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Taygetus Mountains, 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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  • The road is fine over the mountain route from Sparta to Kalamata and so can be taken steadily even if you are unused to hill driving. Locals will pass when you move in as usual in Greece towards the s...  more »
  • This hike is exceptional in spring with the path leading up through a pine forest with glorious bird song and the delicate wildflowers such as cyclamen, crocus and primrose just emerging. The trailhea...  more »
  • We drove from Kalamata to Sparta in early January. The road is very good, safe and interesting to ride. Though you need to be careful especially on snowy parts of the route. The views are astonishing....  more »

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