Road SH20

The paved SH20 is a mountain road in Albania

SH20 is the name of the sharply winding and precipitous ascent in a steep and narrow zig-zag road located in Shkodër County, in the former Kelmend municipality, in Shkodër County, Albania.

Tucked away in the northwestern part of Albania, the road was totally paved in 2016 and is in really good shape and fully accessible for all types of motorcycles and cars. It’s 30km (18.6 miles) long, running south-north from Hani i Hotit to Tamarë, Beyond Tamare, to Bashkimi and Montenegrin border, the road was also paved in 2018. Before the border is about 500 m of gravel.

The road tops out by Leqet e Hotit mountain pass, at 684m (2,244ft) above the sea level. It's actually one of the best roads to ride in Albania as nobody knows it's been redone, so there is very little traffic. The drive is pretty steep (7% average gradient) with countless hairpin turns. The road is almost empty, full of twisties, and amazing views.

Running through immense rocky mountains, along the Cem Selcit river, the road is frequented by many cyclists and motorcyclists. When it snows really heavily it may get closed. Along the way there are several bunkers and abandoned military houses.
Road suggested by: Bruce Smith

 

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