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The Ceraunian Mountains
Ceraunian Mountains
(Albanian: Vargu Detar or Malësia Akrokeraune; Greek: Κεραύνια Όρη, Keravnia ori; Latin: Cerauni Montes) are a coastal mountain range in Southwestern Albania, within the county of Vlorë. The range rises on the northeastern bank of the Ionian Sea. It extends for approximately 100 km (62 mi) in a southeast-northwest direction near Sarandë
Sarandë
along the Albanian Riviera
Albanian Riviera
nearby to Orikum. Geologically, the Karaburun Peninsula belongs to the mountain range, forming the eastern Akroceraunian Mountains. The mountains are about 24 km (15 mi) long and about 4–7 km (2.5–4.3 mi) wide.[1] The highest peak is Maja e Çikës
Maja e Çikës
with an elevation of 2,044 metres (6,706 ft).[2][3] The Llogara Pass
Llogara Pass
(1,027 metres (3,369 ft)) divides the mountains into a western and the Akroceraunian Mountains within the Karaburun Peninsula. The Ceraunian Mountains
Ceraunian Mountains
have been described by ancient writers such as Ptolemy, Strabo
Strabo
and Pausanias. Consequently, their classical Greek name is better known than the modern Albanian one. Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar
first set foot on Llogara Pass
Llogara Pass
and rested his legion at Palasë
Palasë
on the Albanian Riviera
Albanian Riviera
during his pursuit of Pompey. The name is derived from Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek
Κεραύνια ὄρη,[4][5] meaning "thunder-split peaks".[6]

The Albanian Riviera
Albanian Riviera
seen from the mountains.

Maja e Çikës

View from Maja e Çikës

See also[edit]

Geography of Albania Llogara National Park

References[edit]

^ "Management Plan Llogora-Rreza e Kanalit-Dukat -Orikum-TragjasRadhime-Karaburun Complex Site" (PDF). vinc.s.free.fr (in Albanian). p. 23.  ^ "Maja e Çikës". Geonames.org. Retrieved 2012-01-26.  ^ The Finest Peaks - Prominence and Other Mountain Measures (Adam Helman ed.). Trafford Publishing. ISBN 9781412059954.  ^ Strabo, Geography, Book VI, 3.5 at LacusCurtius ^ Strabo, Geography Book VII, 5.1 LacusCurtius ^ Keraunia Archived December 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine., Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, at Perseus

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