Where the Adriatic and Ionian seas meet in between Italy and Albania, a ghostly island with a legacy of chemical warfare awaits its day in the guidebooks.
Sazan Island is a half-hour boat ride from mainland Albania. But with a mysterious history as home to a Soviet military base and chemical weapons facility, the empty island has maintained an inhospitable air.
Sazan, which was once known as Saseno, was outfitted to withstand a nuclear attack. Now it will be tasked with handling the tourists Albania’s president announced this week that he hopes to attract.