Holidays in Pelion
Pelion is a fantastic vacation destination for any type of period. Verdant as well as hilly, as well as honored with an attractive coastline, the peninsula is wonderful for touring about and also discovering, no matter what time of the year it is. It is wonderful in the wintertime, when the hills are covered in a thick and also grainy layer of snow. It is terrific in spring, when the environment-friendly is greener, the flowers are more aromatic and birds sing louder than anywhere else in Greece (or at least, so it seems …). It is terrific in the summertime, when the mountains supply relief from the warmth to those who do not want to invest all their time on the many stunning beaches. And it is wonderful in the fall, when the colours of the forested hill inclines are the most intense, while the apple, walnut and also chestnut trees shed their fruits.
The traditional villages of Pelion
Pelion is especially popular for its perfectly preserved towns, marked by their tall estates, the supposed archondika, built during the business boom of the 18th as well as 19th centuries. These are normally three-stories high, their very first two floorings constructed out of stone, originally made use of as storage space and also wintertime rooms, and also a third flooring for the summer season, a larger building and construction with lots of huge windows on three sides. Numerous have actually been converted into guesthouses, varying from simple and also straightforward to trendy and glamorous.
A scenic tour of Pelion
You can drive around the majority of Pelion in eventually, yet if you have the opportunity you should take even more time as well as split your keep in between the west side, the eastern side and also the mountains in the north, and explore as lots of towns as possible. You will enjoy walking through patched lanes past old rock estates, little churches as well as countless water fountains, getting neighborhood items in tiny stores, and also sampling typical dishes on town squares.
Portaria, Makrinitsa as well as the ski centre
Starting with the north, you ought to drop in Makrinitsa and also Portaria, two villages positioned at an elevation of concerning 600 m, halfway between Volos and the ski centre of Mount Pelion Easy to reach, honored with a ravishing setting as well as spectacular design, as well as providing several locations to stay, they often tend to attract a reasonable amount of visitors. Makrinitsa has sweeping views of Volos and also the Pagasitikos Gulf. The primary square is a wonderful spot to pick up a meal.
About 12 km after Portaria is the town of Hania (one more charming one) and a little bit more on is the Agriolefkes ski hotel. It is tiny (5 lifts), yet it is understood for the excellent snow quality, as well as it is fairly something to ski with a sea sight! It also has a particularly appealing route for cross-country snowboarding.
Tsangarada, Mouressi and also various other villages on the Aegean side of Pelion
The eastern (Aegean) side of Pelion includes the very best beaches as well as lovely surroundings. Zagora in the north is the biggest town; Horefto, established along a lengthy sandy coastline, is nice if you have an interest in pure beach vacations; a bit further southern Mouresi is quiet as well as lovely; Damouchari, a little fishing port, is an excellent choice to pick up lunch.
Additionally south, you get to Tsangarada, a group of areas set among plant and forgeting the sea. Among those, Agia Paraskevi is known for its stunning 1000-year-old plane tree (with a boundary of regarding 17 m!). Reputedly, it is the oldest as well as biggest in Greece. The neighborhoods are linked by cobbled paths– so bring your walking footwear! However bring your beachwear too– drive to the sea from Tsangarada and you will find some attractive beaches.
The southerly part of Pelion.
From Tsangarada, the main road continues down for another 15 kilometres or so, up until it flexes towards the west taking you to the other side of the peninsula. You might leave the main road as well as drive additionally southern to Argalasti and also Lafkos. The location is not as outstanding as well as hilly as north Pelion, but it is environment-friendly and silent and also there are nice coastlines and tiny seaside areas to discover.
Milies, Vyzitsa (πηλιο διαμονη ), Pinakates, Agios Georgios …
When crossing from the eastern side of Pelion to the western side, you ought to turn off the highway towards 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 among one of the most authentic as well as picturesque towns of Pelion, and also prominent amongst Athens weekenders, particularly during the autumn and the winter months.
In Milies, you can see the craft gallery and also the library, though many people come below to have lunch in the taverna at the old railway station. Throughout the summer season, on Saturday as well as Sunday, you can take a ride on the old train on the slim scale railway line (it takes you past breathtaking landscapes); if you come another time, go with a walk along the tracks. The roadway continues in the direction of Vyzitsa, Pinikates as well as Agios Georgios, one also prettier than the other. Vyzitsa provides most selection in terms of lodging as well as places to eat or consume, while the other two are probably a little bit quieter on weekends. Drop in them all.