Albania Squeezed in between Montenegro in the north and Greece in the south lies Albania, a land of rugged mountains and gorges, rolling hills, remote villages and byzantine churches. In the west the country borders on both the Adriatic and the Ionian Sea, with dramatic limestone cliffs in the south. Being one of the poorest countries in Europe, the last pockets of truly isolated subsistence farming can be found here. It's a bit like traveling back in time, in the tracks of the renowned early 19th century English poet Lord Byron, who passed through Albania on his way to the palace of Ali Pasha in the autumn of 1809.

To walk in Albania means to share footpaths and dirt roads with local pedestrians trailing their horses and donkeys, to meet friendly villagers, and shepherds watching over their herds up in the hills. There are no waymarked long distance hiking trails that we know of, and detailed maps are hard to come by.

Winters in Albania can be quite cool, and summers are scorching, so in general the best seasons to go are spring and autumn. In the Albanian interior, hotels or private rooms may be hard to find.


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De Zwerver
  • Wandelgids Noord Albanië: Thethi und Kelmend | Huber Verlag |
  • Vooralsnog de enige wandelgids van Albanië. In het gebied van Thethi en Kelmend worden een 33-tal wandelingen beschreven. Bij elke route staan GPS coordinaten, topografische kaartjes, routebeschrijving -en typering en overnachtingsadressen vermeld. A guide to this former Eastern Bloc country describing 17 hikes of varying length and difficulty... Read more
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  • Wandelgids Peaks of the Balkans | Conrad Stein Verlag | Jan Dohren
  • Handzaam boekje met de routebeschrijving inclusief een heleboel praktische informatie. De beschrijving is uitstekend, maar kaarten zijn beperkt en schetsmatig aanwezig. Duits. Einleitung, Land und Leute, Reise-Infos von A bis Z, Wanderroute in 10 Etappen, Kleiner Sprachführer. Schroffe Gipfel vor blauem Himmel, ein Schäferdorf auf einer... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Albania: Vektor Administrative Prefecture Maps
  • Albania’s administrative prefectures on handy size, waterproof and tear-resistant road maps from the Tirana-based publishers Vektor at scales between 1:50,000 and 1:150,000; contoured, GPS compatible, with campsites, beaches and places of interest, etc.Landscape is presented by altitude colouring and contours lines at 100m intervals, with spot... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart Wanderkarte Nordalbanien Thethi und Kelmend | Galli verlag |
  • Wandelkaart van een bijzonder gebied. Veel detail, prima om op te lopen. Höhenangaben in Meter, Äquidistanz 20 Meter, Höhenlinien; Gitternetz. 17 Wandervorschläge: 1. Rundspaziergang Thethi Zentrum - Wasserfall (ujevara) - Canyon Grunas-Kulla e Ngujimit - Thethi Zentrum. 2. Rundwanderung Theti - Nenrreth - Ulaj - Theti. 3. Thethi - Fahrstrasse... Read more
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  • Albanië & Kosovo & Montenegro - Peaks of the Balkan
  • De High Peaks of the Balkan Trail. Deze unieke wandeltocht dwars door en rondom het hoogste gebergte van de Balkan, de Albanese Alpen, leidt je langs fantastische en nog grotendeels ongerepte berglandschappen, langs authentieke bergdorpen met een ongekend gastvrije bevolking en door drie eigenzinnige landen: Albanië, Kosovo en Montenegro. Deze... Read more
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