Saranda is the capital of the District of Sarandë, Albania, and is one of the most important tourist attractions of the Albanian Riviera. It is situated on an open sea gulf of the Ionian Sea in the Mediterranean 2 nautical miles from the Greek island of Corfu. The city of Saranda has a population of about 32,000. Near Saranda are the remains of the ancient city of Butrint, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Alongside its ethnic Albanian majority, Saranda is home to an ethnic Greek minority and is considered one of the centers of the Greek minority in Albania.