The mountain of the centaurs and the Argonauts

Pelion, the mountain of myth and legend

On one side, the Pagasetic Gulf, on the other the Aegean. In the middle, a magical mountain to discover: Pelion.

Water gurgling in the fountains. Plane trees, apple trees, chestnut trees, oaks, beeches, gardenias, hydrangeas, camellias... In the fertile soil of Thessaly, nature goes crazy. Paths, old churches, beaches with blue-green waters.

Whether you visit Pelion in winter, or spring and early summer, when the slopes are colorful with the dozens of wildflowers scattered among chestnuts and beeches, touring the traditional villages is always an enchanting experience...

A weekend is not enough to satisfy, but it is enough to for you to love it forever.

Welcome to Pelion!

Things to do in the rest of Pelion if you’re staying in Portaria

  • Makrinitsa: visit the “balcony” of Pelion, with its beautiful mansions and cobblestone paths, picturesque alleys leading to the central square with the magnificent view of Volos (3 km)
  • Kissos: visit for a cup of coffee in the quiet village, submerged in the green landscape, with its
    beautiful square and take a look round the 17th century church of Agia Marina (25 km)
  • Agios Ioannis & Papa Nero: for a swim in the crystal clear waters of the Aegean (31 km)
  • Agios Saranta: swimming off the beach in blue waters, clear as crystal. The beach is sandy, and there is an organised beach bar (33 km)
  • Damouhari: for swimming and tsipouro brandy at one of Pelion’s most picturesque natural harbours, with its pebbled beach, where the film Mamma Mia was shot (35 km).
  • Tsagarada: visit this village with its traditional and neoclassical mansions, cobblestone streets, and beautiful churches, for example the Church of Agia Paraskevi, which stands next to a huge plane tree. (34 km)
  • Take the little Moutzouri steam train from Ano Lechonia to Milies.
  • Walk the trail from Tsagarada to Damouchari along the famous path through the forest, with its little bridges and springs, ending up at Damouhari Beach.
  • Mylopotamos: swim at one of the most famous beaches of Greece with a Blue Flag certificate. A rock formation divides the imposing beach with its white pebbles and blue-green waters. A passageway through the rocks joins the two beaches (40 km)
  • Milies: visit this historic and picturesque village where in May 1821 the revolt of Thessaly against the Turks was declared by Anthimos Gazis. Great names of the enlightenment were born in Milies apart from Anthimos Gazis, including Daniel Philippides and Grigorios Konstantas (38 km)
  • Vizitsa: make a visit to the listed village, a protected living museum of traditional Pelion architecture, with numerous mansions and unique natural
    surroundings. Enjoy nature at its most exuberant, with fruit trees,
    olive groves, and fragrant herbs indigenous to Pelion (40 km)
    Pinakates: a well-preserved mountain village with stone-built squares, country chapels and cool, refreshing streams (36 km)
  • Lambinou: swim at the beautiful small beach in eastern Pelion, with its deep blue-green waters and sandy coast. It is a small bay surrounded by imposing rock formations containing mysterious caves (46 km)
  • Afissos: to swim in the waters of the Pagasetic Gulf, at the popular
    organised beach, with its small pebbles (36 km)
  • Trikeri: a beautiful island full of olive trees in the Pagasetic
    Gulf, known for great fresh fish, and go for a swim at Prasini Ammo’s sandy beach. On its highest point is the Monastery of Panagia Evangelistria. You can reach it from Alogoporo, ask a water taxi to take you over to Trikeri island - a 5 minute crossing (84 km)
  • Katigiorgis: visit the picturesque fishing village for swimming and fresh fish.
    Skiathos is opposite, you can be there in 15 minutes by water taxi. (67 km)