Mt Pelion Attractions Pílion
The Pelion range extends to the south of Mt Ossa along the east coast of Thessaly as far as the Magnesia peninsula, which encloses the Gulf of Vólos.
Rising to a height of 1,054m/3,458ft in the peak of Mavrovoúni, to the north, and to 1,618m/53,09ft in Mt Pelion itself, above Vólos, it falls steeply down to the east coast, a rugged stretch with no natural harbors.Pelion was renowned in antiquity for its healing herbs and as the home of the Centaurs, one of whom, the wise Chiron, noted for his skill in medicine, was the teacher of Asklepios and Achilles. Beneath the peak of Pliasídi (1,548m/5,079ft), which can be climbed from Portariá in three and a half hours, are the Cave of Chiron and a sanctuary of Zeus Akraios.There are large tracts of deciduous forest in this region. The 24 villages which grew up here, well supplied with wood and water, prospered and during the Turkish period were able to retain a measure of independence. Some of these villages can be seen in a round trip from Vólos, which in addition to the charm of the villages themselves and the magnificent hill scenery takes in the beautiful sandy bays on the east coast.
Circuit of Mt Pelion
Going northeast from Vólos, we come in 14km/9mi to Portariá (alt. 600m/1,970ft), from which we can take a road on the left to Makrynitsa (2km/1.25mi; alt. 600m/1,950ft), with a folk museum.From Portariá we continue to Khaniá (12km/7.5mi; alt. 1,100m/3,610ft) and Zagorá (21km/13mi; alt. 500m/1,640ft), from which it is 3km/2mi to the beach at Khoreftó.Going south from Zagorá, we come to the villages of Áyios Ioánnis (22km/13.5mi), on the coast, and Tsangaráda (11km/7mi; alt. 420m/1,380ft), and then return via Neokhóri (15km/9mi), Kala Nerá (14km/8.5mi) and Agriá (15km/9mi) to Vólos.From Áfyssos a road goes down to Milína and Plataniá (29km/18mi), at the southern tip of the Magnesia peninsula.
At the village of Alli Meria there are some wall paintings by Theophilos. It is also worth stopping here to admire the panoramic view of the Pagasistic Gulf and the Plain of Thessaly, while seated in one of the district's picturesque restaurants.
Makrinitsa is a small mountain side village with beautiful views over the surrounding area and gulf. Old houses backing on to the mountain side have multistoried facades with single story back entries due to the slope of the hillside.
Pouri is a small village on the Pelion known for its beautiful views over the Aegean Sea. Perhaps the best views are to be had from the main square in the village. Pouri is also home to a 13th Century monastery.
Khania has become a winter sports center thanks to the development of "agriolefkes," where there is a refuge, ski lifts, a big slope for experienced skiers and a separate area for beginners, along with all the comforts of a modern ski resort.
Tsangaráda is located along the Pelion. The town is home to old trees, a beautiful main square, old homes, cobbled streets, and beautiful views of the surrounding mountain side and out over the Aegean.
Portaria - Mock Wedding
A mock wedding in local style is held annually in the second half of August in Portaria.
Zagora is the largest village on the Pelion. Despite this designation, it is still a small community with sufficient but still limited resources for travelers.
Mt Pelion Pictures
Map of Mt Pelion Attractions