Drakolimni

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 European legislation.

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