Pelion is a place of great natural beauty. It is actually a large mountain dotted with traditional villages and exotic beaches. Makrinitsa, Portaria, Milies and Tsagarada are the most traditional villages of Pelion, with grey stone roofs, elegant houses and paved paths. On the eastern side of Pelion, there are wonderful beaches with exotic blue water. Mylopotamos, Fakistra and Agios Ioannis are popular beaches, while many small coves are found with crystal water are found along the peninsula. Due to the varied landscape, Pelion is a favorite destination for all seasons of the year. The largest close town in Volos, with a busy port and a small airport that receives only charter flights.
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Travel guide to Pelion, Greece
Pelion is a mountainous peninsula in the centre of Greece. This is a wonderful place to explore all year round, as it has both summer and winter destinations.
Check our travel guide about Pelion and see all the important places to visit in the region: villages, beaches, museums, churches and more. Also see our photos, 360 pictures and detailed maps to get a better understanding of the location.
Things to see and do
Pelion is actually a large mountainous peninsula in Thessaly, central Greece. Dotted with traditional villages and exotic beaches, Pelion Greece is a favorite family destination for all seasons of the year. Makrinitsa, Portaria, Milies, Vizitsa and Tsagarada are among the most traditional villages, with elegant houses and grey stone roofs.
The high location of these villages gives nice view to the sea. Along the coastline of Pelion Greece, there are lovely seaside places to enjoy summer holidays, such as Agios Ioannis, Horefto, Platanias and Milina. Do not miss the delicious restaurants with local dishes that you will find everywhere in Pelion. Sightseeing is few there and includes mostly traditional churches. Of great interest is the church of Taxiaxhes in Milies.
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Accommodation in Pelion is spread all around the region. In summer, the most convenient accommodation is found in the villages in the north and south of Pelion, in close proximity to the beaches. Agios Ioannis, Tsagarada and Horefto in the north, and Platanias, Milina and Horto in the south, offer a good variety of hotels, family apartments, and rooms to rent. For winter holidays, accommodations in the mountain villages closer to the ski center of Pelion are more convenient. Portaria offers many small and large hotels, with a variety of facilities, while the villages of Makrinitsa, Milies, and Chania offer more traditional accommodations, with stone guesthouses, simple studios and rooms.
Highlights in Pelion
Located on the mountain slopes above Volos Town, Makrinitsa is among the most picturesque villages of Pelion. The central square of the village is called the balcony of Pelion.
Mylopotamos beach is located on the eastern side of Pelion and has amazing blue green waters. It is accessible through a windy road from Tsagarada.
Many hiking paths start from the village of Milies to the north eastern side of Pelion. The village itself charms visitors with the relaxing atmosphere.
Located on the northern side of Pelion, Agios Ioannis is a popular summer destination. It has a large beach with crystal waters and many tourist facilities.
Tsagarada is a mountainous village on the north eastern side of Pelion. Its location offers amazing view to the Aegean Sea and the green nature of the peninsula.
The church of Agioi (Saint) Taxiarches in the central square of Milies is an architectural marvel for its fine acoustics. The wall paintings are also very interesting.
The legendary steam train of Pelion works only in summer weekends for tourist reason. The train departs from Ano Lehonia to Milies, crossing a region of extreme natural beauty.
Volos is the largest town close to Pelion. The port of Volos serves daily ferries to the Sporades islands, particularly Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos.
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