The Southern coastal mountains of Albania are certainly one of the most rewarding regions for hikers in the entire country. Diverse landscapes, from rugged ridges with an alpine feel to remote villages in green river valleys, and from long, unspoiled beaches to the highlands of the hinterland, the region caters for truly all tastes.
This is the first project to develop a hiking guide book for the region and mark trails. This project is part of a bigger project for tourism development that GIZ is implementing in the area. Zbulo is responsible to develop the hiking prodcuts in the reagion. There are also mountain bikes trails developed by Mountain Bike Albania Association.
More information on the hiking trails can be found on this link.
2. Peaks of the Balkans (2012-2013)
The transnational “Peaks of the Balkans Trail” leads through one of the most remote and wild mountainous regions of the Western Balkans. By using shepherd paths the trail winds through high alpine mountains up to 2,300 meters above sea level and leads through wild mountain scenery, with a diversity of breathtaking landscapes, varying from green valleys to crystal-clear mountain lakes, waterfalls, rivers and remote picturesque mountain villages, in which time seems to have stopped. All in all a “hidden treasure” for nature lovers and hikers.
Until twenty years ago, the region had been almost inaccessible for visitors, which makes it an authentic cultural experience and adventure to hike across the three mountains of Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro.
The Peaks of the Balkans Trail has been awarded the winner for outstanding Destination Stewardship in 2013 prestigious World Travel and Tourism Council´s (WTTC) Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.
More information at Peaks of the Balkans website and map can be purchased here.
2. Divjake-Karavsta Walking Guide (2011-2012)
Walking guide of the Divjakë-Karavasta National Park, a Ramsar wetland with the largest lagoon in Albania and one of the largest in Balkans. The area is well known for nesting of the Dalmatian Pelican, its beautiful pine forest and the beach. The guide contains information for 7 walking trails and the facilities in the area.
Download the guide for free here.
New walking guides for Prespa National Park and Permet area are in the process and will be published soon.