Argalasti

Standing among the olive and fig trees, you will be amazed with the beautiful walks you can take along the cobble paths whilst watching the old traditional houses with medieval features in their walls as you pass them. These houses are heavily influenced from the ancient Byzantine years.

Highlights:

  • The Church of the Holy Apostles (1913).
  • The Girl's School building.
  • The Stone arched bridges, Katsilochori, Rema of Rodia, Lefokastro, Karidi, Ammourtsia.
  • Natural. Akra Kaloyiros (Point) (17 km) Pilion (Peak) (24 km) Akra Prioni (Point) (26 km)
  • The nearby villages of Lafkos, Chorto, Kalamos, Lefokastro.
  • Swimming. swimming, On the side of the Pagasitic Gulf the beaches of Paou (5km), Kalamou (6km) or Lefokastro (9km) all . On the side of the Aegean Sea, Potistikon (15km) and Paltsi (13km).
  • August, the Festival of the Olive.
  • The open-air theatre on the beach of Korfos.

Argalasti is also an old village of Pelion and until nowadays the most important one in South Pelion. It lies in the middle of a fertile environment between olive trees, olive groves and grain fields, and is the capital of the municipality.

In the summer months every Saturday in the village is a market. There are local products (fruit and vegetables), but also various other items (dishes, knives, clothes, …) sold.

The place is a trade and tourism center of the region. Argalasti is the starting point for the nearby beaches of the Pagasitic Gulf (Chorto – Horto, Kalamos, Lefokastro) and the Aegean Sea (Potistika, Melani, Paltsi). Argalasti has a school, a gymnasium, a post office and a main square (Platia).

The square forms the social center of the place. Around the place cafes, tavernas, kiosks, a post office and a playground are grouped. The place is used as a meeting place for the locals especially at dusk. But also surprisingly many German and Austrian drop-outs, who have settled in the village or in the surrounding villages, are found here.

It is a rich village, which extends up to the southern areas of Magnisian peninsula. It includes a number of settlements with rural cultivations (olives, figs, grapes), livestock, fisheries, while in the last two centuries of the Ottoman rule, it developed the craft of silk.

Nowadays, Argalasti is still a big village and it is the central office of the Municipality, with many interesting neoclassical houses that you will see during your strolls.

Look for and visit the house where Margaritis Dimadis lived, who was a member of the “Filiki Etaireia” (Society of Friends), as well as the building of the girl’s school, the director of which was Kostas Varnalis.

Particularly unique is the trikliti (triforium) basilica church of Agioi Apostoli Petros and Pavlos (1886), with its imposing marble bell tower. At the square and on the neighbouring roads, there are traditional cafés as well as modern ones, and very nice choices of accommodation and food.

Nature

Key advantage is the central point which allows you to admire the beautiful beaches of the Aegean and Pagassitic Gulf. The mountain that surrounds Argalasti is typical for the varied nature and is ideal for walks and alternative forms of tourism for the winter.

If you wish to swim Argalasti has access to a wonderful selection of beautiful beaches on the Pagasitic Gulf, such as the beaches of Paou ( 5km.), Kalamos and Lefokastro (9km.). On the Aegean coast, the sandy beaches of Potistika (15 km.) and Paltsi (13 km.) are perfect places to head to.

The village Argalasti is the headquarters of the municipality of Argalasti, and stretches from Pagasitic Gulf to the coast of Aegean Sea and the southern edges of the Pelion peninsula, where many villages and hamlets of south Pelion all belong to this municipality.

History and Culture

This extensive plateau, where Argalasti is located, is a marvellous grassland, and therefore stock farmers from all over Greece settled there with their flocks in the 15th. century, when they were abandoning their places of origin in order to survive from the massacres of Ottoman occupiers.

The working villagers cleared the smooth land and created fields that they sowed with cereals, wheat and barley. Argalasti was one of the few villages of Pelion with its own production and self-sufficiency of flour. Later on, they cultivated olives, grapevines, fig trees, and other kind of trees, and the fertile land provided plenty of fruits that contributed in the prosperity and the increase of the population.

The territory of the village was expanded from the one coast to the other, and as it is mentioned in the book “Modern Geography” (Geographia Neoteriki), many coastal settlements functioned as Argalasti’s ports, and in this way fish was included in the everyday diet of the residents of Argalasti.

The residents of Argalasti, such as those of the other villages of Pelion, participated actively in the revolution of 1821, without experienced leaders and weapons. The passion for freedom from the Ottoman occupation was their main source of braveness and self-sacrifice. The resistance of Argalasti’s residents was heroic, and the chieftain Giorgis Damtsas contribution in this was major.

Sights

If you take a walk around the village you will be impressed by the  traditional atmosphere and the old houses and mansions that bear in their architecture, elements from the ancient and Byzantine period. By the beautiful and cool square, which is located near the Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, a basilica aisled church of 1886, built by craftsmen from Zoupa.
Most impressive of the the attractions is the marble neoclassical steeple of the church of St. Apostles, built in 1913. The building has a square base with a side length of 10 m., Height of 25m. The masterpiece of architecture is the tower of the Church. Two Russian bells and a Swiss clock built an as imitation of the bell tower of the Saint Fotini in Smyrni. The bel fry is 45 meters high, built with marble by local technicians in the 1914.

Of special interest is also the building of the Girl’s School, which was recently renovated at the early of the 20th century and its director was the scholar and poet Kostas Varnalis.
Close to is the the church of of St. Apostles is paved square of the village, which is covered with centuries old plain trees, offering cool shade to the passers by as well as the locals.

Special Experience

Leaving Argalasti and going to Kalamos, we arrive at the old monastery of St. Nicholas, which was built in the 15th century and destroyed by the Ottomans in 1843. Excellent post-Byzantine frescoes decorate the narthex.
In this green area, with lots of water and the inexhaustible source, one can admire the magnificent views over the gulf of Pagasitic.
Continuing the way to the sea, we reach the picturesque beach of Mikri Pau.

Stone arched bridges

The unique architecture of the craftsmen of Epirus and the technical treatment of the stone are reflected in the stone arched bridges of Pelion.
It is impressive how each bridge is included in the natural environment and is an integral part of it.  See the bridges:
in Katsilochori (it is located within Argalasti, at the entrance of the village)
in Rema of Rodia (you will come across it in the route of Argalasti – Lefokastro)
in Lefokastro (it is located within the settlement of Lefokastro)
in Karidi (the bridge is located in the route of Argalasti – Xinovrysi)
and in Ammourtsia (the bridge is located in the route of Argalasti- Kalamos).

Accommodation and culinary

 

Access

By bus


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By car: 30,9 km (56m)

  • Take Eparchiaki Odos (EO: Provincial Road) EO34 and vertrek inzuidelijke richting op de EO34 naar Grigoriou Lampraki.
  • Weg vervolgen naarOd. Argalastis-Sikis
  • Arrive at Argalasti

By Taxi: Taxis in Pelion are not used as in the cities. You will not see them waiting on the road, in order to use a taxi you will have to call the driver and arrange a pickup.

Car rental: The best way to explore the area is to have your own car and is worth to visit places that are not accessible by the local public transport and tours.

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