Tips on what to do and where to stay in Pelion Greece.

Vacations in Pelion

Pelion is a fantastic vacation location for any season. Green as well as hilly, as well as blessed with a stunning coastline, the peninsula is remarkable for visiting about as well as exploring, regardless of what time of the year it is. It is wonderful in the winter months, when the mountains are covered in a thick as well as grainy layer of snow. It is wonderful in springtime, when the green is greener, the blossoms are much more fragrant and also birds sing louder than anywhere else in Greece (or a minimum of, so it seems …). It is terrific in the summertime, when the mountains supply relief from the heat to those that don’t want to spend all their time on the many beautiful beaches. As well as it is great in the fall, when the colours of the forested mountain slopes are the most intense, while the apple, walnut and chestnut trees dropped their fruits.

The traditional villages of Pelion

Pelion is particularly popular for its flawlessly preserved villages, marked by their tall estates, the supposed archondika, built throughout the business boom of the 18th and 19th centuries. These are normally three-stories high, their initial two floorings built out of stone, originally made use of as storage area as well as winter rooms, and also a third flooring for the summer season, a larger building with numerous large home windows on 3 sides. Numerous have actually been converted into guesthouses, differing from ordinary and straightforward to stylish and also glamorous.

A scenic tour of Pelion

You can drive around the majority of Pelion in someday, however if you have the possibility you should take even more time and also split your remain between the west side, the east side and also the hills in the north, and check out as numerous villages as possible. You will certainly appreciate walking through cobbled lanes past old stone manors, tiny churches and numerous water fountains, purchasing local products in small shops, and also tasting typical meals on village squares.

Portaria, Makrinitsa and the ski centre

Beginning with the north, you ought to go and see Makrinitsa and also Portaria, 2 villages positioned at an altitude of regarding 600 m, halfway in between Volos and also the ski centre of Mount Pelion Convenient, blessed with an outrage setting and also amazing architecture, and also providing several places to remain, they tend to bring in a reasonable amount of visitors. Makrinitsa has sweeping views of Volos as well as the Pagasitikos Gulf. The primary square is a terrific place to stop for a dish.

About 12 kilometres after Portaria is the town of Hania (one more adorable one) and a bit additional on is the Agriolefkes ski resort. It is tiny (five lifts), yet it is recognized for the excellent snow high quality, and also it is fairly something to ski with a sea view! It additionally has a particularly eye-catching trail for cross-country winter sports.

Tsangarada, Mouressi as well as other villages on the Aegean side of Pelion

The eastern (Aegean) side of Pelion features the most effective beaches as well as stunning landscapes. Zagora in the north is the largest village; Horefto, established along a lengthy sandy coastline, is nice if you are interested in pure beach holidays; a little bit more south Mouresi is quiet as well as enchanting; Damouchari, a little angling port, is an excellent option to pick up lunch.

Additionally south, you get to Tsangarada, a team of communities set amidst plant and also ignoring the sea. Among those, Agia Paraskevi is understood for its magnificent 1000-year-old airplane tree (with a boundary of concerning 17 m!). Reputedly, it is the earliest as well as biggest in Greece. The neighborhoods are connected by cobbled courses– so bring your strolling shoes! But bring your beachwear too– drive down to the sea from Tsangarada as well as you will find some stunning coastlines.

The southerly part of Pelion.

From Tsangarada, the highway continues down for an additional 15 kilometres approximately, up until it bends in the direction of the west taking you to the opposite of the peninsula. You could leave the main road and also drive additionally south to Argalasti and also Lafkos. The area is not as remarkable as well as hilly as northern Pelion, but it is eco-friendly as well as peaceful and there behave beaches as well as tiny seaside areas to check out.

Milies, Vyzitsa (πηλιο ενοικιαζομενα δωματια ), Pinakates, Agios Georgios …

When crossing from the eastern side of Pelion to the western side, you must switch off the highway in the direction of Milies, the very first (or last) in a string of towns constructed along the southwestern slopes of Mount Pelion, ignoring the Pagasitikos Gulf. They are amongst the most genuine and stunning villages of Pelion, and also prominent amongst Athens weekenders, especially throughout the autumn and the wintertime.

In Milies, you can visit the craft gallery and also the library, though many people come right here to have lunch in the taverna at the old train station. During the summertime season, on Saturday and also Sunday, you can take a trip on the old train on the slim scale railway line (it takes you past impressive surroundings); if you come afterward, opt for a walk along the tracks. The roadway proceeds towards Vyzitsa, Pinikates as well as Agios Georgios, one also prettier than the various other. Vyzitsa provides most option in regards to holiday accommodation and locations to eat or consume, while the other 2 are perhaps a bit quieter on weekend breaks. Drop in them all.