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Cave " Refuge of Vatsinidi"
The forest of Vasiliki
The forest of Vasiliki is in a natural «fortress» of Taygetos in the
west of the Messinia-Lakonia boundary and 6 km south of its highest peak, Prophet
Elias. Administratively, it belongs to the municipality of Exochorio and it is
controlled by the Forest Inspectorate of Kalamata while it covers an area of 10900
stremmata and it lies at altitudes from 950m to 2000m.
It has an oval shape and the Stream of Vasiliki or Stream of Vyros
flows through it. It passes through Vyros and flows into the Messinian Gulf, close
to Kardamyli. The climate of the forest is «continental» with harsh winters and
cool summers and the hot days of summer are followed by cold nights. Snowfall
is present from December to February and the snow which reaches heights of 2m,
is kept for weeks. Fog is also common and the winds are north-westerly.
The rock of the ground is calcareous (of limestone) on the highlands
and crystalline slate at lower altitudes which form clay-marmarygium grounds with
good natural qualities for forest vegetation.
The forest is on the thermal boundaries of the cold zone of vegetation
that thrives on water. The main forest products are PINUS NIGRA (black pine) and
ABIES CEPHALONIGA (cephallenean fir). It belongs to the botanic-social formation
of the less heat-thriving Mediterranean conifers. In the slate part of the ground
the forest is covered by black pine while at higher altitudes there are clusters
Access to the forest from Messinia is only feasible by car via Kardamyli-Proastio-Exochorio
or Neochorio Lefktrou-Saedona, while from Lakonia via Gythio-Kokkina Louria-St.Nikolao-Kastania.
This text is cited March 2003 from the Messenia Prefecture Tourism Promotion Commission URL below, which contains image.
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