komani lake ferry ride

Time to relax on the Komani Lake ferry ride!

After you have seen all there is to see in Shkoder, my advice is that you book a Komani Lake ferry ride. Bookings can be arranged via your host (at least that’s how it was at the Wanderers Hostel). You will actually pay for a trip on a small bus to the lake plus the boat ride itself. You can book one-way or return tickets. Bus ride to Komani Lake You should have your breakfast early in the morning and be ready when the bus arrives. Make it a light breakfast, though, as you’ll be off on a bumpy ride! Several portions of the road …

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visit shkoder albania

Why you have to visit Shkoder Albania

After checking in at the Wanderers Hostel and having a coffee on its terrace, I went with Ana to shortly visit Shkoder Albania and find something to eat. Continue reading to discover the best places for eating, drinking, and exploring when you visit Shkoder Albania. Where to eat in Shkoder The city center is mostly Rruga Kole Idromeno, a pedestrian area with some lively terraces. It was just 5 minutes away. Thus, we found ourselves at a table, with a drink, waiting for some food in no time! By the way, if you’re a vegetarian, Albanian cuisine should be to your liking, as you will find …

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wanderers hostel best place to stay in shkoder

Best place to stay in Shkoder: The Wanderers Hostel

In Tirana, we parted ways with Simon. He went to Kosovo, and we continued our Balkan road trip through Albania. But until he left, he talked on and on about this wonderful travelers’ oasis called The Wanderers Hostel (not The Wanderer’s Hostel, mind you!). He said it’s the best place to stay in Shkoder! He said we might meet him there again, but nothing was certain when it came to him. That is because he didn’t believe in mobile phones and other such technology. He left us in the middle of the night, to catch his bus, without saying goodbye, and uncertain if our paths …

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radio bar tirana

Radio Bar Tirana, one of the best places to go out

If you ever have the chance to visit Tirana Albania with some time to spare and wish to have an interesting drink in a very cool atmosphere, drop by Radio Bar Tirana. The interior of Radio Bar looks quite retro, and the covered terrace can seem a bit whimsical, with cubic shelves filled with plants of all sorts, plus some nice lighting. What to drink at Radio Bar Tirana In their menu, you’ll find classic drinks or you can try something new, should you feel slightly adventurous. Tim, for example, had a green drink, based on cucumbers. It tasted very fresh and healthy. …

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Tirana Albania’s colorful and creative capital

We left behind the peaceful Lake Ohrid in North Macedonia and headed towards the busy, noisy, colorful, and lively Tirana Albania’s capital. When we got to the border between North Macedonia and Albania, I was a bit worried about my passing, as I was the only one without a passport, just with an ID card, and Albania is not in the EU. But everything was OK, and I got over this stressful moment and enjoyed the Balkan road trip afterward. The mountain scenery of Albania is beautiful: rocky, green, wild, majestic. It made me think about the Carpathian mountains, actually and got …

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bus to bitola day trip

A rainy day trip by bus to Bitola

The next day, Ana and Tim went to visit Ohrid Town. Although Simon and I had already been there the day before, we still went to town to get a bus to Bitola, in Pelagonia Valley. We all went on the same shuttle bus from Lagadin, but we went our separate ways once we got to town. On the bus to Bitola It was a rainy day, but we took our chances. The bus ride was kind of bumpy and our bus to Bitola wasn’t that new, but it didn’t really matter. The road was pleasant and the scenery was beautiful, though once it started …

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day trip to ohrid town

A delightful day trip to Ohrid

In the morning, Simon and I had a quick breakfast, then went on a day trip to Ohrid Town. Meanwhile, Ana and Tim decided to spend a lazy day by the lake, in Lagadin. The buses come quite frequently and on time on the shore of Lake Ohrid. You pay the fare with the driver. Therefore it’s all very simple and easy, should you decide to travel this way. Day trip to Ohrid Town In Ohrid, we mostly wandered through the old, narrow, cobble-stoned streets, then took a walk on the docks and visited the Byzantium Church of Saint Sophia. Here are some images, to get an …

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