Pelion, also known as the land of Centaurs in Greek mythology, is a real gem of Greece and the central part of a greater mountain range that crosses the country. This peninsula combines mountainous villages and coastal places that offer a variety of experiences to live all year round.
Our starting point is Makrinitsa, which is the first village you come across when travelling from Volos to Pelion. Makrinitsa will undoubtedly amaze you because of its narrow streets and of course the stunning view. Also called "the balcony of Pelion", Makrinitsa offers a panoramic view of Volos and the sea. Wander around the village, discover the traditional architecture and have a break at the central square for traditional Greek coffee and handmade spoon sweets.
Only 3 kilometers far from Makrinitsa, you will find Portaria, a traditional mountainous village, ideal for a refreshing walk, local pies and handmade souvenirs. Portaria is a must-visit, for sure!
Leaving Portaria, take the magnificent trail at the northern mountain, and head to Chania, the highest point of the peninsula at 1,190m altitude. We strongly recommend the local taverns, known for the traditional meat dishes with tomato sauce. And for those, who love adventure, there are many hiking trails in the area to discover the mountain and explore the region's flora.
Next stop at the east side of Pelion is Mouresi, a traditional village where you can view the stunning beaches. Take part in local events, as many music festivals are taking place in the area, especially in the summer. Apart from the local festivals, do not miss the chance to visit the nearby beaches of Horefto, Agios Ioannis and Fakistra. You will love them!
Finally, on the mountain's east side, you will also find the famous village of Tsagarada. At the central square of Tsagarada, there is a thousand-year-old plane tree with a quite big shadow to enjoy your morning coffee or the local spirit tsipouro, combined with traditional "mezedes".
Bonus tip: Pelion is for sure the perfect destination for those who wish to explore the region on foot. Most villages are linked by trekking paths in which you come across waterfalls, streams, and caves.
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