Sign up to create your custom IntoAlbania trip
Your account has been activated!
Entering the exquisite Viroi Lake feels like walking inside a Monet painting. Indeed, with its lush and dense vegetation, calm lake surface, and scenic landscape shimmering under the southern Albanian sun, it all seems unreal.
The 60-foot depth of the Mother’s Spring, which supplies the Viroi Lake, has inspired many legends. They tell of the spring’s mysterious underwater connections to other caves, canals, and other springs. The funnel-shaped water source supplies the lake year-round with a substantial amount of water. It is precisely this constant water supply that has enabled the creation of a vibrant flora and fauna underneath.
Albanian and foreign divers regularly explore the Viroi waters, eager to experience their underwater magic firsthand! For a detailed and spectacular dive into the cave of Viroi, please click here. Yet, the water’s clarity allows the visitor to enjoy the scenery without diving into the waters, at all. However, please note that, in excessively hot summers, the lake level lowers and, in some cases, the lake is known to dry up.
This hidden paradise is located only three kilometers from Gjirokastra. Furthermore, it is conveniently connected to the city via a long promenade. Many locals bike or walk on this promenade, on their way to an idyllic picnic amidst the beautiful surroundings. Cafes and restaurants punctuate the shore of the lake. Here, you can enjoy a nice lunch or refreshment while admiring the nature of this area.
To conclude, the journey to Viroi Park offers great experiences from the very start! If you are driving through the Tepelena-Gjirokastra motorway, you can enjoy beautiful panoramas of Viroi Lake, surrounded by the lush forests on one side, and of the Vjosa River on the other side. Especially here, you make choose to stop your car, inhale the fresh air and feast your eyes on what’s to come!