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.
Things To Do And See In Pelion
A vibrant big village built in a strategic position, facing the Aegean Sea and the Pagasitic Gulf, adorned with Pelion mansions and beautiful houses with flowered courtyards, paved cobbled streets, impressive historic buildings and churches and beautiful arched bridges (Katsilochori stands out at the entrance of the village).
Among the most famous and traditional villages of Pelion, Vyzitsa gathers all the elements that make up the original Pelion landscape. The restored mansions (many have been converted into guesthouses), the traditional Pelion houses, the stone fountains and the lush vegetation inside the settlement make a setting ideal for holidays all year round.
The famous village of Makrinitsa has preserved its traditional architectural elements and today it is one of the most characteristic examples of Pelion architecture, with its beautiful mansions, stone houses, cobblestone streets and stone bridges. Makrinitsa is known – and rightly – as the “balcony of Pelion”, since it offers an unobstructed view of Pagasitikos and the city of Volos. The tourist infrastructure of the village covers every wish: there are traditional guest houses housed in Pelion mansions, small hotels, taverns with local tastes, cafes and bars.
One of the most popular villages of Pelion and the whole country, Portaria combines the atmosphere of the original Pelion village and the unforgettable views of the city of Volos and Pagasitikos with its intense tourist development. Its guests choose it for holidays all months of the year, with a peak season in winter. Its picturesqueness, natural beauty and close proximity both from the ski center of Pelion and the sea make it an ideal destination and base for excursions all over Pelion. Luxury hotels, traditional guesthouses, rooms to let, restaurants and taverns (from the best in Pelion), cafes, bars and souvenir shops and folk art make up a complete tourist destination for all tastes.
Surrounded by the beautiful coasts of Pagasitikos and surrounded by lush nature, the seaside village of Afissos is a lively summer resort that lasts all year round with new hotels as it is within easy reach of some of the most popular villages in the area.
Zagora is ideal for those who love traditional colors, slow rhythms and walks. One of the most popular routes is the one that starts from the square of Agios Georgios and through a green path leads to the beach of Horefto. The settlement is divided into four districts, Agia Paraskevi or Perachora, Agia Kyriaki, Agios Georgios and Sotiras, amphitheatrically perched on the mountainside, with a splendid view of the Aegean Sea. Churches, stone bridges and springs with running waters give beautiful images to the visitor. Taverns with traditional cuisine, café and bar are scattered in the village.
Milies is one of the most picturesque villages of the mountain of Centaurs, the starting point of the famous “Moutzouris”, the small train that arrives through a beautiful route to Ano Lechonia. An old village with a long history, with the famous Milies School being a center of the liberation struggle of 1821 and a spiritual home of the time.
The famous village of Pelion achieves the ultimate combination of mountain and sea. Built amphitheatrically on a verdant slope, it offers unique views of the Aegean Sea and is surrounded by beautiful beaches, bays and coves. It has always been the village of artists and sophists, while the hotels, hostels and famous taverns have made Tsagarada one of the most popular villages in the area. Beautiful mansions, traditional neoclassical and stone-built cobblestone streets, flowered courtyards, ancient plane trees and chestnuts create an ideal backdrop for relaxation.
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.
Getting to Pelion
Another more convenient option, closer to Damouchari and Pelion is the airport of Volos in Nea Anhialos. It is close to the city and has flight connections with various european cities. Recently Ryanair and other airline companies, like Monarch, Transavia or Austrian Airlines connect the airport of Nea Anhialos (Volos) with Manchester, London (Heathrow), Amsterdam (Schiphol), Paris, Frankfurt, Brussels and Milan – Bergamo. There are, also, certain flights that connect European cities with the Island of Skiathos, which is just opposite Pelion.
There are several companies, like ANEK Lines, Minoan Lines, Superfast Ferries or Ventouris Ferries, connecting Ancona, Bari, Brindisi and Venice with Igoumenitsa and Patra. info
By Car or Train
It is possible to reach Greece through the main roads of the Balkans. Alternatively, follow the route through Italy using the ferry boat connection. By railway lines, from the main stations of central and eastern Europe, you may reach Thessaloniki Railway station. info
To Magnesia and Volos
You can reach Volos by the National Road Patras – Athens – Thessaloniki (E75), or by the National Road (E92) from Igoumenitsa to Larisa and then to Volos, turning right to the exit for Volos. If you are coming from Athens and wish not to pass through the city of Volos, you should turn not to the first exit for Volos but to the secong and then get to the ring road by turning right to the appropriate exit for Northern Pelion and the village Portaria. Bellow, you can sit the distances in kms.
Thessaloniki – Volos: 210 km.
Igoumenitsa – Volos: 370 km.
Athens – Volos: 310 km.
Patras – Volos: 541 km.
By bus or train