The classic hike to the refuge starts from Pigi Maganiari (980 m) where the asphalt road from Paleopanagia ends. At the Maganiari location there is spring water all year round and a large parking area set up by the Sparta Forestry Department. The path is well marked and passable and ideal during the summer months because it passes through the shade of the conifers. After crossing the forest road Maganiari – Pentavlon twice, we enter the path to the right and, following a small slope in the forest, we reach the spring of Tripoda, with its huge black pines. From here, turning left, the slope increases and higher (1,470 m) it meets the path E4 Katafygio – Lakkomata. After a while we reach the Varvara spring, the last one before the shelter and the summit, which usually dries up during the summer months. Leaving Varvara, we go out on a forest road where, turning right, after a while we reach the shelter at an altitude of 1,550 m.
From the refuge, after crossing the last wooded section of the route, we climb up a steep slope, called Anathema. After a while we reach the Lakkoma plateau. We cross the gully and reach the side of a Lakka, where the path makes a maneuver, and leaving the “Gouves” Lakka on the left, it heads towards the first zone of rocks. Continuing with maneuvers between the rocks, we reach the place “Plakes”, a large uphill belt, which we follow until the opening of the ridge, the “Doors”. From there we continue on the western side of the ridge to our left and after passing the chasm “Snow hole” following a more uphill path we reach the summit plateau. Where there is the ascepasted temple of Prophet Ilias and a group of stone huts around it (2,407 m).
Small picturesque villages with traditional architecture and attractions are easily accessible from the trail network. View all villages.
A look back at the history and culture of the wider area of Sparta through museums, archaeological sites, monuments to heroes, castles, and palaces. Discover more.
Authentic natural beauty, picturesque villages, rich vegetation and numerous endemic species of flora and fauna make up the landscape throughout the trail network of trails. Explore it.
Small and larger seasonal events take place in the trail network area. These celebrations usually have a historical, cultural, sporting, commercial and religious character depending on the region. View all events.
From Athens: 218 km, 2.5 hours
From Kalamata: 98 km, 1 hour
The route follows the A6 (Attiki Odos), A8 (Elefsina-Corinth) and A7 (Corinth-Tripoli) highways, and then the A71 (Lefktro-Sparti) highway.
From Athens: 226 km, 3.5 hours
From Kalamata: 102 km, 1 hour
KTEL Lakonia operates several daily routes to and from Athens. These routes also serve the Sparta-Tripoli and Sparta-Corinth lines.
From the airport
From Eleftherios Venizelos – Athens Airport: 248 km, 2.5 hours
From Kalamata airport: 96 km, 1 hour
The road transition from Kalamata to Sparta takes about an hour. The route follows the A7 highway (Kalamata-Tripoli) and then the A71 highway (Lefktro-Sparti).
For road access to the paths of the present study, the following road network can be used:
The Sparti – Logastra provincial road
The Spartis – Kalamata highway
The national road Spartis – Mystras
The Spartis – Gytheio national road
The Spartis-Mystra provincial road
Amykles-Kalyvia Sochas street
Kalyvia Sochas – Sochas street
Taygeti – Pergandaika street
The Mystras-Vlahochori street
Agios Ioannis-Anavrytis street
In addition to the above paved roads, there are a number of existing forest and rural roads, mainly dirt, which allow access to the existing paths.
Η περιοχή προσφέρει μεγάλη ποικιλία χώρων διαμονής για όλα τα γούστα. Μπορείτε να βρείτε πέτρινα παραδοσιακά σπίτια και ξενώνες, μικρά ξενοδοχεία, resorts πολυτελείας και ενοικιαζόμενα δωμάτια, στο Μυστρά, Παρόρι, στα Πικουλιάνικα, στην Τρύπη, στην Αναβρύτη και στην Ταϋγέτη.
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From the main local products of the Spartan land the following stand out: olives of the “Kalamon” variety & virgin olive oil, oranges, honey, wine with the typical Kydonitsa, Mavroudi, Roditis, Athiri and Agiorgitiko varieties, synglino, sausage, pasta, trout and salmon.
Some of the most typical traditional dishes that you can look for on your trip are: Bouzopoula, Kokoras bardouniotikos, Pitaroudes, Kayanas, Kolokythokorphades.
More info at exploresparta.gr
Hiking boots, hat, sunscreen, long pants, water at least 1.5 liters, food, compass, whistle, flashlight, knife or multi-tool, watch and baton. In winter, windproof jacket, waterproof and isothermal clothes.
We also suggest that you never walk alone and always have a first aid kit with you. A well-charged mobile phone will come in handy in difficult situations.
You can hike all year round, except in the winter months when snow may close some paths. Spring and autumn are considered the best seasons thanks to mild temperatures and colourful nature. Due to the altitude, the air can be strong and icy. In summer (July, August) it may be hot enough to walk.
It is important toBefore every hike we are informed about the weather conditions.
We do not stray from the boundaries of the path.
We use fireplaces and avoid fires.
We don’t leave trash. On the path we collect rubbish that may have been left by others.
We do not destroy the vegetation, we respect the historical monuments and the local populations.
We respect wild animals and do not feed them.
In the past, there were large mammals that today have disappeared such as bears, deer, roe deer, wolves and even the lynx. Today, 19 mammals have been observed in the mountain fauna, including the fox, badger, ferret, hare and hedgehog. Wildcat and jackal have also been reported although the population status of these species is not well documented. The only large mammal that is often seen is the wild boar.
In the event of the appearance of snakes, as a preventive measure, the hiker can be careful where he steps and where he puts his hands. If you encounter a snake, stay calm and keep a distance of at least two to three meters without disturbing it. In the event that you are bitten by a snake, stay calm, call 166 or 112 and take no action at all, except go to the health center with the help of an attendant. We recommend that you never walk alone.