The height of beauty
The locals paid suitable homage to these “divine” gifts. They decorated their land with stately homes, cobbled stone alleyways, beautiful squares and infused the air with intoxicating aromas from their kitchens. A tour of central Pelion reveals the harmony in nature and the wisdom of its people.
An open-air museum
In dignified Vizitsa the imposing stately homes will take you back to the 16th century when they were first built. A walk along its alleyways and in the pine covered square with the Holy Temple of Zoodohos Pigi and the stone built fountain imbues you with its overwhelming sense of tranquility, as you contemplate the prospect of taking the old stone road to the magical hamlet of Milies.
On Kala Nera beach you will lose yourselves in the entrancing ruby sunset after you have had your fill of refreshing dives. A bit further on, you will find Afyssos, a resort nestled amidst olive groves and sweeping down the mountainside to the waiting sea. On Afyssos beach, as well as nearby Abovos and Kallifteri, it is easy to while away summer days without a cloud to be seen on the horizon.
Apple blossom days
Milies, apple trees, is one of the most beautiful and historic villages on Pelion. This is the birthplace of a band of radical luminaries, known as the Teachers of the Nation, who founded the famed Public Library of Milies. The village Museum vividly narrates its cultural trajectory while the church of Agioi Taxiarches impresses with its immaculate acoustics. You’ll feel a childlike excitement welling up inside when you first set eyes on the legendary “moutzouris”, a little steam train chugging out of its traditional railway station. Barely will you have had time to compose yourself after this rare treat when the sumptuous sands of Kato Gazea stretch out before you- resistance is futile!
A tiny village it might be but Pinakates is steeped in tradition and overflowing with natural style and beauty. A large square with the basilica of St. Demetrius, a neoclassical fountain and an abundance of fresh mountain water, bringing a verdant sheen to the landscape, all contribute to the idyllic, tranquil atmosphere you’ll enjoy there.
Agios Georgios Nilias
This is a village that clambers all over the mountainside like an excited child peering inquisitively down at the Gulf of Pagasitikos. The winding alleyways that crisscross the village all seem to converge on the enchanting square with its reassuring old plane tree and ornate fountain. Your stay here is not complete without a visit to the Monastery of Pamegisti Taxiarches.
Pelion has a heart of gold ready to capture yours!