Albania

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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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Trails

Regions

Mountains

Books

The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2017
  • Himare Hiking Trails 801 2017
  • Kleine wandelgids van een deelgiebied in het zuiden van Albanië. Routes zijn redelijk beschreven en de kaarten die er bij gevoegd zijn, zijn ook van redelijk nivo. Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Land of Eagles
  • Albania is the least-known and least developed country in Europe. It has a long, rich and troubled past, characterised by unrest and isolationism. Today, very little is known of its people - beyond those who have emigrated to other countries in Europe - and its landscapes have remained virtually untravelled for centuries. Determined to discover... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Land of Eagles
  • Albania is the least-known and least developed country in Europe. It has a long, rich and troubled past, characterised by unrest and isolationism. Today, very little is known of its people - beyond those who have emigrated to other countries in Europe - and its landscapes have remained virtually untravelled for centuries. Determined to discover... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2018
  • Albania
  • This new, thoroughly updated sixth edition of Bradt's Albania remains the only standalone guide to this dynamic and rapidly modernising eastern European country, from the capital, Tirana, a lively European city, with shopping malls, cycle paths, museums, galleries and historic buildings, to remote outposts where traditional ways of life... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2018
  • Albania
  • This new, thoroughly updated sixth edition of Bradt's Albania remains the only standalone guide to this dynamic and rapidly modernising eastern European country, from the capital, Tirana, a lively European city, with shopping malls, cycle paths, museums, galleries and historic buildings, to remote outposts where traditional ways of life... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2015
  • Peaks of the Balkans
  • 2012 wurde mit dem Peaks of the Balkans ein abenteuerlicher neuer Fernwanderweg im Dreiländereck zwischen Albanien, Kosovo und Montenegro eröffnet. Dieser Wanderführer liefert eine genaue Beschreibung des knapp 200 km langen Weges durch die faszinierende Landschaft rund um die „Gipfel des Balkans“. Mit vielen Tipps zu Themen wie Anreise,... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2015
  • Peaks of the Balkans
  • 2012 wurde mit dem Peaks of the Balkans ein abenteuerlicher neuer Fernwanderweg im Dreiländereck zwischen Albanien, Kosovo und Montenegro eröffnet. Dieser Wanderführer liefert eine genaue Beschreibung des knapp 200 km langen Weges durch die faszinierende Landschaft rund um die „Gipfel des Balkans“. Mit vielen Tipps zu Themen wie Anreise,... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2015
  • Lonely Planet Europe
  • Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Europe is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Tour French chateaux, take boat trips to Greek beaches, hike past Bulgarian monasteries and glug Spanish wine; all with your trusted travel... Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
2015
  • Lonely Planet Europe
  • Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Europe is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Tour French chateaux, take boat trips to Greek beaches, hike past Bulgarian monasteries and glug Spanish wine; all with your trusted travel... Read more
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2017
  • The Peaks of the Balkans Trail
  • Guidebook to the Peaks of the Balkans Trail, a 192km trek through Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo. The route, which can comfortably be completed in less than a fortnight, is waymarked and covers terrain between 670m and 2300m in altitude, taking in remote valleys, dramatic mountain passes, stunning scenery and villages untouched by time. Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2017
Bol.com
Netherlands
2017
  • The Peaks of the Balkans Trail
  • A guidebook to the Peaks of the Balkans Trail, a circular route through the wild and rugged borderlands of Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo. Launched in 2013 to promote sustainable local tourism and transcend political borders, the 192km trail winds its way through the spectacular scenery of the Prokletije mountains (the southernmost range of the... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2017
  • The Peaks of the Balkans Trail
  • A guidebook to the Peaks of the Balkans Trail, a circular route through the wild and rugged borderlands of Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo. Launched in 2013 to promote sustainable local tourism and transcend political borders, the 192km trail winds its way through the spectacular scenery of the Prokletije mountains (the southernmost range of the... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Puka and Environs
  • Puka and Environs area of northern Albania at 1:50,000 in a series of GPS compatible contoured maps from Huber Verlag showing hiking and cycling routes, climbing sites, tourist accommodation, etc. Descriptions cover 24 cycling routes and four hiking trails.Maps in this series, prepared in cooperation with the Albanian Alps Associations and the... Read more
Stanfords
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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Vermoshi - Tamare - Razma - Thethi
  • Vermoshi - Tamare - Razma - Thethi area of northern Albania at 1:50,000 in a series of GPS compatible contoured maps from Huber Verlag showing hiking and cycling routes, climbing sites, tourist accommodation, etc. Descriptions cover 16 hiking trails and six cycling routes between 14km and 152km long. Route profiles are provided for most of the... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Shkodra and Environs
  • Shkodra and Environs area of northern Albania at 1:50,000 in a series of GPS compatible contoured maps from Huber Verlag showing hiking and cycling routes, climbing sites, tourist accommodation, etc. Descriptions cover 16 cycling routes and one hiking trail, all with route-profiles.Maps in this series, prepared in cooperation with the Albanian... Read more
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Walking holidays

Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Kroatië - Via Dinarica etappe 2
  • Ontdek het mooiste van de Balkanlanden met de Via Dinarica. De Via Dinarica is een nieuwe weergaloze langeafstandswandeling die zeven Balkanlanden aan elkaar rijgt. Van de maar liefst 2.000 kilometer lange route is al 1.260 kilometer in kaart gebracht. Onder begeleiding van gekwalificeerde lokale berggidsen en een deskundige SNP reisleider... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Bosnië en Herzegovina - Via Dinarica etappe 3
  • Ontdek het mooiste van de Balkanlanden met de Via Dinarica. De Via Dinarica is een nieuwe weergaloze langeafstandswandeling die zeven Balkanlanden aan elkaar rijgt. Van de maar liefst 2.000 kilometer lange route is al 1.260 kilometer in kaart gebracht. Onder begeleiding van gekwalificeerde lokale berggidsen en een deskundige SNP reisleider... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Albanië - Albanese Alpen
  • Avontuurlijke wandelvakantie door een van de meest afgelegen en authentieke berggebieden van Europa: de Albanese Alpen. Je wandelt door het hart van de Albanese Alpen, land van machtige bergen en geïsoleerde valleien, waar tradities en herderslegendes nog niet verdrongen zijn door de moderne wereld. In de bergen ben je te gast bij de mensen... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Albanië - 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
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Slovenië - Via Dinarica etappe 1
  • Ontdek het mooiste van de Balkanlanden met de Via Dinarica. De Via Dinarica is een nieuwe weergaloze langeafstandswandeling die zeven Balkanlanden aan elkaar rijgt. Van de maar liefst 2.000 kilometer lange route is al 1.260 kilometer in kaart gebracht. Onder begeleiding van gekwalificeerde lokale berggidsen en een deskundige SNP reisleider... Read more
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