Undiscovered Albania: Pellumbas Cave and Erzen canyon

Indeed, for over 40 years, Albania was a closed country, shrouded in mystery and largely unexplored. Many places were kept as hidden treasures, serving as local hideouts or reserved by the government. In recent years, there has been a growing effort to unravel the secrets of this enchanting European gem, however, despite ongoing research, some mysteries of Albania remain undiscovered, adding a touch of intrigue to the country’s rich history and landscapes, as well as caves, canyons, and tunnels.

One such mystery is Pellumbas Cave and Erzen Canyon, located just 20 kilometers from Tirana, surrounded by the villages Hekal, Shytaj, and Kryezi from one side and Ibe and Pellumbas from the other.

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The Erzen Canyon also known as Skorana Gorge ( alb. Gryka e Skoranës) carries the river of Erzen (alb. Erzenit) which is 108 kilometers long and stretches from Ujevara Skoranes towards Durres and the Adriatic Sea. It is believed that the Erzen River has two sources, from the village Shëngjergji (Mali me Gropa mountain) and Shëmërit.

 

Skorana gorge, Erzeni Canyon, Photo: Loshilikes123, CC BY-SA 4.0

 

The Erzen Canyon is undeniably a magical destination adorned with crystal-clear azure waters. Concealed within its embrace are numerous pools and beaches, where water cascades through the rocks, creating a serene and picturesque landscape. During the summer, the canyon transforms into an idyllic setting, perfect for swimming and immersing oneself in the beauty of its refreshing waters.

 

 

Within the canyon, lies another hidden gem accessible only through the village of Pellumbas, from which the cave derives its name. Pellumbas Cave, although not fully explored, is believed to have been inhabited between 10,000 to 40,000 years ago, based on numerous findings. Despite the mysteries that still surround it, the cave offers a glimpse into the ancient history of the region.

The Pellumbas Cave spans approximately 360 meters in length, ranging between 10 to 15 meters in width, with a height of up to 45 meters. Besides offering a spectacular view of the Erzen Canyon, the cave boasts ancient stalactites and stalagmites, dating back thousands of years.

 


Exploring Pellumbas Cave is an adventure that requires caution. It is advisable to have a guide and proper equipment before embarking on the journey. The cave is not secured, and its interior is characterized by darkness, earning it the fitting second name, the Black Cave.

So what do you think? Are you ready to embark on a completely new adventure into the unknown?

 

 

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