Lake Butrint (Liqeni i Butrintit) is a salt lagoon, located south of Saranda, in the Butrint National Park. The lake consists of both fresh water and salt water, which is flowing back from the nearby Ionian Sea, via the Vivari Channel. Lake Butrint is most famous for its ideal conditions for farming mussels. The lake is surrounded by high hills, forests, and rock formations.
How To Get To Lake Butrint
Lake Butrint is located next to the Saranda-Butrint road SH81 and can be reached by bus, taxi, or with your own transportation.
What To See And Do At Lake Butrint
Since Lake Butrint is surrounded by the beautiful nature of the Butrint National Park, the area is great for hiking and bird watching. For a great view over the lake, you can hike up the Hill of Dema where you can also find Saint George’s Monastery.
You can also take the Mussel Tour (with hotel pickup in Saranda or Ksamil) which includes a boat trip over the lake and of course you will get to taste the freshest mussels. With your own transportation (or the bus) you can also visit The Mussel House for a delicous fresh meal with a stunning view at the lake. They also rent cabins if you want to stay the night.
The most famous attraction next to Lake Butrint is of course the Butrint Archaeological Site, with the remains of the ancient Greek and Roman city. The Venetian Acropolis Castle looks out over the lake and the Lake Gate was once one of the entrances to the city.
Ksamil is also located next to Lake Butrint so if you are visiting the area we can definitely recommend to check out the stunning Ksamil Beaches.
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