Ali Meria

Ideal place for rest, entertainment, activities, nature, historical and archaeological attractions

The region offers fantastic romantic holiday for couples and families. Combining mythology with many historical and archaeological sights, museums, cultural tradition, pure nature and activities. The area’s mythical background captivates the visitor’s imagination with the Sporades islands just 45 minutes from Volos Haven.

Highlights:

  • Taverns and grill houses
  • River Anavro
  • The classical building "Hatziargiri"
  • "Fournos Velentza" with beautiful murals of the international known painter Theofilos
  • The Hill of Goritsa
  • Volos capital city
  • Dance
  • Pelion Gastronomy - Cooking lessons, Portaria
  • Spring of Manas, Portaria
  • Panagia Portarea, Portaria
  • Bike or Hike, Portaria
  • Theoxenia (ruins of the most luxurious hotel in the Balkans of the pre-war era), Portaria
  • The church of Panagia – Agios Symeon, Portaria
  • The Byzantine Monastery of Agios Ioannis Prodromos, Portaria
  • Traditional Festivals (Agia Triada, Tsipouro, Dance, Wedding, Sausage, Flowers), Portaria
  • The "Athanasakio" mansion, Portaria

Built on the foothills of Pelion and in a very short distance from Volos lies Alli Meria, It is a beautiful village built in the traditional form, attracting many new residents who dream of finding a peaceful home in beautiful surroundings. The vegetation is lush and the village is built on the bank of the historical waterfall Anavros, with a beautiful view of the Pagasetic Gulf and and Volos city.

Nature

The vegetation of the area is rich, and the view to the Pagasitikos Gulf is marvellous.

History and Culture

The initial name of the village was Almeria, i.e. an arvanit-tuskish word that means grassland. This grassland caught the interest of the stock farmers, settled in the area in the early 19th. century, who were transporting goods with their mules and horses from Pelion and its villages to Thessaly and Epirus, from where they were also bringing several goods back home.

At the beautiful central square is located the oldest monument, i.e. the church of Agios Athanasios (18th. century). Of particular interest are also the murals of the folk painter Theofilos which survive in the village’s bakery.

Sights

Full of trees, with picturesque localities and centres of recreation. Walk through the cobbled streets and discover hidden places, taste delicious mezedes in the taverns and grill houses located there, enjoy your time, and at the same time find relaxation and rest.

It is traversed by the fabulous river Anavro, which constitutes natural lung, since its watercourse is full of very tall plane trees .
At the upper quarter is raised proud the neo-classical building “Hatziargiri”, full of charm.

Below there is the preserved building “Fournos Velentza” with beautiful murals of the known, popular painter Theophilos.

In the center of the village there is a big square paved with flagstones, with its old plane tree in the middle, constitutes a natural balcony, from where you can enjoy the city of Volos and the sober Pagasitikos.

The Hill of Goritsa is a small natural hill and lies in the southeast of Ali Meria. The hill is known as the promenade and the Church of the Life Giving Fountain, at the top. The present church took the place of an older Christian church 18th century, and there is evidence for the existence in the same ancient sacred.

The hill was inhabited in the mid-4th  century AD. A big fortified city was built there. However, the city wall, as survives today, should be completed during the reign of Cassandra (between 316 and 298 AD). Outside the city walls are both big cemeteries, the western and eastern. Near the eastern gate, outside the firewall, is a small natural cave. Within its walls is the inscription “Dios Meilichiog”, which leads to the conclusion that the region worshiped Zeus. The quarries of 4th century BC. preserved in 30 points of the hill.

Special Experience

You can follow the historical old mule track which connected Volos to the villages of East Pelion (Zagora, Makrirachi, Kissos etc.). You can start from the village of Alli Meria at the outskirts of Volos, because the first section of the original route has become an asphalt road and therefore is unpleasant to walk. You come to Ali Meria  from Volos by city bus number 7 or taxi and return from Portaria using public transport.

Another option is to continue walking to Hania, or to Zagora,  Anilio, Kissos, Tsagarada, Mouresi, Agios Lavrentios, Agios Georgios, Hania. At Hania there are hotels and restaurants open all year round.

From all these places you can use public transport to return or walk the path back to Ali Meria. or But you can also follow the path -Portaria-Stagiates-Aidonofolies (Volos) but follow the road to the right when you see the sign Agios Ioannis if you do not want to go to Agios Ioannis because then you have to came back the same road an continue to Stagiates-Aidonofolies (Volos). Enjoying great views over Makrinitsa and Volos. You can then take a city bus or taxi and return to Ali Meria.

From Portaria go downhill the path to to Katihori and continue on trail-rural road to “Ali Meria, having a marvelous view of Volos and Pagasitikos. Easy downhill route lasting about a half hour or less. On the other hand you can take bus from Portaria or continue going down the road to Volos:

Elk jaar in de Gemeentelijke District van Meria plaatsvindt “Festival of Flowers”. Er is een bloemententoonstelling door lokale bloem productie en de bezoeker kan de verscheidenheid aan bloemen en kleuren te bewonderen. Ook, bezoekers kunnen bloemen te kopen tegen zeer aantrekkelijke prijzen.

De “Festival of Flowers” blijft open van ‘s morgens tot’ s avonds. Aan het einde van het volgende volksfeest vieren in het centrale plein.

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