The 70 percent of the country that is mountainous is rugged and often inaccessible. This has often cut off Albania from the rest of the Balkans. The remainder, an alluvial plain, receives precipitation seasonally, is poorly drained, and is alternately arid or flooded. Much of the plain's soil is of poor quality. The largest Albanian River the Drin travels westward to the Adriatic.
CLIMATE: The Albanian climate varies greatly, with the Mediterranean coast having hot winters cool winters with low rainfall. Those in the mountains have lower temperatures and hight rainfall and snowfall.