"Duvalo Volcano in Kosel" Top 5 Page for this destination Outside Ohrid Tip by Pijlmans
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The only active volcano in on the Balkans can be found about 7 km from Ohrid, in the village Kosel along the road from Ohrid to Resen and Bitola. There is a sign along the road that points to the volcano.
Volcano probably isn't the right word, because it never erupted. Geothermal surface feature would be more correct. Sulfur gasses (hydrogen sulfide, H2S) and carbon dioxide (CO2) are emitted from holes in the ground, from a crack in the deeper layers of the earth.
You already can smell the volcano when you're driving through Kosel. At first you may wonder if one of your fellow travelers cut the cheese :-)
While the smell is still bearable when you are on the road, as soon as you get closer to the volcano, the stench becomes very bad.
I have read an article in the Free Time Guide Macedonia about the volcano, where they wrote that if you keep a dog near the holes, it will die in an hour. Also, there was the story of a man who as a kid witnessed somebody going into the hole, and who was found dead later. I found these stories a bit exaggerated, until I noticed several dead animals near the holes, see the pictures!
There also used to come hot water from the holes, this was last witnessed in 1973 when water of about 30 degrees Celsius was discovered at a depth of 80-100 m.
The sulfuric soil of the volcano is said to have curing qualities, e.g. for hemorrhoids and skin diseases. A mixture of clay and sulfur is applied to the affected parts of the body.
Allegedly, the volcano also tells the locals when the weather is changing: the smell of rotten eggs becomes worse in that case.
Electrical appliances don't live as long in Kosel as in other places: The sulfuric gases eat away the metal and the pipes...
Coordinates: N41.16948 E20.83708
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