Exploring the North of Albania

Albania is a country where you can find a nice sea, beautiful mountains and ancient towns, but it’s not so popular yet. So I went there to explore it while it’s not full of tourists.
- Aug 2019 -

DURATION:

5 DAYS

TYPE:

FRIENDS HOLIDAY

MAIN ACTIVITY:

EXPLORATION

BUDGET:

€150

Tirana

Tirana

I had a big plan to explore the north of Albania so I thought it’d be a good idea to begin the tour from the capital of the country Tirana, moreover, I’d never been there before.

Tirana is a big city what's passed period of economic crisis and now it’s developing, getting bigger and more attractive for tourists.


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Tirana, Skanderbeg Square

Tirana, Skanderbeg Square

Skanderbeg Square has a name of the National hero of Albania. It’s located in the very centre of Tirana.

Though it’s not famous by any huge attractions it’s spacious and there are some nice places around what is still worth to see: old Et’hem Bej mosque, museum of Albanian history and Skanderbeg monument.


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Tirana, Mullixui

Tirana, Mullixui

Since my very first day in Albania, I was looking for some special local food. Not pizza, not kebab and not burgers, but something authentic.

Accidentally I found Mullixui. This restaurant is located in the Big Park of Tirana and it offers some really special and untypical food. By the advice of a waiter, I ordered a set “metamorphosis” to try small portions of every dish they offer.


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Tirana, Bunk’Art

Tirana, Bunk’Art

During the communistic period, Albania became an isolated country and its leader Enver Hoxha believed that Albania might be attacked by a chemical or nuclear weapon at any time.

He commanded to build about one billion concrete bunkers around the country. The biggest one was constructed in Tirana for Hoxha and the government. Now it’s a very unique museum and I couldn’t miss it.


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Tirana, Dajti

Tirana, Dajti

Tirana is a real big city surrounded by green mountains and I was looking for a good point to watch it from above.

The best viewpoint what I found was in Dajti National Park. I got there by a cable car - Dajti Ekspres - and it was one of the best!


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Shkodër

Shkodër

When I was done with Tirana I went to Shkoder - the next point of my exploration trip.

It is quite a big town located on the north of the country near the Montenegrin border. There are few nice places to see: the lake and the fortress with a good view from above. But it’s also popular among tourists as a good base for exploring the northern part of Albania.


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Komani Lake

Komani Lake

In Shkoder I stayed for a night in a camping “Legjenda” where I bought tickets to the mountains. It’s quite a difficult route if you don’t have a car, so it’s easier to order transfer in hotel, camping or touristic office.

Firstly a minibus brought me to Koman village where I transferred to a ferry. The next 3 hours I was sailing through amazing Komani Lake called Albanian fjords.


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Valbonë Valley

The Valbonë Valley National Park was the first major point of my travelling through the north and it was... insane.⠀

Valbonë itself is a small village surrounded by enormously huge mountains. This is kind of the places where I felt how tiny I am.


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Valbonë-Theth Pass

I came to Valbonë in the evening so I stayed for a night in a guest house and took a good dinner there (be careful, there are no shops in the village!).

Next morning I started my hiking. It took about 8 hours to pass a mountain trail and get to a settlement behind the mountains. But it was worth it!


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Theth

Theth

The very last point of my hiking and exploration of the north of Albania was Theth.

It is a small village situated on near a spring on mountainsides and surrounded by wild nature. It’s beautiful, quiet and perfect if you want to chill in a place hidden among magnificent nowhere.


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