Pelion is mythical home to the Centaurs and unspoiled, undiscovered Greece at its best. Rising from the Aegean coast between Athens & Thessaloniki it is a designated ‘Natura 2000’ area of outstanding natural beauty with clean mountain air, ancient forest and pristine blue waters.
What to see Popular as a local touring destination for decades, it is dotted with over 23 villages in ‘picture post-card’ settings (location for the movie ‘mama mia’). Once connected by donkey tracks which linked the villages before roads, they have largely been reopened making the area popular for hiking. Volos City is pretty for a shopping tip or a hop to one of the local islands, & Meteora with its spectacular monasteries is an easy day trip. Out tours here are designed to cover the diversity of the area.
Dont miss We love the atmospheric stone villages with their characteristic tower architecture, especially ‘Tsagaratha‘ & ‘Milies‘, and a local organic farm we visit shows off nicely much of the best of the local foods with diversities of Honeys, Cheeses, Herbs & locally harvested Mountain Teas.
Tips For wildlife enthusiasts there are over 20 distinct ecosystems to explore, an abundance of indigenous plants & animals, & very rich bird and butterfly life. At Easter time the bright orange & black fire salamanders are amazing to see dotted along the streams of the area.