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Pelion Travel Guide
History
Pelion Name

Pelium or Pelion was named after the mythical God Peleus who was the king of Aegina and father of Achilles. Peleus fell madly in love with Thetis and got married in the area where Pelion now stands, thus named the region Pelium.

Pelion inhabitants

The Prehistoric Period
Pelion is part of the prefecture of Thessaly where Neolithic settlements of advanced fortifications, tools and artistic objects have been found during excavations dating back to 5000 B.B.
The town of Iolkos was considered one of the most important towns of the settlement during 2500-1200 BC with its own port along with Alos, a smaller maritime town.

The Historical Period
Even though during the prehistoric period these two towns seemed to be of crucial importance, at the beginning of the historical period and after the besiegement of Philip V of Macedonia they started to decline and the port of Pyrasus became the commercial centre of the region.

Post-Classical Times
The town of Demetriada is founded in the region by King Demetrius Poliorcetes in 293 BC, a town with promising importance that falls under the Roman domination and loses its strength around 194 B.C.

Byzantine Period
No flourishing of any kind is recorded during that period in the region of Thessaly and the constant invasions of foreigners such as the Goths and the Huns causes the fortifications of most towns in Thessaly by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian and the establishment of the Kastro of Golos at the same location where the town of Iolkos used to stand.

Pelion Independence

Pelion tries to win its independence on the 7th of May in 1821 with its participation in the Greek revolution under the lead of Kyriakos Basdekis, an attempt resulting to a bloodbath. A second strive for independence was attempted with no result in March 1854 and Pelion eventually becomes independent on the 2nd of November in 1881 with the help of the British and other foreign allies. During the Second World War inhabitants immigrate to other regions of Greece but the exceptional beauty of the place attracts tourists from all over the world and begins again to flourish in all areas of development.

Pelion Domination

In 1204 Thessaly is conquered by the Latin Kingdom of Thessalonica until 1222 that goes under the domination of despot Epirus, in 1393 is occupied by the Turks and, in 1655, the Venetian admiral conquers the kastro (castle) of Golos until Pelion is led to independence by the clergyman Anthimos Gazis.

Mythology
Mythology

Pelion is well known for its mythological importance. It is the mountain where the battle of the Giants took place as well as the summer retreat of the Olympian Gods. It was the motherland of Chiron the Centaur, a mythical creature that taught archery, the art of war and music to some of the most renowned heroes of mythology such as Hercules, Achilles and Jason.

Pelion was also a favourable ancient wedding venue where Peleus and Thetis chose to be wed and the home of the first beauty pageant ever between Hera, Athena and Aphrodite. Even the legendary journey of Jason and his Argonauts started off from the beautiful region of Pelion.

Hotels
Sightseeing
East Pelion

Tsagarada
Nuzzled amidst a chestnut wood forest, Tsagarada is a beautiful traditional village of Pelion characterized by houses with large fragrant gardens and a huge, almost ancient, old tree in the heart of Agia Paraskevi's square. It is divided into 4 settlements, each with its own church and picturesque square: Taxiarches with the distinguishing marble fountain, Agia Paraskevi with its imposing arched fountain, Agia Kyriaki with its beautiful bell tower and Agios Stefanos. While in the area it is also worth visiting the position of Agnanti offering amazing views to the Gulf of Damouchari, the old castle of Karavostasia, used as an old fortress built for the protection from pirate attacks, the church of Panagia Megalomata within a cave filled with stalactites, Krifo Scholio, the secret school that operated during the Turkish domination, the monument of Pelion's three benefactors set on the central road of the village and Nanopoulios school which serves as a primary school and cultural centre.

Zagora
Zagora is one of the most famous and most beautiful villages of Pelion with ruins of an ancient castle and a necropolis showing its vivid past. Also known as the Homeric town of Thaumaka, Zagora has been a major trade and cultural centre within the 17th and 18th century. Worth visiting while in the village are the church of Agia Kyriaki with its curved iconostasis, the Hellenomuseum, school of Rigas Feraios and the Zagora library hosting more than 10,000 books and 150 manuscripts. Zagora is also renowned for the great apples it produces that are considered to be some of the best in the world.

Kissos
Kissos is a traditional village with a cobbled little square featuring the triune-aisled basilica of Agia Marina dating back to 1650 that is a must see attraction.

Xourichti
Xourichti is a cultural village in Pelion hosting the open theatre of Xourichti housing theatrical performances, concerts and festivals throughout the year. Other worth seeing sites include the picturesque square of the village as well as the churches of the Koimisis of Theotokos, Agios Apostolos and Agios Dimitrios.

West Pelion

Portaria
Portaria is a gorgeous picturesque village with running waters, waterfalls and abundant greenery. Through history it has been a very prosperous settlement, famous for its silk products, the great big mansions and renowned settlers such as the French trade consul, Barthelemy. Some of the places and sites worth seeing while in the village include the spring of Mana, Karavos waterfall and the traditional fountains. Traditional paved squares such as the square of Adamenas, Melina Merkouri and Taxiarchon square are some of the places one should visit to enjoy great local delicacies at the regional taverns, and ice-cold drinks at the cafés and bars in the most enchanting of atmospheres. The byzantine chapel of Panagia Portarea and the nunnery of Panagia Odigitria are of great historical importance. The ruins of hotel Theoxenia, one of the most luxurious hotels in the Balkan region before the war denotes the greatness of the village.

Makrinitsa
Hanging from the verdant cliffs of the mountain Makrinitsa is a dreamy settlement also known as the balcony of Pelion due to the amazing views to Volos and the Pagasitic gulf one can admire while visiting. It is blessed with abundant greenery, dotted with great big mansions and noble homes and stone paved climbing streets all the way to the top of the mountain. The squares of Brani as well as the central square of the village with the marble fountain are engulfed by exceptional natural beauty and offer amazing views along with some of the most delectable local specialties at the regional taverns and cafes. The monastery of Theotokos, the Museum of Folk Art and History as well as the tower of Tsotinioti in the region of Koukourava embracing the authentic traditional architecture are also some must-see attractions.

Ski Centre Agriolefkes
Nestled in a dense forest it is one of the first ski centres in Greece with ski lifts that will take you all the way to the top. It is the ideal place for skiing and snowboarding as well as for moments of relaxation in the cosy cafes.

Central Pelion

Milies
Engulfed by the verdurous landscape and the sweet smell of apples Milies takes its name from the numerous apple trees found in the area. It is a beautiful picturesque village with paved alleys, cobbled pathways, well-preserved mansions and beautiful gardens. While in the village of Milies travellers must visit the Mountzouris train station, the public library of Milies housing more than 3,500 books and manuscripts, the Folklore Museum featuring an important collection of arts and crafts, the temple of Taxiarhes with its unique paintings, the church of Agios Nikolaos "Neomartiras", the grave of Grigorios Konstantas and the central square where they can enjoy some local specialties and ice cold drinks.

Vizitsa
Similarly exceptional as the rest of the villages of Pelion Vizitsa is a village one should definitely pay a visit to. The gorgeous architectural style and traditional manor houses, the stone cobbled central square with the covered stone fountain create a picture perfect setting for visitors to enjoy. The church of Zoodochos Pigi as well as the monastery of Agios Lavrentios, the churches of Agios Georgios, Agios Vlassios in the neighbouring areas and the neoclassical fountain in the central square of Pinakates are also worth your while.

South Pelion

Argalasti
Argalasti can also be called the village of running waters with so many fountains such as Agios Ioannis, Coueni, Chatzi, Mirivriti that will give you a sense of exhilaration right from the start. Within the village one can also find the triforium basilica church of Agioi Apostoli with its magnificent bell tower and the settlement of Katsilochori. In the surrounding areas worth noting are the Rodia stream, Karydi & Ammourtsia bridges and the Deep Cave.

Paou
Paou is mostly known for its beautiful beach and the church of Agios Nikolaos with its striking fountain.

Syki
Syki is a traditional village with a picturesque central square and the convent of Timios Prodromos.

Chorto
Similarly to Argalasti, Chorto is also a village of running waters with many fountains such as that of Giannakou, Dialetara, Kalivioti, Nanaki, Spanodimou that are worth seeing.

The village of Lefokastro
Lefokastro is a peaceful coastal village ideal for relaxation and tranquillity.

Volos

Volos is the coastal port city of Thessaly set in the heart of the Greek mainland. Combining the mysticism of the sea with the magnificence of the mountain, Volos is an ideal holiday destination with myriads of entertainment choices for travellers to enjoy. While visiting Volos make sure to:

Eat & Drink
TYPE: Taverna,   STYLE: Traditional Greek Cuisine
Location: Milies


TYPE: Bar,   STYLE: Contemporary Mediterranean Cuisine
Location: Milies


TYPE: Taverna,   STYLE: Traditional Greek Cuisine
Location: Vizitsa


TYPE: Taverna,   STYLE: Mediterranean & International Cuisine
Location: Kato Gatzea


TYPE: Taverna,   STYLE: Traditional Greek Cuisine
Location: Makrinitsa


TYPE: Restaurant,   STYLE: Mediterranean & International Cuisine
Location: Agios Ioannis


TYPE: Taverna,   STYLE: Traditional Greek Cuisine
Location: Milies


TYPE: Taverna,   STYLE: Traditional Greek Cuisine
Location: Tsagkarada


TYPE: Taverna,   STYLE: Traditional Greek Cuisine
Location: Tsagkarada


TYPE: Hotel Restaurant,   STYLE: Traditional Greek Cuisine
Location: Milies


TYPE: Bar - Restaurant,   STYLE: Contemporary Mediterranean Cuisine
Location: Tsagkarada


TYPE: Bar - Restaurant,   STYLE: Traditional Greek Cuisine
Location: Milina


TYPE: Taverna,   STYLE: Traditional Greek Cuisine
Location: Kala Nera


TYPE: Café & Bar,   STYLE: Lounge & Atmospheric
Location: Portaria


TYPE: Hotel Restaurant,   STYLE: Traditional Greek Cuisine
Location: Portaria


Practical info
General Info

CLIMATE
Pelion has both mild summers and winters due to its exceptional location amidst the mountains and the sea and it is generally known for its healthy climate.

TELEPHONE
The national prefix for Greece is +30 if you are calling from abroad. All numbers in the capital of Athens start with the prefix 210 and are followed by 8 digits (e.g. 210-3227400).

The Area Code for Pelion is: +30 24260. If you wish to call abroad, you have to start by dialling the other country's national prefix (i.e. 0049 for Germany, 0044 for England etc.) and continue with the area code and the number where you wish to call.

CURRENCY
Euro €
Euro Coins:
1 and 2 euro coins (gold and silver colour)
10, 20 and 50 cents (gold colour) 1, 2 and 5 cents (copper colour)
1 euro = 100 cents/centimes
Euro Bank Notes: Are available in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. It is not always easy to receive change for 200 and 500 Euro Notes

Getting there
BY AIR

During the summer months travellers can arrive to Pelion via the airport of Volos, named Anhialos, situated 35 km from the town of Volos. The airport of Skiathos is also a very convenient way to reach Pelion throughout the year. The trip from Athens to Skiathos lasts 35 minutes and from there one has to take the flying dolphin, the hydrofoil or the ferry to get to the harbour of Volos in approximately 1:30 hour or 2:30 hours respectively.

Olympic Airways: +30 24210 20910, 24210, 24910, www.olympicair.com
Nea Anchialos airport: +30 24280 76886
Skiathos airport: +30 24270 22954, 24270 23300

You can also fly direct to Volos with Ryanair, for example by:
- Brussels Charleroi
- Milan Bergamo

From Amsterdam fly direct to Volos with transavia.com.
There are also direct flights several times a week to Volos from:
- Berlin
-Dusseldorf
-Hamburg
-Nuremberg
-Vienna

BY BOAT
The port of Volos is the third largest port in Greece. There are ferry boats, hydrofoils and flying dolphins from and to the islands of Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos.

BY BUS
The Ktel (long distance) buses serve many routes to and from the city of Volos both from Athens and Thessaloniki as well as Patra and other smaller cities of Greece. The busses leave from the central Bus Terminal (Liosion Str., Athens) and the journey lasts approximately 4 to 5 hours.
Likewise, the trip lasts 3 hours from the Macedonian Bus terminal station of Thessaloniki.
Athens KTEL Tel.: +30 210 8317186-8329585
Thessaloniki KTEL Tel.: +30 2310 543087
Patra KTEL Tel.: +30 2610 222164

BY TRAIN
Travelers can reach Volos with the Greek National Railway (OSE) from Athens, Patra and Thessaloniki. The duration of the trip from Athens to Volos is approximately 4-8 hours depending if you travel with a regular or express train.
OSE Athens Tel.: +30 210 5240646
OSE Patra Tel.: +30 2610 639108
OSE Thessaloniki Tel.: +30 2310 517517
OSE Volos Tel.: +30 24210 23519

BY CAR
You can reach Volos by car following the National road E 75 Patra-Athens-Thessaloniki or the National road E92 from Igoumenitsa to Larissa and then to Volos.
Distances in km:
Athens-Volos 309 km
Thessaloniki-Volos 211 km
Igoumenitsa-Volos 371 km
Patra-Volos 546 km

Local Transportation

Pelion is an enchanting region so it is advised to rent a car in order to visit all unique places and stunningly beautiful beaches at your own pace and convenience.

RENT A CAR OR MOTORBIKE
There are many car rental agencies around the area of Pelion and Volos from which you can rent a car or motorbike and explore all the beauties that this enchanting region has to offer in the best and most convenient way.

TAXI
There are several taxis throughout Pelion and Volos which you can use for your transfers around the region.
Radio Taxi of Volos: +30 24210 27777, 37880-3

SEA-TAXI
A sea taxi service is available from the small seashore hamlet of Mikro to the picturesque village of Platania only during the peak summer season.

LOCAL BUSES
Local buses are very limited in Pelion therefore, if you are planning to use this way of transportation, you need to make sure that you know where the bus stops are located and the exact time schedule for the bus routes.

Local Services

There are several banks and ATMs around the region of Pelion as well as in the city of Volos.

BANKS & ATMS
ATMs can be found in the area of Portaria, Kala Nera, Kato Lechonia, Argalasti, Lavkos, Tsangarada and of course the city of Volos. The villages' ATMs though are not always in service or they might be out of cash especially during the peak summer or winter seasons so make sure you don't wait until the last minute to arrange your finance.

Find below some indicative bank branches and ATMs in Volos and the wider region of Pelion (including the villages in the area).

Alpha Bank
Volos, Iasonos 60,
38221, Volos Greece
Tel.: +30 24210 27261

EFG Eurobank Ergasias
Volos, Iasonos 69,
38333, Volos Greece
Tel.: +30 24210 39750

National Bank of Greece
Volos, Iasonos 50,
38333, Volos Greece,
Tel.: +30 24210 90801

Emporiki Bank
Portaria,
37011, Pelion Greece
Tel.: +30 24280 99946

Agricultural Bank of Greece
Zagora,
37001, Pelion Greece
Tel.: +30 24260 22500

EFG Eurobank Ergasias A.E. (ATM)
Tsagarada,
37012, Pelion Greece
Tel.: +30 24260 49600

National Bank of Greece
Agria, Papandreou Andrea 2,
37300, Pelion Greece
Tel.: +30 24280 92351

EFG Eurobank Ergasias A.E.
Agria, Dimokratias 163,
37300, Pelion Greece
Tel.: +30 24280 91803

MONEY EXCHANGE
Currency can be exchanged in banks, post offices, travel agencies as well as some hotels that can be found throughout the Pelion region and the numerous villages.

POST OFFICE

The Greek post office is called ELTA and you can find the main post office of Pelion region in the city of Volos at 209 Dimitriados street, 38221. The post office performs money transactions and cash currency exchange. Post Boxes in Greece are YELLOW for normal post, usually with 2 slots for INTERNAL POST (meaning inside Greece) and post for ABROAD. RED Post Boxes are rarer and they are used for URGENT mail. REGISTERED mail is always handled and given a receipt for at the POST OFFICE.

Post office Tel: +30 24210 25048
There are also many post offices scattered around the villages of Pelion such as:
Agios Ioannis: +30 24260 49215
Agria: +30 24280 92599
Ano/Kato Lexonia: +30 24280 92599
Argalasti: +30 24230 54252
Zagora:
+30 24260 22682
Makrinitsa: +30 24280 99104
Platanias: +30 24230 65394

POLICE STATION

The main police station of the Pelion region is situated in Volos and there are more police stations at most of the surrounding villages.
Police Authority of Volos
28th October 179, Volos, 38221
Tel.: +30 24210 39061

MUNICIPALITY OF PELION
The region of Pelion is divided in 3 municipalities, the municipality of Volos, the municipality of South Pelion and the Municipality of Zagora-Mouresi.

MUNICIPALITY OF VOLOS
Rigas Feraios Square 38001
Tel.: +30 24213-50100

MUNICIPALITY OF SOUTH PELION
370 06 Argalasti
Tel.no. +30 2423054990

MUNICIPALITY OF ZAGORA-MOURESI
37001 Zagora
Tel.: +30 24263 50114

Useful numbers


INTERNATIONAL PRESS
In Pelion and the greater area of Volos there are many convenient stores and book stores from where travellers can buy all kinds of newspapers, books and magazines in both Greek and foreign languages.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

HEALTH
There is a General hospital in the city of Volos and many rural clinics and health centres throughout the region of Pelion. Almost each village of the municipality has at least one clinic or health centre.

Volos General Hospital
"Achillopoulion"
Tel.: +30 24210 94200-20
Fax: +30 24210 36870
E-mail: info@volos-hospital.gr

Some of the Rural Clinics and Health Centres of the regional villages:
Agios Lavrendios Rural Clinic: +30 24280 96222
Anilio Clinic: +30 24260 31210
Ano / Kato Lechonia Rural Clinic: +30 24280 93204
Argalasti Health Centre: +30 24233 50010, +30 24230 54611
Vizitsa Clinic: +30 24230 73757
Drakia Rural Clinic: +30 24280 93022
Zagora Health Centre: +30 24260 22222, +30 24263 50010
Kala Nera Clinic: +30 24230 86666
Kalamaki Health Centre: +30 24230 54611
Kalamos Health Centre: +30 24210 54611
Kastri Clinic: +30 24210 71222
Kato Gatzea Clinic: +30 24210 86204

PHARMACY
There are many pharmacies around the Pelion region in many of the surrounding villages as well as in the city of Volos.

Swim
Relaxing beach Escape
Location:Kamari

The golden sand, the emerald waters and verdant surroundings make this beach a tranquil sanctuary for peaceful moments of summer relaxation. Visitors are invited to dive in the crystalline waters or unwind on the sun kissed shore. It is an ideal spot for daily excursions for those wishing to enjoy a break from their daily routines and escape in a pure and serene environment.


Remote Seclusion
Location:Ovrios

Set in a spectacular natural environment Ovrios is a beach that will definitely be admired by adventurists due to its close proximity to a picturesque gorge with running waters and the beautiful stone bridge of Diakoumis. This beach is suggested for free camping, swimming and sunbathing and it is certain that its stunning setting within the glorious nature will captivate the heart of all travellers.


Scenic beach Hideaway
Location:Elitsa

Elitsa is a quiet small and picturesque beach ideal for diving, fishing and camping within the gracious natural environment. Offering easy access to bathers it is the perfect spot to escape and unwind for a day or camp for the night with your family and friends. Green trees and bushes offer some shade to the swimmers after swimming under the sizzling sun.


Long Stretch of Heaven
Location:Chorefto

Horefto is a large sandy beach with many facilities and conveniences for travellers to enjoy a calm and relaxing swim. Bathers looking for seclusion can walk a little further to the north where they can find a series of smaller scenic beaches. Situated near the village of Zagora it is a favourable summer spot for swimming and bathing excursions for the entire family.


Enchanting coast within lush slopes
Location:Agioi Saranta

Agioi Saranta is a beautiful sandy-pebbled beach, quite easily accessed, offering many facilities such as sunbeds and umbrellas to bathers. The imposing verdant hill behind the beach provides some additional natural shade to swimmers and, along with the crystalline emerald waters, it creates a picture perfect setting for a relaxing day in the sun. We suggest that you visit the beach early enough to find a place to park your car!


Exotic Calm Retreat
Location:Plaka

Set in a verdurous landscape engulfing the golden sand and smooth pebbles as well as the cobalt blue waters of the sea this beach offers a heavenly summer retreat. Some umbrellas and other facilities make this beach a perfect place for beach excursions and relaxing escapes. Plaka can be reached through a path found at the left part of Agios Ioannis beach or by the road leading to Edem Hotel. A parking area is available for the further convenience of visitors.


A busy and popular coast
Location:Agios Ioannis

In a chrming setting of cobalt blue waters, geryish sand and pebbles and the busy settlement of Agios Ioannis, lies the homonymous beach. Ideal for a families, Agios Ioannis is a summer hot spot attracting both locals and international travellers that can reside in one of the many hotel units that can be found by the seashore. Mind to visit the beach when winds are not blowing as it faces the open sea and may get high waves.


An amazing large and wide coast
Location:Papa Nero

In an endless stretch of sand travellers are welcome to unwind and enjoy the marvellous setting. Situated right by the beach of Agios Ioannis Papa Nero is a popular bathing spot especially during high season. Despite the crowds its great length gives ample of space for bathers to relax and children to play around the beach. The ash grey sand and tranquil crystalline waters make this beach a perfect place for swimming and snorkelling adventures.


Perfect combination of Wilderness & Charm
Location:Damouchari

In a blessed natural environment travellers are welcome to dive in the crystalline waters and enjoy the exquisite stony morphology of the seabed. This beach does not get very crowded despite its easy access and therefore offers the perfect spot for free camping. The beautiful landscape and crystal clear emerald waters create a picturesque setting that will make you feel part of nature. The coast is acceesed through a paved path that passes throughout the picturesque village of Damouchari. Defintely a path you should take!


Definitely the hidden treasure of Pelion!
Location:Fakista

This is one of the most favourable beaches of Pelion. Its limited access and secluded location make it a very unique choice for swimming and snorkelling adventures. Once you visit it though you will be rewarded by the crystalline turqoise waters, the magical surroundings and the divine feeling of serenity. The cave of “kryfo sxolio” (the secret school that was held during the Ottoman domination) is situated nearby and makes of a great educational expedition.


Picturesque & imposing: the ultimate beach pleasure
Location:Milopotamos

Engulfed by pine trees and massive rocks Mylopotamos is a white sandy and pebbled beach with emerald crystal clear waters attracting thousands of visitors throughout the summer months. Divided into two sections connected by a winding path passing through a small hall carved in the slope, this beach is a gorgeous organized retreat for diving and snorkelling adventures as well as swimming and sunbathing. Absolutely among the must-visit coasts, ideal for daily summer excursions and family fun.


The crossroads of paths leading to scenic places
Location:Limnionas

   
Limnionas is a picturesque sandy-pebbled beach with many rocks leading to winding paths through verdant landscapes ideal for hiking expeditions. This beautiful beach offers a heavenly escape for travellers wishing to enjoy true moments of peacefulness. A traditional tavern, cafes as well as sun loungers and umbrellas are available on the beach inviting travellers to unwind within the tranquil surroundings.


An oasis of calmness & tranquility
Location:Lampinou

Set in a fascinating, quite exotic environment the beach of Lambinou welcomes bathers to succumb in its emerald crystalline waters, unwind on the golden sandy coast and sunbathe in a relaxing and tranquil environment. With no facilities available the beach offers true calmness and tranquillity for serene summer escapes and moments of pure relaxation by the gorgeous seashore.


Crystalline Tranquility
Location:Pantazi Sand

Pantazis beach is a tranquil pebbled beach surrounded by verdant hills, completely unorganized offering total relaxation to bathers. It is a long beach with crystalline waters, easy access and big rocks within the water so it is not suggested for families with young children. Those who decide to visit this beach should bring along all necessities since no supplies are available nearby.


Big rocks, thin sand and hiking paths all in one!
Location:Potistikon

Set amidst a fascinating rocky environment Potistikon beach is a large beach of fine sand, smooth pebbles and crystal clear waters. In a nice and relaxing atmosphere travellers are welcome to swim, sunbathe, dive from the great big rocks on the seashore or partake in water sports adventures. The beach leads to a small hiking path ideal for those who enjoy exploring nature.


Impressive scenic beauty
Location:Melani

The spectacular rock formations in the sea, the golden sand and crystalline cobalt waters create an environment of pure bliss ideal for swimming, diving and snorkelling excursions. Despite its easy access and large size it is not suggested for families due to the stony seabed. A hiking path from the beach leads to the neighbouring beach of Potistika, a perfect start point for nature lovers to set off for an expedition through nature.


Faschinating scenic charm
Location:Mourtias

Engulfed by spectacular rock formations that continue within the sea Mourtias beach is a small beach nuzzled in a unique landscape. Easily accessible it offers the perfect place for a relaxing swim and sunbathing under the dazzling sun. The sandy beach and clean waters make it ideal for family excursions and relaxing escapes. It is advised to bring some necessities along since the beach is completely unorganized.


Amazing views on a picturesque setting
Location:Paltsi

Palatsi, also known as Ag. Konstantinos is a beautiful sandy-pebbled beach with crystal blue waters that attracts many visitors during the summer months yet remains uncrowded. The two rocks within the waters and the beautiful river running from the mountain all the way to the sea create a picturesque setting for moments of complete relaxation. The beach offers incredible views to the islands of Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonnisos.


Picturesque golden serenity
Location:Katigiorgis

This is a small sandy beach, easily accessible, situated right in front of the homonymous settlement that offers a serene escape for travellers wishing to enjoy some peaceful time on the beach. The crystalline waters and sea front taverns invite bathers for mouth-watering meals after their relaxing swim, in view of the island of Skiathos and the other Sporadic islands seen at a distance.  


The perfect choice for sunbathing
Location:Lyri

This is a beautiful beach offering easy access to visitors. Completely unorganized it features a tranquil environment with crystal clear waters and smooth golden sand for bathers enjoying to sunbathe and swim in a relaxing atmosphere. The surrounding rocky hills are ideal for diving while the calm and tranquil ambience invites swimmers to enjoy a sedate escape in a blissful beach sanctuary.


Windsurfer's Paradise
Location:Kastri

Kastri is a beautiful beach with smooth pebbles and golden sand offering easy access to swimmers. Its calm ambience and sedate surroundings make it an ideal place for organized camping, swimming and windsurfing adventures. Bathers can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere, dive in the crystal clear waters or lay under the sun kissed sky with their family and friends.


Scenic natural serenity
Location:Platania

Platanias is a small, quiet and sandy beach in front of the homonymous settlement offering a variety of facilities to swimmers. It boasts an organized camping site and it is also a departing point for the island of Skiathos to where organized trips are arranged. The scenic natural environment makes it an ideal place for moments of relaxation under the sun, tranquil swims and sunbathing.


A cosmopolitan coast!
Location:Kato Lechonia

Kato Lechonia is the very first beach one will encounter on his way to Pelion from Volos. Similarly to all other beaches of Pelion it is a very clean beach with golden sand and crystal clear waters. Swimmers have many entertainment options and are invited to quench their thirst at some of the many bars and cafes nearby. Set in a calm and relaxing environment it is an ideal spot to stop for a swim.


Calm and popular at the same time!
Location:Mikro

Regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches of Pelion, Mikro is a gorgeous calm beach with fine golden sand and smooth pebbles set in an outstanding natural environment. It is a quiet popular summer spot ideal for swimming and sunbathing with local taverns serving traditional local specialties. Despite its size it attracts many visitors seeking a relaxing break due to its tranquil and serene ambiance.


Quiet haven of tranquility
Location:Kato Gatzea

Situated in the scenic settlement of Kato Gatzea, the beach of Kato Gatzea is a beautiful small beach with sand and fine pebbles. The clear waters of the sea attract many visitors, both locals and tourists alike. Its picturesque setting exudes a feeling of serenity and peace for swimmers seeking a relaxing environment where they can swim in the tranquil emerald waters and unwind under the sun.


Relax and enjoy the vivid environment
Location:Platanidia

Platanidia is a small, narrow pebbled beach offering a serene escape for swimmers wishing to bathe in its tranquil crystalline waters and relax under the sun. Set in the homonymous settlement the beach offers some facilities while several options of cafes, taverns and accommodation can be found nearby. It's easy access makes it a favourable swimming spot for both locals and tourists alike.


Popular beach resort
Location:Kala Nera

The green high eucalyptus trees, the emerald waters of the sea and the fine golden sand create a blissful setting of summer serenity. Kala Nera beach is one of the most favourable beaches of Pelion offering swimmers abundance of entertainment choices, sunbeds and umbrellas, cafes, bars, taverns as well as several options for accommodation. It is the perfect place to relax and unwind under the dazzling sun with an ice cold glass of ouzo.


Favourable sandy beach
Location:Koropi (Mpoufa)

Koropi or Mpoufa beach is the longest beach in all of Pelion with golden fine sand and crystal clear emerald waters. In a fairy like setting where the abundant greenery and the endless azure of the sea awaken the senses, travellers are invited to relax and dive in the crystalline waters, sunbathe or enjoy some cooling shade under the umbrellas and indulge in the tranquil serenity of their surroundings.


Full of consecutive coasts for all tastes!
Location:Afissos

Afissos is one of the most famous tourist villages of Pelion featuring many consecutive beaches, mostly sandy with crystalline emerald waters and engulfed by greenery. Some of them quiet, some organized with plenty of water sport options, they offer alternatives for all choices and types of travellers. Afissos is the ideal place for the entire family to enjoy some quality time together.


Ideal for families, friends or couples
Location:Lefokastro

Engulfed by dense vegetation reaching for the shore this beautiful, quiet beach offers a dream setting for relaxing summer getaways. The golden sand and smooth pebbles invite bathers to unwind on the sun kissed shore or under the natural shade of the overhanging trees after a refreshing swim. It is the perfect place to relax with your family and friends or partake in swimming, diving and snorkelling adventures.


Calm scenic beauty
Location:Paou

Encircled by lush vegetation Paou beach is brilliantly set within a gorgeous and peaceful landscape ideal for hours of tranquil relaxation under the everlasting sun. The crystalline waters invite swimmers to set off for diving, swimming and snorkelling adventures or unwind on the shore in view of the emerald green of the sea and their scenic surroundings.


Unspoiled serenity
Location:Kalamos

In the tourist settlement of Kalamos the homonymous beach is a beautiful golden beach set in a marvellous natural environment ideal for tranquil escapes and beach fun. The scenic environment, the gleaming emerald waters of the sea and the aura of calmness create a unique feeling for visitors wishing to enjoy some relaxing time in the sun with their family, their friends or in complete solitude.


Small havens on the tip of Pelion
Location:Trikeri

On the beautiful island right at the tip of Trikeri, there are several beautiful beaches worth visiting set amidst the stunning natural environment. Prasini Ammos with its crystal clear waters, the marvellous beach of Afetka, Agia Sofia, the pebbly beach of Alogoporos and Tzasteni beach with its tranquil emerald waters. Several beaches for several tastes and preferences invite travellers to explore their distinct characteristics and unique features that make each beach individually spectacular.


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Local Specialties & Recipes
Local Specialties

The region of Pelion is well known for its many traditional taverns serving locally produced delicacies. Since it is mostly a mountainous region many of its authentic recipes are quite spicy so as to keep the locals warm.

Meat Specialties

Vegetable Specialties

Cheese Specialties

Soups

Desserts

Local Products
Local Products

The region of Pelion is blessed with a very fertile soil therefore it's known for its exquisite fruits and vegetables, exceptional honey and countless natural herbs.

Fruits & Vegetables

Homemade sweets & preserves from fruits and vegetables

Alcoholic beverages

Natural Herbs, tea and honey

Hygiene & Body care products

Various products

Pasta
Pelion has a tradition in the manufacturing of homemade pasta such as noodles and frumenty.

Meat Specialties
The traditional local sausage made either by goat, lamb or pork meat.

Events
Events in Pelion

Pelion is a great region with rich history and culture, many villages and traditions boasting many festivities throughout the year. Apart from the local Panigyria (folklore open air feasts), which are celebrations of the saint patrons of each village, find below a list of the best celebrations that take place in the wider area of Pelion.

Cycladia Tips
Cycladia tips for Pelion

Pelion is a beautiful region with abundant entertainment choices and leisure activities to partake in. From the countless beaches to the numerous sightseeing attractions it is a holiday heaven of pure enjoyment. Some of the must see and do Pelion tips are found below.

Shops & Galleries
Shopping in Pelion

Epsa S.A.
Soft drinks and juice industry EPSA, a local business.
Agria
37300 Volos
Magnesia, Greece
Tel: 24280-91901-3
Fax: 24280-91900
E-mail: info@epsa.gr
www.epsa.gr

ATHENA
Athena is a folk art gift shop with religious icons and unique pieces of folk art and one-of-a-kind artefacts that can only be found in this particular shop in Milina.
Milina
Pelion, Greece
Tel: +30 24230 65473
Tel: +30 24230 65210
Mob: + 30 6972 282333
Fax: +30 24230 65473

Iris Traditional Shop
A beautiful shop filled with local specialties and traditional products as well as souvenirs and small gifts in Tsagarada.
Tsagarada
Pelion, Greece
E-mail: info@iristsagarada.gr
Tel: +30 24260 49370, 49125