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Wonderful Mikro Beach Hotel
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Category: Pelion Platanias

Last summer we spent a wonderful summer holiday in the Mikro Beach Hotel on Pelion. Amazing beach, clean water and warm hospitality. Very nice for families.

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Very relaxing vibes
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Category: Pelion Horefto

The second time I went to Pelion with my friends, we stayed in a great resort called Horefto. It has a long sandy beach named after the village. It is an area of lush greenery that goes all the way till the amazing white sand with the blue water. The peaceful environment offers a sense of relaxation and refreshment. It is an amazing experience to dive into these crystalline waters.


A story about Platanias
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Category: Pelion Platanias

Once upon a time, though it was not in my time or your time, or in anybody else's time, there was a land named Magnesia and its mountain Pelion, the homeland of the Centaurs. They were a special race of creatures having a torso of a man attached to a horse's withers. Heroes of various myths, they were shown either as beasts, prone to violence and uneducated, or as intelligent, civilized, having knowledge and skill with medicine as Chiron, the tutor of many ancient Greek heroes.

Once upon a time, but this time, in my time or your time, the Centaurs have gone but Mount Pelion and Magnesia are still there, one of the most beautiful regions of Greece, a combination of tall mountains, numerous springs, rich vegetation, beaches of all kinds and sizes, traditional villages, natural charm and wonderful people. Considered the most beautiful mountain in Greece, Pelion is covered by dense forests of oak, maple, beech, chestnut and platanus (plane tree) and it is a main tourist attraction in winter, having one of the first ski centers to operate in Greece with slopes of 5,000m total length but it provides views over the Pagasitic Gulf and the Aegean Sea, unlike any other ski center.

For the summer months, there are a lot of beautiful sandy or pebbly beaches, large or smaller and deserted, offering a sense of peace and serenity, and it's hard to believe you'll not find one for your soul. Pelion villages still keep a traditional architecture with stone buildings, built on terraces, with abundant painted ornamentation, there are no others like them in the whole Greece. Several buses operate from Volos to different areas of Pelion but the best way for traveling around and discovering the peninsula is by car.

Yes, I know, I could write many things about Volos, the capital of the prefecture of Magnesia, a picturesque city at the foot of Mount Pelion, or about Makrinitsa, the balcony of Pelion, built like an amphitheater on the side of the mountain, a village of infinite beauty, or about Agios Ioannis, the most famous holiday resort in Pelion with a large numbers of visitors and entertainment options, or about Damouchari, a small coastal hamlet surrounded by a beautiful harbor, one of the locations where the film "Mamma Mia" was shot in Greece.

But rather than these, I will write about Platanias, a small fishing village and port, whose name is taken from the plane trees (Greek Platania) that cover this area. From all these beautiful locations in Pelion, how did we get exactly in this village? Well, I don't remember, maybe Yannis was the first who answered at our booking requests. Or maybe Someone Up There wanted us to meet this wonderful family, our best Greek friends, Yannis and Katerina.

Platanias, at 60 km from Volos on a road with many curves and ramifications, where you can get lost easily, is a sleeping beauty lying on the edge of the forest, washed by the sea and scented by the fresh mountain air. Quiet and very friendly residents will quickly integrate you in their community, adding to your holiday the real pleasure of a family reunion.

Every morning has its own sounds and smells. Old ladies wearing black sweeping silent in front of the buildings, fishermen shouting "psari, fresco psari!!" (fish, fresh fish!!) on the little streets, the smell (mmmm) of the just baked bread from fournos (oven) or of a fresh Greek coffee served near the sea... the most pleasant and relaxing way to start a new day.

Platanias has several points of interest: 4 or 5 tavernas and few bars by the seaside, 2 mini-markets, fresh fish in the port, a butcher shop, a bakery (my favorite place because they also sell various pies and cookies) and... that is pretty much it. The beach is pebbly but if you climb the hill or take a taxi-boat, you'll find Mikro, a long sandy beach, one of the most beautiful in Pelion, with refreshing cool waters and Hrisi Akti, the best taverna in the area. Or, if you take the car, you'll be able to find around few other beaches: Kastri popular for windsurfing, Lyri, Katigiogis, Potistika and my very favorite Mourtias, a small bay with strange huge rocks emerging from the deep waters where you can easily imagine the Centaurs walking around. For lunch, you should try Areti taverna in Katigiorgis, Stamoulis will offer you his friendship and will give you the best food money can buy in the whole south of Pelion.

Booking a holiday in Platanias, besides discovering the beaches, you can do a lot of things: take a boat from the village and visit Skiathos with its well-known beaches Koukounaries and Lalaria or take a tour of the peninsula going up to Tsagarada on the east coast, find a wonderful beach as Milopotamos for example, visit Makrinitsa and Volos, go down to home on the west coast and watch the sunset from Trikeri or Agia Kyriaki. There are so many beautiful places to see that I can bet you'll never find enough time to visit them all.

Platanias has many booking possibilities, from camping to simple rooms or big apartments, but we will always go to Yannis and Katerina Basdanis. I believe that they should change their name to Magnet family because that is what they are, once you booked a room or an apartment with them you'll come back again and again for sure. This is what we did for 5 years, but they have guests who came back every year for at least 10 years. The villa is a special and elegant beauty, gathering together the traditional and modern facilities. The fireplace from every apartment, used in the winter, gives a special charm besides the tastefully chosen furniture and all the other small decorations used to warm up the atmosphere. Katerina, a charming lady with a beautiful smile, a very pleasant and continuous presence around the villa and Yannis, an excellent English speaker, are the most friendly and helpful Greek people we ever met and they will do everything possible to make you feel wonderful and help you.

They are also members of "Friends of the Kalderimi", a group with the aim of discovering the natural beauty of South Pelion through laid stone footpaths (Greek kalderimi) dating back hundreds of years, so if you like to discover Pelion in this way, you can join their group. Want an extra image? No matter what you do over the day, when the sun comes down and you go back to your room, you'll find Yannis playing bouzouki. Listening to his music, talking about the essence of life and times, enjoying a glass of local tsipouro, it could be the most pleasant way to finish a holiday evening.

And, as every story should have an end, try Platanias from Pelion and you will live happily ever after.
(for Katerina and Yannis: Thank you, dear friends)

patras wrote on Jan 28, 2011

greeka wrote on Jan 31, 2011

actually, patras, we got the idea from your review to ask this walking society for an interview. thanks :-)

cristibolo wrote on Sep 18, 2011

Feli, your review is so full of love and friendship towards these places and people, that now I am looking forward to spend there some days as soon as possible! It is nice for me to read your descriptions!

patras wrote on Sep 18, 2011

Thank you, Cristina! I just came back from Pelion and each time I discover new places. It has a particular beauty and calmness, only if you go there you can understand. My friends Katerina and Yannis are wonderful people, they always bring a touch of beauty and joy to my vacations and help me get closer to the Greek life. I hope you'll discover Pelion and like it as much as I do.

claude wrote on Mar 21, 2012

Dear Felicia,

This time I plan to go to Pelion peninsula next May. I appreciate your so well written testimony and will surely visit Platanias ! See you and best regards

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jesse wrote on Mar 12, 2013

Hi Patras
Thanks for a great article about Platanias!
I'm going there for a month in June and was wondering about Internet... do you know if one can connect via the local cellphone networks?
Any advice would be appreciated!
Regards, Richard

patras wrote on Mar 12, 2013

Hi Richard!
This is a difficult question and it all depends on luck. Yes, you may connect to internet via the local cell phone networks but the traffic is extremely slow and some areas are not covered by any cell phone network. On the other hand, you may connect to internet via the modem of the hotel or villa where you'll stay, not a very good traffic but it's better than nothing.
Hope it helped.
Best regards,

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More like a family beach
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Category: Pelion Fakistra

A picturesque cove with some uncomfortable rocks but crystal turquoise water! Fakistra is not a family beach but more like a beach for couples. A small protected cove surrounded by wild rocks and tall trees. A bit difficult to get down the narrow passage from the road but surprisingly it was too popular.


Dance in the beach bar all day
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Category: Pelion Agios Ioannis

Pelion is the combination of lush green nature and blue green water. Greece is lucky to have such a beautiful region, altough I was sad to hear that forests fires burnt some land of Pelion two summers ago. I had been to Pelion in July 2006 and stayed in a lovely hotel with view to the beach of Agios Ioannis. The location was perfect as only a walking distance was required to get to the beach. The beach itself was gorgeous, too clean and so blue... I could seat for hours on the sand, lying under the sun and hearing the waves and the children playing. A few metres from the beach, there was a wonderful bar open all day and night. I have very nice impressions from this bar as I had so much fun there! You, Greeks, know to have fun and dance all day and night, you have it in your blood!

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paras81 wrote on Mar 04, 2010

Hi Alison,
Was that beach bar called Mamba? My friends cousin owns the bar. In 2002 we stayed there for 5 nights and had a fabulous time - the free food and alcohol was also an added bonus!! LOL

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Enjoy a perfect summer day
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Category: Pelion Milopotamos

Once you go, you will love this beach! To me it is like going to an exotic island far away. Great sand and pure, crystal water. Lay on the sand, under the hot sun and enjoy a perfect summer day!! Milkopotamos is close to many other nice beaches, such as Horefto and Agios Ioannis. I don't remember any taverns nearby, but there are surely in a couple of km away. To go to the beach, you will have to climb down a small path.

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