t.hoesel Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
June 14th, 2019 Service station (free camping)

Free place for camping on a service station on the “highway“. You even have electricity and water and a toilet. Also a restaurant on the place. Not nice and noisy because of the street and the truck garage but ok for an overnight stay between Shkodra and Tirana. 4G signal with t-mobile.

June 13th, 2019 Riverside Wild Camping

Big field, ok spot for an overnight stay. When you come from Struga just follow the dirt road to the right that leads to some houses (about 500 meters after you passed a water source). We drove to the end of the track/field and stayed there. You are directly on the river (but it doesn't invite for a swim especially when you come from Struga and see what is in it) and next to the road, so it is a bit noisy. But you are not visible from the road. A lot of space for any size of vehicle and several level spots. No shade.

June 9th, 2019 Drinking water

Here you can get drinking water out of a natural source.

June 9th, 2019 Free camping

Official and free parking for campers on a level lawn. No facilities and no shade but ok for an overnight stay. Near a cold but nice river and close to several beautiful hiking trails. Although it is next to a road, really quite. Only a few cars during day, no car at night.

June 8th, 2019 Place at the lake

We didn't like the place a bit further on the beach as you are completely visible from the road. We took a track about 500 meters before you reach the beach to the right and then followed to the left till the end. A bit more hidden and a lot of shade. LTE signal

June 7th, 2019 Border Albania - Greece

We were not allowed to cross the border with our vehicle. If we understood the officer correctly (no English) it is only allowed for Greeks and only by walk, no cars. But the drive to the border is nice though.

June 6th, 2019 Valare, north of Gjirokaster

This place is permanently closed.

June 6th, 2019 Drinking water

Out of a natural source. In the wall of a Bar / Restaurant.

June 6th, 2019 The Blue Eye

Price for parking is 100 lek per car, 50 lek pp. Better do not sleep in the roundabout with the big stone in the middle like we did. In the night quite and close to the toilet, in the morning it gets busy with busses which use the roundabout as their parking lot.

June 6th, 2019 Valare, north of Gjirokaster

It is closed with a wooden fence. No possibility to stay here (except directly next to the road).

June 4th, 2019 Drinking water

Here you can refill drinking water out of a natural source.

June 2nd, 2019 Place at the river

Nice overnight place at the river and rapids. It is next to a road but not much traffic. When you are allone you can hide a bit when you drive forward where the tracking trail starts. 3G signal with t-mobile.

June 1st, 2019 Drinking water

In a sharp curve drinking water from a natural source.

May 31st, 2019 Drinking water

Here you can get drinking water out of a natural source. There are at least two more spots on the way uphill to Tomorrit NP.

May 31st, 2019 Avoid dangerous road SH74!

We expected the worst and were surprised positively. The first about 15 km are a bit tricky but no problem with 4x4. The rest is easy peasy. Beautiful drive! Highly recommended!

May 31st, 2019 Place at the lake

This is the point where you leave the road to the right when coming from Bellaban and follow the way for about 700 meters to the lake. There are several spots where you can park. We drove the whole track over the dam and parked at the end of it. Completely quite and far away from everything. Only one shepherd was around and a local on his motorbike drove by (no idea where he came from and where he went ;-)) When it rains the way down to the lake can become very tricky with two sharp washed out curves and a lot of mud. We would not recommend it when it rained or when it looks like rain. Maybe then you can not drive back uphill till the way is dry again. When it is dry, no problem. Only 4x4. 3G signal with t-mobile.

May 29th, 2019 Place in the mountains

Big field where a lot of cars can park. Nice view. You can be seen from the road but only 2 cars passed. 3G signal with t-mobile. We wanted to drive from Moglice to Gjerbes but it was not possible. The road becomes worse and worse after this spot and about 5km it ended for us on a muddy uphill track where we had no chance. Maybe it is possible when it is dry. So we had to turn and sleep here.

May 28th, 2019 Place at the river

When you drive from Sotire to Gramsh you follow the track to the right direct before the river crossing. Follow the left track (the track splits after about 10 meters) along the river and you will reach this place. There is also a big level lawn but when we were there it rained the days before so the lawn was not suitable. 3G signal with t-mobile.

May 27th, 2019 Overnight stay

Ok place for an overnight stay. No view but you can also not be seen from the road. Some cars during the day, quite at night. Just follow the track for about 100 meters. 4x4 only.

May 26th, 2019 Place at the river

Several spots in and around the wide riverbed. Not really pretty but ok for an overnight stay. No shade. Good 3G signal with t-mobile. 4x4 only

May 25th, 2019 Riverside Parking

Nice place direct on the river. When you come from Kuc, turn left after the bridge (from Kallart right before the bridge). Then follow this track downhill. There are several spots where you can park. We drove the track till the end. You can not be seen from the street. Only 4x4 and smaller cars like our Hilux. When you have a big rig you can also park uphill (before driving down) on a big lawn. But here you can be seen but not a lot of people drive by. 3G signal with t-mobile.

May 20th, 2019 Blue Camping/Camping Kranea

Everything still the same as stated below. Just warned to add, that they have two washing machines, each 4 Euro, no dryer.

May 16th, 2019 Beach near Golem

Not a nice place to stay. Everywhere around hotels, restaurants and holiday apartments and you stand there on show. No possibility to hide a bit.

May 12th, 2019 Refill Gasbottle

We filled our German gasbottle here at the “Daku Oil“ Petrol station. I guess you can fill everywhere, were they sell LPG autogas. We just needed a D2 adapter. We paid for an almost empty bottle 4,50 Euro. Update: When they say full they mean full! Our 5 kg bottle had at the end about 6,5 kg (without the bottle) so have an eye on what they fill. They measure and you pay in liter. 1 liter is about 500 gramms.

May 10th, 2019 Saddle View

What a beautiful place! We spent two nights there and were completely alone! No car and no person passed. Place for at least three cars, if you squeeze even more.

May 9th, 2019 open meadow

Still a good spot for overnight. Big lawn with a lot of space to find a perfect place. A bit noise from the road nearby, but OK. A friendly shepherd was around with his sheeps and dogs. Unfortunately a bit too much rubbish around. When it rains it can get very muddy and it could be a a problem to get out without 4x4.

May 7th, 2019 Gjiri Beach

We were not able to find a way to the beach in this town. They build a lot of hotels and holiday apartments there so every road to the beach we took we always ended in front of a gate.

May 7th, 2019 Nice place

Drive direction to Cape Rodonit. About 500 meters before the gate to Cape Rodonit there is in a curve to the right a way that leads straight uphill (on maps.me direction parking lot). Follow this way and after about another 500 meters there is a track to the right. Follow this track and you will find an almost level lawn overlooking the ocean where at least 3 cars fit. The way is in some sections very steep and you need a 4x4! Beautiful spot but don't drive further down to the beach. There is no possibility to turn and tons of rubbish :-( 4G signal with telekom.

May 7th, 2019 Sankt Antonius

We couldn't find a way to the cliffs (the only way to the left was blocked with stones). But there must be an established campsite in this area. We haven't seen it but saw the signs. We turned and found another spot about 1,5 km south.

May 6th, 2019 Lake Shkodra Resort

Price is now 6 Euro pppn and 2,5 Euro for a camper. 2,5 Euro for electricity extra. Nice place with modern clean showers and good and fast WIFI. We liked it here much better than Camping Legjenda in town.