The fabulous Drakolimi lake is located in an altitude of 2.050 metres, between the tops Lapatos and Ploskos. It was
named after a dragon, a mythical creature, which was said to live in its waters and was in permanent conflict with
the dragon living in Smolika.
During the years of his dominance, Ali Pasas tried to reach the lake and enjoy a boating on its crystal waters. However,
one unanticipated summer rain with strong hail, resulted in many of his men losing their lives and a lot of boats being
destroyed. After this the almighty Pasas was forced to postpone his plan.
Many years ago, it was believed that Drakolimni is a very deep lake, the waters of which poured into Aoos. Later expeditions
proved that its depth does not exceed 5m. In its waters the Alpine Tritonas (tritus alpestris) lives, an amphibian of 8 - 12 m.
length with grey - blackbrown ridge and red spotless abdomen. It is considered a rare species and is protected by the Greek and
One of the biggest, deeper and most impressive gorges of the world is the gorge of Vikos, with vertical geological formations,
big variety and alternation of different ecosystems as well as banquet of flora and fauna. It constitutes one of the
few remaining havens of wild life in Europe.
The gorge of Vikos is situated in the south-west of Kamila, in an altitude between 550 and 1778 m.. It has a length of roughly
24 km and an average depth of 900 m.. The beginning of the gorge is near the village Tsepelovo. Many think that its beginning
is near the village Monodentri, something which is wrong as this assumption fails to include the rest of the gorge, the famous
Vikaki (Little Vikos). The end of gorge is behind the village Vitsiko, near the bridge of Aristi of Papigo.
The direction of the gorge is from to south-east to north-west. Somewhere in the middle it is joined with another big gorge,
the Big Lakkos, considered to be its ramification, and with the gorge of Mezaria ending to the village Vradeto. The river
Voidomatis and its sources are in the ravine.
The rock of Vikos is mainly limestone with local layers of flishi. The tetartogeneis shapings are impressive with alluvial rivers,
as in the Voj!domati and kalluvia limestones, that were created by depositions of old glaciers.
Its climate is continental - hot summers with many local rains and cold winters. In the winter the temperature is
usually rather low.
Between the two settlements of Papigo the stream of Rogovo flows. The erosion of the water has shaped many round
concavities resembling small lakes. These are named "ovires" by the locals. In the two biggest of them a wall has
been constructed to retain water. In the summer the locals and the visitors swim in its cold waters.
An impressive part of the area is Kokkino Lithari (Red Rock), located on the right of the Towers of Papigo towards
Vikos. The characteristic red colour of the limestone impresses visitors from far away. Under the Red Lithari one
can find Mpisteria, where there are big caves, in which local people used to hide to escape invaders. In one of them,
Kotsitsa, there are painted pictures of saints on the walls.
The Towers are the most unique part of Papigo. These impressive rocky formations are in the south of Astrakas crown
connecting it with the ravine of Vikos. The tallest of these towers stands at 1788 m. high. At their foot, the Towers
shape a plateau, the Gkovostitsa, where some years ago hundreds of sheep used to graze. In 1965, two pioneer climbers,
the P. Jdosidis and the N. Kotzias climbed the Tower "Koupo" after 17 hours and the western Tower "Ptino", after 12 hours.