After the last houses of Xirokampi and as we leave behind the bridge of Rasinas, the gorge of Anakolo begins before us. It is integrated in the Natura 2000 network as an area of outstanding natural beauty, it hosts about twenty different species of vegetation that are not found anywhere else in the world and several endemic species of fauna.
Its beauty is due to its gigantic rocks that create strange natural formations, as they rise to our right as well as to the countless shades of green and the gurgling waters, which make the gorge imprinted in our memory strongly.
The gorge of Taygetos is one of the few gorges that can be reached by car. Our suggestion is to try this route on foot or even better by bike because despite the difficulty of the uphill the sight of this experience will reward you.
Continuing the upward course and after 6.5 km we reach the traditional settlement of Koymoystas, a village that experienced its great prosperity in the years of Byzantium, arrived at some time to have two thousand inhabitants, began to be abandoned after the fall of Mystras and finally deserted completely just before the end of the civil War. A beautiful village full of stone-built cobbled streets that ascend through stone houses, marble fountains and Byzantine chapels.
The adventure can continue since Koumousta starts some of the hiking trails of Taygetos to the Holy Monastery of Golas, through the lush canyon of Larnakias, passing over stone bridges, next to small waterfalls that They form natural swimming pools and it takes about an hour and to the Pentylans where during the winter time one can distinguish the water to gushes through five points of the rocks, hence their name. Clearly more difficult route with a duration of about two hours.
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