Dubrovnik - Durrës Dubrovnik - Durrës

Dubrovnik - Durrës

Montenegro and Albania are on many people’s To Do lists and this stage combines both of these fascinating countries. You should visit now before everyone else does!

Starting (or finishing) in the beautiful city of Dubrovnik, the last major settlement in Croatia, the stage soon crosses the border into Montenegro and visitors are straight away greeted by the majestic Bay of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is often referred to as Europe's southernmost fjord.

From here, EuroVelo 8 heads inland to pay a visit to Montenegro’s capital and largest city, Podgorica.  Known as Titograd from 1946 to 1992, the city is located in a favourable position at the confluence of the Ribnica and Morača rivers, which allows easy access to ski centres to the north in the winter and the seaside resorts on the Adriatic Sea in the summer.

It is then a relatively short journey to the border with Albania on the shores of Lake Skadar, the largest lake in the Balkan Peninsula.  The lake is popular with nature lovers and boasts one of Europe’s last wild populations of pelicans.   The city of Shkodër is located in the southern shore of the lake with a breathtaking backdrop provided by the Albanian Alps.  You will certainly not be alone on your bike here, as cycling is extremely popular in the city.  It boasts a modal share of 29%! 

Just under 100km to the south of Shkodër lies Albania’s capital city, Tirana.  The city is famous for its kaleidoscopic streetscapes, which were created by painting the façades of many of its buildings in bright colours.   To reach the coastal city of Durrës, you will have to retrace your steps a little bit but it is worth it to visit this ancient port.  Founded in the 7th century BC, Durrës is located at one of the narrower points of the Adriatic Sea, and there are good connections with the Italian port of Bari opposite.

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    M narrowest point
    Of the bay of Kotor
  • 270
    bird species
    on lake skadar
  • 627
    BC foundation
    of Durrës

 

  • Lake Skadar, Montenegro/Albania

    Montenegro shares the large freshwater Lake Skadar with neighbouring Albania. The lake – in the country’s southeast – and the surrounding areas have been a protected national park since 1983. The area is a birders' paradise, with more than 260 different species including the rare southern Dalmatian pelican and pygmy cormorant. Storks, herons, egrets, falcons and eagles are also present. The mountains are home to an abundance of wild tortoises, brilliantly coloured lizards and amphibians and even snakes. You may even catch sight of wild boar and even a wolf or two during winter time. Photo credit: FlickreviewR (flikr)

  • Dubrovnik, Croatia

    It's known for its distinctive Old Town, encircled with massive stone walls completed in the 16th century. Its well-preserved buildings range from baroque St. Blaise Church to Renaissance Sponza Palace and Gothic Rector’s Palace, now a history museum. Paved with limestone, the pedestrianized Stradun (aka Placa) is lined with shops and restaurants. © Tambako The Jaguar (Flickr)

  • Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

    The Adriatic Sea and its coastline along Montenegro provide visitors with one of the most wonderful sceneries in this part of Europe. The Bay of Kotor, or simply “Boka”, which was once called Europe's southernmost fjord, is about 28 km long from the open sea to the harbor of the city of Kotor and has a shoreline of more than 107 km. The bay is surrounded by two massifs of the Dinaric Alps which tower along Boka and give a unique atmosphere to the area. © Sarah Tzinieris Sveti Dorde (Flickr)

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