Mt Taygetos is situated in the central peninsula of the 3 southern peninsulas of the Peloponnese. Seen from the plain of Sparta, the Taygetos are a magnificent range of steep jagged limestone and dolomite peaks covered in snow until late spring rising in the south to the conical summit of Profitis Ilias at 2407m. Lower forested foothills of semi-metamorphic rock surround the main massif and rise steeply out of the plain. These are pierced on their eastern flanks by deep gorges through which the snow melt water floods down into the Evrotas river in the plain of Sparta. There are at least 6 gorges which are of botanical interest.