Another trip to Albania in 2021? Are we serious? Yes, we are. We made so many good experiences in Albania during our last roadtrip in spring 2021. Our plan was to drive to Russia from July to October, from St.Petersburg to Murmansk and then to Moscow, but the Russian borders remained closed due to Covid. So what else to do? We did Iceland and Scandinavia already. Portugal and Spain is overcrowded and it is getting difficult to camp wild. So why not explore Kosovo, which we hadn´t on our list so far, and then continue to Greece to enjoy white sandy beaches in October? Sounds like a good plan? Yes, it does. And to get to Kosovo, we will drive to Albania first to visit some spots we missed last time. Happy, that you are joining us again ;-).
In this 1. video I am driving from Switzerland to the ferry in Ancona/Italy, which brings me to Albania. In Albania I am visiting the new Malicamp in Kruje and make stopovers at the Lagoon of Patok and at the agroturismo Mrizi Zanave.
In this 2nd video of our Balkan & Greece trip we drive to the amazing Theth valley in the north of Albania. The access road to the valley is beautiful by itself, and in the valley we do a 11km hike to the Blue Eye fountain. Wa take a Pajero 4x4 to drive a bit offroad in the valley. After Theth we drive to the mission church in Fushe Arrez to deliver our clothes and toys donations for the poor mountain villages.
In this 3rd video of our Balkan & Greece roadtrip we drive trough the west part of Kosovo. Highlights: Beautiful orthodox monasteries and amazing nature reserves like the Rugova valley. Up in the north the destinations are the Gazivoda lake and the separated city of Mitrovica, standing for the conflict in Kosovo.
In this 4th video of our Balkan & Greece roadtrip I am driving through the east part of Kosovo, from Prishtina to Prizren. Im not only visiting these both cities, but also the bear park near Prishtina and the beautiful Sharr mountains. I found an overnight spot on an elevation of 1700 meters, and on Prevall passroad I almost destroyed my drone. Finally I visited the mountain village of Brod, driving on a beautiful scenic road through the land of Gorani people.
In this 5th video of our Balkan & Greece roadtrip we drive to Greece, after weeks in Albania, in Kosovo and a bit in North Mecedonia. The start is at Lake Ohrid on the Albanian side, and the border procedures to enter Greece take over 1 hour. Now the beautiful Meteora monasteries are our destination. Finally we drive to the Greek island of Lefkada. Highlights are the lagoon, die beautiful scenic shore roads, the beaches and the overnight spot at the lighthouse at the southernmost point of Lefkada.
In this 6th video of our Balkan & Greece roadtrip we drive along the scenic shore of the Gulf of Corinth direction Athens. We visit beautiful villages like Nafpaktos or Galaxidi and enjoy nice beaches like the one at Mitikas Beach. For sure we drive to the ancient site of Delphi and to the amazing monastery of Hosios Loukas.
In this 7th video of our Balkan & Greece roadtrip we drive with our Mercedes Vario 4x4 along the south coast of the Peloponnes, from the Corinth canal to the ship wreck Dimitrios near Gythio. On the way we visit the amphitheatre of Epidaurus, the charming town of Nafplio and for sure the beautiful island of Elafonisos with its amazing sandy beaches. And it is the first time for our Benz to recover another vehicle out of the muddy sand, successfully.
In this 8th video of our Balkan&Greece roadtrip we drive with our Mercedes Vario 4x4 from Gythio along the south coast of the Peloponnes to the Mani peninsula with its fortified villages. We visit both Cape Tenaro and Cape Tigani and are impressed of the barren but wonderful landscape at the southernmost point of mainland Greece. The trip continues from Mani to Kalamata and finally to Koroni.
In this 9th and last video of our Balkan & Greece roadtrip we drive with our Mercedes Vario 4x4 along the west coast of the Peloponnes, starting in Methoni in the south and ending at the ferry port in Patras. We enjoy beach life at the Golden Beach and Eliah Beach as well as the little fishing village of Katakolo, and are impressed by the crusader castles in Methoni and Kastro. Also Patras is worth a visit. With the ferry cruise to Venice this roadtrip comes to its end. But after the roadtrip is before the roadtrip ... ;-).