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Blue Eye (Albania)

Only 25 km away from Saranda, near the traditional stone-built village of Musina. In a forest of hazelnut, walnut, cherry, pine and fir trees, some 177 meters above sea level. You will find 18 springs that come out of the earth with such a great and rare beauty, they will leave you speechless. They are known as the famous “Blue Eye”, which is a geological phenomenon.

Because of its oval shape and the colour of the water, deep blue in the centre and the light blue at the sides, it looks like a human eye.

Nobody knows how deep it is. Many divers who tried to reach the bottom but because of the pressure have only managed to go 45 meters deep. It has a flow rate of 6 cubic meters of water per second and a water temperature of 13 degrees Celsius. Visitors often throw a stone into the centre of this spring, and after a while they see the same stone coming up again to the surface.

This geological phenomenon is of tectonic origin. The water is believed to be a filtration from Drinos valley. These 18 springs provide water to “Bistrica” river which is 25 km long and by an artificial channel built-in 1958, its waters flow into the Ionian Sea.

In the area around “Blue Eye”, the wildlife is rich and varied, with wild animals like foxes, reptiles and pine martens.

The “Blue Eye” is Albania’s small treasure. Visitors on a one-day organized trip can relax into its peaceful landscape. Next to a picturesque waterfall opposite the “Blue Eye” spring, there is a traditional wood and stone-built restaurant where you can enjoy an Albanian schnapps, named “Raki”.