We’ve said before that there’s something for everyone in Albania – and if you’re a thrillseeker, this is definitely something for you. White water rafting in the rapids of the Osumi Canyon has become popular in the last few years. The canyons are 26 km long, at an altitude of 450 m, and are thought to have been formed 2-3 million years ago by water erosion. Fully professional river guides will take you on the most scenic route of the mighty canyons, and get your heart racing and blood pumping as you rush down. They’ll take you through underground passages…
Travel and Leisure magazine has rated Albania as the global top up and coming destination, and rightly so! Having been in hiding for so long during the Communist era, Albania continues to be an unexplored wealth of beautiful mountainous peaks and rivieras. But internal work over the last two decades has led to an improved infrastructure of the country. This makes it a magical place that has so much to offer to its visitors whilst continuing to be unspoiled by mass tourism. It also means a correspondingly low cost of living – a three course meal for two with a…
Fresh mountain air, breath-taking views, and a glass of grappa in your hand is what will greet you at Buni I Bajraktarit. The spot was once the clan leader’s watch post (that’s what the name translates to) – the flagbearer would sit and watch over his tribe and their flocks. Today, this majestic spot is a beautiful little restaurant that overlooks stunning mountainous terrain, and several wooden guesthouses. It's located in Qafë Thore, about a 40 minute drive into the mountains from Shkodër. The style and atmosphere of Buni I Bajraktarit is in keeping with tradition. A wood and stone…
It seems the rest of Europe is only just waking up to the beauties of the Albanian coast. These undiscovered gems are sleepy, secluded and stunning. Instead of hotel complexes and thousands of tourists, you’ll find family-run guesthouses and kind locals, fresh seafood and the sweetest honey you’ll ever taste (seeing as the bees have the largest selection of flora and fauna in Europe). If you’re spending time in the south of Albania, any of these beaches are amazing for a day trip – make sure you stick around to see the sunset, because it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen…
Shkodra is one of the oldest cities in the Balkan Peninsula. It was said to be the capital city of the first Kingdom of the Illyrian tribe of Ardiaei, and the entire city is rich in history, tradition and legends.  What to see... 1. Rozafa Fortress The Venetian 'Rozafa' castle, formerly an Illyrian stronghold, sits atop of a hill in the center of the city. Legend has it that Rozafa was a woman buried within the walls in order to support the structure with the strength of her femininity. To this day, you can see her tears dripping in one…
The most popular hiking route in Albania is between Valbona and Thethi (and vice versa). Famous for its scenic routes, the view that will greet you at the peak of 'Valbona Pass' is breathtaking - an arena of rugged peaks and impossibly blue sky. You’ll pass the National Parks of both Valbona and Thethi, which display spectacular views and unique natural beauty. At each destination, you'll find isolated villages and pastoral lifestyles. Because of the inaccessibility of these areas until very recently, they seem to have remained untouched by the Western world - you'll be greeted with stone huts, traditional…
Sitting in the quiet surburbs of Tirana, Uka Farm is a demonstration of the fruits of organic human labour. The founder, Professor Rexhep Uka, lives by an interesting philosophy: there is no true labour like the sweat of a man’s brow, and everything we take from nature, we must put back into it. Professor Rexhep Uka initially established the farm as an experiment into bio-dynamic food. Without machines, without pesticides and without genetic modification, he has developed natural ways of growing the sweetest fruit and vegetables by mimicking an environment without human intervention. He sought out the most fertile soil…
An amazing thing about Albania is that there's never a shortage of outdoor activities. Above all, the mountainous terrain makes it a hiker's heaven. Remote and mysterious, untouched by political conflict, the range of 'Accursed Mountains' make for a unique adventure.  Take a look at our video of the Valbonë-Theth hike to get an idea of what you could be doing next summer. If you're an adventurer and interested in hiking the famous Accurses Mountains, click here to see the packages we offer. 
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