Albania has the image of being dangerous, after cycling in Albania for a week we have come to conclude that for us it was not dangerous at all and we actually felt very comfortable in this country. The borders have been opened since 1991, before they were closed due to the communism regime. Slowly more travellers are learning that this country is a highlight of the Balkans because of the wild nature, strong history and friendly people and hospitality. Also more cyclists are experiencing the joys of bicycle touring Albania. The culture is distinctive in the Balkans and we felt the country was a combination of Europe and Turkey.