Cave of Pëllumbas (Shpella e Pëllumbasit)
The Cave of Pëllumbas is situated in the stunning rural landscape outside of Tirana, around an area that had prehistoric settlements. The cave, the home of a long-extinct species of bear, is now an archaeological site. Visitors can explore the natural stalactite and stalagmite formations inside the cave.
Small-group tours often visit the Cave of Pëllumbas as a day trip from Tirana. Along the way, many tours also visit the village of Pëllumbas, Erzeni Canyon, and other spots.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Cave of Pëllumbas is a must-visit for adventure travelers, nature lovers, and archaeology enthusiasts.
Wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothes for hiking.
The cave is an easy hour-long hike from the village of Pëllumbas.
How to Get There
The Cave of Pëllumbas is located outside of Tirana, and is best accessed by taxi, organized tour, or hike from the village of Pëllumbas. For the most convenience, book a tour that includes round-trip transport to the cave from Tirana.
When to Get There
The Cave of Pëllumbas is best visited during daytime hours, as the area around the cave is rural and the cave itself is dark. Travel with a guide to navigate the hike to the cave and your exploration of the cave safely. Make sure to leave the cave with enough time to hike back to Pëllumbas and return to Tirana.
The Cave of Pëllumbas contains traces of human settlements—including tools, artifacts, and ceramics—from the Paleolithic era through the Middle Ages. These finds make it an important archaeological site in Albania. Remains of bear skeletons from 10,000 years ago have also been found in the cave.