Albania Off The Beaten Path

  • Detail of the Partisan Statue
    Detail of the Partisan Statue
    by HORSCHECK
  • Partisan Statue
    Partisan Statue
    by HORSCHECK
  • Detail of the Partisan Statue
    Detail of the Partisan Statue
    by HORSCHECK

Albania Off The Beaten Path

  • Kukès

    Small city in the northeast part of the country, Kukès doesn't honestly have much to offer. It otherwise did at the time of the Kosovo conflict, when some 450,000 refugees overwhelmed the normal population of 15,000 souls.As small as it can be, it was the biggest place I've visited in this country on the occasion of the VT-sponsored 2008 Caucasian...

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  • Trekking and village guesthouses in...

    Despite their extreme isolation (or maybe because of it) the northernmost villages of Albania are growing in popularity. This region is well worth the hours of rocky commute required to get there. The landscape is a three dimensional postcard of jagged alpine peaks, thickly vegetated valleys, and the idyllic wood-shingled dwellings of the scant...

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  • Voskopoje

    It is small village Voskopoje about 20 km from Korca ,I belive that when you will drive there new road will be finally paved,since us these 20 km took about 1 hour,with paved and unpaved parts of road . We visit here the church of Saint Nicolas,sought the old frescoes (their condition are not so good). Many people in summer came there and in Dharda...

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  • Visit Dardha

    Take a side road from Korcha -Girokaster main way and go to this small picturesque village,that situated on 1400 m above sea the road is good enough, wery nice view points, in village the streets paved with big cobblestones ,so drive carefully if you have a car low clearance. We stay there in hotel-restaurant Shtephia e Pushimit. The have main...

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  • Razma on the Northern border of Albania

    COMING SOONwhen I get more pics from mytravel companion....Razma is on the road from Shkodra tothe Montenegro Border Honi Hoti,Yep thats right, it sounds like Honey Hotty..but no wenches in sight..about 10 kms shy of the boder? we took a right upinto the mountains and 30 mins later we arrived atthe former Communist big wig resting place..Razma.WILL...

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  • Oil wells

    In the country, East to Fier, the landscape is sprinkled with dozens and dozens of small derricks (first photo).On the second photo, I have made an enlargement that shows the tall structure, an electric pole and the small one, the oil pump. In 1988, the pumps looked very old but most were still working. I would be curious to know how many barrels...

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  • Typical country house in Albania

    most of the roadside houses or shops we saw on our drive through Albania were just small concrete flatroofed buildings about the size of a large shed or small garage. We passed some small Albanian villages scattered about the hillsides where the road through them switched from tar to just dusty track. It wasn't until I saw one with skinned goats...

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  • Oilwells pump but does it all go to...

    In the Mallakastra hills we passed 100's of creaking rusting but still pumping oil derricks. Then 100 metres further down the road we saw an open lake of black oil just like a flood pond in field. Beside it were rusted tanks that looked like they had been blown open. Please tell me this isn't just an inland oil slick! This year i stopped and took a...

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  • Road from Shkoder to Prizren

    The road from Shkoder to Prirzen is definately not one of the best quality roads I've ever driven on. In fact it may well have been one of the worst. Nevertheless the scenery is stunning, so it is worth the effort. Just make sure you take your time and leave Shkoder early in the morning. The driving time to Prizren will be about 7 hours.

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  • Fascinating Landscape

    Come and see! This wild mountainous landscape is just fascinating. It offers great opportunities for hiker or mountain bikers but you should be in good physical condition.

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  • Llogaraja Pass

    Driving along the Albanian coast the most beautiful stretch is from Vlora south towards Saranda. Coming from the north a new tarmac road is winding up the Cika Mountains towards the Llogaraja Pass. The whole area around the top of the pass is a national park with rich flora and fauna. The highest peak is Mount Athanasius which can be climbed on a...

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  • Syri i Kalter (Blue Eye Spring)

    Two Kilometres off the main road between Gjirokastra and Saranda is a beautiful place called Syri i Kalter. Underneath old shady oak trees is this unusual "Blue Eye Spring" giving birth to a small river. The water bubbles up through a more than 50 metres deep pool and is creating a curious shape. The water is deep blue in the centre and lighter...

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  • Bunker systems

    Everywhere in Albania are bunkers. Hundreds of thousands of concrete pill boxes were constructed throughout the country. Nowadays some of them are used as storerooms. It can be interesting to explore them. The Bradt guide gives a good explanation about the strategy.

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  • Road trip

    In Albania I must recommend a trip along the road between Gjirokaster and Saranda. It is as slow and tortuous as any Albanian road, but the reward is the breathtaking mountainous landscape. You'll see the occasional tiny village along the road, just a few houses and maybe a church. I saw one little church perched precariously on the uphill side of...

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  • Children

    As you drive or walk through villages or small towns like Ksamili, you will invariably be followed by a swarm of small children, all waving and saying 'hello' repeatedly. It seemed to be the only English they knew as any questions were met with blank looks, but they grin delightedly if you say hello back! On my last day in Ksamil, we were passed by...

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  • Villages of the Vrina Plain

    The area surrounding Butrint National park is constituted by two Municipalities: Ksamil and Xarra. This last one includes 5 villages and takes the name from one of these: Xarra, Vrina, Shen Delli, Mursia and Shkalla.The villages are located in the surrounding area of the Park. Vrina and Shen Delli are just on the Park south border; the other three...

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  • Enver Hoxha's bunker defences

    In the south the roads and towns improve and close to the Greek border it is hard to tell the difference between Albania and Greece. Except for the bunkers, thousands of them, in groups of three some ten rows deep, stretching as far as the eye can see. Enver Hoxha must have been pretty sure we were gonna invade from Greece.

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  • Albanian communist era memorials

    No matter which road you take in Albania its guaranteed you will be off the beaten track. There are still some communist era monuments that did not get destroyed in the 1996 uprising but they are few and far between. Shkoder had huge oversized communist monuments on the roundabouts yet the rest of the main street looked like an African shanti town,...

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  • Rural destinations.

    Your whole trip to Albania is a off the beaten path.So it won't be necessary to be more off the beaten path.If you want to be more off the beaten path than you should go go to rural destinations.There you can see how they earn their money.Though Albania has a dry climate people try to do agriculture.Some are moving forword with horses and oxen.That...

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  • Serenity

    These were my local 'tour guides'! The mass of water behind is connected to the River Drin which runs through Kukes.The old town of Kukes is submerged under the lake.The lake is used for recreational use in the summer.Absolutely stunning, you won't be able to put your camera away.

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  • The Albanian Wild West

    The North-East of Albania is as much unexplored as today as it was 20 years ago. Unlike neighbouring Kosova it has received fractional if zero media attention. Probably because the area is well-known to be bound up in blood feuds and it's locals have little respect for the law, but these are local issues and it is much less dangerous than the home...

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  • take the small roads.

    most places in albania are off the beaten track, but if you take the small roads then you really get a feel of being far away from home.this road here is a little north east of tirana, where i went on my mountainbike one day.very cool place for biking.

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  • The 'Riviera of Flowers'

    The beautiful stretch of coast between Saranda and Vlore is paralleled by the most spectacular and most dangerous road in Albania, which apparently hasn't been repaired since World War 2. The many crosses along the abyss clearly show, that the road is simply not wide enough for two vehicles.A 2000m high mountain range forms the hinterland and at...

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  • Butrint

    The ruins of the ancient city of Butrint south of Saranda are a UNESCO cultural heritage site. Some of the structures are still surprisingly well-preserved, esp. the theater and the public baths.Chances are that you can explore the ruins all by yourself, even in August.

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  • Gjirokastra

    Gjirokastra is a picturesque historical town close to the Greek border. From the massive fortress on the hill there are spectacular views over the town and the surrounding countryside.

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  • Tirana to Kukes

    Some of the most spectacular mountain scenery of Albania can be admired on the road through the country's wild and poor North-East. For a long time this region was off-limits for independent travelers due to banditry, but the situation has improved and the road is now heavily patrolled by the military.Kukes itself is an unremarkable town at the...

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  • lin,on the shores of lake ochrid

    a charming,unspoilt,fishing village,apart of its ancient importance,is well worth a detour to see the wooden and stone houses....and also for good sandy beach on the far side of the promontory.lake ochrid is very rich in fish,particularly a unique member of the trout family,the "koran" ,which is delicious to eat and can often be bought cheaply from...

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  • Amantia a typical Illyrian hilltop...

    Amantia was a typical Illyrian hilltop settlement,with an original walled enclosure about 500m long and 60m wide.The walls extend for 2200m. It was established about 350BC, probably by members of the Taulanti tribe.A large fort was built with two gates and two defensive towers to the north. It occupied an important defensive position above the...

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  • near elbasan,steel of the party

    "steel of the party":metallurgical complex,built with chinese assistance in the 1960s and 1970s.it was called "the second national liberation of albania" by enver hoxha,and was designed to refine ferro-chrome,nickel and other ores so that they could be sold abroad in a concentrated form,rather than exported in their natural state.with its...

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  • durres,roman amphitheatre

    the largest building of its kind in the balkans,was begun in 2th c. ad,under reign of emperor hadrien.about 15000 spectators could be seated,with entrances for gladiators and wild animals.only partly excavated,and as you can see on photo,ottoman and modern buildings remain on sides of the arena.they founded an early christian chapel,under the ranks...

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  • shkodra,citadel of rozafat

    magnificently situated 135m high ;byzantine citadel,quite impregnable,built on sheer cliffs,with its own water supply and secret passages leading down to the riverside below......hence gave rise to some of the most blood soaked sieges ever seen in europe,particularly the final heroic defence against the turks in 1479 in the siege of...

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  • Try and find a local - we...

    Try and find a local - we found a school teacher with a minibus - who knows where any nearby archaeological sites are. There are no other tourists (there certainly weren't when we were there) and no Disneyland effects to bely the true nature of antiquity.

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  • I PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT THAT THE...

    I PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT THAT THE HIGH POINT OF ALBANIA WAS MT. JEZERCE, WHICH STANDS AT 8835 FEET (2693 METERS). HOWEVER, IT APPEARS THAT GOLEM KORAB (OR KOBILINO POLE) AT AN ELEVATION OF 2753 (OR 2764) METERS, WHICH ALBANIA SHARES WITH MACEDONIA, IS THE ACTUAL HIGHPOINT OF THE COUNTRY. HERE IS MENTION OF IT FROM A WEB PAGE DISCUSSING BORDER ISSUES:...

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