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The Zakarpattia Region – The Lake of Miserable Lovers

Published: 22.10.2018
There is one of the most picturesque places in the Zakarpattia region. It is called Sinavirsko Lake. Its tags points out to its status - the Pearl of the Transcarpathian Sea or the Sea Eye. Already these names suggest that this is an extraordinary place to which a sad legend is attached. The whole area falls under the Sinavir National Park.

Sinai Lake is the largest natural lake in the area, its area is covers more than 5 hectares. You will reach him on the way leading from Mizhirja to Kolocava. The branch to the lake is well marked. Leave the car in the car park and head for a kilometer-long walk.

gateway to Sinevirske Lake   there is a trail with magnificent vistas along the entirety of the lake

If you want to get here by local bus, take the one that goes to Sinevirska Poljana. It is about 4 km from the lake. But check the way out beforehand the bus schedule. It does not go here every day.

Sini and Vira wooden statues and an islet in the lake

There is a trail around the lake and there is a really nice walk. The air is clean and fresh.

Sini and Viro statuesEven though the weather is often not ideal and we are tiny, it is more than bad weather that we enjoy the thick forests around, the waves on the lake and the fish in it. There are many benches around the lake that allow you to enjoy the beauty of this place.

The icon of the lake is the famous wooden statuette of Sini and Viro, which is the work of Ivan Brody. He embodied the legend he still breathes from every corner of this place. This legend says the young and poor horned Vir loved Sini, a young and beautiful girl from a wealthy family who had returned his love. Her parents, however, did not wish to love and Vira was killed and buried in the forests. She was weeping so much with grief that she had squandered the whole lake of water. Have you noticed a small island in the middle of the lake? That's the tomb of Virova's grave.

Scientists, however, do not have much understanding for the legends and explain the nature of the lake. Ten thousand years ago there was an earthquake and the lake was formed by a landslide.

it is forbidden to camp at the lake as well as to make fire, and to take a swim in the lake   there are several souvenir stands around the lake

Today, the area is very popular among tourists. They like to go on traditional wooden rafts. Around the lake it is forbidden to camp, but there are several chat rooms where you can sleep. You can choose from the Turbaza Sea Eye cabin. It stands directly on the shore of the lake. Of course, there is also a snack and a souvenir shop. The lake is also not allowed to bathe. But who would want to bathe in the tears of sadness of the unfortunate Sini, right?

a vista over the lake from an unknown statue na jezero od známé sochy

I'm afraid that perhaps even thanks to Viro and Sina there is often such a gloomy weather here. Scientists would certainly find a more reasonable reason, but when you sit there and look at the lake, reasonable explanations do not seem to be here. The legend of unfortunate lovers makes it here more magical.

GPS: 48°37'01.5"N 23°41'04.5"E


Text and photos: Michal Hejl

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