Eastern Europe and especially the Balkans have during recent years sprinted with their tourism development for nature- and sports enthusiasts. Traditional hiking has been the major activity in Albania and North Macedonia with a gigantic network of ancient trails and farmers' roads connecting picturesque villages in a wild and hilly landscape. These trails are part of the High Scardus trail network and create a fun mix of trails that are flowy but also rugged and sometimes quite technical.
The region is characterized by North Macedonia’s wild and deep forests and Albania’s colourful white rock slabs and red sanded chutes. The contrasts of loading our bikes onto the shuttle in the middle of a small village, driving up the hills in a landscape taken from the set of Jurassic Park, followed by a long descent on a varied single track, is an experience you will never forget.
The history in the Balkans is not exactly a sunshine story but rather a gruesome past filled with oppression and conflicts for thousands of years. Yet it's a history filled with captivating tales and events from the Byzantine Empire, Alexander The great, The Ottomans and The Balkan Wars...
What really makes North Macedonia and Albania special are their people. Despite a dark history, with wars not older than 30 years, the people are the living definition of optimism, positivity, ambition and hospitality. Qualities which have contributed to the continuation of the tourism development where action sports have steadily grown during the recent years. Ski touring, heli-skiing, cat skiing and, most importantly, mountain biking are sports that are now on the rise.
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The mountain bike community in the Balkans is steadily growing with ambitious trail builders and local talents maintaining the ancient hiking paths in both Northern Macedonia and Albania. The terrain on these trails offers varied steepness and dirt profiles, which will keep you and your bike entertained for weeks.
In a place where the best trails aren't always easy to find, our local guides, who are directly involved in the trail development, will show you to the best spots around and make sure to take you to some of the most pristine trails in the area. All our guides speak the local languages, which is a great asset when looking for a cold beverage after a day of riding.
The Balkans' rich history and cultural heritage is as important as it is interesting. To experience all this on a first hand basis together with the locals, you'll get an exclusive in-depth look to the life in these two countries. The food consists of locally produced ingredients with rich flavours developed over centuries from a wide variety of cultural influences.
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Apparently a picture says more than a 1,000 words so why don't sit back and enjoy our favourite photos from our mountain bike tours in Albania and Northern Macedonia.
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