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Sarandë (Albanian: Saranda or Sarandë, Greek: Άγιοι Σαράντα or Agioi Saránta, Italian: Santa Quaranta, 'Forty Saints'), is the capital of the District of Sarandë, Albania, and it is one of the most important tourist attractions of the Albanian Riviera. Situated on an open sea gulf of the Ionian at 39.88°N, 20.00°E, it has a population of about 15,000, including a substantial Greek community. Part of its original Greek and Albanian population moved into Greece during the large exodus in the early 1990s. Opposite Sarandë is another tourist attraction, the Greek island of Corfu. There are daily ferries between them.

In ancient times, Sarandë was called Onchesmos.

Near Sarandë are the remains of Butrint, a UNESCO World Heritage site.