Natural Saranda

South Albania

Natural Saranda

The first stop of your tour will be Lekuresi Hilltop, where you will have a photo stop on this panoramic point overlooking the town of Saranda, Vurgu, the Lake of Butrint and also Corfu Island on clear days. Lekuresi is a fortied monastery built in the 16th Century to defend the road to Saranda and Butrint; the name is an ancient Greek word that can be translated as illuminated area. A 40-minute drive will lead you to the Blue Eye Albanias small treasure a spring of river Bistritsa, known in Albanian as Syri i Kaltër, located on the road between the cities of Saranda, on the Ionian Sea, and Gjirokastër, situated further inland. Nobody knows how deep it is: divers who tried to reach the bottom because of the pressure of the water have managed to go only 45 metres deep. You can try to throw a stone into the centre of this spring, and after a while, you will see the same stone coming up again on the surface of the water! The water in the inner part of the spring appears very dark blue, like the pupil of an eye, and a lighter colour of blue as an outer ring the iris, which gives the impression of a blue eye. In this area wildlife is rich and varied too including the fox, the fowl, the reptiles and the marten. After the visit, you will be back to Sarande for spending some free time on your own before returning to the port and your cruise ship. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.

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