Take a tour of the Blue Eye spring in Albania.. Discover why this is a must-visit and how to get there..
If you have already made up your mind to visit southern Albania, which has great summer holiday offers at more than affordable prices, then choices are plenty. You can go for the Sarande area, which has a variety of things for all ages, or Ksamil, a serene village with mellow atmosphere and many beautiful beaches. But one place you absolutely can not miss out on is the Blue Eye, a magnificent water spring.
Known locally as Syri and Kalter, this tremendous and extensive source of fresh water, often referred to by locals as the ‘blue hole’, is beautiful, colorful, and unique.
Getting there is simple. You can choose a one-day tour with daily departures from Sarande, or you can rent a car and navigate via GPS. My recommendation, however, is to take a cab for 30 Euros, which will buy you a round trip transportation + two hours at the location (allows for a plenty of time to go sightseeing and grab a lunch).
As you travel towards the Blue Eye via winding, steep, uphill roads, you will pass through different landscapes; from palm trees on the shore, to green and dense, almost mountainous forest areas.
Once you reach the parking lot, there is a nice restaurant above the water where you can sample some of the local specialties.
A narrow path will take you first to crystal clear River Bistrica; a breathtaking site, that is not far from your final destination.
The Blue Eye spring is located some 50m upstream and a source responsible for ‘feeding’ this river.
The spring is partially fenced and surrounded by a couple of meters of shore.
Its most striking feature is the unrealistically blue emerald color that changes tonality and intensity before your eyes, depending on the intensity and angle of light falling on the springing water.
The water that comes out of here has a constant temperature of 10 degrees Celsius. Those who are truly daring will jump directly into the spring, or I should rather say the abyss, as its final depth has not been determined yet.
The Blue Eye also represents the largest source of drinking water in this part of the world, which is currently explored only up to 50 m of depth.
During a couple of hours that we spent at this fascinating place we had the opportunity to enjoy this phenomenon of surreal colors, to have a great time, and enjoy a good lunch.
Later that afternoon, when we got back to the shore, we enjoyed a lot warmer waters of the Ionian Sea.
What a wonderful day!