Parnon is central to a version of the myth about the upbringing of Dionysus. Ino, a Boeotian queen in exile, is said to have found the new-born god in an urn, next to his dead mother Semele, and raised him in the cave known today as "Dionysus' Cave". As it happens with other places chosen by myth as a god's cradle, Parnon is a haven of lush vegetation, deep ravines, cool plateaus and forested slopes, fully justifying the ancient narratives even thousands of years after they were originally created.

Parnon is part of the "Natura 2000" protection network. It is also listed as an Eco Park and subject to a special protection regime, while both the locals and the visitors constantly supporting any effort to respect its rare flora and fauna. To the north, the range starts in Arcadia, in central Peloponnese; from there, it crosses the entire region of Lacedaemon alongside Taygetus to a total length of 70 kilometres, before reaching the impressively wild and almost barren rocks of Cape Maleas. The highest peak of the range is "Megali Tourla", on Mount Parnon. Parnon hosts a wide variety of beautiful plateaus and mountainous fields, thanks to its smooth and accessible slopes and ridges, which make it very different from nearby Taygetus, though equally beautiful and worth-visiting.

Since the early antiquity, Parnon has been known for its dense forests of Greek firs, black pines, chestnut trees, foetid junipers, oaks, kermes, plane trees, and carob trees. If your path takes you as far as Malevi Monastery, you might as well go a little further and find an entire forest of Juniperus Drupacea, a rare listed natural monument the only one of its kind in the entire continent.

More than 600 species and sub-species have been recorded and classified in the range, including 113 recognised rare and protected plants, with the endemic alpine species being unique in Europe. There is also a significant number of wild mammals, such as foxes, badgers and rabbits, as well as the last remaining jackals of the Peloponnese, currently on the verge of permanent extinction. This canine species once a menace for rural populations all over the country have found an ideal habitat in the shrubs of the eastern slopes of the mountain. Many rare bird species nest in the snowy peaks and leafy forests, such as the golden eagle, the sparrow hawk, the tawny owl, the common blackbird, and the green woodpecker. The European E4 walking route runs along the region of Arcadia before crossing the western part of Parnon through Agios Petros, Karyes, Vresthena, and Theologos. The path then reaches Sparta and heads towards Taygetus. The village of Karyes also offers excellent cycling routes for mountain-biking enthusiasts. Finally, Parnon is listed among the ideal spots in Europe for sky observation.


Mystras Virtual Tour


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Athens, a modern metropolis, a european capital, a nest for all the Mediterranean cultures. Athens, the meeting point of East and West, the harbor of everyone, who still loves passionately life! There are so many different ways to describe and analyse Athens, that any given effort to do a short depiction of the city is nothing but a try doomed to fail. Nevertheless, we will try to underline some of the main characteristics of the city of Athens. Visit Virtual Tour


Knossos was undeniably the capital of Minoan Crete and is the site of one of the most important and better known palaces of Minoan civilisation. Knossos was inhabited for several thousand years, beginning with a neolithic settlement sometime in the seventh millennium BC, and was abandoned after its destruction in 1375 BC which marked the end of Minoan civilization. It was damaged several times during earthquakes, invasions, and in 1450 BC by the colossal volcanic eruption of Thera, and the invasion of Mycenaeans who used it as their capital, while they were ruling the island of Crete until 1375 BC. Knossos was ruled by the dynasty of King Minos and is connected with thrilling legends, such as the myth of the Labyrinth with the Minotaur. Visit Virtual Tour


Known from the Homeric myth, as the mythical island of Phaeacians where the shipwrecked Odysseus was soothed by princess Nausika, Corfu continues to welcome visitors from all around the world. Be a synchronous Odysseus and follow the new destination of YouGoCulture initiative. Having the Central Corfu and its old town which is in the list of the Unesco World Heritage Sites, a journey begins in the history, the traditions and the unique beauties of the island. Visit Virtual Tour


Situated in continental Greece on Mount Parnassus, Delphi was considered to be one of the most important cities of ancient Greece. It was believed to be home to the goddess Gaia, or Earth, and later to Apollo after slaying Gaia’s son, the snake Python. The Pythian games—similar to the Olympic Games—were held here every four years to honour Apollo’s slaying of the Python dragon. Visit Virtual Tour


A breath away from Athens, the birth place of Eleusinian Mysteries and goddess Demeter challenges you to explore it! Eleusis or Eleusina, as now known, one of the five sacred cities of antiquity enjoys the privilege of being located only thirty kilometers from the historic Athens. But let me refresh it! It could be the privilege of Athens to have so nearby a city full of life and history! Visit Virtual Tour


Even today’s visitors feel that they are in a sacred place as soon as they set foot in the Asklepieion of Epidavros. The place where healing was a religious mystery. The sick were cured by the god Asklepios in their sleep (enkoimesis) or received from him instructions on the therapy they should follow. From the sixth century BC until the end of antiquity, hosts of people resorted to the Sanctuary of Asklepios in expectation that their prayers for healing would be heard and answered by the god. These were patients and pilgrims who arrived there bringing precious votive offerings from all parts of the then-known world. Visit Virtual Tour


Peering over the plain of Argolis, up there from the heights of the acropolis, one comes to terms with the superiority of the Mycenaean civilization. It reached its heyday in the Late Bronze Age (1350 - 1200 BCE) and then disappeared, leaving to eternity its legendary acropolis, built on an inaccessible, rocky hill between two ravines. The footprints of the Atreidai, the mythical royal dynasty, are visible to today's visitor and inspire awe in an era like ours, in which myth meets the history of the most important period of the ancient world. Visit Virtual Tour

Ancient Olympia

What can be said of Olympia and not sound like a cliché? The significance of the archaeological site is self-evident, even if one is not familiar with the fascinating historical details and the political background, which literally span thousands of years. Known to the world as the cradle of the Olympic ideal, this open-air museum of imposing ruins and unique artefacts tells a story of religious piety, fair play, political ambition, and demonstration of power. All the buildings you can still admire were erected to please the gods and send a message to the thousands of visitors who swarmed to the sacred grounds. Walking around the Stadium, the Gymnasium and the Temples of Zeus and Hera – both instrumental in the ritual and competitive part of the Games – modern visitors will be able to understand why the event remained relevant even when the rest of the Ancient World was long dead. As an added bonus to the splendour of the site, the Museum of Olympia boasts some of the most famous works of art produced in the long course of Hellenic culture. Visit Virtual Tour


Travelling in the Messenian land from Mount Taygetus to the coast, our glance dives, following the sunlight dipping onto the Messenian plain. From the mountainous volumes to the fertile valley, the olive groves and herbs, we see a landscape of culture, myth, and history, unfold before our eyes. In the heart of the region of Messenia, one town stands out: Ancient Messene. This "blissful plain" as Homer calls it, became a theatre of war and mythical narrations offering a viewpoint on the past and the present. Visit Virtual Tour