Hiking in The Albanian Alps:
When you’re hitting the trails in the Albanian Alps, you’ll want a pair of breathable hiking pants
and good hiking boots
. The weather can change as you get closer to the summit, so bringing extra layers in your daypack
is essential. Most hikes can be pretty strenuous, so don’t forget your water bottle, cooling Towel
, and some snacks.
The Beach: When you’re headed to the beach, you’ll want all the usual suspects— a swimsuit, coverup, beach blanket, and beach bag. In addition to those, you’ll want to have a pair of water shoes with you because there are some beaches that you can get to only on foot. You’ll have to walk through some uneven terrain like forests, streams, and possibly even rugged boulders to get there.
Skadar Lake: If you’re headed for a day spent on Skadar lake, you’ll want to leave your fancy coverups at home and opt for a light pair of shorts or even sports gear. This way you can feel comfortable jumping into a kayak and exploring the lake on your own.
Rozafa Castel: The stone Rozafa castle sits on top of a hill overlooking Shkodër, so there will be plenty of photo opportunities— wear something cute yet comfortable like a pair of jeans and a flowy top. Just make sure you have a solid pair of shoes on. The castle while in good shape given its age, but it’s still in ruins, meaning the ground is pretty uneven.
Wild Camping: Wilding camping or camping without an official camp sight is legal in Albania. Depending on where you decide to set up camp, you’ll want to have hiking boots, water shoes, loose moveable clothes, and a swimsuit.
At night you might want something a little warmer since it can get chilly, especially if you are by the sea, so jeans and a pullover will keep you cozy by the campfire.
Benja Hot Springs: No trip to Albania is complete without a relaxing day at the Benja hot springs. After a tough couple of days of trekking, the warm water feels incredible on your muscles.
You’ll want your swimsuit, water shoes, and your quick-dry towel. The water is rich with sulfur which is great for your skin, but not so much for your nose. To avoid smelling like it for the rest of the day bring a change of clothes and body soap.