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Taygetus, Sparta

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The Taygetus, Taugetus, Taygetos, or Taÿgetus, is a mountain range in the Peloponnese peninsula in Southern Greece. The highest mountain of the range is Mount Taygetus, also known as the "Profitis Ilias", or "Prophet Elias". The name is one of the oldest recorded in Europe, appearing in the Odyssey. In classical mythology, it was associated with the nymph Taygete. During Byzantine times and up until the 19th century, the mountain was also known as Pentadaktylos .GeographyPhysicalThe Taygetus Massif is about 100 km long, extending from the center of the Peloponnese to Cape Matapan, its southernmost extremity. It contains the tallest mountain in the Peloponnese, the Profitis Ilias summit, reaching 2404m; this is probably the classical Mount Taléton mentioned by Pausanias. The summit is an ultra prominent peak. It is prominent above the Isthmus of Corinth, which separating the Peloponnese from mainland Greece, rises only to approximately 60 m. Numerous creeks wash down from the mountains and the Evrotas river has some of its headwaters in the northern part of the range. The western side of the massif houses the headwaters of the Viros gorge, which carries winter snowmelt down the mountain, emptying into the Messenian Gulf in the town of Kardamili.
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  • August 3, 2017
    The drive over the Taygetus Mountains between Kalamata and Sparta is just fantastic. Spectacular views as you go through the Langada pass at 5,000 ft above sea level. We started from Stoupa where we w...  more »
  • July 25, 2017
    From different villages you can make walks in beautiful gorges or direction a hut or a mountain top. The paths are well marked.
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  • July 12, 2017
    Driving on and around these mountains is an experience in itself. We drove around a number of towns and villages in this area and the views are absolutely breathtaking, literally! We drove on many nar...  more »
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    My dream was realized. And time with perfect health. 15/07/2017-16/07/2017
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