Vacations in Pelion
Pelion is a wonderful vacation destination for any type of period. Green and also hilly, and blessed with a gorgeous coastline, the peninsula is remarkable for visiting around and discovering, regardless of what time of the year it is. It is wonderful in the wintertime, when the mountains are covered in a thick and powdery layer of snow. It is terrific in springtime, when the green is greener, the flowers are extra aromatic and also birds sing louder than anywhere else in Greece (or at the very least, so it seems …). It is terrific in the summertime, when the hills offer relief from the heat to those that don’t intend to spend all their time on the many stunning coastlines. As well as it is great in the fall, when the colours of the forested mountain inclines are one of the most extreme, while the apple, walnut as well as chestnut trees dropped their fruits.
The traditional towns of Pelion
Pelion is particularly renowned for its completely preserved villages, marked by their high mansions, the so-called archondika, constructed during the industrial boom of the 18th and also 19th centuries. These are normally three-stories high, their initial two floorings developed out of rock, originally used as storage area as well as winter months spaces, and also a 3rd floor for the summertime, a bigger building with many big home windows on three sides. Numerous have actually been converted into guesthouses, differing from simple and basic to elegant as well as elegant.
A trip of Pelion
You could drive around most of Pelion in one day, yet if you have the possibility you ought to take even more time and also divide your keep between the west side, the eastern side as well as the hills in the north, as well as check out as lots of villages as possible. You will take pleasure in walking with cobbled lanes past old rock mansions, small churches as well as countless water fountains, acquiring regional items in little stores, as well as sampling standard meals on village squares.
Portaria, Makrinitsa and the ski centre
Beginning with the north, you need to go and see Makrinitsa and also Portaria, two villages located at an altitude of regarding 600 m, midway between Volos and also the ski centre of Mount Pelion Convenient, honored with a winsome setup and spectacular style, and using several places to remain, they have a tendency to draw in a fair quantity of site visitors. Makrinitsa has sweeping sights of Volos and also the Pagasitikos Gulf. The primary square is a terrific spot to stop for a meal.
Concerning 12 km after Portaria is the town of Hania (one more cute one) and a little bit more on is the Agriolefkes ski resort. It is small (5 lifts), however it is recognized for the great snow top quality, and also it is rather something to ski with a sea sight! It additionally has an especially eye-catching route for cross-country skiing.
Tsangarada, Mouressi as well as other villages on the Aegean side of Pelion
The eastern (Aegean) side of Pelion features the best coastlines and also beautiful surroundings. Zagora in the north is the biggest village; Horefto, established along a lengthy sandy coastline, behaves if you are interested in pure beach holidays; a bit additional southern Mouresi is quiet and also captivating; Damouchari, a small fishing port, is a good selection to pick up lunch.
Better southern, you get to Tsangarada, a team of neighborhoods established in the middle of plant and overlooking the sea. Among those, Agia Paraskevi is known for its magnificent 1000-year-old aircraft tree (with a perimeter of about 17 m!). Reputedly, it is the oldest and also biggest in Greece. The communities are connected by cobbled paths– so bring your walking shoes! But bring your beach wear too– drive down to the sea from Tsangarada and you will locate some attractive beaches.
The southern part of Pelion.
From Tsangarada, the main road continues down for another 15 km or two, until it flexes in the direction of the west taking you to the opposite of the peninsula. You can leave the highway and also drive further southern to Argalasti and Lafkos. The area is not as impressive and also mountainous as northern Pelion, yet it is environment-friendly and also peaceful and there are nice beaches as well as tiny seaside neighborhoods to discover.
Milies, Vyzitsa (πηλιο ενοικιαζομενα δωματια ), Pinakates, Agios Georgios …
When going across from the eastern side of Pelion to the western side, you should switch off the highway in the direction of Milies, the initial (or last) in a string of villages constructed along the southwestern slopes of Mount Pelion, neglecting the Pagasitikos Gulf. They are among the most genuine and also picturesque villages of Pelion, and also popular amongst Athens weekenders, particularly throughout the fall as well as the winter.
In Milies, you can go to the craft gallery and also the collection, though most people come right here to have lunch in the taverna at the old railway station. Throughout the summer period, on Saturday and Sunday, you can take a ride on the old train on the slim scale train line (it takes you previous spectacular scenery); if you come another time, go with a stroll along the tracks. The road continues towards Vyzitsa, Pinikates and also Agios Georgios, one also prettier than the other. Vyzitsa uses most option in regards to holiday accommodation as well as locations to eat or drink, while the various other 2 are maybe a little bit quieter on weekends. Go and see them all.