This Cycling in Albania Kosovo and Macedonia trip combines some of the best cycling routes in Albania, Kosovo, and Macedonia. We begin our tour with a visit to the historical chief town of the medieval Albanians, Krujë. A day in Kruja, where you will visit the castle and Scanderbeg museum. Kruja was the most important town for the Albanians during the 15th century which withstood successfully at least 3 major sieges by the Ottoman Empire. The museum we will visit is dedicated to the Albanian medieval hero Gjergj Kastrioti called otherwise as ‘Scanderbeg’.
He is considered the most important figure for all the Albanians wherever they live. After this, we cycle from the Zogu Bridge until Rubik. When in Rubik we visit the Franciscan Church which dates back to the 12 century.
There we will have time even for some souvenir shopping in the old bazaar, one of the best in Albania. We will cycle through the impressive landscape of Puka. There we will smell the fresh air and the aroma of the pine trees.
Cycling continues on roads, which were used before the construction of the Fierza Power Plant. We make a break for lunch in Bajram Curri. Bajram Curri is a small city situated at the foot of Shkelzen mountain. The name of the city comes from the national hero Bajram Curri which was an outstanding fighter. In honor of his patriotism, there are a 7 m high statue of him erected in front of the city’s museum. The museum has typical northern Albanian architecture.
Then we will cycle to Valbona valley and admire the rugged shapes of the Nothern Albanian Alps. These Alps are over 2500 m above sea level.
We will enjoy a walk through the old bazaar in Gjakova and taste the delicious local coffee. Then toward Prizren, with some short breaks during the road to visit interesting places. From Prizren, we continue through highland roads following this trail: Prevalle – Brezovice – Jazhince (pkk) – Tetove (Mac). Lunch will be in Brezovica. Brezovica is a ski resort situated between 900 m and 2,500 m above sea level. There is a combination of mild valley climate in the lower parts and Alpine climate in the higher regions.
When we will be in Tetovo we will visit the Colored Mosque and Bektashi Tekke. In Tetovo, Macedonia we will visit the colored Mosque and continue to Ohrid. Ohrid is a UNESCO city since 1979. From Tetovo to Gostivar -Mavrove – Diber e Madhe (Mac). Lunch will be organized in Mavrovo. Mavrovo is a region of Macedonia where Mavrovo National Park and the winter sports center are located. The Mavrovo Lake lies at an altitude of 1220m. It is 12 kilometers long and 3 kilometers wide. After Mavrovo we cycle to Dibra we will relax in the thermal baths of Dibra.
We cycle back to Albania to visit Berat, the town of Thousand Windows part of UNESCO since 2008. From Ohrid we cycle toward the border of Qafë Thanë between Albania – Macedonia to enter Albania. We continue cycling along the Shkumbini river toward the city of Elbasan. In Elbasan, we take a break to visit the castle of the town and have lunch as well. In the afternoon we cycle toward the city of Berat enlisted in the UNESCO heritage list.
During the final part of cycling in Albania Kosovo and Macedonia, we return to Tirana to visit the bustling streets and experience the coffee culture of this modern city. Book this tour to enjoy the nature of these three countries that border each other. 8 days of adventure and culture.