The Gorge of Vyros


The Gorge of Vyros is one of the many gorges of the Peloponnese and is situated on the western slopes of Mount Taygetus, covering a distance of 19 kilometres and filled with firs, pines, cedars, cypresses and walnut trees. It begins from the village of Agios Panteleimon and ends up in the villages of Exohori and Tseria.

Beyond its obvious natural beauty, this gorge stands out also because of its historical importance. Reportedly, the Royal Route went through this gorge, connecting ancient Sparta with the port of Kardamyli. This route was widely used when the Spartans, during the Messinian Wars, lost the sovereignty of all their ports, except for that of Kardamyli.

Crossing the gorge can be a pleasant experience, since apart from the natural beauty there are also remnants from various periods, when people sought refuge here. Depending on the distance one wishes to cover, there are various starting points, each with its own degree of difficulty and peculiarities.