Detailed location information about Pelion.
The Magic Mountain stands between Pagasitikos Gulf and the Aegean sea. This paradise is full of drinking fountains, plane and apple trees, oaks, gardenias, hydrangeas and camellias. During spring nature flourishes in this fertile soil like nowhere else. In autumn, an unbelievable colour palette of orange and red hues unfolds before your eyes. Pathways, old churches and traditional houses are covered with snow during winter. Summer calls you to visit beaches with multi-colored waters. Pelion is considered one of the most beautiful mountains in Greece, however it is not so well known thus making it an ideal place for those who seek tranquility, diversity and also love to immerse in the slow paces of the local area. Mount Pelion took its name from the mythical king Peleus, father of Achilles. It is the homeland of Chiron the Centaur, tutor of the ancient Greek heroes Jason, Achilles, Theseus and Heracles. Being blessed by the ancient gods Pelion offers magnificent views towards Pagasitikos Bay on the south side, the mountains of western Magnesia, Mount Olympus, the plain of Thessaly and its nearby mountains, Euboea island, Central Greece and the Northern Sporades islands in the Aegean sea. Geological surveys on the rocks of Pelion mountain indicate that the peaks of Pelion were once at the bottom of the sea and approximately 140 million years ago were lifted above the sea waves: a narrow strip of land was born by upward orogenetic movement of immense force. History goes through the occupation by the successors of Alexander the Great and later on by Romans and reaches the late 11th – 12th Century AD when powerful families of landlords from Thessaly begun founding Monasteries in Pelion. Turkish rule and Greek Revolution also affected the area until 1881 when Thessaly was granted to Greece. Around 1900 the popular painter Theofilos created many of his artworks here and in 1902 the railway line Volos to Milies was constructed so that the agricultural products of Pelion could reach the commercial port of Volos. Pelion was occupied by the Germans in 1941 and during 1943 in the struggle for liberation, Pelion and its villages played a crucial role.