Valbona is located in the Tropoja district in Northern Albania. A wild, high, mountainous region inhabited by strong and fiercely independent people. The proper name of the mountains around Valbona specifically is the Malesi e Gjakoves ( after the town of Gjakova in Kosovo ). Foreign visitors to the region often remark that they had no idea that such an unspoiled, pristine place still existed in Europe. Local people welcome foreign visitors with a particularly moving enthusiasm.