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Albania (all)

This page lists all reports that for Albania including those that involve other countries too.
Click here for a list of reports that involve only Albania.
All descriptions are in English, unless otherwise noted.

Tours

A journey from the Netherlands to Nepal
by Martin and Susanne, tour started February 2014, submitted 22 November 2013

We are embarking on a wonderful journey in February 2014. We will go through the most beautiful countries and meet the most joyful people. Follow us and share your ideas with us.

This is us on our way to the pyrenees, this was in the summer 2013 as a pre journey.
Jeffs Bike Tour: Mediterranean Zig Zag
by Jeffrey Bernards, tour started April 2013, submitted 14 October 2013

I´m biking all the Mediterranean countries over a period of nine months. I spend about one month in each country. I have used the train or bus to help move the show down the road. I´m currently in Albania. I´m mostly camping, though hostels and hotels are always great too.

Croatia
European tour from Stockholm to Athens
by Johannes Mattisson, tour started 2012, submitted 10 July 2012

See all 2 reports by Johannes Mattisson

Cycling adventure from Morocco to Turkey via Europe
by Jordan Mann and Christian Eaton, tour started March 2012, submitted 28 June 2012

This is a tour from Morocco to Turkey via Europe stopping through Morocco, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece and Turkey. As of now we are in Croatia heading South. Enjoy and feel free to contact us or comment.

Cycled to the top of a fortress in Sintra, Portugal.
Albania in Bicicletta
by cicloturismo - alessandro, tour started December 2011, submitted 8 January 2012
Europe: Albania
language: it

Albania on winter Bike Tour. 400 km alone from and to Durres.

See all 16 reports by cicloturismo - alessandro

By tandem-bike around the Mediterranean Sea
by Tandem Nostrum, tour started February 2011, submitted 27 December 2011
language: es

Estamos realizando el sueño de unir a los pueblos mediterráneos mediante la bicicleta, en concreto montados en un tandem. Salimos de Sevilla en marzo de 2011, a la vez iban floreciendo las revoluciones de La Primavera Árabe y Europa se tambalea. Vivir este momento histórico desde la bicicleta está siendo una experiencia sin igual.

Por ahora hemos recorrido la costa norte del Mare Nostrum y continuamos nuestro viaje en sentido horario. Un viaje donde lo principal no son los paisajes sino las personas.

Grecia
marenostrumbicycle
by Nicolas Richaud, tour started October 2010, submitted 20 November 2011
language: en, fr, de

Hello, I am Nicolas Richaud and you can follow on www.nrichaud.eu my trip around the mediterranean sea. I am 26 year old in 2010: 20 in Nancy, city of Stanislas and Mirabelle; 2 in Bordeaux, city of wine; 4 in Munich, city of bier, I will now try during one year a nomads lifestyle. From Munich to Nancy around the Mare Nostrum I will bike about 15000km following Ulysses‚s footsteps.

I introduce you Buz, who will follow me during the trip
Budapest to Corfu 2010 - Over the Balkans
by Dave Roe, tour started June 2010, submitted 27 October 2010

The Budapest to Corfu route was planned to be as diverse as we could get it. A mixture of terrain, landscape and seascape. Throw a variety of cultures into the mix and an ''off the beaten track'' feel to the trip and the result is a recipe for enjoyment.

To get us warmed up a nice, we had a comfortable flat section in Hungary. This was followed up by a gradual climb up the River Drina into the heart of the Balkans.

The big climbs started after Bajina Basta in Serbia and continued until Kolasin, a ski resort in Montenegro. A 40 mile drop off the western edge of the Balkans was enjoyed into Podgorica, the Montenegrin capital. A very picturesque section follows, to the south side of Lake Skadarsko. It is a single track road containing big steep climbs along a mountainside with fantastic views over the lake to Albania.

The route then follows the Albanian coastline down to Sarande and over to Corfu. The section after Vlore is very quiet, taking in the Logara Pass. Himare is a great stop over being a nice little resort which is unspoilt for now. Sarande is much bigger but still has it's plus points. The spare slack at the end of the tour was put to good use on Corfu.

Đurđevića Tara Bridge - Montenegro
Balkanised: A ride (mostly) in the former Yugoslavia
by Peter Quaife, tour started March 2010, submitted 22 June 2010

A ride mostly from Albania to Austria which included too much snow.

See all 5 reports by Peter Quaife

Descending the Cakor Pass, Montenegro
London to Athens 4 kids in poverty
by Craig Shipton, tour started July 2009, submitted 4 June 2009

25,000 children die each day mainly from preventable causes. These children are not dying from incurable diseases or causes. These children are dying from diarrhea, pneumonia, measles and malaria - things that cost pennies to treat or prevent.

My aim is to raise £25,000 by riding 4,000 kilometres from London to Athens with an average of 25,000 spins of my legs per day.

See all 2 reports by Craig Shipton

A photo of cycling in the rain and a small boy hoping for a chance in life.
World Biking:share the adventure of cycling around the world
by Amaya Williams and Eric Schambion, tour started June 2006, submitted 20 May 2009

World Biking: The web's most comprehensive Africa Cycling Expedition. Eric and Amaya pedalled 55,000 kilometers and traversed 55 countries (37 in Africa) when they cycled from France to Cape Town via West Africa and then back to France via East Africa and the Middle East between 2006 and 2009. The next stage of their expedition beginning in June 2009 will take them across the USA and then through South America all the way to its southernmost tip, Ushuaia. Lots of photos, tales of their adventure plus touring tips, practical information and gear reviews.

See all 2 reports by Amaya Williams and Eric Schambion

Cycling in Western Sahara.
Viaggio al centro dei Balcani
by Stefano Lugli, tour started August 2005, submitted 1 April 2009
language: it

Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Croazia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Slovenia: un itinerario da non interpretarsi come una discesa negli ``abissi balcanici'', una sorta di ``Cuore di tenebra'' alla Conrad, ma un viaggio esplorativo in una regione che merita di essere vista con lenti diverse da quelle massmediatiche. Andateci e non ne rimarrete delusi!

See all 10 reports by Stefano Lugli

Travel towards the unknown, meet people, respect the Earth!
by Frederic Linget, tour started June 2008, submitted 13 March 2009
language: en, fr

An ``aventure bicyclétale'', it's a two-wheeled little miracle which combines discoveries around the world, respect of others and protection of the environment. So let's get in the saddle!

After 10 years in Asia, I've decided to go home, to Châteaudun in France. I left on Sunday the 29th of June 08 from Bangkok, I'm on my way.

europa tour
by Claudia and Thomas, tour started April 2008, submitted 10 December 2008
language: en, fr

www.velopourvous.com est le site de l'association ``Vélo pour nous, vélo pour vous'', qui à pour but de promouvoir la pratique du vélo.

Entre autres, il raconte les voyages en vélo de ses adhèrents, et pas seulement...

Une grande partie est dédié au voyage de Claudia et Thomas autour d'Europe. Leur but est de faire un inventaire de la culture du vélo en Europe. Des jolis photos et un impressionant carnet de bord vous attend à les découvrir...

Albania and Montenegro
by Stephen from the Hannover Bike Boys, tour started June 2008, submitted 28 September 2008

In 2008 the Hannover Bike Boys flew to Corfu and set off on a tour through Albania and Montenegro. Both countries are easy to visit challenging to cycle. We had no problem finding accommodation and decent food and beer, the scenery was wonderful but the cycling was hard with several high (1000m) passes.

Lake Skadar, Montenegro
The Lonely Cyclist in Albania
by Erik Nomden, tour started May 2007, submitted 20 October 2007
Europe: Greece, Albania
language: en, nl

``Won't you get shot there?''
``Are there any roads out there?''
``Albania, isn't that in Africa?''

The reactions on my plan to cycle in Albania with my friends Willem Hoffmans, Marco Duiker and Marc Dirkx, make clear that there are a lot of prejudices about Albania. A lot is unknown about the country; there is no Lonely Planet Albania; Albania is largely ignored by tourists, businessmen and statesmen. Nobody knows if the prejudices so just to the country. Nobody seems to know what all those years of Ottoman regime, Italian regime and the complete isolation under Maoist communist regime of Enver Hoxha have done to the country. I want to know. The mysterious cloud that is still hanging over the mountain state, is reason enough to take a look...

See all 18 reports by Erik Nomden

The Street of Girokaster, Albania
Across Mediterranean Europe (2005)
by Bartek Zdanowicz and Ewa Zawadzka, tour started June 2005, submitted 8 August 2007

The page contains travelogues and pictures from a number of bike trips across Europe, Ontario (Canada) as well as Kansai and Kanto regions of Japan. The trip across European continent has entries written from the road and together with photos it provides the description of the trip day by day. The trips across Japan give a lot of information about local areas (places to camp, onsens, roads, what to see, etc.) as well as many photos. There is also some general information on cycling, wild camping and hiking in Japan. Hope it will help.

Cabo de Gata, Andalucia, Spain
Balcani 2002: Durazzo - Burgas
by Stefano Lugli, tour started January 2002, submitted 31 March 2006
language: it

Dall'Adriatico al Mar Nero attraverso Albania, Macedonia, Grecia, Turchia,Bulgaria

See all 10 reports by Stefano Lugli

Albania: Tirana
Albania-Italy Friendship Tour
Europe: Albania, Italy, Greece

From June 27 through July 19 [2000] AEDP (Project of Development Education of SOROS Albania) will provide 60-70 people selected from Albania, the Balkans, and the rest of the world with an intense learning experience in Italy and Albania. The tour will promote friendship and understanding between people from a wide variety of backgrounds and demonstrate that ALBANIA is Opening Up to the World.
Participants will bicycle from Rome to Venice in Italy, through Southern Albania and Northern Greece. They will receive guided tours at various stops along the away. A film crew will accompany the trip to produce a video which each participant is required to present in 5 schools upon their return after the end of the trip.

Thessaloniki - Tirana
by Robert van Weperen
Europe: Albania, Greece
language: nl

See all 3 reports by Robert van Weperen

Thessaloniki - Tirana, English excerpt
by Robert van Weperen
Europe: Albania, Greece

See all 3 reports by Robert van Weperen

Thessaloniki - Tirana
by Robert van Weperen
Europe: Albania, Greece
language: nl

See all 3 reports by Robert van Weperen

Land-bound circumnavigation of the Mediterranean Sea

Welcome to the first "wired" human-powered (bicycle), land-bound circumnavigation of the Mediterranean Sea. The team have concluded their journey, but they are continuing to add reports to this site.

Sites

Rec.Travel Library: Albania
Europe: Albania
Reiseberichte
by Karl Brodowsky
language: de

A massive travel site, this guy has been everywhere.

Hier finden sich einige deutschsprachige Reiseberichte von Fahrradtouren, die hoffentlich unterhaltsam und informativ sind, aber auch vielleicht die eine oder andere Anregung für Leute geben, die selber einmal so etwas machen wollen. Für englischsprachige Radtourenberichte habe ich hier auch einen Anfang gemacht, ebenso für schwedischsprachige Radtourenberichte, wobei noch ein bißchen auf norwegisch und dänisch dabei ist, aber diese drei skaninavischen Sprachen sind so ähnlich, daß man entweder alle drei ein bißchen lesen kann oder eben keine davon.

See all 16 reports by Karl Brodowsky

Cycling info pages

Driving your bicycle in Albania
by by Roman Zapatrin, , submitted 9 June 2008
Europe: Albania

In May, 2008, I spent two weeks in Albania. First week I stayed in the city of Vlora, during the second one I crossed the country from Ionian sea coast to the Greek border near the Prespa lake. All this gave me an opportunity to acquire my own experience in cycling in Albania, which I would like to share in this short review.

Contents: roads, maps, drivers, city driving, bicycles and parts, communicating with people.

Gribe mountains, South Albania
The Twizi hostel directory - the cheapest places to stay on the planet
by Patrick Sexton, , submitted 6 January 2007

[The author travels around the world and reviews hostels, and has built up a large hostel directory.]

What are hostels?

The quickest answer I can give to you is that hostels are budget accommodations where you share a room with other travelers. To be more specific though and to give you a better idea of what to expect I will say that a hostel room is like a hotel room but instead of being just one bed there are a couple (or a few) bunk beds. There are also (gasp!) other people. People you do not know! These other people are travelers who are most likely very much like you in the sense that they are exploring and traveling and doing it as absolutely cheaply as possible. Hostels have been around a long long time. There are over 20,000 of them around the world. Hostels are very much a part of the culture of Europe, and are starting to be known in the USA as well. Hostels are a cheaper way of staying in a city where you do not live.

world map
Pictures from Albania
by Zdenek Horcik,
Europe: Albania

See all 2 reports by Zdenek Horcik