Zagora

See the old world from a whole new perspective.

Discover why everyone calls this paradise. And, indulge yourself in a undiscovered world of stunning nature and history an exclusive experience that have your next 19 vacations covered.

Highlights:

  • Library of Zagora
  • The Greek Museum School
  • Popotech Workshop
  • The apple festival begin September
  • The traditional guesthouse “Theareston”

Zagora is Pelion’s biggest mountainous place with rich cultural heritage and spectacular view of the Aegean Sea, as it is located in the green eastern slopes of Pelion. One thing that makes it special is the traditional color of the village.

Nature

Set in a charming position in-between thousands of years old forests regarded as the center of the woodland area in Pelion and is popular for its natural beauties.

Walk  two main kalderimi (cobbled stone path) routes linking Zagora and Horefto (Chorefto), to discover the old nature.

One starts from Agios Georgios square and another from The Transfiguration of Christ church, so we can use both to make a circular walk. We can also walk one way and return by bus (see timetables at www.ktelvolou.gr) or taxi. It is advisable to wear long trousers and hiking shoes, because vegetation may be overgrown at certain spots, mostly in the southern route, despite efforts to keep the routes clean.

History and Culture

Archaeological findings testify the presence of a pre-Christian town there. The new Zagora developed by the end of the 16th century, due to the silk trade exported to Venice, Dalmatia, Germany and other parts of Europe. Wool imported from different areas of Greece was mixed with local qualities, spun and woven in the famous ‘workshops’. Specifically the “Zagorian Shepherd’s Coats” became famous all over the Greece. Due to the trade of all these products, Zagora developed a fleet of ships, which used the nearby anchorage of ‘Horefto’.

During the Turkish occupation were two underground schools in Zagora. One  in the cells of the Christ the Saviour monastery (1160 AD). Children were taught here basic skills of reading and writing. The other called “Ellinomouseio- Greek Museum” (1702 AD) housed in the monastery of Saint John the Baptist. This school became famous for its dedicated teachers and distinguished students who were trained, not only in the Greek language, but also in mathematics, physics, astronomy, geography, philosophy, history and foreign languages. Among the students of this school were great personalities as the Patriarch of Konstantinopel Kallinikos Lapatis, Rigas Pheraios (the leader of the Greek revolution against the Turks), Anthimos Gazis, and Filippos Ioannou.

Zagora is still economically active with the cultivation of the legendary “Apple of Zagora” made by the Agricultural Association Zagorin, one of the first cooperatives in Greece (founded 1916). The Women’s Cooperative, prepares local sweets, marmalades and liqueurs with great artistry and fantasy and organize the “Festival of apples”.

Sights

Get a new slant on the old world with a visit to this school called the “The “Greekmuseum” (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 huge icons and have very striking golden sculptured icons.

In the historical Library of Zagora, founded in 1762 AD, are kept thousands of rare books, manuscripts, Byzantine texts and 150 handwritten codes.

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..

Special Experience

A holiday experience that could change your life is a visit to the gorgeous Zagora all year round, ideal for winter and summer vacations and discover why everyone calls this paradise. See the stone-made houses with wooden carved ornamental windows and doors, the so called “Arhontika” (Mansions), the churches, the springs, the stone-made bridges, the delightful routes and the various cultural and sports activities.

Zagora offers large amount of enterprises with real traditional food and is ideally positioned to visit the stunning beaches at Elitsa and Agioi Saranda, in addition to the more popular resort of Agios loannis. Leave the experiences that can satisfy even the most demanding clients.

At the beginning of September, you can experience the festival of the “Apple”, which concludes with dance and food.

For swimming you can go to the beautiful beach of Horefto, or for a quieter beach, you can go to Agioi Saranta. Here you will find a lot of taverns and restaurants offering you an excellent taste of Pelion cuisine.

At the squares of Agios Georgios and Agia Kiriaki quarters, you can enjoy the shade of plane trees and sip your coffee, have lunch and relax with your family or friends.

Accommodation and culinary

There are many of traditional  (guest)houses and Hotels In and around Zagora. Some with breath-taking views of the sea or the mountains. They are homely places built in the traditional architectural style of Mountain Pelion beautiful colours, handpicked decorations and furniture, with intense elements of stone and wood. Equipped with oak furniture and typical decor of Mountain Pelion, ensure to visitors the traditional character of the area and the experience of a homely serenity accommodation in an elegant family atmosphere.

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