Pelion is an absolute natural paradise! It is a huge mountain dotted with picturesque traditional villages and fringed by mesmerizing beaches!
The gems of Pelion are hands down its quaint villages! Makrinitsa, Portaria, Milies, and Tsagarada are among the most beautiful villages in Pelion. They are made up of traditional little houses with grey stone roofs and paved alleys that ooze charm in abundance!
On the eastern side of the Pelion peninsula, Greece there are some exotic beaches with mesmerizing cobalt waters. Mylopotamos, Fakistra and Agios Ioannis are some of the most popular Pelion beaches you have to visit!
For those of a non-beachy disposition, Pelion has a lot to offer in terms of natural beauty. The variety of natural landscapes make Pelion a top holiday destination all year round! The closest big town to Pelion is Volos, which has a busy port and a small airport that receives charter flights.
DAMOUHARI PORTThe traffic-free coast of Damouhari has a more recent claim to fame as the location of the “Dancing Queen” scene in the Hollywood movie Mama Mia.
THE PELION TRAINThe Pelion Train, also known as the Little Train of Pelion, is a narrow gauge (60 cm) train that seemed to me like a toy train with its maintained vintage look. It’s even parked in a colorful little train station.The train began operating more than a century ago between Volos and Lehonia in 1895 and between Lehonia and Milies in 1903. It covers 29 kilometers, on tracks that run through verdant forests and across 12 bridges.
Tip: Return tickets are 18€ for adults and 10€ for kids. Further information for tickets, timetables, contact the Travel Office of Volos TRAINOSE +30 24210 39723.
HIKINGHiking is one of the top things to do in Pelion, and it was a highlight during my first full day there. Led by Trekking Hellas local guides, our group completed a hike from a trail that weaves itself between Tsagarada to Damouhari.
HORSE RIDINGWith such incredible natural scenery, horse riding is considered one of the top things to do in Pelion. There are several companies throughout the peninsula offering tours and services. One to try is the Riding-Naturalist Club of Milies.
KAYAK& RAFTINGIf you love sea and river adventures, it’s another one of the top things to do in Pelion.
EXPLORE PELION GASTRONOMY AND BUY LOCAL PRESERVESThe dishes you can try in Pelion are plenty. In general, be on the lookout for hearty dishes like fasolada (bean soup),kapama (slow roast goat in tomato sauce), boubari (local sausage) kouneli stifado (rabbit stew), spetzofaï (stewed pork sausages and peppers) and tyropsomo (cheese bread).Pelion is known for the tasty and traditional sweet preserves and jams. There are many types to choose from.
PELION BEACHESDuring the summer season relaxing at the beach is one of the top things to do in Pelion. So many line the peninsula coast. On the Aegean Sea side, head to Milopotamos, Fakistra, Papa Nero, Agios Ioannis, Agioi Saranta and Horefto.On the Pagasitikos Gulf side, head to Kato Lehonia, Kala Nera and Afissos.
RELAX AT VILLAGE SQUARES OF PELIONGreek village squares are special places. Often, you’ll find the best views, nice eateries, cafes, small churches and in between all of that – the buzz of the season- by which I mean children playing, couples holding hands or groups of friends enjoying the day together.Besides the aforementioned villages, there are other incredible villages that are considered the most scenic in Pelion.If you have more time consider Kissos, Xourichti, Tsagarada and Portaria.
By Air:The closest airport is the Nea Anchialos Airport, about 30 km from Volos. There are scheduled summer seasonal flights and charter flights.
By Bus:Athens: Buses from Athens to Volos depart from Liossion KTEL Bus Station. (5 hours)
Thessaloniki: Buses from Thessaloniki to Volos depart from Macedonia KTEL Bus Station. (3 hours) KTEL buses connect to various villages. For more information, visit: www.ktelvolou.gr.