Many visitors don't expect Albanian cities to have such a developed biking culture. No other Balkan country has so many bicycles! The road quality and safety are not bad, and bikes are a common means of transportation for local residents. Besides, thousands of tourists enjoy exploring the mountains and hilly cities of Albania by bike.
You can go bike touring through the whole country of Albania or pick a small route for a day or two. The picturesque road from Sarande to Gjirocaster featuring the coast and mountains is especially popular with bikers. However, Northern Albania is also famous for its scenic villages. You may go on a comprehensive bicycle tour from Tirana covering both Northern Albania and Kosovo. Also, a 9-day Unesco cycling tour is a great option. It starts and finishes in the capital and is available between May and October. After all, Albania allows you to rent a bike in any city.
The cycling season kicks off in mid-March and lasts throughout summer into October. The warm season is perfect for riding a bicycle to avoid rains and washed roads, especially in rural villages and mountainous areas.