Stymfalia. (Stymphalia) Stymfalia is a mountain village near the mountain Ziria in the Peloponnese, Greece. The village lies on a fertile plateau, close to the homonymous lake, sixty kilometres from Corinth. The Stymfalia lake is mostly known for the Greek hero Heracles. Here he performed one of his twelve feats by killing the Stymphalian birds, large birds that ate humans. The Stymphalian birds had a copper beak and brass claws and wings.
At the village you can see all kinds of ruins from antiquity. There are parts to see of an ancient aqueduct which was built by Emperor Adrian to bring the water from the lake to Corinth. Also to see are the remains of ancient walls and ruins of the temple of Artemis. The Franks have left their mark here in the 13th century (castle and church).
Stymfalia is situated in a beautiful natural area, protected by Natura 2000. Every year in September (11-14 September), in the village folk festivals take place, where thousands of people from around the region and Athens come here. Everywhere in the village pork on the spit is prepared and there is plenty of music and dancing.
Text: Yorgos and Wendy Nikolidakis - Revised by Maxine van Hoften Gee