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Mount Pelion

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Mount Pelion (a.k.a. Pelio or Pilio or Pelium; Greek, Modern: Πήλιο, Ancient/Katharevousa: Πήλιον) forms a hook-like peninsula between the Pagasitic Gulf and the Aegean Sea. Almost entirely enclosed by land, the Pagasitic Gulf remains warm enough to swim in year-round. With a ski resort at the summit (at Chania) the locals boast that you can ski in the morning and swim in the afternoon.

The mountains are entirely forested, with beech, oak, maple and chestnut trees. Pelion is a tourist attraction throughout the year: the mountain includes trails and sidewalks for walking within small and large beaches with sand or pebbles. Modern Pelio has twenty-four villages built with traditional Pelian architecture.

The mountain villages of the Pelion are well worth a visit. Built tucked away during the time that the coast was still unsafe from pirate raids, many of the mansions are heavily fortified, the doors that can be barricaded shut and musket holes covering the entrances. Located near the city of Volos, in the region of Thessaly.


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Fly in to Thessaloniki and take a car or bus from there. The nearby city of Volos also has an airport where Ryanair flies to.

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Potistika beach near Xinovryssi, Pelio
satellite image of Pelio

The best way to get around is from Volos Interurban Bus Terminal ("Yperastiko KTEL") (KTEL Volou). After every airplane arrival there is a bus departure to Volos city. If the flight is delayed, the departure of the bus can be flexible to board all the passengers.

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  • Walk along the recognized hiking routes.

The Pelion is criss-crossed by cobbled paths, taking to from sea level to the mountain villages - even coast to coast. Probably the best walking anywhere in Greece. A good place to stay if you enjoy walking is The Old Bakery in Ano Gatzea. They produce their own walking guide to the region with a large number of walks, all of which can be done from Ano Gatzea.

  • A trip at the slopes of Mount Pelion with the famous Moutzouris, the little steamtrain. Amazing views guaranteed while travelling through the beautiful countrysdie.
  • IFOM Horseriding, (37010 Milies), 2421041201, [1]. An adventurous way to discover the Pelion nature and its beauties is to go on a tour by horse. The guides of IFOM Milies have spent years riding the back roads and trails by horse and want to take you on an adventurous horseback riding tour to discover the Mountain of the Centaurs from a whole different perspective.  edit
  • Argonautical Park (Water sports), (Afissos), 24210 20684, [2]. The Argonautical Park is the ideal location to participate in all kinds of water sports like sailing, surfing and diving.  edit
  • Walking Holidays Greece (Walking), 6948508120, [3]. Discover the unknown corners of the Pelion Peninsula by foot with a licensed enthousiastic guide! Day programs (also for Meteora Monasteries) and week programs.  edit
  • Eclipse Sailing ("sailing), [4]. Daily boat trips on the Pagasitic Gulf to Trikeri on a historic sailing yacht. Eclipse sailing also do cruises and private charter to the Sporades (Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos) and to Evia.  edit

  • Pelion beaches - Aegean Sea, [5].  edit
  • Pelion beaches - Pagasitic Gulf, [6].  edit


There is a good variety of beaches on Pelio. The west side to the Pagasetic Gulf has smaller sandy beaches with calm waters. Beaches on the east (Aegean) are huge sandy beaches with deep waters and sometimes big waves. The beaches in Pelion are numerous, many have been awarded with the title of “Blue Flag”. The water is crystal clear and refreshing! But the most important is that they are quiet and family friendly!

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You can try the local sweets, made from fruits boiled with sugar.

Spetsofai is a local dish with tomato sauce, local spicy sausage and peppers.

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You can try the local Tsipouro with or without aniseed, with aniseed has a sweet taste and becomes milky when add water.

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  • Hotel Pelion Terra (pelion hotel portaria), Portaria Pelion, 37011, +30 24280-99799 (, fax: +30 24280-99792), [7]. checkin: 14.00; checkout: 12.00. Hotel Pelion Terra is located in Portaria village of Pelion, very close to Makrinitsa and just 11km away from Volos town. Prices from 50€.  edit
  • "Efipoi apartments" Beautiful and traditional apartments in Pinakates. Tel.00306932663114, 00306972207251


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