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Taygetus Mountains, Sparta

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The Taygetus, Taugetus, or Taygetos, 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 (Πενταδάκτυλος; Greek for five-fingered, a common name during that period).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 Taleton 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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  • We drove the mountain route from Sparta to Kalamata and it was astonishingly impressive and a bit scary. The rounds wind round mountain gorges which is a bit oppressive as you fee closed in by the sid...  read more »
  • Huge mountain that stands imposing in Central Peloponnese, over Sparta in the Valley between Mount Taygetos and Parnonas koilaei the Eurotas and next has built the Sparta.
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  • Was not expecting the beauty and entertainment of this drive. Great scenery and challenging drive through the mountain range containing the highest peak in the Peloponnese area. Two-lane highway provi...  read more »
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