Discover the Villages of East Pelion

Spent 8 wonderful days in Pelion Paradise to explore the authentic villages of East Pelion. Pelion is full of picturesque and traditional villages perched along dense green mountainsides or boarding the sea side, all with different style but yet very beautiful. Take the train, enjoy nature, visit old churches and monasteries, sit down for coffee or lunch, purchase some local products like honey and traditional sweets. Enjoy and relax!

To plan your perfect holiday in Pelion Paradise we have selected a number of activities just for you! Through our contacts in Greece we can offer you the most authentic experience. Below the best suggestion for you with which you can book directly with us.

Highlights:
  • Authentic mountain villages
  • Lovely ride with the Little Train
  • Old churches and monasteries
  • Discover the numerous water fountains
Accommodation
  • Aleka’s Guesthouse
  • The Lost Unicorn Hotel

€ 810,- (per person, mid-season, excluding flight)

Prices can vary depending on the time of year of your booking.
Car rental based on Peugeot 208 diesel from Avis.
We are happy to help you also book your flight.


Activities
  • Little train of Pelion – The Smudgy goes to Mileai (Milies)

8 days to discover the Villages of East Pelion

Some of the famous villages of Pelion are Tsagarada, Mouresi, Damouchari (Ntamouchari), Milies (Mileai), Zagora, Portaria, Makrinitsa and Agios Ioannis. Spent 8 wonderful days in Pelion Paradise to discover just a few of the authentic villages of Pelion. Each with its own story and character, all worth a visit. Incredible architecture, shady squares with traditional tavernas, old fountains and grand houses. Monasteries and churches that will enchant you. And Moutzouris (Smudgy), the little train, that takes you through trees and forests, above 12 bridges, to Milies (Mileai). A trip worth taking. You’ll feel like a local.

Includes: Accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner and car rental

Seasons: all year round

Itenary:

Day 1. Arrival and settling in hotel

Day 2. Walk from Tsagarada to Mouresi and Damouchari (Ntamouchari)

Day 3. With the Little train of Pelion to Milies (Mileai)

Day 4. Visit Zagora Village

Day 5. Day of choice or time to visit Tsagarada Village

Day 6. Visit Portaria and Makrinitsa, balcony of Pelion

Day 7. Leisure day at Agios Ioannis and Papa Nero

Day 8. Return to the airport

ACCOMMODATION: We will select a great location in or close to Tsagarada, one of the oldest villages in East Pelion. The base from which you can explore the surrounding villages and much more. The hotels we choose are all traditional style and of equal quality and service. With our choice of accommodation and catering, the visitor has the opportunity to combine the modern luxuries with the beauty of nature that surrounds him/her.

Extensive description

Day 1 | You arrive at the airport where you can pick-up your rental car to go to Pelion. On your route to Pelion you can already start to experience the beauty of mainland Greece.

In Pelion you will receive a very warm welcome on arrival at one of our selected hotels in or around Tsagarada village. This hotel will be the basis from where you will enjoy the amazing Pelion Peninsula. After you are refreshed join your local host over a welcome buffet of seasonal fruits & drinks for a brief orientation of the area, local customs, your activity schedule & all small details required. Later you can enjoy your day as you please. Your dinner is included at the hotel.

Day 2 | Today you will stay in walking distance of your hotel. After breakfast you will depart from Tsagarada village, from where you can walk the paths that lead to Mouresi and Damouchari (Ntamouchari) through the marvellous dense forest.

The quiet village of Mouresi features wild natural beauty and traditional colours.  The village overlooks a deep valley with two cascading streams which form natural pools and in whose ice-cold waters only nereids and nymphs have bathed since the dawn of time.

From Mouresi, the walk will take you to Damouchari (Ntamouchari). Damouchari (Ntamouchari) is extremely beautiful and particularly peaceful. There, one can enjoy a calm and dreamy stay at one of the two pebbled little beaches. The north gulf is a small natural port with taverns and houses. The south one has a beautiful beach covered with white pebbles and with crystal clear waters, which along with the adjacent gorge, offer to Damouchari (Ntamouchari) a wild beauty. The beach is ideal for snorkelling.

On a split between the beach and the harbour are the ruins of a Venetian castle. Venetian sailors and villagers used the castle as protection against pirate attacks. Near the castle are the remains of the ramshackle stone building of the Turkish customs and some old warehouses. In the little church Agios Nikolaos the wonderful sacred wall paintings by Pagonis, from around 1800 AD, can be admired.

Have lunch in Damouchari (Ntamouchari) and a small swim maybe and enjoy the peace and quiet. After you will walk back to Tsagarada. Here is enough to see as well. For example the gift-shop Amadrias with handmade souvenirs and the 1000 year old plane tree, or the old bridge of Tsagarada.

Day 3 | Today we need to leave early. “Moutzouris” (Smudgy), the little train of Pelion is leaving from Ano Lehonia Railway Station at 10 o’clock. At the end of the route lies Milies (Mileai) station where we arrive at 11:30. At 15:00 the little train will start its descent back towards Ano Lehonia.

This trip with the Little train of Pelion, tells you the mythical tales of Mount Pelion. With a maximum speed of 20km/h the train moves through mountainous terrain, filled with lush vegetation, allowing for a spectacular view over Pagasitic Bay, passing gorges, magnificent old bridges and tunnels. The train’s only intermediate stop is at the Ano Gatzea station, where coffee, local “tsipouro” and refreshments are available. From there it toils on to Milies (Mileai) and towards the completion of this 15km run in a total of about 90 minutes.

Milies (Mileai) village is built in an amphitheatrically style, on the green mountain slopes of Mount Dikri. The village is called Milies (Mileai) (apple trees) known for the production of apple trees. Full of old mansions, marble fountains and olive trees, Milies (Mileai) offers the perfect harmony. Milies (Mileai) is the place with the beautiful famous cave where the mythic Centaur Chiron and his students used to live. The village is the birthplace of some of the leaders of Neo-Hellenic Enlightenment like Anthimos Gazis, Danil, Philipidis and Grigorios Konstantas. The famous school of Milies (Mileai) is also there, operating as a spiritual and cultural creative centre during the Turkish occupation. Really interesting to see are the Library of Milies which contains four thousand rare books, the Folklore Museum of the community and the three-aisled basilica of Pamegistoi Taxiarches.

From Ano Lehonia back to Tsagarada for dinner.

Day 4 | Today you will visit Zagora village. Walking through the village you get captivated by the traditional architecture and the old cobbled paths and old mansions. At the square the old mansion Drakopoulos is extraordinary, operated under the responsibility of the Women Agro tourist Association of Zagora.

Get a new viewpoint on the old world with a visit to the school called the “The “Greek museum” (School of Rigas Feraios, 1777 AD), the beautiful churches of Agia Paraskevi (1803 AD), Agios Georgios (St.George) (1765 AD), Agia Kyriaki (1740 AD) and Agios Nikolaos. All of them are decorated with very striking golden sculptured icons. In the historical Library of Zagora, founded in 1762 AD, thousands of rare books, manuscripts, Byzantine texts and 150 handwritten codes are kept.

The port of Zagora is Chorefto (Horefto), once a well-known local naval and commercial centre that comprises many tourists during the summer months nowadays. You may like to go swimming at Chorefto Beach.

There is a 2,5 km long beach of unique beauty, where the green joins the blue, the golden sand and the deep blue water of the sea. Perfect for an afternoon swim.

The dense vegetation of the area and the peaceful atmosphere of Chorefto (Horefto) and its beach (especially during the winter) inspired the Greek poet George Drosinis, who had a house in the village, to write the collection of poems “Galini” (serenity), praising the Greek nature.

Day 5 | Day of choice. Please feel free to fill in this day yourself. Our Website offers you activities you may like to do. Walking, hiking, swimming, boat trips, or to the bigger city of Volos. You may want to spend a day on the beach. Or further discover Tsagarada, a village offering many possibilities for a lovely restful day.

Day 6 | Today you can park your car in Portaria and have a loop walk to the traditional mountain village of Makrinitsa (a car free, pedestrian only zone) which is located on the mountain slope next to Portaria. On your way to Makrinitsa, you may want to visit the Byzantine Monastery of Agios Ioannis Prodromos, with a rich history and byzantine decoration.

Makrinitsa is also called “the Balcony of Pelion”, due to the incredible views from the village over Volos and the Pagasitic Bay. An oasis of relaxation where you can admire the over a hundred years old plane trees, hearing at the same time the running waters of the fountains. The central square is anchored by a massive plane tree with a kid-friendly hollow, a marble fountain and the tiny chapel of Agia Panagia. Have lunch in Makrinitsa and after go back to Portaria.

Ascend through a forest and then via a track towards Portaria, whilst enjoying views over the city of Volos en route. One of the things that is worth doing is walk the path of Centaurs, starting just before entering Portaria. It is a 3km walk that starts from the church of Agia Marina at the entrance of the village and goes around it passing through beautiful churches, mansions and incredible nature. It is worth visiting the museum of folk art in the Zoulia mansion and the little squares around the village.

Portaria is surely one of the few places where you can find tranquillity and beauty right in the heart of Greece.  And don’t forget to eat a tasty (and two I may tell you!) walnut pie from Aeriko.

Day 7 | Today we will take it a little easy, going to Agios Ioannis, a fisherman’s village with a small port used by fishing boats and yachts. It is a charming little town where you will find super markets, bakeries, pastry shops, kiosks, grocery stores, cafeterias, fish specialties in ouzeri and bars. It also has quite a few restaurants, where you can enjoy fresh fish and try the specialties and traditional cooking of Pelion.

You can wander around in the village, and go for a swim at one of the three beaches.

Agios Ioannis has a beautiful, clean and sandy beach with very small pebbles, suitable for families with small children. Very close there are two more sandy beaches (Plaka beach and Papa Nero beach) to enjoy. All three are awarded the blue flag.

Day 8 | Departure from hotel to airport

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