Albania - North to South
Mountains and Beaches
With 70% of the country adorned by majestic mountains, cyclists will traverse spectacular landscapes unfolding like a hidden masterpiece. Along the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, pristine coastlines beckon, offering an untouched sanctuary for an unforgettable cycling experience. Albania's wealth of national parks and numerous World Heritage Sites adds cultural depth, ensuring a journey seamlessly blending breathtaking scenery with historical richness.
Albania offers exciting and relatively uncharted cycle routes with temperate weather conditions, boasting a Mediterranean climate in the lowlands that rivals Spain's annual sunshine quotas. While cycling through unparalleled natural panoramas, immerse yourself in traditional Albanian hospitality, relish wonderful cuisine, experience a colorful blend of eastern and western influences, and seize opportunities to discover the country's rich history and culture. The popularity of Albania as a cycling destination is rapidly growing, making it the perfect time to visit.
Redspokes' fourteen-day Albania cycling holiday commences in the vibrant capital city of Tirana. Heading north, participants embark on a dramatic boat trip on Komani Lake and begin cycling a beautiful mountainous route to Peshkopi, tracing the ancient Roman trade route, the Via Publica. Riding through gorges and past cascading waterfalls, the North to South cycling tour includes a visit to the Macedonian UNESCO World Heritage town of Ohrid, known as the "City of Lights." The journey continues around the lake towards Pogradec and back into the Albanian mountains, heading southward to Korçë. Korçë, with Illyrian and Ottoman historical roots, stands near the Greek border and serves as Albania's cultural capital, featuring a traditional bazaar and a museum of medieval art.
Cycling up into the Gramoz Mountains, with snow-capped peaks in the distance, participants traverse the Bramash pass and descend into a picturesque valley for a night in remote and beautiful accommodations amidst verdant forested surroundings. Continuing the journey, the tour stops at the hot springs in Benje before reaching the majestic world heritage town of Gjirokaster. Built by wealthy landowners, Gjirokaster is a beautifully preserved Ottoman town with steep cobbled streets, a 4th-century castle, and holds significance as the birthplace of Albania's former communist leader, Enver Hoxha.
Crossing countryside and more mountains to the Ionian coastline, cyclists follow the Albanian Riviera northward, savoring stunning sea views and white sandy beaches. The cycling holiday concludes in the small coastal town of Orikum, with a transfer back to Tirana for your journey home.
Dates & Prices
- 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.
"Had another great redspokes holiday - thank you!..."