The Blue Eye (Albanian: “Syri i kaltër”) is a water spring and natural phenomenon occurring near Saranda, Albania. A popular tourist attraction, the clear blue water of the river bubbles forth from a stunning, more than fifty-metre-deep pool. Divers have descended to fifty metres, but it is still unclear what the actual depth of the karst hole is.
It’s further enveloped in thick woods and is some 22km east of Saranda on the road to Gjirokastra. Bring your swimming gear and towel for a dive into the cold water on a summer’s day.
This is the initial water source of Bistricë river , 25 km long, which ends in the Ionian Sea south of Saranda.
The source stands at an altitude of 152 m and has a discharge rate of 18400 l/s.
The immediate area (180 ha) is a nature reserve and is characterized by oak and sycamore trees.