If you want to explore the outskirts of Tirana, this is a convenient way to do so. Most of this track (click here to download gpx file) is on paved roads, and if not, the gravel roads are of a good quality. Only the very western section is a bit more challenging and you may need to walk for some hunders of meters. Less than a kilometer will be on a two lane road, but it is spacious and cars are driving at low speed.
You will get to:
- the cosy student city.
- the Farka lake which is good for a swim.
- the Petrelë castle, from which you have a nice view.
- a long valley with only a few villages and farms.
- Camping Tirana where is a lake to swim in. You can ask at the campsite to use the shower. Please leave a donation for this service.
If you cannot make the whole trip in one day, you can use the connection to the city center (half way the trip) on the very busy old main road to Durres. I could not find a reasonable option to avoid this. In order to save some time and energy you can skip the vistit to Petrelë castle.
Please download the GPS track on bikemap.net. You can study the track there, however the website is a bit buggy on a smartphone.
the quiet valley
good gravel road and Petrelë castle
that wonderful bridge
lake near Camping Tirana