Pelion

Peninsula in Thessaly

Native to centaurs, Pelion has otherwordly villages, often built amphitheatrically on slopes that resemble balconies with views to the sea.

Attractions, Beaches & Things to Do in Pelion

One of the slopes of Pelion Ski Centre Agriolefkes.
photo: Spyros L.

Pelion Ski Centre

«Agriolefkes»

Founded in 1967, at an altitude of 1471 m., offers both views of the Aegean and the Pagasetic Gulf.

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Agia Marina Church, Kissos

Erected approximately in 1650 in the central square of a historical village, it is famous for its gold-plated, wood-carved iconostasis.

→ E
≈ 7.1km

Zagora, Zagora-Mouresi

The largest village of Pelion, famous for apple cultivation, and the foundation place of one of the first Greek agricultural cooperatives (1916).

↑ N
≈ 8.6km

Centaurs' Path, Portaria

Among streams, plane trees, and wooden bridges, as well as legends related to its mythological name, is situated the 2,7 km long famous path.

← W
≈ 9.5km

Portaria, Volos

Located at the western slopes of Pelion, it has an amazing view of Volos city, while it was one of the first tourist resorts of Thessaly.

← W
≈ 9.6km

The Little Train of Pelion

Constructed between 1894 and 1903, it is the railway connection between Volos and Milies that is one of the major attractions of Pelion.

↓ S
≈ 10.4km

Agii Saranta Beach, Zagora

On the east coast of Pelion, it's a sand and small-pebble beach with a distinctive light blue color and the dense vegetation reaching the coast.

↗ NE
≈ 10.7km

Agios Ioannis Beach, Mouresi

Large sand & pebble beach quite famous for its waves in case of windy weather, while it's located at one of the most famous resorts of Pelion.

↗ NE
≈ 10.9km

Makrinitsa, Volos

The greatest Greek politician Eleutherios Venizelos, amazed by its astonishing views, had described this village as The Balcony Of Pelion.

← W
≈ 11km

Folk Art & History Museum of Pelion, Makrinitsa

Housed in a traditional mansion of 1844, it hosts artifacts and items of locals everyday life.

← W
≈ 11.1km

Byzantine Museum of Makrinitsa

It was inaugurated in 2018, while it sheds light on the ecclesiastical history of the region with Byzantine exhibits of the 13th century.

← W
≈ 11.2km

Papa Nero Beach, Ag. Ioannis Mouresi

Organized long & wide golden-sand beach where the lush vegetation reaches the coast.

→ E
≈ 11.3km

Chorefto Beach, Zagora

Organized large white sand & pebble beach with medium-deep turquoise waters that can have big waves in case of windy circumstances.

↗ NE
≈ 11.4km

Thousand Years Old Platanus Tree of Tsagkarada

The highlight of the central square of the village, one of the oldest plane trees of Europe.

→ E
≈ 11.6km

Tsagkarada, Zagora-Mouresi

Popular destination among Pelion villages that combines mountainous landscapes and close access to wonderful beaches of the Aegean Sea.

→ E
≈ 11.7km

Ntamouchari, Zagora-Mouresi

Its picturesque little bay was the main setting for the choreography of the song Dancing Queen of the famous movie Mamma Mia!.

→ E
≈ 12.4km

Public Library of Milies

«Psihis Akos»

Operating since 1814, it is one of the oldest Greek libraries, bearing a name that means «soul healing».

↘ SE
≈ 12.9km

Church of Taxiarches, Milies

Standing in the middle of the square is a structure of the first half of the 18th century, famous for its acoustics and its fresco paintings.

↘ SE
≈ 12.9km

Milies, South Pelion

A typical Pelion village and the terminal of the famous railway. It is placed almost in the middle of the peninsula at an altitude of 400 m.

↘ SE
≈ 12.9km

Volos

Gateway to Sporades Islands and home of magnificent Mount Pelion, Volos is a modern city for unforgettable tavern nights with friends, ouzo, and food.

← W
≈ 13.3km

Fakistra Beach, Mouresi

Trademark of wild natural beauty with green-blue waters among steep cliffs. The landscape of this rock-pebble beach offers relief & relaxation.

→ E
≈ 13.9km

Kala Nera Beach, South Pelion (Milies)

Cosmopolitan beach with natural shadow and amenities of the local facilities and infrastructure.

↓ S
≈ 14.3km

Mylopotamos Beach, Mouresi

Within a green & wild landscape, it is a marvelous & scenic sand-pebble beach that is cut by a rock (with an arch) that enters the sea.

→ E
≈ 15.2km
A picture of the crystal clear waters of the Koropi (Boufa) beach of South Pelion.
photo: HG32 / CC BY-SA 3.0

Koropi (Boufa) Beach, South Pelion (Milies)

Sandy with small pebbles and shallow water is ideal for families, while it's the longest beach of Pelion.

↘ SE
≈ 17.6km

Archaeological Site of Dimini

Prehistoric settlement that dates from the New Stone-Age era at 4.800 BC. It was revealed in excavations that began in 1886.

← W
≈ 22.6km

Archaeological Site of Sesklo

Its foundation dates back to approximately 6,800 BC, a fact that makes it one of the oldest settlements of the Early Stone Age in Greece.

← W
≈ 29km

Nea Anchialos, Magnesia

A relatively new coastal city founded in 1907 from the refugees of the old city of Anchialos that is located in south-east Bulgaria.

↙ SW
≈ 36km

Paltsi (Ag. Konstantinos) Beach, S. Pelion (Argala

Not-organized sand & pebble beach that never gets crowded and has a peaceful and relaxing notion.

↘ SE
≈ 37.2km

Volos - Nea Anchialos National Airport

Contemporary airport with numerous seasonal international flights that serves as an ideal getaway to Pelion, Volos, and the nearby islands.

↙ SW
≈ 43.2km
The village of Trikeri on the top of the hill at the south end of the Magnesia Peninsula.
photo: Kognos / CC BY-SA 4.0

Trikeri, South Pelion

Situated on a hill at the south of the Magnesia Peninsula, had always an island atmosphere different from the rest of Pelion villages.

↓ S
≈ 45.1km

Agia Kyriaki, South Pelion

A remote port that gives the impression of an island settlement and a picturesque landscape that is the definition of the relaxing holiday.

↓ S
≈ 46.2km

Kastri Beach & Camping, S. Pelion

Not-organized sandy beach with swallow waters on the east coast of Pelion, where the homonymous camping is also located among many olive trees.

↘ SE
≈ 47.3km

Agiokampos Beach, Agia (Melivoia)

Long sandy and organized beach of the coastal settlement that is among the most famous summer destinations of the Thessaly county.

↖ NW
≈ 53.4km
A boat full of people is approaching the port of Skiathos.
photo: kdask / CC BY 2.0

Skiathos

If you're a plane-spotter, Skiathos is your place. This fabulous island is peppered with emerald beaches, historical sites, and green forests.

↘ SE
≈ 54km

Questions & Answers about Pelion

Why Visit Pelion?
  • Mountainous peninsula between the Pagasetic Gulf and the Aegean Sea.
  • All-year-round destination with amazing beaches, and picturesque villages.
  • Quality tourist infrastructure preserves a genuine notion of untouched nature.
What is Pelion, Greece?

Between Pagassitikos Gulf and the Aegean Sea, Pelion rises imposingly with over 40 villages with unique architecture, beautifully cobbled streets, historic churches, and wild nature. The whole mountain is overgrown with forests of beech, oak, chestnut, pines, and firs. The lowland areas are also covered by apple and olive trees and dense undergrowth. Pelion has fairly good roads, excellent tourist infrastructure, and picturesque villages. While the potential visitor can find great trails, beautiful beaches, and a variety of activities focusing on the nature of Pelion. Regardless of the season visiting Pelion it is certain that the visitor will enjoy a wonderful holiday getting lifetime experiences.

What are the Centaurs and their relation to Pelion, Greece?

According to mythology, Pelion was home to the Centaurs, who were mythical creatures with a horse body down of the waist and the human body up of the waist. From the most famous centaurs was Chiron, the teacher of Jason. They are involved in many Greek myths as being as wild as untamed horses, while they also featured Roman mythology and the contemporary fantasy literature.

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