Blue lake in Abkhazia
Blue lake (lake of China) – a small lake in the Gagra district of Abkhazia, known for its turquoise water, the color of which gives the mineral lapis lazuli. This is one of the most beautiful and memorable sights of Abkhazia, but separately it is visited rarely, making a short stop here on the way to Ritsa lake.
Blue lake is a karst, and very small size, only 30 and 20 meters, but the depth estimated to be 76 meters. It is never covered by ice, and the temperature year round is held at at 10 degrees. Another feature – there is no fish and other animals. Do not be surprised that the water in the blue lake seems to be turbid. This happens due to the very large water column because the depth is very large.
Swimming in the lake is prohibited, too cold, but you can go knee-deep in water. Come here just to admire the beauty of the lake and its surroundings, take pictures, including the money offered here is the photo with the peacock or in the traditional local clothes. There is also a small artificial waterfall. On the way from the Parking lot to the lake reaches a market with shops selling Souvenirs, honey, wine, chacha, cheese, usually at inflated prices. Across the road from the lake through the river organized skiing, zip-lining (trolls), the cost is 500 rubles in both directions. And of course, the lake is associated with many legends, which tell the tourists during the tours.
🕐 Time of work: round the clock
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: lake is located on the territory of the Ritsa national Park, access to which surcharge (environmental fee): adults – 350 rubles, children 8-12 years – 150 rubles, children under 8 years stay free of charge. The fee paid for entrance to the Park at the checkpoint separately for each attraction, including Blue lakes, do not need to pay. The cost of excursions to lake Ritsa (includes a visit to the Blue lake) from the Gagra – from 500 rubles+entrance fee to the Park.
🚶 How to get there: the lake is 30 kilometers from the centre of the resort of Gagra on the road to lake Ritsa in the territory of the Ritsa national Park (lake blue on the map). Public transport doesn't go there, you can get there by car, taxi, tour, ride, or bike. The road to the lake is good, drive any car, and the lake is right next to the road there is a Parking place (free). Excursions separately to the Blue lake are not held, but a stop here is included in the excursion to lake Ritsa. Also on the route visit waterfalls Dairy, Men's tears, Women's tears, the Gega waterfall. This road further leads to the village of Aadhar.