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.


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Where to stay

Ilaeira Mountain Resort
Toriza of Taigetos
Traditional Guest House
Ksirokabi of Farida
Traditional Guest House
Vasiliki of Farida