Albania - Classic
One Of Europe's Secret Treasures
redspokes classic Albanian cycling holiday takes you to one of Europe's secret treasures. As recently as 1991 Albania opened 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 cycle routes and temperate weather conditions with a Mediterranean climate in the lowlands second only to Spain in annual sunshine quotas. Whilst cycling through unparalleled natural panoramas you'll enjoy traditional Albanian hospitality, wonderful cuisine, a colourful blend of eastern and western influences and have opportunities to discover the country's rich history and culture. Albania is fast growing in popularity as a cycling holiday destination. Take the opportunity to visit now.
redspokes 9 Day Classic Albania holiday begins in vibrant capital city Tirana. We transfer to Lake Ohrid and begin biking from Pogradec heading southwards to Korçë. Korçë has Illyrian and Ottoman historical roots and close to the Greek border, this is Albania's cultural capital, with a traditional bazaar and a museum of medieval art. We ride up into the Gramoz Mountains, with a view of snow-capped peaks in the distance, cycling over the Bramash pass then head down into the valley beyond to reach our remote and beautiful accommodation for the night in verdant forested surroundings. Cycling on we stop at the hot springs in Benje and reach majestic world heritage town Gjirokaster. Built by wealthy landowners, Gjirokaster is a beautifully preserved Ottoman town with steep cobbled streets and a 4th Century Castle and is the birthplace of Albania's former communist leader: Enver Hoxha.
Crossing countryside and more mountains to the Ionian coastline we then follow the Albanian Riviera in a northward direction enjoying stunning sea views and white sandy beaches. Our cycling holiday ends in the small coastal town Orikum. We will transfer back to Tirana for your journey home.
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- Tirana: Albania's lively capital city.
- Lake Ohrid: one of Europe's deepest, oldest lakes.
- Benje's hot springs: natural thermal waters.
- World Heritage sites: Pogradec,Gjirocaster, Butrint.
- Albanian Riviera: turquoise seas, sandy beaches.
- Traditional cuisine: an east west culinary fusion.
"Albania surpassed my expectations in every way. Beautiful scenery, including mountains and coast, challenging but manageable rides (I wasn’t as fit as I’d like to have been); wall to wall..."