SHKODRA LAKE TOUR

SHKODRA LAKE TOUR

Departuring from Koplik city towards the village of Sterbeq, after 10 minutes you will be on the lake shore where the fishermen wait for you. Sitting on their boats, you will head towards the Shegan’s Eye. During the boat ride across the Shkodra Lake, the fishermen will tell you about their daily activities and the difficulties or perks associated with this profession. After arriving at the destination and enjoying the natural beauty, you can even eat a meal there with local village dishes, including fish. Then you will return to Sterbeq once again by boat, where will be the bus waiting for you to return to Koplik.

Shegan’s Eye is a karstic source found in Bajza, Malësi e Madhe, which is also a naturalistic monument. There is clean and cold water coming from the karst waters of the Western Alps of Albania. Explorations at this fountain by foreign divers have reached the depth of 180m – after that they have been forced to return due to water pressure. The goal of the divers was to find the connection of the Shegan’s Eye with the other two ponds, because it is thought that somewhere in the deep their waters merge. There is a high biodiversity of plants, fish, birds and other living creatures. Mrina (the popular language name) is the typical plant of this habitat, with a light purple color and a characteristic aroma. Here we find Bilbilin e ujit, a very beautiful bird in bold blue and orange colors, which feeds on the fish coming out of the water currents. These resources create a very attractive environment with scientific (hydrological, speleological, geomorphological), didactic, aesthetic and tourist values.

These three springs can be compared to natural pools, where you can swim in. However, very careful consideration should be given to their depth and low water temperatures. For an even more magical experience, we suggest not to miss the sunset.

Curiosity: Fish Feast is organized on April 13 at Shegan’s Eye, at the beginning of the fish breeding season. Since fishing is prohibited by law during this season, no fish-based meal is served nor eaten during this day to symbolize the respect of the fishermen’s community to fish and nature.

Legends of Hordhana:

(As I’ve heard from my peers.) It is said that the two hordhana (ponds) that we see today symbolize two houses. The big pond has been the home of a wealthy family, while the little pond has been the home of a poor family. One holiday night a beggar knocks on the door of the wealthy family’s house, when they find out that he is a beggar they push him away, without giving him anything. The beggar leaves and goes knocking on the door of the poor family’s house. The owner of the house, though there was nothing to give to the children, invites the beggar and welcomes him inside. The lady of the house had put the kaki (an old cooking tool) on the fire and pretended to bake the bread, lying to their children until the fall asleep. The beggar was the messenger of God, after seeing the difficult situation of the family he says to the lady of the house: “Look at the fire-place, the bread is burning.” The lady stunned by his words, opens her fireplace and sees a lot of bread. The family rejoices immensely, but after that night of celebration, everything collapsed and was flooded by water, thus creating the Big Hordhana and the Little Hordhana.

(As I heard it on a tv program) It is said that three brothers once lived in the area in three different houses. One of the brothers was called Shegan. After crossing the lake with a little boat, a night traveler arrives on these shores. Hoping to spend the night there, he knocks on the houses of each of the brothers. After being rejected by all three brothers, he tells them, “Inshallah it becomes hordhane.” In the old language, the word “hordhana” means flood or flooded place, abyss. After this curse the three sources emerged, the Shegan Eye and the other two hordhana.

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