About Pelion Tesalia - presentation, information, photos and recommendations
Pelion is a mountain in the southeastern part of Thessaly, in central Greece, forming a peninsula in the form of a hook between the Pagasetic Gulf and the Aegean. The highest peak, Pourianos Stavros, has an altitude of 1624 meters.
Pelion is a popular Greek peninsula between Athens and Thessaloniki, near the town of Volos, being the perfect combination of mountain and sea - a perfect destination for a family stay in Greece.
Tourist resorts like Kala Nera, Koropi, Afissos, Milies delight tourists, attracted by the wide, sandy beaches and crystal clear water of the Aegean. Pelion is the ideal place for a holiday in Greece, where you can combine the beach days with mountain trips or day trips to the islands of Skiathos or Skopelos. 150 km away from Pelion is the resort Kamena Vourla famous for its thermal springs and the neighboring area, Thermopiles.
On Mount Pelion there are 24 traditional villages, bigger or smaller, richer or poorer, some are seen from far away, others are hidden by forests. Among the streams, traditional houses seem to have grown with trees and are clinging to the slopes of the mountains. In the middle of villages with narrow streets are markets with stone fountains and secular bananas, old churches hide treasures, and houses with Ottoman or neoclassical architecture are built of stone and wood and have richly decorated balconies. The picturesque picture is complemented by several taverns, cafes and craft shops and souvenirs.
The gateway to Pelion is the town of Volos. From here a winding road bravely climbs the mountain and reaches Portaria village. During the Turkish occupation the village was prosperous and famous for silk products. Portaria is still a traditional village, and many of the largest and most beautiful 19th century houses have become hotels or guesthouses.
Beaches in Pelion, Greece:
- Agios Ioannis is a sandy beach in the east of Pelion, near the village of Kissos which offers an enchanting landscape, a perfect combination between the green of the forest and the crystalline water of the sea.
- Mylopotamos is a beach with sand and white pebbles, with crystalline water of rare beauty. Mylopotamos beach is divided into two by a rocky formation being quite crowded during the summer.
- Horefto beach is the most beautiful and most popular beach in Pelion, with fine sand, calm, clean and clear waters, having a length of about 2 km. According to Greek mythology, this region of Pelion would have been the summer residence of the gods of Olympus and the homeland of the centaurs, and the coast of Pelion is the place where Peleus fell in love with Nereid Thetis. Near Horefto beach you will find accommodation, restaurants, cafes, bars, bakeries and mini-markets.
- Agios Saranta Beach is located south of Horefto, a 15-minute walk away. Passing by the harbor, follow the path on the coast to the sandy beach with the very high stone called "Calogeros" (monk) where the bravest jump into the Aegean.
- Beach Plaka Pelion is a small beach on the east of the Pelion peninsula, north of Horefto, crowded in summer, tourists looking for peace and clear water for swimming here.
- Papa Nero beach is a beach with white sand and turquoise waters, located next to Agios Ioannis beach. Here you will find taverns that will adorn you with delicious seafood and fresh fish, so you can enjoy your meal on the beach and admire the beauty of the Great Aegean.
- Damouchari Beach is a pebble beach, but you can find taverns, restaurants and bars nearby. Do not miss a visit to the church of Agios Nikolas with its wonderful paintings.
- Parisian beach is a virgin land with lush vegetation that effectively invades the beach creates an exotic enchanting landscape.
- Tour Pelion Beach
- Analipsi beach is a small and secluded beach, located in the east of the Pelion peninsula, which is not very well developed from a tourist point of view.
- Elitsa beach is a small, rocky beach located near the beach of Analipsi. Visit the small chapel of Agioi Pantes by the beach in a landscape that resembles Athos.
- Vrios beach is located in the east of Pelion, the border between the municipality of Zagora and Midgela. A wreck of a German ship during World War II was 50-60 meters off the coast.
- Kolokithaki beach is an 80-100 meters long beach.
- Kerasorema beach forms a small bay used as a natural port by ships from Zagora. Next to her was the legendary Asprovrahos (White Rock).
- Limnionas Beach is a fascinating beach in the cave area, where according to legends, the Persian fleet of Xerxis was destroyed in 480 BC. Today, together with Alonnisos, it is the natural habitat of monk seals and dolphins in the area.
- Arsanas Beach - Agios is near the ruins of the old Metamorphosis monastery Sotiros Flamouri, which a group of monks are trying to restore. The Sotirosa monastery was built by Agios Symeon (Saint Simon) in 1593.
- Koulouri Beach is one of the furthest beaches between Pelion and Agiocampos, Larisa, being in fact a natural port, half an hour away by boat from Horefto.
In Pelion, wines, liqueurs, spirits, jams, olive oil, aromatic plants, teas and honey are among the most appreciated in Greece.
The local apple is called fyriki and has small, aromatic fruits from which jams are made and a very fragrant sherbet, served with a glass of cold water.
If you arrive in Pelion try local traditional specialties: white bean soup, tyropsomo - a bread made with cheese and oregano or spetsofai - a spicy dish made with peppers, tomatoes and sausages.
Don't forget to look for the salad, a kind of potato salad prepared with potatoes.
Some of the local specialties that are worth trying are spetzofai, mousakas, "tsitsiravla", pies and local meat as well. The culinary feast will be complemented by the traditional sweets from Pelion, usually made "at home".
Pelion Tesalia | Pelion is a mountain in the southeastern part of Thessaly, in central Greece, forming a peninsula in the form of a hook between the Pagasetic Gulf and the Aegean. The highest peak, Pourianos Stavros, has an altitude of 1624 meters
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