If you are a lake lover then you must go to Belsh. They have as many as 84 of them!

Belsh is a place in central Albania, in the district of Elbasan, located right next to the lake of the same name. It has played a significant role in cultural and historical aspects since ancient times, especially since the early Bronze Age.

Belsh is the center of the Dumrea provincewhich is best known for as many as 84 lakes in the area.




The large number of lakes in this area is the result of the special geological composition of the area, where the karst element predominates. The creation of the lake over the centuries came as a result of the formation of pits due to tectonic or volcanic movements, which were then filled with water.

Chronologically, the last pit was created in 2009 in the village of Shkalle, with an initial diameter of 30 meters and a depth of 100 meters.


Lake Dega, Belsh, Photo: Von Albinfo, CC BY-SA 4.0


Near Belsh, there is an ancient site of Gradishta, which is mentioned in archeology as a settlement of the Illyrian tribes of the Parthians. The remains of a tomb, around 350 years before Christ, which is also known as the Tomb of the Prince of Belsh, were found in this place.

During the excavations in this tomb, around 70 archaeological objects, ceramic works, sculptures, and terracotta were found, among which the image of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, was painted on them. Her statue is located next to Lake Seferan.


Lake Seferan and the statue of the goddess Aphrodite, Photo: Attila Terbócs, CC BY-SA 4.0


Lake Belsh stands out for its natural beauty, with an area of 26.8 hectares and a depth of 18 meters. Lake Seferan is the largest with an area of 87.5 hectares and a depth of 20 meters, and the deepest is Lake Merhoja, recognizable by its blue water, with an area of 65.5 hectares and a depth of 61 meters.

The Marine forest is nearby, and next to it is the lovely Grekan Lake, where an eco-village with interesting houses has been built and where you can enjoy the beauty of nature.



The total area of the lake reaches 14.2 km2, with a total water volume of about 24 million m2. Two lakes, Dega and Seferan, have been declared a nature park.

Dumre’s lakes make up almost 3% of its territory, although some of them dry up during the summer season due to high temperatures and the use of water for soil irrigation.

They are all definitely worth a visit.




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