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Lyrkeio

COUNTY: Arcadia, Argolis

Clear
2.29ºC

Height

1,000 - 2,000

Flora

Grasslands, Sclerophyllous bushes, Garrigues, Maquis, Colchicum Asteranthum, Hypecoum Imberbe, Ornithogalum Sibthorpii

Fauna

Birds

Protection Treaties

Natura 2000

Infrastracture

Climbing, Hiking, Trekking, Mountain Biking,

Between Argolida and Arcadia, Lyrkeio mountain is a part of the mountain chain that connects Corinth with the plains of Argolida. On the north of Lyrkeio is the mountain Trachy, on the south the mountain Artemisio, and on the west the plateau of Mantineia. Its highest point is at 1,755 metres, the peak called “Lesoviti”, and other important geographical locations are the peak of “Fragkokoukoura” at a height of 1,647 metres and the plateaus of Armenia and Goupata. It has a great view from the northwest, seeing Chelmos, Ntourntouvana, Oligyrtos and Gkrimpini mountain.

On Lyrkeio mountain, at 294 BC, the king of Sparta Archidamus IV defeated Demetrius I, called Poliorcetes or Besieger. The latter was a king of Macedon, son of Antigonus I, the first member of his dynasty to rule Macedonia.

The mountain is covered by rocky terrain on most parts, with forbidding rocks and screes, while its few trees are mostly comprised of wild conifers. It is also protected under the treaty Natura 2000, and is part of the 196 wildlife reserves of Greek birds. The protected bird belonging to the species Sylvia Rueppelli or Ruppell’s Warbler can be found in the area in abundance, but is endangered because of illegal hunting.

The villages Kefalovryso, Frousiouna and Lyrkeia are built on the mountain’s slopes.