Walking in Albanian side of Lake Prespa

  Prespa region is situated on the Balkan Peninsula and it is shared between three countries: Albania, Greece and Macedonia. This region that includes two natural lakes and high mountains with great significance for biodiversity where endemic and globally threatened species can be found. It has been already two years since I worked for development …

The forgotten trail connecting Voskopojë with Vithkuq

Voskopoja and Vithkuq have seen past glories back on 18th centuries when these villages were the most important centers of the region. Voskopoja still sees many visitors today comparing with Vithkuq. Both of the villages are very rich in old churches and nature and have a lot of potentials to attract visitors. Since these two …

Pictures around Permet

During the communism time Permet was called a hero city because the National Libration Movement held the congress in town and elected the provisional government of Albania. It was also used to be called the city of flowers or roses and I was always wondering why. One doesn’t really see much flowers in the center …

Caving at Maja e Arapit, Albanian Alps

Maja e Arapit or Harapit is located near Thethi village in Albanian Alps and it’s well known for its 800 m climbing wall. In the foot of this mountain is located the cave with the same name. This is a vertical cave that goes generaly up. The exploration for the cave Maja e Arapit has …

Gjipe beach – a beautiful rock climbing spot

Gjipe bay is sandwiched by two well known beaches in southern Albania – Dhermi and Jale. Unlike these two beaches, Gjipe is still unspoiled by modernization. To get there one has to pass Dhermi beach and turn off at the sign “Manastir”. By a high clearance four wheels is possible to get by car at …

Mali i Thate – The Mountain Separating Prespa and Ohrid Lake

1200 meaters of height that really worth to be climbed for having the wonderful views to the largests lakes of the Balkans – Ohrid and Prespa Lake. Valamares and Ostravica mountains can also be seen from Mali i Thate. This mountain range separating Ohrid and Prespa Lake is most frequently climbed from Macedonia side at the peak …

Gramoz mountain – the highest in southern Albania

Gramoz is the highest mountain in southern Albania, 2524 meters. It sits on the border of Albania with Greece. The hike to the summit is easy with a gently ascent on mule paths and meadows on the left side (northen side) of the gorge at Starje village. The orientation to get to the summit ridge …

Vlora in Pictures

Recently I was in the beautiful city of Vlora which is a popular destination during the summer time due to its coast line. While the city center is nice with paved roads, palms and restaurants, the periphery looks very poor and interesting to be visited. Well, they might be strange places for some people to …

Kepi i Rodonit

Many friends ask me which is the best place to camp and/or barbecue near Tirana, reachable by normal car (non 4weals). Here is your answer guys… I would say there are many wonderful places  close to  Tirana for hiking, camping and barbecue. One of them, where I go often, is Rodonit cape (Kepi i Rodonit in Albanian). Kepi i …

Take the Train – Albanian Experience

If you haven’t tried yet traveling by train in Albania, probably you have seen around that is an experience not to be missed.  It’s extremely cheep, just 110 Leke (about 1 USD) for a return ticket Tirana-Durres, while by bus or minibus you would pay 300 Leke. While is extremely slow for the long distances …

Trekking Through Albanian Alps – Photo Essay

Here I’m posting some pictures of an adventure trek through Albanian Alps. This was one of the most adventures trip I have done so far with some cool adventures friends (Andi, Jorn, Kai, Felix, Malte, Vaith). We hiked 4 days in the most remote parts of Albanian Alps on unmarked trails and slept in tarps …

PHOTO: A little shepherd near Kruja Albania

I met this little dude when I was leading a group of friends on a hike to Zezë stream, near Kruja, Albania. He has 3 cows and 4 goats and  is very happy that he recently got 2 french goats which produce more milk than normal ones in Albania do. He told us he likes …

One day in Kruja – Travel tips

Are you planing to visit Kruja? Here are some tips what to do in Kruja in a one day visit. Kruja is a town in north-central Albania. Located 20 km from the capital.  Most of the tourists who visit Albania ends up at least for one day in Kruja for visiting the Kruja castle and …

Peaks of the Balkans Trail – In the "Southern Alps of Europe"

Ancient paths, glacial lakes, high passes, dramatic mountains and rich cultures from three countries are just a small taste of what wait you in this oasis of untouched natural beauty and traditional villages close to the borders of Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro. Here is a short introduction to the “Peaks of the Balkans”, the name …