Parnassos, the sacred mountain of Apollo and the Muses, lies nearest the sea. Seen from the south its a massive dome shaped group of peaks, about 25km long, with Liakoura being the highest at 2455m. The climate is more continental with relatively cool yet dry summers, a rainy autumn and mostly heavy winters with up to 4m of snow which can last for at least 2 months. There are high alpine pastures, bare rocks and screes and an impressive Abies cephalonica forest. Since 1938 part of Parnassos is a National Park, unfortunately it has been facing a lot of problems, the most important being the lack of a periphery where some basic restrictions will ensure its better protection.