Located in southern Albania, the Çorovodë-Piskovë Road is a rough gravel track over the mountains. It’s said to be one of the most dangerous roads of the country.
The rough gravel road is 40.0 km long. It links the villages of Çorovodë, also written as Çorovoda (in Berat County) and Piskovë (in Gjirokastër County). Expect more than 3 hours to cover this distance. The road is narrow and extraordinarily exposed. Drive with care as this is a mountain road with hairpin curves and dangerous dropoffs. It crosses steep gravelly slopes and what appear to be sheer rock faces, with narrow bends and stretches where you hope nobody will be coming your way.
Located within the Fir of Hotova National Park, be prepared. This road is not for the faint of heart or ill prepared. One mistake can have serious consequences. There are a few spots that can turn muddy in or after rain, and the trail should only be done in dry conditions. Along the way the Osum river created several natural canyons. It is rewarding to stop several times and enjoy a dip. This road tests the skill, and courage, of any driver. It’s definitely not for anyone suffering from vertigo or a fear of landslides.
Pic: Rodney Wehr