Mount Pelion (a.k.a. Pelio or Pilio or Pelium; Greek, Modern: Πήλιο, Ancient/Katharevousa: Πήλιον) forms a hook-like peninsula between the Pagasetic Gulf and the Aegean Sea.
The mountains are entirely forested, with beech, oak, maple and chestnut trees. Pelion is a tourist attraction throughout the year: the mountain includes trails and sidewalks for walking within small and large beaches with sand or pebbles. Modern Pelio has twenty-four villages built with traditional Pelian architecture.
- Northeast Pelion, (Agios Ioannis, Horefto, Mouresi, Tsagkarada, Zagora)
- Northwest Pelion, (Afisos, Kato Gatzea, Agios Georgios Nileas, Portaria, Milies, Kala Nera)
- South Pelion, (Platanias, Xynovrissi, Paltsi, Milina, Argalasti, Horto, Trikeri, Agia Kyriaki, Paleo Trikeri)
The main villages in Pelion are:
- 1 Portaria, Stagiates, Katichori.
- 2 Makrinitsa.
- 3 Milies, Vizitza, Pinakates.
- 4 Kala Nera, Kato Gatzea, Ano Gatzea.
- 5 Afissos, Afetes, Koropi.
- 6 Lefokastro.
- 7 Platanidia, Kato Lechonia, Ano Lechonia, Agios Minas.
- 8 Agios Vlasios, Agios Georgios Nilias, Paleokastro, Sernanates, Strofilos.
- 9 Chania, Drakia.
- 10 Agios Lavrentios.
- 11 Zagora, Pouri, Chorefto, Agia Saranta, Makrirrachi, Omvrios.
- 12 Tsagkarada, Milopotamos, Fakistra.
- 13 Mouresi, Kissos, Anilio, Agios Ioannis, Papa Nero, Ntamouchari.
- 14 Neochori.
- 15 Kalamaki, Lampinou, Xourichti.
- 16 Argalasti, Kalamos, Paou.
- 17 Trikeri, Ag. Kiriaki, Kotes.
- 18 Platanias, Mikro, Kastri.
- 19 Milina, Chorto, Lafkos.
- 20 Xinovrysi, Potistika, Melani, Paltsi.
- 21 Promiri, Lyri, Katigiorgi, Mortia.
- 22 Syki.
- 23 Paleo Trikeri island.
Entrance to the Pelion is broadly speaking via Volos, which acts as a gateway to the region. Volos is well connected to airports in Athens and Thessaloniki (as well as the far smaller municipal airport) and the wider Greek highway network. To enter the Pelion from Volos, one can either drive down the 34A or the 34 main roads, or take a coach from Volos Interurban Bus Terminal ("Yperastiko KTEL") (KTEL Volou). Details on buses, can be found online here.
Whilst it is possible to travel by coach, they are few and far between. The easiest option is to travel by car, unless you fancy a hike!
- Walk along the recognized hiking routes.
- There are some great beaches on Pelion. Northwest Pelion has smaller sandy beaches on the Pagasetic Gulf, with calmer, warmer waters. Beaches in the Northeast Pelion are also sandy, but larger, and being on the Aegean, the water is usually far clearer, though deep, and there can be big waves. The pick of the bunch is Potistika beach.
- Take the traditional steam train from Kato Lechonia to Milies.
- Ski at Chania.
- Go horse riding around Milies
- Take a boat cruise from Kala Nera.
- The little train of Pelion is a nice and slow train through the lush Pelion terrain.
- 1 Horefto. 2.5km long beautiful sandy beach
- 2 Agioi Saranda. one of the most beautiful beaches in the area, partly managed with sunbeds
- 3 Agios Ioannis. touristy fully developed beach with many shops, taverns, cafes, hotels
- 4 Papa Nero. much visited beautiful sandy beach
- 5 Plaka
- 6 Damouchari
- 7 Fakistra
- 8 Mylopotamos
- 9 Limnionas
- 10 Potistika
- 11 Melani. beautiful long sandy beach, less touristy than the nearby Potistika beach. Best 'nudist' suitable beach on the Pelion
- 12 Mourtias. a bit out of the way, not so well-developed pebble beach
The most famous local dish, is called spetsofai (Greek: Σπετσοφάϊ), it has local sausage and peppers with tomato sauce. Usually spicy.