Bike tour into nature and tradition of Farka

A bike tour was organized by the Tourism Directory of the Municipality of Tirana in collaboration with Albania off Road Cycling aimed at promoting the itinerary of Farka village. A young group of boys and girls start a bike tour to Farka to discover the nature and tradition of this picturesque village of Farka. Farka village is 8 km far from the center of Tirana, it took its name from farkëtar blacksmith), village of blacksmith. This beautiful and peaceful village is in vicinity of the metropolitan city of Tirana.  The tour started from Tirana Artificial Lake in Grand Park and continued the road towards beautiful scenery of Tiranas countryside. 

 Bike Tour in Farka

Pottery… the old tradition

The first stop was at the Plaku Pottery in Farka village where the artist of potteries invited the participants to his factory.  Pottery is one of the oldest human inventions, originating before the Neolithic period. Pottery is made by forming a ceramic (often clay) body into objects of a required shape and heating them to high temperatures.  People of this village have always had this tradition, and they kept it the way it was hundred years ago, no automation process, and only handmade pottery. Potteries are used to preserve cold water, boil bins and cook delicious food. Tave Dheu is the traditional dish of Tirana. It is made by beef, onions, salted curd cheese or gjize in Albanian and some spices. It is placed in a pottery and baked in oven.  Cooking in pottery makes the food very taste and gives a good smell, but also keep the food hot for longer. 

 Pottery in Farka Tirana

The vineyards

The second stop of the ride was Shehi Winery. The vineyards are owned by five brothers of Shehi family. Young riders walked into vineyards and stepped into the winery where the owners prepared small tables with fresh local products to help guest taste their wine. Albanians are reviving lately the wine producing tradition. Some wine tours are also introduced all around Albania for groups of tourist.  It was the best way to end the journey. Everyone enjoyed the panorama of Farka Lake, with the Dajti Mountain in the background. From there a ride back to Tirana was equally enjoyable. Everyone was pleased to experience a different Tirana.  

 The vineyards in Farka Tirana

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