Coastal trail, Albania. Photo: Host/Zbulo
4.9
| 19 reviews

Hike the Coastal Trails of Albania

6 nights
Moderate

Traverse untrodden paths from coastal mountains down to hidden coves on the shimmering Albanian Riviera

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with expert, local, English-speaking guide

Hotel & Guesthouse

3 nights in hotels and 3 nights in a guesthouse

Meals

All breakfasts, all lunches and 4 dinners

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in between

Porterage

Your overnight bag will be transported by van, so you'll hike with only a small daypack

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 14 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

4.9
| 19 reviews
Diverse landscapes and fascinating history
June 2024
Lara J.
Diverse landscapes and fascinating history
June 2024
Lara J.
Diverse landscapes and fascinating history
June 2024
Lara J.
Diverse landscapes and fascinating history
June 2024
Lara J.
Fantastic trip to see beautiful Albania !
June 2024
Becky T.
Fantastic trip to see beautiful Albania !
June 2024
Becky T.
Fantastic trip to see beautiful Albania !
June 2024
Becky T.
Book it, you won’t regret it
May 2024
Michelle
Book it, you won’t regret it
May 2024
Michelle
Book it, you won’t regret it
May 2024
Michelle
Book it, you won’t regret it
May 2024
Michelle
Book it, you won’t regret it
May 2024
Michelle
Book it, you won’t regret it
May 2024
Michelle
Hiken in Albanië = een absolute aanrader
May 2024
Youri B.
Hiken in Albanië = een absolute aanrader
May 2024
Youri B.
Hiken in Albanië = een absolute aanrader
May 2024
Youri B.
Hiken in Albanië = een absolute aanrader
May 2024
Youri B.
Hiken in Albanië = een absolute aanrader
May 2024
Youri B.
Hiken in Albanië = een absolute aanrader
May 2024
Youri B.
Hiken in Albanië = een absolute aanrader
May 2024
Youri B.
Hiken in Albanië = een absolute aanrader
May 2024
Youri B.
Hiken in Albanië = een absolute aanrader
May 2024
Youri B.
Diverse hikes, well organised and good value
May 2024
David H.
Diverse hikes, well organised and good value
May 2024
David H.
Diverse hikes, well organised and good value
May 2024
David H.
Diverse hikes, well organised and good value
May 2024
David H.
Diverse hikes, well organised and good value
May 2024
David H.
Epic Week of Albanian Adventure!
May 2024
Elizabeth B.
Epic Week of Albanian Adventure!
May 2024
Elizabeth B.
Best trip ever!
April 2024
Milly P.

Trek among the mountains of Llogara National Park, with stunning views of the Ionian Sea and rugged coastline below

Hike along Albania's little-known trails and shepherd’s paths, through olive groves and authentic stone villages beyond the seashore

Cool down with refreshing sea swims on secluded beaches and tuck into hearty, fresh Mediterranean feasts

Key Information

Day 1

Journey south to Llogara National Park

Logara National Park, Albania. Photo: Host/Zbulo

Driving

3-3.5hrs

Welcome to Albania! Meet your host in Tirana (either at the airport or in the city) for the transfer south to the spectacular Llogara National Park. Your journey will take you via the salt pans of the Narta Lagoon, the historic city of Vlore and along scenic, panoramic roads. Nestled in the heart of the Ceraunian Mountains, Llogara National Park is an important biosphere reserve, famous for its ancient and beautifully-shaped black pines and firs trees which overlook the shimmering Albanian Riviera’s Ionian shore. Settle into your cosy mountain hotel, get to know your fellow adventurers and enjoy a hearty meal while you hear all about the itinerary ahead.

Day 2

Hike the high coastal mountains

Logara National Park, Albania. Photo: Host/Zbulo

Hiking

4hrs · 11km · 425m up · 625m down

After a hearty breakfast, set off from the trailhead which lies at the highest point of the Llogara Pass, opposite Cika and Qorre peaks. A wide gravel path steadily leads to the radio towers at the ridge, where you can marvel at the lush green slopes of the Karaburun Peninsula plunging steeply into the deep blue Ionian Sea below. Panoramic views of the rugged Albanian Riviera and the Bay of Vlore will accompany you throughout today's hike along the spine of the peninsula. A rocky path climbs up to Mount Gjipali (1446m), where you can take a lofty picnic break and contemplate the harsh beauty of the entire coastline. Next, descend to a mountain pasture and enter the Deep Pass, a rainforest-like green corridor that offers generous shade for a well-deserved break. After the hike, transfer back to your mountain hotel where you can relax for the remainder of the day before dinner in the evening.

Day 3

Beach hop along the dazzling Ionian Riviera

Coastal trail, Albania. Photo: Host/Zbulo

Hiking

4hrs · 13km · 250m up · 550m down

This morning you'll swap the mountains for the sea as you descend down to the coast by transfer, before setting off for your second spectacular hike. You'll cross cliffs and follow trails through Mediterranean macchia from one dazzling beach to another. It is by no means a flat walk, but it offers the perfect mix of hiking and swimming along the stunning beaches of the Albanian Riviera. Begin in the picturesque coastal village of Vuno, with its white houses and centuries-old orthodox churches stacked up the hillside. Continue with an idyllic descent through olive groves leading to the secluded Aquarium Beach, then follow the red-earth trail until Livadhi Bay accompanied by the sound of the crashing waves. End your day in the beautiful seaside town of Himare, which remains tranquil and has shepherds roaming the hills, ancient olive groves and abandoned castle ruins overlooking the bay. Here, you'll check in to a local guesthouse, which will be your base for the next three nights.

Day 4

Quaint villages of the south

Coastal trails, Albania. Photo: Host/Zbulo

Hiking

4.5hrs · 8km · 600m up · 675m down

Today you'll explore a lesser-known part of the Albanian Riviera, heading south to the stunning coastal mountains facing the mighty Ionian Sea. From Lukova, follow a steep shepherd’s path which takes you towards a ridge, with views of the terraced hills plunging into the turquoise sea. Soon, Corfu appears on the horizon and as you traverse the pass, you can admire the wild inland landscapes of this pristine corner of Albania. Hike amongst oaks and blooming wildflowers (in season), then descend a wide, exposed gravel trail which immerses you in the captivating coastal views all the way down to the village of Piqeras. In the afternoon, transfer back to Himare for some optional beach time and enjoy a free evening in one of the many lively tavernas in town, or sample a few cocktails by the beach.

Day 5

Hike through Mediterranean back country

Goats in coastal villages, Albania. Photo: Host/Zbulo

Hiking

4hrs · 12km · 400m up · 400m down

Start the day with a scenic drive which takes you at the foot of Kudhes. Follow the winding road through olive trees and local houses into the heart of the village, and enjoy a coffee in the company of the friendly locals. Next, set off hiking along the rocky shepherd's trail lined with bright pink oleanders and lush green cypress trees. You may be greeted by flocks of curious goats as you climb up to the green terraced fields above the hamlet, with breathtaking views opening up to the deep blue sea and over to the island of Corfu. Reach the old town of Qeparo and stroll its maze of cobbled streets and ancient stone houses, enjoying the tranquillity of this authentic Albanian village where time seems to stand still. From here, continue on above the shoreline, across the hillside towards Borsh, soaking up the stunning landscape a little longer. Enjoy one final night in Himare tonight, as you transfer back to Tirana after your final hike tomorrow.

Day 6

Hike the Old Prisoners Trail

Hike the Coastal Trails of Albania_Day 6_Zbulo host image

Hiking

3.5hrs · 12km · 150m up · 400m down

Driving

4hrs

Gear up for a big day. Your final hike takes you to the southern side of the Riviera once more. Starting in Lukova, walk by flower-adorned houses, down old cobblestone alleys and past a small waterfall. Continue through endless terraces of olive groves, followed by a smooth descent all the way to Bunec Beach where the open skyline, tranquil sea, and the unusual emptiness of the pebbly shore will make it hard to resist a refreshing swim! Hike through the flora of the hillside, soaking up the Mediterranean aromas as Borsh Beach slowly comes into view. Cool off with one more swim before parting ways with the Ionian Sea. This afternoon you'll transfer back to Tirana (via the mountains and Llogara Pass) for your final night in Albania's vibrant capital. Celebrate the end of your adventure with a group farewell dinner in the city. Cheers!

Day 7

Farewell Albania!

Tirana city, Albania. Photo: GettyImages-1214330003

Time permitting, Tirana is an inviting place to explore. Take a stroll, sip an espresso, observe the busy morning flow or shop for delicious treats at the lively New Bazaar. If you're interested in learning more about the city's Communist past, Bunkart 2 and The House of Leaves provide fascinating insights and are just a five-minute walk away from Tirana’s main Skanderbeg Square. Your host will then transfer back to the airport in time for your flight home.

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4 – Day 5

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 7

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Photo: Zbulo

The Albanian Riviera sees Mediterranean and Balkan influences bringing an array of flavoursome dishes to the region, and the proximity to the gorgeous Ionian Sea guarantees freshly caught fish such as grilled sea bass, shrimp pasta and calamari. The town of Himare has some of the best food options the area: Greek, Italian and Mediterranean restaurants line the beach promenade, serving gyros, moussaka, salads, meat dishes and fresh vegetables from the nearby terraced hills. The food options in Logara National Park tend to be heartier and more reliant on meat, but are still fresh and delicious. Breakfasts will typically comprise of eggs, fresh bread, jam, honey and coffee or tea, while for lunch you’ll carry fresh products and sandwiches provided by the hotel, or bought locally by your tour leader. Dinner is always a warm and filling meal after a big day of hiking, and there are a couple of nights where this is not included to give you the chance to try out some local tavernas in town. Snacks are available to purchase locally, but if you'd like specific things then please bring them from home.

Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for, although options may be more limited – please just request this on your passenger info form.

What is the accommodation like?

Photo: hotel's website
Llogara National Park

You'll spend the first two nights of the trip in the Llogara National Park, usually at either the comfortable Hotel Alpin, at the nearby Hotel Sofo or at the Hotel Llogora Dervishaliu (all of a similar standard). Accommodation will be in en suite rooms on a twin-share basis. The hotels have lush gardens, terraces, each have a restaurant and bar and they offer free WiFi.

Himare

While on the Albanian Riviera, you'll usually stay in the simple but cosy Solive guesthouse in the village of Himare. Accommodation will be in twin-shared rooms with a balcony and en suite toilets. Restaurants and bars are within walking distance from the property and you can also enjoy the tranquillity of the guesthouse's garden, where you can chill after your hikes and in the evening. Some departures may stay at the alternative Hotel Kolagji, which is a similar standard and located a 1 minute walk from the beach.

Tirana

You'll spend the final night of the trip in comfortable and centrally located accommodation in Tirana (usually either the Hotel Vila 60, Hotel Theatro, Art Hotel, Hotel Europa or Hotel Boka) in a twin-share room. If you wish to book some extra nights and wish to know where you'll be staying on your departure, please contact your host to find out.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

This trip has been rated as Moderate

The hikes will be a combination of easier, medium-duration walks and slightly more challenging, but shorter treks. While previous hiking experience is not necessary, it is desirable. Overall good health and a reasonable level of fitness are more important so that you enjoy the experience to the fullest. Some trails could be loose underfoot and you'll have to be prepared for the occasional steep climb. You'll be hiking three to five hours each day, with average cumulative ascents and descents of 300m to 700m. The pace will be leisurely with many opportunities for cool dips at stunning beaches (sea and weather conditions permitting), as well as refreshment stops in charming local villages – the perfect way to really soak up the beauty of this part of Albania!

What will I need to carry?

You'll need to have a larger bag suitable for all your belongings which will be transported for you, and then a small daysack to carry personal items during each day of hiking.

The best time to hike in this region is in spring from March to mid-June, or in autumn between September and November when temperatures are milder, reaching daytime highs of 22-26°C. Flowers are in full bloom in the spring, while the sea is warmer in the autumn. The mountainous region of the Llogara National Park is always cooler due to the higher altitude, with temperatures between 15-19 °C in spring and autumn and the possibility of stronger winds. While Albania enjoys a great amount of sunshine, rain can be expected at any time of the year so you should be prepared for all eventualities. Whilst villages and beaches are usually very busy in the months of July and August, exploring the region during spring and autumn will allow you to avoid the crowds and have the trails and villages almost to yourself – bliss!

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Tirana Airport (TIA)

Catch any flight arriving before 13:30 on Day 1

Ends

Tirana Airport (TIA)

Catch any flight on Day 7

Transfers

On Day 1 you can choose to be collected either from the airport, or from Tirana Rinas Bus Station if you happen to already be in town. If you do fly in on Day 1, please make sure you book a flight that lands by 13:30 at the latest. Your host will inform you of the exact pick-up timings prior to your trip and you will then transfer to Logara National Park, with an expected journey time of approximately 3-3.5 hours.

Transfers are included in the main price if you arrive on Day 1 and depart on Day 7. For those arriving early or wanting to stay on longer, getting to the city from the airport can easily be arranged locally and independently by shuttle bus. There is a regular bus line, the Rinas Express, which offers daily service every hour from 06:00 until 24:00, travelling from Tirana to the airport and back.

Travel options

There are regular direct flights to Tirana from major airports across the UK and Europe.

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What do I need to bring?

BAGS

  • Soft overnight duffel bag or suitcase (max 20kg ideally)
  • Daypack (20-30 litres)
  • Waterproof liner for rucksack

CLOTHES

  • Light fleece jacket, jumper and some warm layers for the early and late season departures
  • Rainproof jackets
  • Lightweight trousers/shorts/skirts
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear and socks
  • Swimwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Something to sleep in
  • Hiking boots or shoes (worn-in)
  • Sandals and flip flops

OTHER

  • Lunch box and pocket knife
  • Universal travel plug adapter
  • Power bank or solar charger
  • Passports (and visas)
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Ear plugs
  • Insect repellent
  • Suncream
  • Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
  • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Alcohol hand-gel
  • Reusable water bottle(s) - at least 1.5 litres
  • Biodegradable wet-wipes
  • Energy bars and snacks - read our article on Best Hiking Snacks
  • Water purification tablets/treatment system
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

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Optional Private Room Upgrade

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Optional Private Room Upgrade

Lara J.(June 2024)
Diverse landscapes and fascinating history
Diverse landscapes and fascinating history
Diverse landscapes and fascinating history
Diverse landscapes and fascinating history
Diverse landscapes and fascinating history

The trip was fantastic!! Our guide, Nik, was knowledgeable of his culture, humorous, kind, and generous. The group was well looked after by him and our excellent driver.

We stayed in clean and comfortable hotels, were offered delicious food, and experienced beautiful sceneries throughout. It was overall a great escape from UK weather.

I highly recommend to anyone wanting to experience Albania's enchanting natural beauty and rich culture. ​

Becky T.(June 2024)
Fantastic trip to see beautiful Albania !
Fantastic trip to see beautiful Albania !
Fantastic trip to see beautiful Albania !
Fantastic trip to see beautiful Albania !

Absolutely fantastic trip, would definitely recommend. The group was great and we had such fun together. The food included was delicious and there was plenty of it!

I loved the variety of landscapes, both the beautiful coastline and beaches but also the mountains and villages.

The hiking was challenging enough with some tougher climbs but there was time for relaxing and would be great for someone relatively new to hiking. Most days ended with time swimming at the beach!

The guide Nik was excellent. He also adapted our days for the weather to make sure we were safe and not caught in storms.

Holly B.(June 2024)
Go soak this country up before it pops!

I have wanted to go to Albania since looking down on its landscape from a mountain in Montenegro many years ago and had been wowed back then. This tour and Albania lived up to that first sighting.

Albania has everything, crystal blue seas, lush mountains, hills, and a raw history seeping through its landscape. I have been shouting about the country, ever since I got back. You get to experience it all on the tour.

The tour was just great. Led by Nik and Tesi and our driver Gizim, who were so incredibly generous and patient with us. I felt safe and comfortable with them immediately.

It was great to get to know our guides who were a similar age to us. They made the experience very special. Being able to get to know them during the tour and find about their hopes, and dreams for themselves and their country, made the holiday for me, as conversations with them were something that can’t be put on an itinerary or learnt from a book about Albania.

The group were all truly kind, open and sociable. We spent most of the time giggling and we had a lot of fun. I have made some friends I know I can message shamelessly (and I will!) if I am ever in their area/country.

Having been the last communist dictatorship in Europe, Albania is a country just about to pop. So go soak it all up now before it does, and book this tour!

Clive H.(May 2024)
Excellent walking holiday

Fantastic holiday and the tour leader, Toni, was amazing!

Michelle(May 2024)
Book it, you won’t regret it
Book it, you won’t regret it
Book it, you won’t regret it
Book it, you won’t regret it
Book it, you won’t regret it
Book it, you won’t regret it
Book it, you won’t regret it

I had absolutely no idea what to expect going into this trip, no knowledge of Albania, had never been on a MBA trip before, and going in as a solo traveller. And let me tell you, it was magnificent. Such a unique and special country, unlimited natural beauty dotted with the weirdest, coolest relics from the communist days. Our guide and driver were phenomenal, just the right combo of laid back fun and attentiveness. The group became fast friends as we ascended mountains together. The hikes were stunning and we did them at a nice chill speed so no one felt rushed or left behind. The food at dinners seemed unlimited with endless delicious courses coming out one after another, I ate my weight in cheeses and meats and vegetables. And the accommodation far exceeded my expectations, every place we stayed was lovely with ocean or mountain views. I definitely recommend spending a couple days in Tirana before or after the trip too because the city itself was amazing to wander through. Overall, the entire experience was epic and Ill definitely be booking a MBA trip in the future.

Alison E.(May 2024)
This trip was truly stunning.

This trip was truly stunning. I had a fabulous time in this beautiful country. The holiday was all the more enhanced by our wonderful guide, Anton, and super driver, Denis. Anton's extensive knowledge, good humour and determination to give us the best experiences on our trip was evident from the pick-up at Tirana airport. No request was too big or small. Our driver Denis was also superb and I felt completely safe and secure on the roads at all times. This was a truly special trip and I would recommend it to anybody who is interested in visiting a currently still (though not for much longer...) little discovered by tourists to enjoy its stunning scenery and the warm hospitality of its people.

Youri B.(May 2024)
Hiken in Albanië = een absolute aanrader
Hiken in Albanië = een absolute aanrader
Hiken in Albanië = een absolute aanrader
Hiken in Albanië = een absolute aanrader
Hiken in Albanië = een absolute aanrader
Hiken in Albanië = een absolute aanrader
Hiken in Albanië = een absolute aanrader
Hiken in Albanië = een absolute aanrader
Hiken in Albanië = een absolute aanrader
Hiken in Albanië = een absolute aanrader

De trip was geweldig! Onze guide Anthoni, zorgde voor een top sfeer. Een van de accommodaties was wat minder. De andere twee accommodaties waren geweldig.

De hikes waren prima te doen en op sommige momenten uitdagend. Prima hikes om een aantal dagen achter elkaar vol te houden. De hikes verschilden qua uitzicht. Soms in de hoogste toppen van de bergen, soms langs de kust maar altijd even adembenemend mooi.

Ik kende Albanië niet goed maar ik zou iedereen aanraden om hier naartoe te gaan. De mensen zijn enorm vriendelijk en het is geen doorsnee land. Echt een unieke en geweldige ervaring!

Ros A.(May 2024)