The work of village artisans shines out in settlements perched on the pistes of the legendary mountain, surrounded by fir, chestnut and beech; in cobblestoned alleys; in arched bridges connecting gorges and ravines and in ornate marble fountains.
The stately homes of Pelion, supreme examples of the local architecture, stand as resplendent reminders of glorious past and fine adornments for the 21st century visitor. The locals have restored them with loving care and respect for traditional values, retaining the aristocratic mien of past times, adding the comforts of a modern renovation and making accommodation that brings a regal dimension to your holiday.
From their windows you see the clouds caressing the mountaintops or the snowflakes settling on the tree branches; and you enjoy the atmospheric ambience and the personal care and natural courtesy of your hosts, as warm as the fire that glows in the hearth of these magnificent residences.
Years ago a prominent wealthy resident may well have constructed the place where you are now staying, like Ioannidis’ stately home in Ai-Giorgis or Topalis’ impressive abode in Makrinitsa, which is now home to the Pelion Folk Art and History Museum. Today you are the new “lord of the manor”, master of all you survey.
And “lordly” is what the breakfast awaiting you the next day will be, worthy of the effort and time your hostess has spent on its preparation. Pies, cakes, jams, omelets, strapatsada sausages, sweets and myriad other treats; all home cooked with products from local producers, it will fill you with the energy you need for a day full of activities.
And what makes all this even more palatable is the friendly company of the hosts, overflowing with anecdotes about the stately homes and local community from over the years.
Enjoy the unique hospitality of the land and its people.