Mailnland Greece Castles

Mailnland Greece Castles

Wild Beauty

Combining beautiful villages, guesthouses in historic mansions and mountain resorts, beautiful nature and beaches, exquisite regional cuisine and tsipouro, the Centauri Mountain is not by chance one of the most popular destinations in Greece for all seasons.

The nearby villages of Volos, northwest of Pelion, Portaria and Makrinitsa, are among the most cosmopolitan and touristically developed. Milies, Pinakates and Vizitsa are still points of reference thanks to their unique mansions, many of which have become guesthouses, their most unknown neighbors apart, such as Agios Lavrentios and Agios Georgios Nilias are constantly claiming the most sophisticated travelers, while the rising east Pelion with Tsagarada center attracts as a magnet the nature lovers, as it offers for walks and activities in nature. Southern Pelion, with its beautiful beaches and picturesque settlements like Trikeri, comes alive mainly in the summer and has its own special character.

 

Mythology

Homeland of Argonauts

There are three major myths in reference to Pelion: the myth of Centaurs, Jason and the Quest for the Golden Fleece and the wedding of Peleus and Thetis.

In Greek mythology, Mount Pelion (which took its name from the mythical king Peleus, father of Achilles) was the homeland of Chiron the Centaur, tutor of many ancient Greek heroes, such as Jason, Achilles, Theseus and Heracles.

Jason was believed to have been educated by the wise centaur Cheiron in the forests of Mount Pelion. According to legend, Afissos was where Jason and the Argonauts stopped for water before continuing their journey to Colhida in search of the Golden Fleece.

Centaurs were mythological creatures living in Pelion, with the head, arms and torso of a human and the body and legs of a horse.