Albanian Alps (Prokletije)

Albanian Alps (Prokletije)

Prokletije is a mountain range on the western Balkan peninsula, extending from northern Albania to Kosovo and eastern Montenegro. Its peak in Albania, Maja Jezercë at 2,694 m (8,839 ft), is the highest point, and the 7th highest peak in Albania.

The Valbona River Valley lies in the eastern part of the Albanian Alps.

A national park of 8,000 hectares, it is one of the most beautiful natural areas in Albania. The park lies about 22 km from the alpine city of Bajram Curri. Before entering the valley there is the spring (vrellen) of Shoshan, located only 3 km away from Bajram Curri.

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This spring rushes through limestone fissures on its way to the Valbona River creating an attractive canyon, 2-3 m wide and 50 m deep. After entering the valley, there are several picturesque villages.

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Albania

Albania ( officially the Republic of Albania ) , is a sovereign state in Southeastern Europe . It has a population of 3.03 million as of 2016, Albania has a total area of 28,748 square kilometres (11,100 square miles).

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Tirana is the nation’s capital and largest city, followed by Durrës and Vlorë. Albania is located in the south-western part of the Balkan peninsula, bordered by Montenegro to the northwest, Kosovo to the northeast, the Republic of Macedonia to the east, and Greece to the south and southeast.

The country has a coastline on the northern shore of the Mediterranean Sea, the Adriatic Sea to the west and the Ionian Sea to the southwest where the Albanian Riviera begins. Albania is less than 72 km (45 mi) from Italy, across the Strait of Otranto which connects the Adriatic Sea to the Ionian Sea.

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