“LAND of Albania! where Iskander rose, Theme of the young, and beacon of the wise, And he, his namesake, whose oft-baffled foes Shrunk from his deeds of chivalrous emprize: Land of Albania! let me bend mine eyes On thee, thou rugged nurse of savage men! The cross descends, thy minarets arise, And the pale crescent sparkles in the glen, Through many a cypress-grove within each city’s ken. George Gordon, Lord Byron (From Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage)“
Despite being a small country, Albania has a lot to offer. The nature is simply amazing and I like to call the hidden treasure of Europe that it’s waiting to be discovered. If you are wondering what to do in Albania, below you will find my suggestions. Here they are…
A mountainous experience
In general, Albania is a mountainous country and is one of the most mountainous countries in the world. About two thirds of it are either hilly or mountainous. The highest peak of the country is called Mount Korabi, 2,751 m above sea level. Mount Korabi makes the perfect place for alpinism enthusiasts and those who want to challenge themselves. Also, the cliffs of Llogara are a must for paragliding lovers and are internationally recognized as one of the best places in the Balkans for paragliding.
Hiking and Trekking
Albania has some of the world’s best paths,trails,hikes and treks like those in the Accursed Mountains and Albanian Alps which became very famous after the discovery from the tourists and especially from the Byron’s journey in Albania. There are aproximately around 22 hikes around the country so there’s lot of outdoor opportunities waiting for you.
Kayaking on Osumi River
Osumi River is located in the southern Albania near Berat. In the last years, this place has become very famous for the kayaking experience that it offers and one of the best touristic destinations. Gaze deep into the nature and explore the wilderness of Osumi canyon in an unforgetable kayaking adventure.
For me, camping is never too much. You either love it or hate it and I am very glad to be in the first group. I must say that camping for me it’s a way to get closer to nature and to your own country. Albanian nature is breathtakingly beautiful and you have hundreds of places to just go, set up a tent and have an amazing time near the fire, alone or with a group of friends.
Albania is a real adventure folks! Discover the higlights of it by taking a bike tour because it’s the best way to experience the country. In this way you can meet lots of locals and stay fit in the same time.