Admire the “balconies” of the Pagasitikos. This is the ideal place where writers, artists and nature lovers seek escape. Its alchemy is restorative, almost cathartic and elemental while time slows down as if running counterclockwise. Visit the twenty-four villages the jewels of traditional Pelion architecture and construction. Marble drinking fountains, quaint homes, paths and old stone churches will capture your mind. Poking out from among the plane trees is the large village of Tsangarada, linked by a well-preserved kalderimi to the car-free coastal hamlet of Damouhari. On the north-east admire the panoramic view of Volos and the Pagasitikos Gulf laid out at your feet Makrynitsa and Portaria or the wooded slopes sweeping down to the gulf from Agios Georgios Nilias. During winter nothing is better than skiing at the ski resort in Agriolefkes, at 1,470m above sea level, with a view of the Aegean. Four slopes for advanced skiers and one for beginners (7km in total), stores, cafes, a ski school and a warm and cozy refuge for après-ski await you. Another incredible experience is to explore the two beautiful narrow canyons Fakistras and Milopotamos that end in two beaches of the same names. Do not forget to buy from the villages pots with hydrangeas, camellias, gardenias and the famous delicious sweet preserves in jars. And always remember that Pagasitikos Gulf, this glassy expanse of sea with shallow bays will steal your heart with those endless dramatic sunsets. Swimming in that crystal water will become the captivating memory of a lifetime.