We start our journey at 09.00 am and venture through Kombinati, Tirana, and head towards Poplar, Durres on a tour by bike.
The name of the city in the past was Epidamnos and Dyrrahium, deriving from the ancient Greek language. It is the second-largest city in Albania. And it consists of the port where the ships embark. Durres is one of the oldest cities in Albania. But not only, but it also consists of the Byzantine walls and the Roman Amphitheater.
The Roman Amphitheatre and the city of Durrës are unusual for their extraordinary degree of preservation. Particularly for its large stretches of undisturbed stratigraphy. Moreover, about a third of the amphitheater was not set on manmade supports, but on natural ones. Utilizing a precipitous hillside to support its northern seating or cavea.
If you’re interested in Durres history, or even just curious about it, Durres Archaeological Museum has some of the best exhibits. Having a guide at your side as you explore means you can ask as many questions as you like! The Venetian Tower and the Byzantine stretch of wall – A 15th cent intervention done to the byzantine fortification of the city. More importantly, a flight of stairs takes you to the roof which gives you the opportunity to watch the seaside and the surroundings of the old city.
Also, Durres has a lot of poplar trees, sandy beaches, capes, lagoons and a lot of vegetation.
We will bike via the old national road named the Road of Ndroqi. Also, located near the village with the same name we will experience wonderful views during our trip.
Upon arrival at Durres by bike, we visit the beautiful sandy beach and end our day tour returning to Tirana by car.
30 km, elevation + 199m.
Difficulty level: Easy