New country souvenir, Albania, with Geocache of the Week: Butrint

Traditonal
GC32Q2J
by Fefekladno
Difficulty:
3
Terrain:
2
Location:
Albania
N 39° 44.748 E 020° 01.231

Today, we release a new country/regional souvenir for Albania. If you have found a geocache in Albania, you automatically receive the souvenir on your profile.

Albania lies along the Adriatic Sea on the Balkan Peninsula in Southeastern Europe. Throughout a complex history that has included the Roman Empire and Ottoman Empire, Albania’s unique culture has persisted and evolved.

  Image by Hergoti.

The country’s vibrant culture is echoed in its beautiful landscapes. Though Albania occupies a little less than 17,400 miles (28,000 km), the small country’s borders contain stunning coastlines, bird sanctuaries with waterfowl and flamingos, snowy mountains, serene lakes, and a bustling urban cityscape in its capital city, Tirana.

This week’s Geocache of the Week, Butrint (GC32Q2J), showcases Albania’s ancient history. The Traditional Cache is located in the ruins of the ancient city of Butrint.

Image by mljwaffle007.

Butrint sits on a small peninsula in southern Albania between Lake Butrint and the Vivari Channel. The ruins of the city tell the story of its evolution from its early days as part of Ancient Greece, to its time as a Roman colony, its period of rule under the Ottoman Empire, and its ultimate abandonment. Making the find shouldn’t take too long, but you can spend much longer exploring the area surrounding it. The large area includes significant remnants of a theater, public baths, a basilica, and early Christian churches.

Image by JellyCZ.

To find the geocache among the ruins will require some concentration on the part of the cacher, but the hint on the cache page should help out anyone who feels stumped. Cachers should also make sure to bring a pen with them as the micro cache container does not contain a writing instrument.

Image by Jabuna.

This geocache is a great find for any cacher who is looking for a taste of adventure and history. Exploring the ancient ruins, taking in the sights of Lake Butrint, and locating the hidden geocache gives the outing a certain Indiana Jones flair, making this a caching experience you’re sure to remember.

Image by Compubaer.

We know geocachers love country and regional souvenirs and we do too! We are releasing at least one new country/regional souvenir per month starting in January 2019. These new souvenirs will be featured alongside Geocaches of the Week in each region and shared on the third Wednesday of each month. Check out all of the Geocaching souvenirs here.

Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world. Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.

Genevieve
Genevieve is a Community Coordinator at Geocaching HQ.