Blue eye in Albania
Blue eyes – the unusual name of the water source, which is located on the area of the national Park of the same name in the city of Saranda in southern Albania. This is the largest spring in the country, protected by the state and UNESCO.
The origin of the name
The name “Blue eye” spring was named for the color of water, which cannot be compared to anything that would accurately reflect its azure color. In the center of the spring water is dark blue, and towards the edges the color changes gradually and becomes a light turquoise. Analogy with the form of the human eye served as the basis for the name of the water source.
What is so special about the spring?
Blue eyes is a natural source, the exact depth of which is still not named. To determine the divers several times down in the spring. Found that it ranges from 45 to 50 meters.
Spring Blue eyes striking not only for the unknown depth, but its icy and crystal-clear water. The temperature of the water in it doesn’t depend on external factors. At any time of day and year it is not more than 13 degrees. Because of this low temperature water source, few people have the desire to swim.
The surrounding scenery is quite picturesque: mountain ridges covered with dense vegetation and abandoned land and buildings. The spring is at the foot of the mountain, which is surrounded by pine groves, and deciduous forests. In the spring Blue eyes originates a small river Bystrica, which flows through the southern border of Albania, and empties into the Ionian sea.
Due to the natural source of functioning hydroelectric power plant, located a few kilometers. Blue eyes is considered the most nutritious spring of the country, because every minute in the environment comes from it cool 6 m3 of fresh water.
How to get to the natural spring?
To personally experience all the beauty of spring, it is necessary to travel almost 18 kilometres by public transport – bus or bus. Will have to go half way, and stroll in the narrow battered road for about three kilometers. Usually the driver stops to refuel in 500 metres turn to the national Park, but if you warn that want to go out near Blue eye, it will stop near the exit. Back need to go back the same route to the highway. Here you can wait for the bus that passes every half hour from Saranda in Eurocast and back, or to stop a passing car.
Near the spring is a reservoir, and the road to it some time runs along the dam. On this route you can travel by bike. Relax and have a snack during a walk in the cozy restaurant, Albanian cuisine, near a spring.
It is known that during the Communist era spring Blue eyes were in a closed area and was a privilege only of the Communist elite. The source didn’t allow foreign people and, especially, tourists. Now the natural beauty of spring can be enjoyed by everyone who dares to go on a trip and will not go astray.
Spring is a popular tourist destination