Himarë is a bilingual region and municipality along the Albanian Riviera in southern Albania and part of the Vlorë County. Apart from the town of Himarë, the region consists of seven other villages: Dhërmi, Pilur, Kudhës, Qeparo, Vuno, Iljas, and Palasë.
The region of Himarë is predominantly populated by an ethnic Greek community.
In antiquity the region was inhabited by the Greek tribe of the Chaonians. The Chaonians were one of the three principal Greek-speaking tribes of Epirus, along with the Thesprotians and the Molossians. The town of Himarë is believed to have been founded as Χίμαιρα, by the Chaonians as a trading outpost on the Chaonian shore. However, another theory according to the name suggest that comes from Greek χείμαρρος (cheimarros), meaning "torrent".
In classical antiquity, Himarë was part of the Kingdom Epirus under the rule of the Molossian Aeacid dynasty, which included King Pyrrhus of Epirus. When the region was conquered by the Roman Republic in the 2nd century BC, its settlements were badly damaged and some were destroyed by the Roman General Aemilius Paulus.