Albania Cities with Hotels
Albania (Albanian ShqipÃ«ri, meaning
"Eagle's Country"), republic in southeastern Europe, located in the western part
of the Balkan Peninsula; bounded on the northwest and north by the Federal
Republic of Yugoslavia, on the east by the Former Yugoslav Republic of
Macedonia, on the southeast and south by
Greece, on the west by the Adriatic
Sea, and on the southwest by the Ionian Sea. Albania, one of the smallest
countries of Europe, has a maximum length from north to south of about 345 km
(about 215 mi) and a maximum width of about 145 km (about 90 mi). The total area
is 28,748 sq km (about 11,100 sq mi). Tirana is the capital and largest city.
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Land and Resources
Albania is predominantly mountainous with peaks averaging
between 2100 and 2400 m (about 7000 to 8000 ft). Lowlands, which comprise
less than one-quarter of the land area, are limited to a belt along the
Adriatic coast north of VlorÃ« and to several river valleys extending inland
from the coast. The rugged North Albanian Alps form the southern end of the
Dinaric Alps and include Albania's highest peak, Mount Korab (2751 m/9026
ft). In the central and southern parts of the country the mountains are
interrupted by high plateaus and basins. The coastal lowlands possess rich
soils, but in many places the land is marshy or poorly drained.
Rivers and Lakes
Most of Albania's rivers rise in the mountainous east and
flow west to the Adriatic Sea. The largest of these-the Drin, Shkumbi, and
Mat-have broad valleys. Albania's three large lakes straddle its borders: in
the northwest, Lake Scutari, and in the east, Lake Ohrid and Lake Prespa.
The Adriatic coastal region has a typical Mediterranean
climate, with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers. Inland, a more severe
continental climate prevails, with marked seasonal temperature extremes.
Average annual precipitation ranges from less than 800 mm (less than 30 in)
along the eastern border to nearly 2500 mm (about 100 in) in sections of the
northern mountains. Summer precipitation is scant in all parts of the
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