Thermal Baths of Albania: The Incredible Luxury of Nature
north to south, Albania’s spectacular rugged landscape is perfectly punctuated
by several natural thermal baths with astonishing healing properties.
In the small country of Albania,
there are an astounding four main thermal bath destinations. Thus, wherever you
find yourself in the country, you have ample choice in terms of finding one
near you. Locally referred to as llixha,
Albania’s thermal baths are natural sources of health and healing, rich in
minerals that relax both the body and nervous system. We recommend the
following thermal bath destinations which also offer accommodation: Elbasan
(the nearest one to the capital), Përmet and Leskovik in the south, and Dibra
in the northernmost part of the country.
The Latin saying “Mens sana in
corpore sano,” comes to mind as you immerse yourself in the thermal waters of
Elbasan. These baths are located only a few miles from Tirana, specifically in
Tragan Village. These particular baths have existed since antiquity! They are
extremely rich in sulfur and, as such, bathing in these waters is recommended
only for short periods of time. Elbasan’s baths are created from the fusion of
hydrogen, oxygen, and other elements more than 13,000 meters deep into the
earth’s core, a mass that is pushed to the earth’s surface from the pressure of
gases more than 100 years after its creation. It is no wonder that this amazing
process cures various diseases, especially those of the respiratory tract,
nervous system, skin, stomach, and rheumatism, among many others.
2. Bënja (Përmet)
Situated about a 20-minute-drive from Përmet, the thermal
pools of Bënja are one of the many amazing attractors to the
stunning region. Used for their outstanding healing properties, these baths
have been popular for more than five centuries. Because of their sulfuric
content, a 20-25 minute dip suffices to activate the curative properties of
these natural pools. Any more can actually be harmful. The temperature of the
water remains at a constant temperature of 30 degrees Celsius throughout the
entire year. As such, you can visit the site all year round. These waters can
help cure ailments such as rheumatism but also many skin and kidney diseases.
It does not hurt that a dip in these pools comes with one of the most stunning
landscapes in the country.
3. Leskovik (Përmet)
lesser-known springs of Leskovik are located 10 kilometers south of the small
town. Otherwise known as the Vronomero springs, these thermal waters contain a
plethora of minerals which aid in the treatment of numerous diseases. Their
temperature varies from 29 to 40 degrees Celsius. The baths are considered a somewhat
secret treasure of, not only Leskovik, but the entire country.
4. Peshkopi (Dibra)
is renowned for its numerous natural resources, one of which are these
incredibly health-promoting thermal baths. Only one kilometer away from the
city of Peshkopi, these baths spring from the gypsum formations of Korabi Mountain.
Rich in sulfuric springs, the water reaches temperatures as high as 43 degrees
Celsius and has been proven to help with various diseases, including
respiratory problems, diabetes, rheumatism, skin and, amazingly, even fertility