Syri i Kaltër or the Blue Eye is a unique spring near Sarande, half way between Sarande and Gjirokaster actually. It's the source of the river Bistrica, whch springs out from the deep 50 meter hole with its crystal clear water. Blue Eye has a discharge of 18.4 m3/s. The beauty is stunning!more
Rruga Butrinti, Sarande, Albania
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I never thought I would ever see Sarande without being shot dead. In 1986 I stayed in a resort on the Greek island of Corfu. One night I looked out across the water and I could see a dark and rugged coastline across the water. A waiter walked up to me because he saw me staring at this piece of land in the distance. I asked him if it was some rural...more
Butrint is a UNESCO world heritage site in Albania, 20 KM from Saranda. Butrint was originally a sanctuary dedicated to Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine. People would visit the sanctuary to be healed. The area was built into a complex by the Greeks with a Temple, a Theatre and a hostel for the pilgrims that were coming to be healed. Everything...more
You can reach Butrint from Saranda. The 14 km road is very narrow, mostly single lane and in some places carved in steep slopes and it overhangs the lake Butrint. The road was built in 1959 for a visit by the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and it hasn’t been touched again since though the traffic has increased dramatically with the increasing...more
Lies in the south of Albania between Sarande and Butrint Archaeological site,it is in fact a Lagoon.It overlooks the Ionian sea and is quite large in size.The locals catch many muscels here and they are sent to Sarande and other nearby towns for the restuarants,they are a dark yellow colour and very tasty.more
About 1 km north to Butrint, a new road sign tells the way to Ali Pasha’s fort. This is a fort that controlled the entrance into the Vivari Channel. We parked along the road and walked on a path that climbed on top of the hill that controlled the Vivari channel … and after 200 meters, the path ended on a flat summit with some lined stones around!...more
Both photos of the Vivari channel were shot 1 km north to Butrint, on the road to Ksamil and Saranda.The first photo shows the open sea and the swamps that surround the channel. The mouth of the channel is on the far right. In the background, the island of Corfu with Mount Pantokrator, the highest point of the island.The second photo shows the...more
In May 2009, the Butrint ferry was still working but there seemed that a bridge would soon be built. I bet that next year the ferry won’t be there any more! This soon will be a piece of history!The first photo shows a truck that drive into the ferry.On the second photo, the ferry-man shows that he will not take an other vehicle for the short ride...more
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Each plate in the “Waterfall” restaurant is a piece of art which we enjoyed. Borshi miracle center, where the greenery of the trees located in the throat spilling infinitely resources gives the sensation of Heaven. The kitchen chief with his experience and techniques makes everything require your taste. Restaurant is typically Mediterranean, the philosophy of its genes to the complexities of drinkable water that comes from ice sources, tries with their fruits, vegetables, see foods, and everything else cooked to the Waterfall is organic and fresh.
The menu is changed every year, where we read a more extensive set of wines from all over the countries. Is one of the most perfect wine lists and that goes with all the dishes, not forgetting the one by the glasses.
Excellent combination of food and service would give everyone unforgettable memories.
Reservations are essensional and should be made in advance. “Waterfall” entered the line of exclusive top restaurants, high quality and was worth every cent. Personalities of all fields are visiting this place at all times the taste of gastronomy and the pictures from the environment itself created by mother nature live you with no mind.
The main room in her dizzying ceiling has 600 spots, 20 neon’s and 200 candlesticks, windows surrounded by high columns of glasses, where each table has the possibility looking every where in a space full of green gardens. Flowers carefully selected to provide the peace of a grand park where the hours spent there will appear minutes.
Main hall for weddings up to 200 people, with spectacular decoration, and fantastic seating, are one of its caned. With its menus and modernity of the open kitchen “Waterfall restaurant becomes everyone's experience to be there for lunch or diner known for homemade dishes it will make your day one of the best..
Menu is generally meat, fish, pasta and risotto which is cooked in the special daily and can be viewed from the client. Melting in the mouth are the dishes cooked with olive oil Borshi which adds to its taste even more appetite to consume up to the last meal.
Breakfast throughout the morning, eggs in any style, cheese, mix greens, fruits plates, juices and milk are the menu in this restaurant.
The lunch with the top meals, like soup or salads, pasta, risotto, fish, filet, pork chops, beer or wine cooked from the creativity of head chief make you enjoy this miracle.
Diner in the Waterfall is the experience that will remain in memory for ever.
Open 12 months 07am until 24pm 7 days a week Waterfall environment is frequented not only in summer but in winter to, where main dishes are squalls, birds, chickens, sea foods and meat. Classic appetizers salads, cheeses of fruits are part of this menu. Surprise of this beautiful that this restaurant has is the diversity where you can seat. Veranda full of couches covered by a timber where your morning coffee comes. Inside the class restaurant has capacity of 25 diner tables, candlesticks, spots, neon, and open kitchens full of light gives you the pleasure of eating.
Part of the rear part is the beautiful itself, waters arising from land in the form of waterfalls, tables near the water, and the big trees around makes this place a beautiful resort. Club Millennium second floor open at 9pm mohitos, margarita, bacardi, whiskey and vodka are the drinks consumed in this bar. Music choice gives the sensation that everyone finds itself.
Young people with their dancing and entertainment make the Millennium Club stays open until morning. The complex itself has 180 tables and ”The Waterfall” with 4th places in the season is always full and there is no common place to another.
The restaurant operates in partnership with the American Business Group company, nr1 for importing American products such as alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages, lumber for building houses and villas, american cars, car parts, and also this powerful group has invested in travel agency, material construction, pubs, discos, supermarkets, and the great line of franchise sandwiches.Related to:
- Family Travel
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- School Holidays
Genus Saponaria belongs to the Caryophyllaceae family. There are about 20 species of Saponaria. The roots of some of them (Saponaria officinalis or common Soapwort) contain substances that allows to use them as an organic soap, hence the name. They are native to southern Europe.The photo shows Saponaria calabrica, native to Turkey, Albania Greece...more
Red poppy (Papaver Rhoeas) is common throughout the whole Europe but I found that the variety that grew in Albania had a deeper red than usual. These particular one grew on the same dump than Saponaria calabrica. If there had been a competition for the most beautifully flourished dump, this one would have undoubtedly won!more
A little further, a herd of a dozen of young donkeys tried to make their living along the new road.Photo 1 : a mother donkey and her young one find nothing for grazing!Photo 2 : an older donkey has found a few weeds on the shoulder of the road.Photo 3 : one young donkey has been able to pass on the other side of the road railing but his brothers...more
Two hundred meters after the fork, the road is closed by a gate and you have to pay 150 leke for the car and 50 leke for each passengers. After that, the single lane road passes over a small a dam and winds up and down between woody hills.more
No sign told where was the spring but it was obvious that if we followed the pupils, we would get to the spring! They joked and played all the way as all pupils do when they are out in a group! And after a short walk (200m) on a narrow path we reach Syri i Kalter, which means “the blue eye” and unlike in 1988, it was really a blue eye!Syri i Kalter...more
After we had visited the spring, we discovered that a newly built wooden bridge allowed to walk back directly to the place where we had parked our car! However, I advise visitors not to use it to go to the spring: you will better enjoy the sight if you go the usual way which is not very long, anyway, not more than 200-300m. Use the bridge only for...more
Ksamil has several beaches. This one is a small one but it is almost in the city center (photo 1)A large house stands in the middle of the small bay (second photo)Another part of the bay seems ready to welcome visitors (photo 3) but early may is a bit to early! In the background the Ksamil islands.Photo 4 shows the two Ksamil island that are about...more
This is what happens to illegally built houses ! I have seen several of them and when a house has been built illegally, the authorities do not destroy it entirely but pull one or several pillars, which makes a significant part of the building to fall down. It is let as a warning or a reminder to others!Is that the house that I had shot in 2007 ?...more
In 1988, not surprisingly, Ksamili gave a very different figure! On the first photo, small three levels building were the home for farmers that kept their horses around. Sorry, I meant, “that kept the community horses they were in charge around”!The second photo shows the Sea Eagle, an hotel and restaurant where we had a drink in 1988. VT Illumina...more