Permeti and Benja Thermal Baths

We shall drive over the mountains to the scenic Drinos valley to see Gjirokastra ,the austere stone city perched on the Wide Mountain. One of the most famous mediavel towns of the region the city dates back to the 3rd century BC .We shall visit the mighty fortress ,the old Bazaar and the 300 years old Skenduli house as one of the best representatives of the original architecture that Gjirokastra bear. From Gjirokastra we head to Permeti. The greenest and the cleanest town in Albania, also known as the “city of roses.” A wonderful trip along the Vjosa river where we shall be amazed from the evergreen forests and the nature sceneries from both sides of our way. We shall stop at Benja thermal baths..A stone bridge arcs over a winding stretch of brilliantly blue-green water. Built in the Middle Ages, it has been letting people cross the sulfur-rich river since the days of the Ottoman Empire. Warm water rushes beneath it, providing a relaxing treat for those who visit. Near the bridge, you’ll find the the Benja Thermal Baths, born from the geothermal waters near Përmet, Albania. The heated water flows down the river unless it gets diverted into one of the several human-made pools. They’re a splendid spot for a hot soak on a crisp, cool day. The locals say the baths have healing properties. As such, you may see some locals arriving to bathe there and reap the water’s health benefits. The pools are off the beaten path, though, so you can still expect a fair amount of privacy. The area surrounding the old bridge and the hot springs is stunning. Walking a top the stone overpass is a great way to soak in the views. The river carves through a beautiful gorge, backdropped by distant mountains that stretch toward the sky. Small waterfalls rush and ripple along some parts of the river.

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