Drakolimni of Tymfi | Zagori
Updated: Dec 10, 2019
Drakolimni of Tymfi is a lake located at an altitude of 2.050 m. (within a 5 hour hiking from Papingo village), on the mountain range of Tymfi (north part of Pindos mountain chain) in the Vikos–Aoos National Park, among the peaks of Gamila (2.500 m) and Ploskos (2.380 m).
To reach the lake you can follow the most popular route from Mikro Papingo to Astraka Refuge, and then from Lakka to Drakolimni. The trail is medium with some hard parts, but the views and the environment are astonishing.
The lake’s name (drakolimni) has been given from the locals due to a species of Alpine newt that it hosts which the locals call drakakia (dragonflies) due to their shape.
The myth says about a fight between a dragon who lived in the Drakolimni of Tymfi and a dragon who lived in the Drakolimni of Smolikas. The fact that the lakes have a different setting in their watersides, is the basis of this myth. The two dragons were throwing stones to each other is the reasons why the watersides of Smolikas are black with white stones and the watersides of Tymfi are white with black stones.