The Flabouritsa Ravine and the Cave of Hermes
The mountainous side of Corinthia is a beloved destination with enchanting hiking trails and landscapes of unparalleled beauty. Here lies Mount Ziria or Kyllini (2,374 m), the highest mountain in Corinthia and the second highest in the Peloponnese, after Mount Taygetos.
Endless forests cover a large part of the mountain. The Black Pine and the Kefalonian Fir dominate and create a lush landscape. In that area also grow Oak, Elm and Plane trees and many rare and even endangered plants and wildflowers.
One of the most beautiful paths is the path that crosses the Flabouritsa Ravine.
The Flabouritsa Ravine is one of the most impressive sights of the peaks of Ziria and it’s the most lively and untouched part of the mountain. The area is also a part of the Natura 2000 network and is crossed by River Sythas, which is poured into the sea of Xylokastro.
We will cross the ravine and also visit the cave of Hermes at 1750 meters high. According to mythology, in this cave Mea, daughter of Atlas, gave birth to the winged messenger of the gods, Hermes. In fact, Pausanias the geographer states that at the top of the mountain was one of the few ancient sanctuaries dedicated to the winged god, who was known here as Hermes Kyllinios.
Route length: Approximately 18km
Duration: Approximately 8 hours