• Sal Schmidt

Horse riding in Albania - Permet

Updated: Apr 12

Funky Guest House & Adventures - One visit

Horse riding in Albania, absolutely outstanding, the best horse ride we have experienced.

The morning starts with being picked up from the hotel in Përmet, and then a beautiful 4x4 drive through the mountains towards Lengarica Canyon that stretches across a length of 4 – 5 km, with a height of up to 150m. The Canyon is just past the Benjë thermal baths, located in the Fir of Hotova National Park. Providing you a taste of the exciting adventure you are about to experience.

About 30 minutes from Përmet, you are mesmerised by the endless views and where the horses are tacked up and ready. You get fitted up with a safety hat and feed the horses bread upon arrival, as a special thank you for the ride ahead.

It was lovely to see the horses were in a natural environment with endless meadows to spend their days.

The horses were incredible, all extremely friendly and well behaved. They were Albanian mountain horses, so are perfect in the rocky mountain terrain.

We opted for Intermediate riding, and the ride course they chose was ideal, definitely needed experience which made it more exciting and the horses were incredible with some of the tricky situations they needed to get through. You also get to ride through streams and along the edge of the canyon.

The ride took you through the mountains over 2 hours, the views were breathtaking!

We stopped half way through to enjoy a break, and we were surprised with mulled wine and a snack, the break was on a landing at the peak of the canyon, it was another world!

The guides Avenir and Olsi were so much fun and very knowledgeable, they made sure you were safe at all times, but also could have some fun, we enjoyed trotting and galloping to music while we took in the landscapes. They both absolutely made this a very special day.

Upon arriving back we experienced riding through a flock of sheep and goats with their shepherd which was a perfect end to the most magical ride.

Highly recommend the riding experience, there is no better way to enjoy the Albanian landscape on the back of a horse, you will be talking about it for months.

Thank you so much to Avenir and Olsi for providing this opportunity, a memory of a lifetime. A very special surprise is Avenir captures the complete experience and sends you the pictures and videos for your memories.