Volos, the city of king Jason and his ship Argo is the capital of the most attractive, undiscovered area of Greece. It exhibits a great pleasure yacht marina and a commercial port. The perfect street layout, modern buildings, coastline churches, the night life and much […]
Month: December 2017
Skiathos is a beautiful, idyllic island, known for being the birthplace of the great Greek writer Alexandros Papadiamantis. It is only five hours away from Volos port by our yacht. It is considered a very cosmopolitan Greek island that still maintains its traditional charm and […]
Skopelos, with its three hundred and sixty churches and chapels, its beautiful beaches, its impressive traditional costumes and its idyllic landscapes offers endless hours of relaxation and entertainment.
It is often spoken of as a forest island, and in fact 80% of the surface is covered by dense pine forest, extending down to a coastline of 67 km with little bays, harbours and beaches of indescribable beauty. Due to the island’s mountainous terrain most of the coast is inaccessible.
Panormos, Stafylos, Agnontas, Elios, Milia, Aghios Yiannis, Perivoli, Limnonari, Kastani, Glysteri, Loutraki, Mourtias, and Armenopetra are some of the island’s finest beaches, but there are many others lying concealed in the green depths of the pine forest.
Many visitors head every year to the church of Agios Ioannis which is located in the region of Kastri. It is there that the wedding scene of the Hollywood movie Mamma Mia was shot. This lovely church stands on top of a rock and requires a climb of 110 steps. It provides amazing view to the coasts of Skopelos and to Alonissos.
Finally, sail to Drakonstosxisma, a steep gorge surrounded by the sea, below a church built almost on the edge of a cliff. The steep rocks, the pines trees “hanging” over the rocks and the beautiful tirquoise waters create a picture of unrivalled beauty.
For more info on Skopelos island visit:
- The official platform of Discover Greece about Skopelos
- The official website of Skopelos island
- The official goverment website of Tourist Information Office about Skopelos
Alonnisos is an island of lush, green tranquillity, with a unique heritage of flora, fauna and marine life. It is an earthly paradise for the nature lovers. Ιt was one of the first Islands of the Aegean to be inhabited, as indicated by Neolithic settlement […]
Kyra Panagia or Pelagonissi Kyra Panagia (ancient Alonnisos). It is about 3.5 nautical miles NNE of the northern coasts of Alonnissos. On older but also modern maps, Kyra-Panagia is known by the name of Pelagos or Pelagonissi. As we have already mentioned, there is historical evidence […]
Skyros is the largest, but the least famous island of the complex of Sporades and belongs to Evvoia Municipality. It is a place full of natural beauty, lying almost in the centre of the Aegean Sea, with dazzling beaches and impressive caves, vivid tradition and old-fashioned character. It is a typical island, consisting of small white houses with dark roofs that preserve the interior decoration and picturesque narrow streets filled with traditional shops, restaurants and nightspots.
The largest part of Skyros is mountainous, having two distinct mountain ranges in the northern and southern parts dividing by a narrow neck of land. The northern part of Skyros is relatively level and fertile, with spring sources and full of pines which completely comes in contrast with the southern part, which is mountainous and barren and is known as “the Mountain” as it is completely stony.
The island’s capital, called Skyros or otherwise Chora, is located along the slopes of Mountain Olympus on the north side. It was built amphitheatrically around a hill with the classic Aegean architectural style, offering a breathtaking view.
10 km from Chora you will find Linaria, the island’s main port. It is a picturesque, small village with white houses, great fish taverns and nearby beaches.
Skyros has many beaches and about half of them are accessible by car. They are famous for their crystal waters and the marvellous landscape that surrounds them. The most popular are Magazia and Molos, which are the closest beaches to the main town. Others are Agios Petros, Theotokos, Kyra Panagia, Atsitsa, Agios Fokas, Pefkos, Aspous, Acherounes and Kalamitsa with fewer tourist facilities.
On the island there are many untouched nice bays and other sightseeing you can visit only by boat. There are 15 caves; among them the most impressive are Pentekali, Diatrypiti, Mantrouha and Zyoparati. It is surrounded by various smaller islands like Sarakiniko, Skyropoula, Renea, Plateia and Koulouri. There are also a lot of desert and rocky islands such as Vrahonissia, St. Armolaos, Diavates, Aloni, Myrmigonissia, Cameles, Vrykolakonisia and others.
Visit the ancient castle on top of the Chora with an amazing view, where the Ancient Acropolis of the island stood. The castle features ruins of old houses, byzantine churches and arts of the fortress walls from many different historical periods. Also, on the island there are more than 300 churches and chapels, spread around. Below the castle is located the most famous monastery of Skyros, the monastery of St. George, founded in the 10th century.
Also, visit the Archaeological Museum which hosts several findings dating back from 2800-1900 BC up to the Roman period and the Faltaits Folklore Museum, one of the oldest and most beautiful historical-folklore museums of Greece that hosts important historical documents, objects of the everyday life, traditional costumes, agricultural tools and old books. Poet Rupert Brooke’s grave is on the island too, but a bit of trekking is needed to reach it.
The island is famous for Skyrian ponies, an ancient rare breed of small horses, which live in the area of the “Mountain”. The Skyros pony is now a protected species, not found anywhere else in the world. Nature lovers will find here unique plants like the black tulip, and wild orchid and rare birds.
Lihadonisia, in the northern Gulf of Evoia, is a cluster of islands, that are otherwise called “Seychelles of Greece” by the locals. This group of islands, emerged after a big earthquake thousands of years ago. During the past years there were inhabitants, but today no […]
Beginning in Chalkida, set out on a fascinating journey around the northern part of the island of Evia in Southern Greece. Follow the road from Chalkida to Aidipsos and explore a lesser known part of Greece beautifully surrounded by the deep blue waters of the […]
The beautiful Pelion peninsula is situated in the prefecture of Magnesia, very close to the city of Volos. It is the natural border between Magnesia and the Mediterranean sea. To one side, the Pagasitikos Gulf and, to the other, the Aegean sea.
According to the Greek mythology, Mount Pelion has been the summer resort of the Olympian gods and the homeland of the Centaurs (half man and half horse creatures).
It is the ideal destination to visit all year round thus it offers many summer and winter activities. During summer there are many lovely beaches you can visit. To the east of Pelion is the Aegean Sea, where along the coast there is a large number of caves, steep cliffs, unapproachable beaches and coves. There are also beaches with golden sand and crystal waters. On the west side is the Pagasitic Gulf, where the beaches and coastline are more accessible and land and nature are protected from the strong winds that hit the east side. During winter, there is a ski centre in Chania.
Pelion’s landscapes are ideal for visitors who want to discover the mountain’s secrets and its natural beauty on foot. There are many old stone paths and interesting trails which connect the mountain villages with the tiny settlements at the seaside.
Going from Ano Lechonia to Milies by train Moutzouris, one of the very few steam trains still in existence constructed in the end of the 19th century. The route is 16 km long with many sights to see along the way, passing through green valleys, small tunnels and crossing arched bridges. Also, going for Kayaking adventure trips. Relax on deserted beaches, go into caves, explore the remote, unique and spectacular coastline of East Pelion.
The twenty-four traditional villages of Pelion are unique, picturesque places with elegant houses and grey stone roofs, old mansions of exceptional architecture, Byzantine and post-Byzantine churches and monasteries, golden sandy beaches with crystal clear waters, cobbled streets and paths and natural beauty. Each village has it’s own charm and magic.
The most popular are:
Portaria is the most famous and most visited village of Pelion due to the traditional beauty and to the fact that is situated just 13 km from Volos. The village is really filled in green scenery, spring waters and cobble-stoned paths. There are many magnificent old renovated mansions, luxurious hotels, restaurants (like Kritsa Restaurant), taverns, cafes and bars (like Mirtillos), and shops selling souvenirs. During your stay, do not miss to visit the chapel of the Panagia of Portareas, from which the village takes it’s name, the church of Agios Nikolaos and the Byzantine monastery of Agios Ioannis Prothromos, which is on the road to the village of Makrinitsa. Many events take place in Portaria. Some of them are the “International Dance Festival for Children” in July, the “International Dance Festival” in August and the revival of a traditional Pelion-style wedding during the last week of August.
Makrinitsa is characterized as the balcony of Pelion due to its central square’s location that offers a panoramic view of the city of Volos and the Pagasitic Gulf. In the village there are many hotels, taverns with local delicacies, restaurants, bars and tourist shops with several local products. In the square there is a spectacular fountain made of marble dated around 1809, whose crystal waters are widely known as «Immortal Water». Also, visitors can visit many churches with remarkable icons as well as the Museum of Folk Art and History of Pelion. This museum is housed in the historic Topali Mansion and includes rare objects and mementos like household equipment, pictures, jewellery, traditional dress, books, tools and weapons.
Zagora is the Pelion’s largest village and the birth place of G. Kordatos, a distinguished historian. It is located on the east side of the mountain overlooking the famous summer resort of Chorefto. It is consisted of four regions (Perachora or Agia Paraskevi, Agia Kiriaki, Agios Georgios and Agia Sotiria). All houses are totally built in traditional style, most of them have wooden carved ornamental windows and doors. One can visit the really beautiful old churches of Agia Kyriaki Agia Paraskevi Agios Nikolaos and Agios Georgios. Also, do not miss visiting the library and the Hellenic museum (School of Greek freedom-fighter Rigas Feraios) which is the oldest school on Pelion. The region produces several agricultural products but most famous are the apples and pears. There are many and remarkable choices of accommodation as well as many taverns and restaurants with food of a very good quality. In early September, the local Women’s Cooperative organize the “Festival of apples”
Tsagkarada is located on the east of the mountain with an amazing view to the Aegean sea and is consisted of four districts (Agia Paraskevi, Agioi Taxiarches, Agios Stefanos and Agia Kiriaki). The buildings of Tsagarada are arranged over three ridges and maintain their privacy since the settlement is hidden among the plane and chestnut trees. In Agia Paraskevi square you will see the thousand year old plane tree and in Agion Taxiarhon square the water fountain with the four taps and the old arched stone bridge at the gorge of Mylopotamos, built in 1787. Make a tour in the village and admire imposing buildings like the Achillopoulio Commercial School, the Nanopoulio School, and the abandoned Kartalion Primary School. Choosing to walk either through the paths or the roads towards the sea, you will find the beach of Fakistra , next to the cave of the so called “secret school” (“krifo scholio”) and Milopotamos, which is the most famous beach of Pelion.
Milies is geographically situated in the center of Pelion. The revolution of Pelion started here in 1821 with leader Anthimos Gazis. During your stay in Milies, you should definitely visit the church of Agios Taxiarchos with its interesting frescoes and its fine acoustics in the central square, the famous Library of Milies which contains four thousand rare manuscripts and old books, the Terminal Station of Mountzouris train, the famous school of Milies operating as a spiritual and cultural creative centre during the Turkish occupation and the iron bridge. Near the long iron bridge and the station in Milies there is a cave which according to Mythology was the shelter of Centaur Chiron. ‘’Anna na ena milo’’ is one of the most hospitable and warmest traditional cafés of Pelion.
Trikeri is the southernmost settlement of Pelion and has all the features of an island still having a developed maritime tradition. The village has many old mansions owned by captains. The church of Agios Athanasios and Agia Triada with its unique carved gilded iconostasis are very interesting. Until recently communications with Volos were possible only by boat via the little port of Agia Kiriaki, a charming fishing hamlet with local taverns specialise in fresh seafood.
Kissos is a lovely small village virtually hidden in the dense flora. The three-aisled basilica church of Agia Marina, decorated by an impressive temple carved with designs of animals and plants, is the most important ecclesiastic monuments on Mount Pelion and imposes in the village’s square. The church also has a small museum with old ecclesiastic manuscripts and books as well as several hagiographic exhibits. There are many paths that you can walk through and one of them leads to the Monastery of St. Efstathios, while another one leads to the ski resort of Chania.
Chania is set at an altitude of 1,200 meters above mean sea level and is the highest village of Pelion. This is the number one winter destination of Pelion as it is adjacent to the Ski Centre in Agriolefkes that provides lively winter entertainment. There are two comfortable shelters, two electric ski – lifts, a snow plough and spacious parking. Chania has many choices of accomodation such as rooms to let, hotels and inns, many taverns with local food, shops with traditional sweats and souvenirs. It is famous for its dry wine and the traditional spentzofai dish.
Vizitsa is one of the best preserved villages with its stone-paved alleys, its renovated lordly mansions, its stone fountains and a dense network of narrow streets. In its square you can see the centuries old plain trees and the stoned fountain which offers constantly cool water to the visitors. It has a lot of lovely churches like the Monastery of Agios Ioannis and the chapel of Zoodochos Pighi, both built in the 18th century. There are many paths, and one of them leads you to the railway station of Milies. Festivals in this village’s square are organized mostly in summer. The most famous are the feast of Agioi Anargyroi on July 1st, the day of Virgin Mary on August 15th and the feast of Ioannis Prodromos on August 29th. The feasts include food, drink and traditional greek music.
Chorto is a pretty harbour village located in the inner side of Pelion, on the coasts of the Pagasetic Gulf, and is just 3 km from Argalasti and Milina. It is a lovely place for summer holidays. Aggelinis mansion is a small museum with many household objects, as well as old tools, books and valuable relics. Just across from Horto, on the little island called Alatas, you can visit the monastery of Agioi Saranta from the Byzantium Era where you will admire the great decoration and the rare Christian icons of that time. In August, many festivals and cultural events take place here.
Afissos is a fishing village developed a bit over the last years with delicious taverns at the port and hotels, that hasn’t lost at all its traditional charm. It resembles an island due mainly to its sandy beaches (Kalifteri and Ambovos as well as to its white houses. you can find restaurants, taverns, fish taverns, coffee places and bars. You will be able to find a great selection of hotels and accommodation.
Lafkos is one of the most beautiful traditional villages of Pelion with its cobbled paths, stone houses and the beautiful village’s square with the tall plane trees. Lafkos proudly exhibit its impressive three aisled basilica of Genessios tis Theotokou, with the wonderful Pelion ecclesiastical architecture.
Argalasti standing among the olive and fig trees, is can be called the village of running waters with so many fountains. It has many neoclassical houses and impressive historical buildings. Do not forget to visit the church of Agios Nikolaos built over the remains of a Byzantine church, the house where Margaritis Dimadis, member of the “Filiki Etaireia” (Society of Friends), lived as well as the building of the girl’s school, whose director was Kostas Varnalis. Argalasti is a stopping point for those headed for the nearby beaches of the Pagasetic Gulf (Chorto, Kalamos, Lefokastro) or the Aegean Sea (Potistika, Melani, Paltsi). During August, the Festival of the Olive takes place in Argalasti, as well as many other cultural events such as plays in the foundation of the open-air theatre on the beach of Korfos.
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