TREKKING in Ionian coast
“Mother Theresa” International airport - National Park of Llogara
You will meet our guides at “Mother Theresa” International Airport. Afterwards will be headed towards the south of Albania. On our way we will visit the antique city of Apollonia. It is the largest in the Adriatic basin and the most mentioned among 30 other cities with the same name, from the ancient times. It was established around the beginning of the IV century BC. Apollonia’s ruins were discovered in the early nineteenth century. After this visit our journey will continue to the National Park of Llogara, which was declared as such in 1966 by the Albanian government.
The accommodation and dinner will be reserved in hotel restaurant inside the park.
National Park of Llogara - Caesar path - Grama bay. 14 km, 7-8 h.
We will set off early following the Caesar’s path, starting with 811 meters altitude and reaching Caesar’s passage, 1250 meters altitude. Almost the entire Peninsula of Karaburun will be revealed with an astonishing landscape. Afterwards we will start our descent from 1250 meters altitude above the sea level to zero meters, where we will set up our camp of tents in Grama’s bay. The only way to reach this bay is by sea or through a path almost forgotten for many decades. Grama’s name is closely associated with engraved inscriptions since ancient times, rocky inscriptions are numerous within Grama’s Bay. It counts more than 1500 inscriptions. Greek inscriptions date back to the last centuries before Christ which were enriched by some Latin inscriptions of the Imperial period. Before that Greek medieval inscriptions were prevalent where most of the times were directed to Jesus Christ. Ancient inscriptions in Greek language were directed to the Dioskurs, Castor and Pollux, who were Pagan Gods, protector of seafarers and shipping. Medieval inscriptions, written in Greek, are prayers directed to Jesus Christ, generally with the formula "Lord, help your servants."
Grama Bay – St.Andre’s Bay. 5 km, 2,5 h.
It is going to be a quiet trekking day. We will walk along the coastline all the time, 10 meters above the sea level, accompanied by exceptional landscapes. It's a stony path, but easy to traverse. Often we will walk under strangely shaped tree shadows due to the rough weather conditions. As soon as we get at St. Andre’s bay, where are also found the ruins of St.Andre’s monastery. we will set up our camp. It's time to relax under the enchanting scenery that this beach offers.
St.Andre’s Bay - “White Roads” beach. 10 km, 6-7 h.
We are ready to start the next trekking day along the coastline. As result of the rocky ground is impossible to get closer the sea.
Once arriving to the marvelous so-called “White Roads” beach, our camp will be set up. This beach offers a breathtaking view of boundless crystal clear waters with running streams springing in the mountains and ending up in the sea. The delta of Palasa Stream is another natural attraction. It collects the limestone and other mineral deposits picked up in the mountains. The delta as a whole appears white and is called the “Stream of White Roads”.
The “White Roads” beach - The beach and the canyon of Gjipe. 12 km, 7,5 h.
Besides the visits on the wonderful beaches that this itinerary offers, we have also the possibility to visit St.Theodor’s monastery. This monasetry is located between Dhermi and the canyon of Gjipe and is established on a wide hill covered by olive and cypresses trees. Its foundations date back to the 14th century built on the god Zeus sanctuary as well as Artemis, the hunting goddess. It was finished after 500 years of construction.
Our final destination for this day is Gjipe, which is otherwise called as “The Gods Garden” or it can certainly be nominated as one of the pearls of the Albanian coastline. In Gjipe we will set up our campsite, relax and enjoy the amazing beach. This location is a great opportunity for adventure lovers to practice sports like: rock climbing, stand up paddle, kayak or scuba diving. On the Gjipe canyon, Albania Adventure has created over 70 rock climbing itineraries. These itineraries are suitable for people living their first experience as well as professional climbers.
The beach and canyon of Gjipe - Livadh beach. 8 km, 4-5 h.
Trekking day towards the coastal village of Livadh. After 500 meters of trekking, we may see the breathtaking landscape of Figs Cave, which is a beach reached only by sea. The path we walk through is about 20 meters above sea level and connects Gjipe with Jala bay. Our first stop will be at Jala bay, one of the most beautiful and frequented beaches on the Ionian coastline. We will relax and have lunch at a restaurant by the sea. On the way to Livadh village, we will visit the Aquarium beach, which can be accessed only on foot or by sea. It is impossible to drive there. For this night accommodationin ain campsite at Livadh village.
On this day we will leave the south coastline to drive to Tirana, the Albanian capital.
In afternoon we will make a sightseeing tour in the city. Visit to the Skanderbeg square, National Arts Gallery – both located in the downtown city center and than we will visit the famous “Blloku”, one of the most vibrant areas of the city, with many bars, restaurants and nice people.
Accommodation in a nice hotel, in a good location near the city center.
We head to “Mother Theresa” airport.
The price for this tour is: 789 € / person.
Group minimum: 7 people.
- Transport & 4WD vehicles support during the entire itinerary.
- Professional guides of fluent French, English and Italian.
- Accommodation in camp of tents and the necessary equipment for the camp.
- Food: 7 x breakfasts, 6 x lunches, 7 x dinners.
Activities: Rock climbing, Stand up paddle, Kayak or Scuba diving.
If you want to be part of these activities, you have to notify at the moment you book.
Prices for these activities are: Kayak + Rock Climbing 35 €, Stand up paddle 30 €, Scuba diving 35 €.
You need to have:
- Sleeping bag (optional - you can bring your own)
- Trekking shoes
- Three item camping utensil, (spoon, fork, knife).