The Cave of Haxhi Aliut in Albania is located in the Cape of Gjuhëza in the Karaburun Peninsula. The cave can only be accessed from the sea and that is through a remarkable rocky arch that is 60 meters high.
A legend behind this cave says that an Albanian sailor/pirate named Haxhi Aliu from Ulqin fled into this cave with his son. From here he started naval assaults against the French, Venetian, and English fleets.
The best time to visit the cave is summer because of the active tourist season and more offers.
Lipa Cave in Montenegro is one of the largest cave monuments in this country. It is a 2,5 km long system of passages and halls. The beauty of Lipa cave was always important in Montenegro and recognised by many, including the Montenegrin royalty. Numerous travelogues, even from the 19th century, write about this cave and its abundance of cave decorations.
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Lipa Cave was re-opened in 2015 and since then it’s been offering unforgettable tours conducted by trained guides whose kind and helpful attitude add to the overall experience.
Resava Cave in Serbia is a cave near Jelovac in eastern Serbia. It is one of the largest cave systems in Serbia, with about 4.5 kilometres long hallways. Resava Cave is estimated to be 80 million years old, which makes it one of the oldest caves in Serbia!
Vrelo Bune in Bosnia & Herzegovina is the natural and architectural ensemble at the Buna river spring near Blagaj Kasaba (kasaba means village-town) and a part of the wider “Townscape ensemble of the town of Blagaj — Historical and Natural Heritage of Bosnia and Herzegovina”, southeast of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The genuine, but also, cultural and historical heritage of Blagaj is an outstanding example of the coexistence of the natural and the man-made.
Gadime Cave in Kosovo was discovered by accident in 1966 when a farmer in the village of Gadime e Ulët was doing excavation while preparing to build a house. Ten years later this cave was opened to visitors.
The cave is still not fully explored, and so far has 1220 m of known corridors.
Vrelo in North Macedonia is 240 m deep and so far has not been fully explored. It is considered one of the deepest underwater caves in Europe and the world. The excavations of the cave under Vrelo are still ongoing.
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