Blue Eye, Albania

dsc_0428The Blue Eye  is a water spring and natural phenomenon occurring near Muzinë in Vlorë County, Albania. A populartourist 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.[1]

This is the initial water source of Bistricë river , 25 km long, which ends in the Ionian Sea south of Sarandë.[2]

The source stands at an altitude of 152 m and has a discharge rate of 18400 l/s.[3]

The immediate area (180 ha) is a nature reserve and is characterized by oak and sycamore trees. In summer 2004, the source was temporarily dried up.