To visit in every season, walk or hike through the numerous cobbled paths and enjoy the incredible natural beauty which hypnotizes you. Old customs and traditional old houses, huge mansions and chapels with old frescos and wood sculpted temples. Located above the cosmopolitan and highly developed sea village of Agios Ioannis.
At a very short distance from the seaside resort of Agios Ioannis, Saint (Agios) Dimitrios is sparsely populated and located at a lush green slope of the mountain at an altitude of 300m, in the Municipality of Mouresi.
Thrilling, is the preserved picturesque character. It extends along a ridge overlooking the Sea and is traversed by a large network of paved with stones “kalderimia” (cobbled paths), which they were used as communication roads between the villages and the ports of Pelion. The old cobbled paths guide you through dreaming sights to traditional squares and virgin woods. You see traditional old houses as well as huge mansions, all beautifully decorated with flowers with amazing scent in Spring and, you make contact with the past ages.
In Pelion each season has its own unique colour, beauty, meaning and value. An unstoppable cycle of life that is organized in a masterful way so that one era follows the other.
History and Culture
The district of Saint Demetrius founded in 1927 after the departure of Turkish landlords and took its name from an old convent where the position is today the Metropolitan Church of the village.
Within this village come to life several old customs with the aim to not ever erase from the hearts and minds of people.
Saint Dimitrios has two squares that offer magnificent views. The Sotiras Church, the oldest church in Pelion Agios Dimitrios is well worth a visit. One of the most beautiful squares of the village is the paved square at the settlement of Xirovrisi (Dry Fountain), where you can rest and get refreshed from the homonymous covered fountain (1899 AD) with remarkable architecture and the church of the Transfiguration. You can also visit the renovated mansion “Salta” which operates as a cultural center organizing various art exhibitions and houses a large collection of traditional clothes and local objects and findings.
Agios Dimitrios has two squares that offer magnificent views. The Church of the Transfiguration, the oldest church in Pelion is well worth a visit. The church dates back to 1939 where the 3-day festival takes place on August 6th.
One of the most beautiful squares of the village is the paved square at the settlement of Xirovrisi (Dry Fountain), where you can rest and get refreshed from the homonymous covered fountain (1899 AD) with remarkable architecture and the church of the Transfiguration. You can also visit the renovated mansion “Salta” which operates as a cultural centre organising various art exhibitions and houses a large collection of traditional clothes and local objects and findings.
Walk up the hill paths to Agios Dimitrios and visit the churches and chapels with the old frescos and wood sculpted temples. The Church of St. George, dating from 1809AD, The Church of Our Lady, dating back to1640AD and The Church of St. John, dating from 1899AD.
Here one can also discover agricultural cooperatives, traditional art labs, old churches and libraries as well as a variety of taverns most working with local ingredients.
Pelion’s wintertime gourmet and the flavouring local wine guarantee you unforgettable taste delight. Chania winter sports centre on the top of the mountain is only 25 km from here.
Celebrate the first day of May, the “Maides” celebrations, and dance along with the local people on the outdoor festival of Agios loannis or Theologos chapel, on May the 8th.
Agios Dimitrios has the most well-known beach throughout Pelion, Agios loannis. The popular and highly developed sea village of Agios Ioannis is built on the lower side and serves as the port village of Agios Dimitrios. One can go there, either by walking down through the cobbled paths or by car.
Within this village come to life several old customs with the aim not to be erased from the hearts and minds of people:
- The fortune telling of Klidona. Related to the bode of the groom custom which is respected during the feast of St. John the Klidona or Riginou (June 24).
- The “Koumoutsia” of St. Fanourios. According to local custom, girls in wedding time have the urgent need to see with their own eyes the person with whom they will marry the eve of St.Fanourios. That night make a kind of bread, in which instead of salt they put sugar and cinnamon and bake in a pan in the oven like homemade baklava.
- The “armyrokouloura”. Girls who tend to get married still today – not anymore of course to the same extent as in the past – get three “first flenges” of a “palm” of salt. This is the mix with flour to knead and mold it a little “coil “. The “coil” is known as “armyrokouloura”
- A lover, a pagan “Saint” a “May”. He was a pagan form with a halo that in the folk faith and imagination stood out from the pantheon of saints, victim himself of the new unworldly trends of young people of our time, ruled all alone that day the older times.
- “Maides” celebrations. They were carried a few decades ago in Pelion in the pagan spirit of the ancient Dionysian celebrations. For centuries it was the newest Dionysian celebration, which was nothing but a frenzied hymn to life for the coming May month. Eight days held this unlikely amberjack drunkenness. Began shyly but with the appetite of the first of May, culminated the next and last days of good weather, right to a feast delirium.
Accommodation and culinary
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From the centrum of Volos, Griekenland, in Iasonos Street (Odos) the duration is 1u. 7 min. (39,1km).
- Take Eparchiaki Odos (EO: Provincial Road) Volou Portarias, Provincial Road Portarias Zagoras and Provincial Road Kissou to Provincial Road Agiou Dimitriou Agiou Ioanni-Agios Dimitrios: 1 u. 4 min. (37,3 km)
- Drive to the Provincial Road Agiou Dimitriou-Agiou Ioanni, 3 min. (1,7 km)
- Arrive at Agios Dimitrios Piliou.
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