Vacations in Pelion
Pelion is a great holiday destination for any period. Green and also mountainous, and blessed with a gorgeous shoreline, the peninsula is remarkable for touring around and discovering, regardless of what time of the year it is. It is great in the winter, when the hills are covered in a thick and also fine-grained layer of snow. It is great in spring, when the green is greener, the flowers are more great smelling and also birds sing louder than anywhere else in Greece (or a minimum of, so it seems …). It is excellent in the summertime, when the mountains provide remedy for the warmth to those who do not wish to spend all their time on the many attractive beaches. And it is excellent in the fall, when the colours of the forested mountain inclines are the most extreme, while the apple, walnut as well as chestnut trees dropped their fruits.
The standard towns of Pelion
Pelion is specifically well-known for its completely preserved towns, marked by their high mansions, the supposed archondika, built throughout the business boom of the 18th and 19th centuries. These are usually three-stories high, their first two floors built out of stone, originally made use of as storage area and also winter spaces, and a third flooring for the summer, a larger building with several huge windows on 3 sides. Many have been exchanged guesthouses, varying from ordinary and also basic to fashionable and also extravagant.
A trip of Pelion
You could drive around most of Pelion in one day, but if you have the possibility you need to take more time and divide your stay between the west side, the east side and the mountains in the north, and also explore as numerous villages as feasible. You will certainly enjoy strolling with cobbled lanes past old rock estates, little churches and also numerous water fountains, purchasing regional items in tiny shops, and also tasting conventional dishes on town squares.
Portaria, Makrinitsa and the ski centre
Beginning with the north, you need 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, blessed with an outrage setup and also stunning architecture, as well as offering many different locations to stay, they have a tendency to bring in a reasonable amount of visitors. Makrinitsa has sweeping sights of Volos and also the Pagasitikos Gulf. The primary square is a great place to pick up a dish.
Concerning 12 kilometres after Portaria is the village of Hania (another cute one) and also a little bit additional on is the Agriolefkes ski hotel. It is small (5 lifts), yet it is understood for the good snow top quality, and also it is rather something to ski with a sea sight! It likewise has a specifically attractive route for cross-country skiing.
Tsangarada, Mouressi as well as other towns on the Aegean side of Pelion
The eastern (Aegean) side of Pelion features the very best coastlines and also attractive views. Zagora in the north is the largest town; Horefto, set along a long sandy beach, behaves if you have an interest in pure beach holidays; a little bit more south Mouresi is quiet and enchanting; Damouchari, a little angling port, is an excellent option to stop for lunch.
Better southern, you get to Tsangarada, a group of neighborhoods established among plant and neglecting the sea. One of those, Agia Paraskevi is known for its wonderful 1000-year-old aircraft tree (with a boundary of about 17 m!). Reputedly, it is the earliest and also biggest in Greece. The neighborhoods are connected by cobbled courses– so bring your walking shoes! However bring your beachwear as well– drive down to the sea from Tsangarada and you will find some lovely beaches.
The southerly part of Pelion.
From Tsangarada, the main road proceeds down for an additional 15 kilometres or two, up until it bends in the direction of the west taking you to the opposite side of the peninsula. You can leave the main road and also drive better southern to Argalasti and also Lafkos. The location is not as excellent as well as mountainous as north Pelion, but it is environment-friendly and quiet as well as there are nice coastlines as well as 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 need to switch off the highway towards Milies, the first (or last) in a string of villages developed along the southwestern slopes of Mount Pelion, neglecting the Pagasitikos Gulf. They are among one of the most authentic as well as stunning towns of Pelion, and popular amongst Athens weekenders, particularly throughout the fall and also the winter season.
In Milies, you can check out the craft gallery and also the collection, though many people come here to have lunch in the taverna at the old railway terminal. During the summer season, on Saturday and also Sunday, you can take a ride on the old train on the slim scale train line (it takes you past awesome views); if you come another time, go for a walk along the tracks. The roadway proceeds in the direction of Vyzitsa, Pinikates and Agios Georgios, one even prettier than the other. Vyzitsa uses most selection in terms of lodging as well as areas to eat or consume alcohol, while the other two are possibly a bit quieter on weekends. Go and see them all.