Vacations in Pelion
Pelion is an amazing vacation destination for any kind of period. Green and hilly, as well as honored with a lovely shoreline, the peninsula is fantastic for visiting around and also checking out, no matter what time of the year it is. It is great in the winter season, when the hills are covered in a thick and also grainy layer of snow. It is great in springtime, when the green is greener, the blossoms are more aromatic as well as birds sing louder than anywhere else in Greece (or at least, so it appears …). It is great in the summertime, when the hills use remedy for the warmth to those that do not want to spend all their time on the many stunning beaches. And also it is fantastic in the autumn, when the colours of the forested mountain slopes are the most extreme, while the apple, walnut and chestnut trees dropped their fruits.
The traditional towns of Pelion
Pelion is specifically popular for its flawlessly managed towns, noted by their high estates, the so-called archondika, built throughout the industrial boom of the 18th and also 19th centuries. These are generally three-stories high, their very first 2 floorings developed out of rock, initially used as storage space as well as wintertime rooms, and also a third flooring for the summer season, a bigger building with several large home windows on 3 sides. Many have been converted into guesthouses, varying from simple and simple to stylish and also elegant.
A tour of Pelion
You might drive around a lot of Pelion in someday, yet if you have the chance you must take more time and divide your keep in between the west side, the eastern side as well as the mountains in the north, and discover as several towns as possible. You will certainly delight in walking through cobbled lanes past old rock manors, tiny churches and also many water fountains, acquiring neighborhood products in little stores, and sampling standard dishes on town squares.
Portaria, Makrinitsa and the ski centre
Starting with the north, you ought to go and see Makrinitsa and Portaria, two towns situated at an altitude of regarding 600 m, halfway in between Volos and the ski centre of Mount Pelion Easy to reach, honored with a ravishing setup and magnificent style, and also supplying various places to remain, they tend to attract a reasonable amount of site visitors. Makrinitsa has sweeping views of Volos as well as the Pagasitikos Gulf. The primary square is a terrific spot to stop for a meal.
Concerning 12 km after Portaria is the village of Hania (one more adorable one) as well as a bit additional on is the Agriolefkes ski hotel. It is small (5 lifts), however it is recognized for the good snow high quality, and also it is rather something to ski with a sea sight! It also has a specifically attractive trail for cross-country winter sports.
Tsangarada, Mouressi and also other towns on the Aegean side of Pelion
The eastern (Aegean) side of Pelion includes the best coastlines as well as gorgeous scenery. Zagora in the north is the biggest town; Horefto, established along a lengthy sandy coastline, behaves if you have an interest in pure coastline holidays; a little bit additional southern Mouresi is quiet and also enchanting; Damouchari, a small fishing port, is an excellent selection to stop for lunch.
Even more south, you get to Tsangarada, a group of areas set amidst greenery and neglecting the sea. One of those, Agia Paraskevi is recognized for its spectacular 1000-year-old airplane tree (with a border of concerning 17 m!). Reputedly, it is the earliest and also biggest in Greece. The communities are linked by cobbled courses– so bring your strolling shoes! But bring your beach wear also– drive down to the sea from Tsangarada as well as you will certainly find some lovely beaches.
The southerly part of Pelion.
From Tsangarada, the main road continues down for another 15 kilometres or two, till it flexes in the direction of the west taking you to the opposite of the peninsula. You can leave the highway and also drive additionally southern to Argalasti and Lafkos. The location is not as outstanding and also hilly as northern Pelion, yet it is green and also peaceful as well as there are nice coastlines and little seaside communities to discover.
Milies, Vyzitsa (πηλιο διαμονη ), Pinakates, Agios Georgios …
When going across from the eastern side of Pelion to the western side, you ought to shut off the main road in the direction of Milies, the very first (or last) in a string of villages built along the southwestern slopes of Mount Pelion, neglecting the Pagasitikos Gulf. They are amongst one of the most authentic and attractive villages of Pelion, as well as preferred among Athens weekenders, especially throughout the autumn as well as the winter months.
In Milies, you can check out the craft museum and also the collection, though most individuals come here to have lunch in the taverna at the old train terminal. Throughout the summertime period, on Saturday as well as Sunday, you can take a ride on the old train on the narrow scale train line (it takes you previous impressive views); if you come afterward, go with a stroll along the tracks. The road continues towards Vyzitsa, Pinikates and Agios Georgios, one even prettier than the various other. Vyzitsa supplies most selection in regards to holiday accommodation and locations to eat or drink, while the other two are probably a little quieter on weekend breaks. Go and see them all.