Albania is locally called Shqipëria, which means land of eagles. The Capital is Tirana, other big cities are Durrës, Elbasan, Shkodra, and Vlorë. It is a small country with less than 30,000km² and about 3 million inhabitants. The country is located at the Mediterranean Sea, between Serbia, Macedonia and Greece.
The political situation in the Balkans and especially in Albania, make tourism and caving trips extremely difficult at present. It is reported to be difficult and dangerous to get there and to travel in the country. Caving expeditions report major problems with theft, clothes and equipment being stolen from sleepers, cars or caves. Visitors should travel in completely self-sufficient groups and guard their belongings very careful.
Because of its political history, almost no cave exploration happened at Albania. Thats a shame, as the country is well supplied with underexplored limestone karst. Unfortunately the whole concept is alien to the locals, and thus treated with suspicion and disbelief.
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