Albania - North to South
Mountains and Beaches
redspokes' new cycling adventure takes you to one of Europe's secret treasures. As recently as 1991 Albania opened its doors to the outside world after years of isolation. Tourism is still in its infancy and Albanians give visitors a warm welcome. 70% of the country is mountainous with spectacular landscapes and pristine coastline along the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. There are many national parks and several World Heritage Sites.
Albania offers exciting and relatively unchartered cycling routes and temperate weather conditions, with a Mediterranean climate in the lowlands and is second only to Spain in annual sunshine quotas. Biking through unparalleled natural panoramas you'll enjoy traditional Albanian hospitality, wonderful cuisine, and a colourful blend of eastern and western influences. The tour offers great opportunities to discover the country's rich history and culture. Albania is fast growing in popularity as a cycling destination. Take the opportunity to visit now.
The redspokes fourteen-day Albania itinerary begins in the vibrant capital Tirana. Heading north, we take a dramatic boat trip on the Komani Lake then cycle a beautiful mountainous route to Peshkopi. We briefly visit the Macedonian UNESCO town of Ohrid, before riding around the lake towards Pogradec and back into the mountains, heading southwards to Korçë. We stop at the hot springs in Benje and reach majestic Gjirokaster. Crossing countryside and more mountains to the Ionian coastline we then follow the Albanian Riviera in a northwards direction. Our cycling ends in Orikum. We will transfer back to Tirana for your journey home.
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- Tirana: Albania's lively capital city.
- Boat trip on the Komani Lake
- Macedonian UNESCO town of Ohrid.
- World Heritage sites: Pogradec, Gjirocaster, Butrint.
- Albanian Riviera: turquoise waters, sandy beaches.
- Traditional cuisine: an east west culinary fusion.
This map is for illustration purposes only and may not show the exact route taken on this tour.