Known as a mountain, but best described as a narrow range more than 115 kilometres long, it was called "perimēketon" by Homer, an adjective doing justice to the lofty mass towering above the basins of Megalopolis, Eurotas and Messenia. The origins of its pre-Hellenic name are impossible to trace, but a mythological aetiology adequately fills the gap. From the union of Taygete, one of the Pleiads, and Zeus, the eponymous hero of Sparta, Lacedaemon, was born. Legend has it that, scorned by her archetypally unfaithful lover, the Pleiad renounced her immortality and jumped off a cliff, thus paving the way for many fictional and factual characters alike, who would follow her tragic fate in centuries to come. If you decide to spend a few days walking around the majestic landscape, you will realise that many of the geographical features are named after creatures of myth and legendary locals of royal or humble status (Fairy Mountains, Barbara's cave, Vassiliki's forest, to name but a few). The range covers an area of 2,542 square kilometres, crowned by Profitis Ilias (Greek for the Prophet Elias), the highest peak in the Peloponnese (2,407 metres of altitude at the local landmark known as the "Pyramid", due to its almost perfect pyramid shape). It is home to 28 endemic plants, of which 11 species can only be found in Taygetus and one more mountain in Greece. Another 120 species are typical of Greek alpine ecosystems. It should be mentioned that the wider area of Central and South Peloponnese is an impressive ecosystem of 700 species. There are four distinct zones over which the species are spread. Up to 750 metres of altitude, we find the Zone of Mediterranean shrubs; next comes the Mountain Zone (up to 1,650 metres). As we move further up towards the peak, the Subalpine Zone (up to 2,000 metres) prepares visitors for the glacial glory of the last zone, the Alpine. The natural geographical characteristics of the landscape (naturally formed paths, ravines and gorges) merge with manmade structures old bridges, monasteries and forgotten archaeological sites to compose a unique setting for hikers, climbers and visitors who simply want to admire the flora and fauna still thriving in one of the most unspoilt landscapes in Greece. Rare butterflies and lizards, wild bores, beech martens, foxes, badgers, Bonelli's eagles, golden eagles, stone partridges, and woodpeckers find their ideal habitat among wild cedar trees, wild peach trees, maple trees, and kermes oaks, anemones, cyclamens, firs and century-old black pines. The beautiful reserve connects the southern limits of Arcadia with the wilder and somewhat drier area of Mani, which extends to the southernmost tip of the middle arm of the Peloponnese peninsula. A natural barrier stretching from Porto Kagio and Gerolimenas to the centre of the Peloponnese, it separates two blessed regions, the Laconian and the Messenian territories: rivals since ancient times, joined today in a common effort to preserve the natural wealth of the region and protect it from illegal hunting and overbuilding The steep, almost vertical limestone slopes, where the higher part of the mountain is formed by crystalline limestone slabs (and, occasionally, dolomitic lime), as well as the east side, formed of schist and phyllite rock, are deeply slashed by gorges of all sizes; the most significant ones are Langada, Vyros, and Rintomo.


Mystras Virtual Tour


Mystras Virtual Tour



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