Hike to the Blue Eye

One of the absolute best things to do in Theth has to be the Blue Eye hike.

 

The Blue Eye in Theth National Park, not to be confused with the Blue Eye near Saranda in southern Albania, is a natural pool of beautiful turquoise water that is several meters deep.

 

You can swim in the pool and river during the summer months or simply enjoy the views of the surrounding nature. There is also a cafe just above the Blue Eye where you can grab a drink or a bite to eat.

 

The river just below the Blue Eye is calm and is a great spot to set up a picnic, read a book, or to go swimming for a couple of hours.

 

There are two options for getting to the Blue Eye: you can either hike from Theth or drive to the trailhead and hike from there.

 

Hiking from Theth village to the Blue Eye

 

The hike from Theth village to the Blue Eye is about 18km round trip and takes 5-6 hours in total. From Theth, you’ll follow the trail along the left side of the river until you reach the small village of Nderlysaj.

 

You can also combine this hike with the Grunas waterfall hike if you’d like to visit both at the same time. We suggest downloading Maps.Me, an offline maps app, and following the well-marked route on the app to get to both the waterfall and the Blue Eye.

 

Nderlysaj village has restrooms and a few cafes, so you can stop for a break here before making your way up the mountain to the Blue Eye. It takes around 45 minutes to reach the Blue Eye from Nderlysaj.

 

For the most part, the hike is moderate and flat. The last 30 minutes of the hike is the steepest part, so save some of your energy for the last bit!

 

Driving from Theth to the Blue Eye

 

If you have a car, then we suggest driving to Nderlysaj and then hiking to the Blue Eye from there – it takes around 45-minutes from here to get to the Blue Eye.

 

This will save you a lot of time (4 hours round trip), so you can spend more of your day relaxing by the river at the top of the hike.

 

The road is paved from Theth to the village, and you can park your car for free in the gravel parking lot across the river from the town.

 


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