Mount Ziria’s wild beauty is closely connected to mythology, as the cave located on the western side of the Flambouritsa valley is considered the birth-place of the messenger of the gods, Hermes. It is located at an altitude of 1.700m and extends to 1.200m2 and has 8 chambers and an impressive lithomatic decoration.
But the same mountain is also considered the birth-place of Hermes’ mother, Maia, one of the Pleiades, whose parents were Atlas and Pleione the Oceanid.
According to mythology, from the day he was born, Hermes wondered the earth in an effort to know the world. One of his first good deeds was the creation of the first lyre made of tortoise shell. Even today one of the peaks of Kyllini, is called Helidorea, which means turtle skinning, in memory of the technique used to build the musical instrument invented by Hermes.