Welcome to the charming village of Pellumbas, located just a short drive away from the bustling city of Tirane. If you’re looking for a peaceful getaway that combines natural beauty with cultural experiences, then this hidden gem is the perfect destination for you. Pellumbas is located approximately 20 km southeast of Albania’s capital city, Tirana. It can be found by traveling on the highway towards Elbasan, turn left in Ibë Village and then continue to Pëllumbasi cave. The drive from Tirana to the village takes about 45 minutes.
Here are some of the top things to do in Pellumbas that you won’t want to miss.
Hike to the Pellumbas Cave
One of the main attractions of the village is the stunning Pellumbas Cave, which is surrounded by lush greenery and offers a unique underground experience. The Cave of Pellumbas, or the Black Cave (Shpelle e Zezë), is about an hour hike outside the village of Pellumbas. The cave itself is approximately 360 meters deep, and inside are impressive stalagmites and stalactites, as well as bats flying around the cave. Only five caves like this are found through Europe. Unlike the similiar caves, this one has even the remains of the human culture which belong to the Paleolithic period until the Medivial Period. The inside of the cave is completely dark after single upon entrance. It was later used as a settlement for ancient humans during the Middle Paleolithic period. During the World Wars, the cave was kept secret and used as a hiding spot for the villagers. During the recent years, the cave has become a touristic destination for both foreign and Albanian visitors.
Observe the stalagmites and stalactites
Different from similar European caves, this karstic cave has also remnants of human culture, which according to Tirana Archaeological Institute belong to the period of Palaeolithic in Ancient Middle Ages. It is thought that the cave has been inhabited since the beginning of human society, about 30,000 years ago. The Cave (360m long, 10-15m wide and 15-45m high) with its environments filled with stalactites and stalagmites is an object of special value to study the evolution of paleo geography of the whole area and the circulation of its groundwater. It is filled with numerous microforms of the underground karst landscape and rare beauty’s for special tourist value.
Explore the Erzeni River Canyons
A refreshing swim and a spectacular view guaranteed. The Erzeni River is 1.08 km long, with flow rates of 102 l /sec. The water of this river, which has been flowing in a rocky terrain over the centuries, has created spectacular canyons. The crystal-clear water and the depth of the canyons create the opportunity to swim in it. In the inner side of a niche, the river is broken for 10 metres. There are pools in front of the waterfall at the canyons, which are used for swimming during the hot season. To reach these canyons, you should follow the road that takes you to Pellumbas Cave, as they are found under it in the Erzen River.
Try Local Delicacies
Albanian cuisine is known for its delicious flavors and unique dishes, and Pellumbas is no exception. Make sure to try some of the local specialties, such as rice peppers, spinach byrek (savory pie), fergese, tave kosi etc. You can also enjoy some fresh local produce, including honey, cheese, and wine.
Stay in a Traditional Guesthouse
For a truly authentic experience, why not stay in a traditional guesthouse during your visit to Pellumbas? There are several options available in the village, and they offer comfortable accommodation and an insight into local life. You can enjoy homemade meals, learn about traditional customs, and even help out with some of the daily tasks if you’re feeling adventurous.
Check the availability at The Hidden Cottage, Pellumbas
In conclusion, if you’re looking for a unique and unforgettable experience in Albania, then be sure to visit the charming village of Pellumbas. With its natural beauty, rich cultural history, and delicious cuisine, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this hidden gem.