Mountains

    Taigetos

Mountains

    Taigetos

Mountains

    Parnon

Mountains

    Parnon

Mountains

    Taigetos

Mountains

    Taigetos

Mountains

 

Taigetos, the roof of Peloponnese

 

The proud and tallest mountain in Peloponnese is said to have taken its name after Taigeti, Atlas’s daughter. With its highest summit, “Ai-Lia” in 2404 meters, and its alpine zone over 1700m always covered in snow in the winter, Taigetos is ideal for activities for mountain lovers: mount biking, climbing, trekking and cave exploration. What is most amazing, though, is that this is an expanding mountain, earning almost a centimeter each year!

The Greek Mountaineering Society owns a climbing park in the gorge of Great Lagada near Tripi, with routes graded for difficulty, ranging from 5 (Medium) to 8 (Hard). Beginner Climbers prefer the summer months when the meandering route to the top is easy to go.

In Taigetos, apart from the magnificent mount hiking routes, through greenwood or on asphalt roads way up to the top, it is well worth visiting the numerous caves and gorges with their crystal clear springs, like those in Arna, in Tripi and in all the villages perched high up throughout the mountain range. The evergreen fir trees and black pine trees make up the fantastic forests in Taigetos, and the visitor must pick on his way some thyme, green tea and oregano. If not, there will always be some local trader in some small village selling all this mountain goodies. However, food connoisseurs are well advised to try the world renowned “sfella” cheese, made from goat and sheep milk of premium quality. Equally well-known the world over is the wild beef meat of Taigetos, for which experts from Iberia sought to get species for their seed oxen.

 

 

Climbing Park of Lagadas, Taigetos (27310 22574) 

 

Lagada is a region rich in avifauna and in rare species of endemic plants, and is known for its gorge of limestone slopes.

Since 1999 operates here a climbing park which has dozens of routes at the regions of Aloni, Petsanes, Tourlitsa and Stani. The routes are known for their high degree of difficulty and the wild beauty of their passages, while the altitude (about 800 m.) and the orientation of the plains make the climbing pleasant even during summer time.

In order to reach the parking area of the climbing park, follow the Sparti-Kalamata highway, passing by the Tripi locality.

 

 

Parnon, the enchanter 

 

Up from its highest peak (Big Tourla or Kronio), 1936 m, mount Parnon or Malevos boasts to be the biggest alpine bulge in Peloponnese, taking up an expanse of 2 million acres.
Some of the prettiest and most picturesque little villages in Greece, such as Karyes, Vresthena, Polydroso (Gigina), Geraki and Saint Demetrios, are perched up in its slopes and crests.
Parnon has got nothing to envy the most famous mountains in the world for. The wild natural beauty of its landscape is so lavishly given to the visitor, especially to the one who will be wise enough to enroll in the trek groups crossing the mountain range. Numerous crests, valleys and plateaus, breathtakingly beautiful gorges, dense vegetation and forests, rare fauna, all have attracted the world’s interest and have secured the institutional protection of the place, which has been classified in the European Network Natura 2000.
Except for the pine forests, the groves of firs, chestnut trees, the lofty plane trees and acorn trees, the unique medicinal or fragrant herbs, the gorgeous Ecological Park of Parnon is the home to rare species of birds, like the partridge, the mice-hawk, the woodpecker as well as mammals such as the fox, the hare and the jackal.
Upon setting eyes on the mountain’s landscape, it’s literally love at first sight. Water falls and creaks and caves but also cultural relics which go back to the Paleolithic age and reach our times, such as sacred temples, ancient quarries, castles, carriage tracks, byzantine monuments and monasteries.
This enchanting alpine bulge is the land of promise for nature lovers and those who seek to enjoy both faces of Mother Nature, tranquility and wilderness, through organized activities including hiking, mountaineering, speleology and many more. It is, therefore, useful to know about the mountain resort, of George Pierce,1420m, 40 persons capacity, in “Arnomousga”, which among its other basic facilities has got a fireplace and oil heaters, a kitchen, water supply from a spring, as well as basketball and volleyball courts. For more information contact the Greek Alpine Association in Sparta (tel. 2731022574).