Popular among the locals, yet largely unbeknownst to most people outside Greece, Pelion is a hidden gem: A year-round, holiday destination, with exotic beaches, forested hills perfect for hiking and mountain biking; clusters of charming, fairytale like, villages; a one of a kind ski center that overlooks the Aegean; and a great historical legacy, to boot!
Beat the seasonal blues at the most beautiful Villas in Pelion with expansive sea views
Amphitheatrically built at an altitude of 650 meters above Pagasitikos bay, Agios Giorgios Nilias, is undoubtedly one of the region’s, most picturesque- must-see- villages. It is also the privileged site of Pelion Homes: an exclusive collection of autonomous Villas in Pelion with sea views.
Indeed when we set about creating a fresh and original holiday hideout at this little slice of heaven on earth, our primary criterion of location selection was the property’s orientation; while, accordingly, architectural designs were defined by the imperative of the buildings enjoying a panoramic outlook towards the sea and the horizon stretching infinitely beyond.
This is in effect what makes Pelion Homes so special: Boasting an immediate, uninterrupted visual connection, seamlessly blending the surrounding mountains and the sea, these unique Villas in Pelion with sea views, are all about the feasting of the senses.
To get an idea, think of a landscape observatory or maybe an airport control tower. This is the kind of hawk-eye view we’re talking about.
Yet even pictures fail to do justice to Pelion Homes’ most glorious vistas. This why we thought it is best to let our guests’ comments about our Villas in Pelion with sea views, speak for themselves:
A sight for sore eyes at our Villas in Pelion with sea views
“There are no words to describe the view. It is one of those rare occasions where no Instagram, Photoshop or $3000 SLR can really capture”, writes Paras in regards to Villa Alonaki. “The views are incredible-you can’t have enough of it”, respectively remarks Ilai; while Judish states: “The view from the verandah is stunning, it seems to be constantly changing.”
“The first impression was very positive. This was topped up when we saw the view. The view is a lot better than what it looks like in the photos”, claims Jason about Villa Selini. Similarly, Duncan recounts that it is “a great luxury villa with quality facilities and an unreal view of Pelion”; while Rob adds: “What a villa! Amazing accommodation. It’s that simple. Could spend hours sat in the hammock looking at over the bay”.
This is though but a small sample of our guests’ accounts. While Pelion Homes vary in terms of aesthetic, size and design to suit different party sizes and accommodation needs; all are harmoniously synced with the environment, with due respect to the local architecture and landscape. Praise is therefore neither limited to the aforementioned Selini and Alonaki villas, nor to the residences’ vantage positions and perspectives.
Besides, all of our Villas in Pelion with sea views, much more than your- stylish, yet down to earth- home away from home, are an innovative social and residential proposal; a cocooned community if you will; aiming to foster interpersonal communication and cultural exchange.
So apart from immaculate vistas and aesthetics, as well as state of the art amenities and services, our Villas in Pelion with sea views offer a plethora of novel travel experiences to their residents, including various creative seminars, off the beaten track excursions and yoga retreats.
We cordially invite you to come, sample our unique brand of hospitality and immerse yourselves in the unique, all senses experience of Pelion Homes!
Steeped in age old legends and traditions, the magic land of the Centaurus is enthralling at any season. But when snow comes, the mountain and the sea blend together under a white blanket; and the landscape metamorphosizes into a picture perfect, winter wonderland: Sugar frosted pine trees; crisp, clear atmosphere; smoke wafting gently out of chimney tops; the smell of cookies and pastries permeating the air; rosy cheeked children flushed with anticipation of the upcoming festivities… Indeed Christmas in Pelion is an unforgettable experience, as here, the Yuletide spirit finds a most abundant, all senses expression.
The 12 days of Christmas in Pelion
Meticulously observed by the locals -and perhaps some lucky visitors too- at the epicenter of the 12 days of Christmas in Pelion lie several time honored customs and traditions. Amongst the most characteristic is the “feeding of the water fountain” : On Christmas and New Year’s Eves, girls get up at dawn and head towards their village’s nearest water fountain, in order to “steal” the “silent water” (so called because they are forbidden to speak throughout the duration of their mission). The girl that manages to get there first is believed to have ample luck in the forthcoming year. The ritual then involves the girls “feeding” the fountain with butter and honey, bread and cheese and olive branches, as they wish for good luck and abundance. Subsequently they collect (i.e. “steal”) some water from the fountain and bring it back home. They remain silent until they drink from this water; with which they also spray their houses for good luck.
Rooted in pagan beliefs, another distinctive, regional custom is the “marriage of the fire”: Upon their return from church service on Christmas Eve, girls place some cedars’ twigs next to the burning fireplace; while boys accordingly, put their own wild cherry sprigs next to the fire. These branchlets symbolize their wishes and desires; so then they all sit together and observe which of the twigs burns first. This bids well for its owner; for it is said that she or he will be the first one to marry.
Hailing from the depths of time, the “night carols” is one more traditional practice taking place on Epiphany’s Eve. They are sung by a selected team of older boys, who stay up all night, visiting each household in the parish. In this night version, carols are in fact tailor made, to personally address (and often tease) each different recipient.
But what would the holidays be like without their culinary wonders? Traditionally Christmas in Pelion means home baked, honey and cinnamon filled melomakarona, almond based kourabiedes, and baklava with walnuts. On Christmas Day the whole family gathers around the table to feast on chicken soup and pork. The delights of the palate complement the joyous family reunion. After all Christmas universally is all about giving, caring and sharing; and this corner of the world is no exception.
Action packed days during Christmas in Pelion
Yet Christmas in Pelion offers even more than an iconic scenery, some distinctively quaint, century old, customs and manifold gastronomic pleasures.
To give you a hint, how would you fancy a bit of skiing with a view of the Aegean? The ski resort in Agriolefkes, at 1,470 m, boasts four advanced pistes and one for beginners; as well as a cosy après-ski facility. It is also the only ski resort in the country-if not in the world- which overlooks the sea, for extra inspiration on the slopes.
And if you’re a nature lover of any kind, then Pilion’s dense network of trails and paths is just the thing for you. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or a mere beginner, you’ll no doubt enjoy unearthing the secrets of this glorious land as you trek through olive groves, forests, ravines, picturesque chapels and delightful little villages with snow capped roofs.
Cocooning during Christmas in Pelion
Of course at the end of your action-packed days, you’d be probably yearning for your very own haven of serenity and calm. Look no further than Pelion Homes, for this is exactly what it is about.
Spurred by love for this little slice of heaven of earth, architect Stathis Kataropoulos created a collection of seven autonomous, luxury residences, at one of Pelion’s most picturesque, charming villages, Agios Giorgios Nilias. Though the villas vary in terms of aesthetic, size and design to suit different party sizes and accommodation needs; with due respect to the local architecture and landscape, all are harmoniously synced with the surrounding environment.
Yet much more than your –stylish, state of the art– home away from home, Pelion Homes constitute an innovative social and residential proposal; a cocooned community if you will; aiming to foster interpersonal communication and cultural exchange.
So apart from high level hospitality, Pelion Homes also offer a plethora of novel travel experiences to their residents, including creative seminars, off the beaten track excursions and yoga retreats.
This means that should you wish, you’ll surely have plenty to do; not to mention meeting and socializing with kindred spirits! But then again you may simply select to enjoy some fun, leisurely days with your friends and family.
With the holiday season fast approaching why not follow the lead of the Olympians, who systematically chose it for their vacations, and opt to spend this Christmas in Pelion? Just picture baking the -de rigueur- kourabiedes and melomakarona at your modern kitchen of Pelion Homes; or playing chess and board games in front of the cozy fireplace; perhaps even simply relishing a cup of tea-or some fortifying brandy- tucked up in your comfy sofa at your Pelion Homes stylish living room….The options are vast and varied; Plus you may rest assured that the Pelion Homes owners always come up with some excellent, fresh ideas, to transform your stay into a forever cherished experience!