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ALBANIA

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ALBANIA

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Postby SwissPaul » August 23rd, 2019, 10:02 pm

Off to the land of Enver Hoxha and King Zog.

Jumping the ferry from Corfu to Sarande. Did Butrint on a day trip years ago so any other suggestions /itinerarywould be appreciated. Will be there for about 10 days in October.

Thanks in anticipation

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Re: ALBANIA

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Postby dspp » August 24th, 2019, 11:09 am

A friend has just come back from some good walking in the mountains, between huts. I can ask for more info if that is your sort of thing.

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Re: ALBANIA

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Postby SwissPaul » August 25th, 2019, 9:20 pm

Cheers - but mainly wheel based and wnting to see as much of the country as we can.
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Re: ALBANIA

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Postby malkymoo » August 26th, 2019, 8:52 am

Some information in this article in the Observer a few weeks ago:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019 ... nd-albania

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Re: ALBANIA

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Postby PinkDalek » August 26th, 2019, 9:13 am

SwissPaul wrote:Off to the land of Enver Hoxha and King Zog. ...


In case TaurusTheBull's travelogue provides further inspiration, see this from March 2019:

Athens to Budapest
viewtopic.php?p=206714#p206714

Which also mentions Gjirokaster, as does the prior reply's link.

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Re: ALBANIA

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Postby 77ss » September 28th, 2019, 11:17 pm

SwissPaul wrote:Off to the land of Enver Hoxha and King Zog.

Jumping the ferry from Corfu to Sarande. Did Butrint on a day trip years ago so any other suggestions /itinerarywould be appreciated. Will be there for about 10 days in October.

Thanks in anticipation

regards
Swiss


From Sarande, head to Gjirokaster (via the Blue Eye). There's an interesting painted church at Leusa - walk or drive from G. On to Korce, via the ancient bridge at Benja (near Permet) - where you can go for a swim. On to Pogradec on the shores of L. Ohrid, taking in the painted churches at Voskopoja. Some amusing pillboxes litter the shore. Then to Tirana. Press on to Kruja - the castle museum is well worth a visit. The walking in the north (Theth, Valbona Pass....) is spectacular if you ever feel like an active holiday in the future.

Head back south to Berat, via Durres. I was a bit disappointed by Durres, but really liked Berat. Then make your way back to Sarande (if that is your plan) via Vlore (a minor detour to Ardenice monastery is worth it), the classical ruins of Apollonia and the charming small castle at Porto Palermo.

I don't know whether you can fit all this in - just some thoughts. I thoroughly enjoyed Albania and liked all the places I have mentioned - except for Durres - and that was probably because I had high expectations of it.


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