you book your stay 14 days or less before arrival the whole amount must be paid 48 hours after you received the invoice at the latest.


A deposit, equivalent to 30 per cent of the rent agreed upon, must be paid 48 hours after you received the invoice by e-mail. The deposit covers non-observance of the terms of payment as well as any damages you may have caused during your stay. The deposit normally of course will be returned to you after leaving the villa.

Remember to check your cancellation insurance.


Skjern Bank, Strandvejen 143, 2900 Hellerup, Denmark

Reg. No 7780 / Account No 0001174994

IBAN: DK2177800001174994


BKT Bank, Vlorë, Albania

Acc. No: 4080 75272 CLIDFEURAA

IBAN: AL87 2052 6087 0752 72CL IDCF EURA


Please note! – You can find us on  AirBnB. Hanne is AirBnB Superhost!

How do we get to Albania and to Vila Amntia?

Of course it depends on where you live. There are several air-lines going to the Albanian capital Tirana. At the modern “Mother Teresa” airport you can rent a car at a modest price, as several international and local car rental companies are ready for you. We recommend that you to rent a car in advance.

From the airport it takes about 3 hours (150 km) by car to reach Vila Amantia. You will be travelling on a modern highway most of the time.

How is the political situation in Albania?

The republic of Albania is a young democracy that is a member of NATO. In 2023 Albania became a non-permanent member of the UN security council and is presently negotiating its promised EU membership.

Is it safe to stay in Albania?

Yes, Albania is a peaceful country with friendly and hospital citizens. If you dare to go to Rome, you can also go to Tirana.

Do Albanians speak English?

Yes, most young Albanians speak English. Especially in hotels, restaurants, cafés and banks. Many Albanians also speak Italian and Greek.

How is the price level in Albania?

The Albanian currency is the Lek. One Euro is about 100 Lek (February 2024). Euro is accepted almost everywhere.

There are cash machines in all cities.

The Albanian price-level is still rather low. It is about 1/3 compared to most West-European countries.

Please note that many Albanians still speak of old Lek. When they say 1,000 Lek they mean 100 new Lek.

A taxi from the airport in Tirana to Vila Amantia (150 km) costs about 120 Euro. The price of petrol and diesel is the same as in most European countries.   

How are the roads and the traffic in Albania?

Most Albanian roads are quite ok. They have been improved a lot during the latest years. When driving in the countryside you may still meet some bad roads.

If you dare to drive in Copenhagen or in Paris you can also drive in Albania.

Always remember to use the safety belt, respect the speed limits, and most important: always keep a safe distance.

Can we drink water from the tap?

No, it´s not recommended. But don´t worry. You can buy excellent and cheap water in big or small bottles in all supermarkets and groceries.

Is there corruption in Albania?

Yes, there is. Like in all South- and East European countries. The Albanian government has a tough policy on high level corruption.

As a tourist in Albania, you are not likely to meet corruption.

How about religion in Albania?

The average Albanian is not very interested in religion. But of course, there are cultural and traditional ties like in all countries. In the North many are Catholic, in the middle of the country many are Muslims and in the south you will meet many of the Greek orthodox faith.

Do we need a visa and how about insurance?

Citizens in most European countries do not need a visa to enter Albania. If in doubt, you can find out on the website of the Albanian Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs. Or you can call (+45 20485063) the Albanian Honorary Consulate in Copenhagen.


This place made me feel like a princess! It is an absolute fairy tale! Gorgeous views and panorama…. Close to Vlore center and a short drive to the sea. I will be back soon!


The splendor of this place, the fantastic view, the peaceful surroundings and the tasteful and comfortable arrangements in the house – all this was very good quality. We can warmly recommend this experience to anybody going to Albania on vacation.



So dreamy! Yes- it is as good as it looks. Everything you need is here. Great view, well equipped kitchen for cooking to eat in the beautiful garden. Safe area in a small mountain village, and a 15 minute mountain drive to the city. It’s hard to believe a place like this exists! Really just perfect experience to anybody going to Albania on vacation.



Very beautiful and calm location over Vlore in nicely decorated villa. The location is perfect to relax, hike or escape the rush of albanian cities. The huge kitchen and a terrace with an amazing view were our highlights. Definitely worth to stay more than just a couple of days..




Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information or availability 

KONTAKT@AMANTIA.DK / tlf +45 20485063 / +45 26183902 (Hanne)

Please note! – You can find us on  AirBnB. Hanne is AirBnB Superhost!

Rruga Kaninë 33, Kaninë, Vlora, Albania // Marievej 8, 2900 Hellerup, DEnmark