Category: Balkans

Western Balkans

Date: September 2015 Duration: 3 Weeks Countries visited: Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy, Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia, Slovenia During our first trip to the Balkans in 2012, we found ourselves heading south from Montenegro through Kosovo and then on to Macedonia. When I was stood looking out over lake Ohrid from the Roman Amphitheater

Željava abandoned Airbase

Date: September 2015 Located literally on the border between Croatia and Bosnia is Željava Airbase. It used to be one of the largest airbases in eastern Europe outside of Russia. Since the wars of the 1990s it lies abandoned. Unmarked minefields surround the airbase. Carved into the mountain beside the runways are massive underground aircraft

Albania

Date: September 2015 Duration: 6 Days The road (E022/SH4) out of Greece towards Albania is large, deserted and unsignposted. Neither Albania nor any of the major cities that are reached along the main road are sign-posted. Thankfully we were using the Satnav. Successfully across the border after the usual inspection of passports, registration documents and

Albania: SH74 – Berat to Këlcyrë

Date: September 2015 Albania features two cities which have been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, Gjirokastër and Berat. Both are located in southern Albania and it would be highly recommended to include them in any tour of the country. The most direct route between these two cities would bring you onto the road that is

Albania: SH20 highway

Date: September 2015 Distance: 60km (30km unpaved) Time taken: 2½ hours Development warning: there was a lot of construction traffic around, it would seem that SH20 is rapidly becoming a fully paved road. Albania, previously closed off and still very different to the rest of Europe. It’s one of the poorest countries in Europe, depending

Romania

Date: September 2012 Duration: 3 days Crossing over one of Europe’s great rivers, the Danube, we enter into Romania just south of Bucharest. The Danube runs along the border between Bulgaria and Romania, and we will revisit this river further upstream when we return to Budapest. Soon we are on to a dual carridgeway headed

Bulgaria

Date: September 2012 Duration: 5 days Crossing over from Macedonia at 1,500m altitude, we return to the European Union and into Bulgaria one of the newest members. Our initial research indicated that even motorbikes require vignettes to use any major road, however the customs officials just wave us through. We have crossed a timezone and

Macedonia

Date: September 2012 Duration: 3 days Over the border from Kosovo and its our first chance to use our green cards, saving us a reported €50 each. Ohrid (Охрид) in the south-west corner of the country, is our destination. The roads are the best since we left Hungary and traffic is reasonably light. Macedonia managing