Jablanica (mountain)


Jablanica, near village Gorna Belica
Highest point
Elevation 2,257 m (7,405 ft)
Coordinates 41°15′N 20°30′E / 41.250°N 20.500°E / 41.250; 20.500

Map depicting the distribution of the Balkan lynx in Macedonia

Location border of Albania and the Republic of Macedonia

The Jablanica (Albanian: Jabllanica; Macedonian:  Јабланица ) is a mountain in Albania and the Republic of Macedonia, located along the border between both countries.[1] The long mountain ridge is higher than 2,000 m (6,562 ft) for approximately 50 km (31 mi), while the highest part, located in its very center, is Black Stone at 2,257 m (7,405 ft) high. Both countries have 50% of the mountain, Albania the west and Macedonia the east. Jablanica Mountain contains many large mountain lakes. Shebenik mountain is located just to the west of Jablanica and give name to the Shebenik-Jabllanice National Park. The closest towns to Jablanica are Librazhd in Albania and Struga in Macedonia.

The mountain range is one of the few places in the Balkans that hold the Balkan lynx (Lynx lynx martinoi), a subspecies of the Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx). The total number of this vulnerable species is estimated at below 100 individuals.


  1. Spangenberg, Annette; et al. "Jablanica-Shebenik Working towards a transboundary protected area for the Balkan lynx" (PDF). Euronatur. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
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