The Dragon lake resides at an altitude of 2050m above sea level, on the mountain range of Tymfi, in Vikos–Aoös National Park. It is overlooked by the nearby peaks of Ploskos (Greek: Πλόσκος) and Astraka (Greek: Αστράκα). At 5 hours walking distance from the village of Papingo, the lake is a popular trekking destination in the Vikos–Aoös National Park. The lake is inhabited by a species of alpine newt,called drakakia by the locals (Greek: Δρακάκια) and, according to local sources, the newts resemblance to small dragons gives the lake its distinctive name.
Photo: Amalia Lampri