Located about 106 km/66 miles away from the Ionian coast and the town of Sarande, Bënja Thermal Baths (Llixhat e Bënjës) is a natural thermal spring-fed soaking area with spectacular mountain views. Situated just outside beautiful Përmet, a city known to be Albania’s cleanest, it’s also known as Permet Hot Springs.
Hot springs enthusiasts traveling to this part of the world will want to take advantage of this natural gem, which people have used since the Ottoman Empire. These pools’ brilliant blue hue and pleasant temperature will leave you utterly amazed.
It’s the perfect spot for a day trip while staying in the region. Take a break from the rush and bustle of the city while also seeing the breathtaking Gorge of Klcyra.
Mineral Springs Water
These 30 °C/86 °F warm baths are near the River Vjosa, one of the few unspoiled rivers left in Albania. Crossing the sulfur-rich river has been made possible by the stone Kadiut Bridge that curves gracefully over the river’s stunning blue and green waters and steam.
The Benja Thermal Baths, which use waters heated by geothermal activity, can be found not far from the bridge. As the river flows downstream, some of the hot water is diverted into man-made ponds, which are great for a steamy bath on a cold day.
For visitors bringing their own transportation, a parking lot by the baths charges a fee to leave a car there. There are also a couple of local transportation options, like buses, that tourists can take from Permet.
Another great way to experience these pools is by booking a day tour, which departs from various cities. Medium-sized and small groups bring tourists through a couple of small towns like Permet and allow time for soaking in the spring pools, exploring ancient buildings, and witnessing some of the country’s most gorgeous scenery.
Nearby Lodging and Camping
Staying in Permet is an excellent way to experience some lesser-known Albanian culture and has great hotel options. There are a few spaces for vehicle camping in the parking lot of the thermal baths as well.
Address: Roughly 14 km/8.5 miles to the east of Permet, Albania