If you are searching for amazing tropical-like beaches in Greece, look no further. You have it all in Pelion! There’s a great variety from wide sandy beaches to fine white pebbles whether you choose the wild and vast Aegean Sea or the calm Pagasitikos Bay.
While staying at PELION HOMES, you can choose to go for a quick swim in Pagasitikos Bay, at Kalifteri beach in Afissos, at Kala Nera, or at Lefokastro just to name few. The closest one is only 20 minutes drive away from the villas. If you choose to go on a full day expedition, down south keep in mind that beaches along the unruffled Pagasitikos Gulf like Belian, Marathias and Paou are narrow and shallow and therefore ideal for small children and people who like romantic sunsets. In the south the most popular stopovers for sailboats are the big resorts Horto and Milina. In Pelion’s heartland near Tsangarada there is a series of spectacular beaches: the famous beach of Mylopotamos, Papa Nero with fine white sands, Agioi Saranda and the mile-long Horefto. Fakistra, is accessible only via a footpath, but has a waterfall spilling down its cliff. Damouchari is an extremely beautiful and particularly peaceful place with two pebbled little beaches with amazing blue-green water known from the musical Mama Mia. East of Argalasti there are two more stunning beaches: all time favorite and exotic Potistika, fringed by rocks and Melani with the golden sand. Pelion’s south-east shores see very little traffic. Boat-trippers from Volos and Skiathos arrive at the port of Platanias and swim at nearby Mikro beach. If you’d like to explore the beaches visit our Experience Pelion Section.
Pelion architecture is unique and special, and you’ll be struck by it in different ways as you discover each of the villages and their individual charms.
Broadly speaking, we can divide Pelion architecture into three main periods: the first period of “early Pelion architecture” includes buildings built up to the mid-18th century. Most of these buildings have a square floor plan and are built with local stone. Their floors are usually built from stone and wood. The external walls are double, there is an elevated entrance, and there are small symmetrical windows.
The second period of architecture is the “classical period”, which covers 1750 to 1850. The majority of the mansions that were built at this time have a stone base with two or three floors, reminiscent of the early towers. The roofs are covered with Pelion slate, protecting the houses from the weather. Internally, the mansions have rich painted decorations, while on the exterior, decorations include motifs and inscriptions.
The third period architecture “Late Pelion architecture”, flourished for thirty years from 1860 to 1890, where neoclassical buildings appeared in Pelion. These buildings were more influenced by contemporary Egyptian architectural styles of the era. These mansions are characterized by simple lines, perfectly symmetrical facades, and marble details. Large symmetrical windows, ornate wooden doors, and grand staircases complete the constructions. Of course, it is not only the mansions that fascinate visitors, but also the scattered religious monuments and fountains with representations of the plant and animal kingdom, as well as mythology.
There are also 42 stone bridges, which are part of the unique architecture of Pelion! Most of them are stone and arched, and they connect well with the nature around them. Pelion architecture is harmoniously matched with the natural environment and this makes it truly unique!
Our villas are carefully situated so that each one offers great panoramic views of Pagasitikos Bay.
Every day is like a new live painting!
Being at an altitude of 600m above sea level and able to observe the vastness of the landscape will make you feel like you’re sitting in the seats of the gods. Every hour is unique, and the colours change before your eyes. Beautiful sun reflections, cloud formations, mist, the deep sunset colors over the calm or rough bay forming patterns and moods. On the clear winter days, you can see the snowy peaks of Mount Othrys and even Mount Dirfi to the south, on Evia island. Sometimes, the mist covers everything and you have the sensation of floating. During summer, sunsets and the full moon reflections will make you dreaming.
We guarantee you that you’ll spend more time at home in the villa than you would expect, and you’ll certainly have some unique and unforgettable memories to take back with you!
Part of Thessaly, the Sporades Islands group are ideal for a 2-3 day trip. Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos are three lush green enchanting islands with stunning shores. Among them, the famous sea park of the Northern Sporades. Skiathos is the birthplace of the writer Alexandros Papadiamantis, where you can enjoy a relaxing swim in Koukounaries, one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. Skopelos is the island where “Mamma Mia” was filmed, also known for the unique architecture of its capital town, Hora. Last but not least Alonissos has unbelievable hiking trails, the perfect place to explore the beauty of unspoiled nature.
Another option for a day trip is to explore the south Pelion region. This part is blessed in terms of naturally beautiful beaches and its coastline is perfect for summer getaways. Visit Katigiorgis a beautiful and traditional fishing village very close to the beaches of Liri, Vromoneri and Mourtias. Or you can choose the popular and organized beach of Platanias which offers a sea taxi service that can transfer visitors from one beach to the other. One of the most famous and popular beaches in South Pelion is the golden sandy beach of Mikro. If you love quiet and peaceful locations the Potistika beach provide an ideal place to relax.
Don’t miss the opportunity during your stay at PELION HOMES to visit the breathtaking Meteora Monasteries on a day trip. The area rests on the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios River and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece. By car or by bus (there are several daily routes from Volos to Trikala and from Trikala to Kalampaka) the distance between Pelion and Meteora is approximately 140km.
Meteora is an extraordinary place, a monument dedicated to the power of faith where huge pillars of rock, sculpted by prehistoric rivers are crowned by six monasteries, which are built on natural sandstone rock pillars rising up. Agios Nikolaos Anapafsa, Metamorphosis tou Sotiros or Megalou Meteorou, Varlaam, Roussanos, Agia Triada and Agios Stephanos are the active and restored monasteries and convents since the others, whether restored or abandoned, are empty. Unesco has declared Meteora a World Heritage Site. Hiking and mountain biking in Meteora are unique and enticing options.
Visiting Mount Pelion whether it’s in mid-winter and everything is covered in snow, or in spring or summer when colorful wild flowers cover its slopes, is an exhilarating experience. Here you will discover that simple village life is a big part of Pelion’s charm. Strict building restrictions have saved the region from the architectural eyesores that blight so much of Greece. Admire the style of the two dozen villages: Their architecture is generally austere, the thick stone walls and tiny, barred windows a defence against fierce winters and foreign interlopers. The following is a list of the most well-known villages of Pelion but there are also plenty more for you to discover!
Argalasti is a vibrant village built in a strategic location, overlooking the Aegean Sea and Pagasitikos Gulf. It is popular particularly during the summer. The village is full of decorated Pelion mansions and beautiful houses with flower gardens, cobblestone streets, impressive historical buildings, churches, and beautiful arched bridges.
Vyzitsa is living museum of traditional local architecture. It has been declared a conservation village and is one of the best preserved villages in Greece, with many restored mansions, a dense network of narrow streets that cross the village churches in a perfect natural environment, and a panoramic view over the bay and Pagasitikos Pelion. Don’t forget to walk around the picturesque neighbourhood of Argyraiika.
This eminently rural village is a true retreat away from tourist development. Almost untouched by men, people hardly knew of this place up until 1999, when a road from Vyzitsa to Pinakates was constructed and joined the two villages. The village took its name from the first resident of the village who was a manufacturer of stoneware dishes (pinakas). Stone buildings, a large main square sheltered under a big plane tree, majestic nature, its serenity will captivate your mind.
The famous village of Pelion, literally built into the forest, provides the perfect combination of mountain and sea. It is built on a wooded hillside, offering spectacular views of the Aegean Sea, and is surrounded by beautiful beaches, bays, and coves. Here, nature is dominant so enjoy a cup of coffee at the central square of Agia Paraskevi, where the great Plane Tree counts a life of at least ten centuries. Don’t forget to visit the Chestnut Festival held in November.
Portaria is one of the most cosmopolitan villages of Pelion and the first one any guest meets driving up the road from Volos. Cobblestone streets brimming with scents of lush vegetation and herbs, combined with abundant water, waterfalls, fountains, and stunning natural surroundings create a charming setting. There are also restaurants and tavernas, coffee shops, bars, and shops selling souvenirs and traditional folk art items.
The village stands out thanks to its architectural character, the well-preserved and restored mansions and the quaint cobbled streets. Highlight of the area: The 60 traditional fountains (40 of them have been declared historical monuments). Dreamy green landscape full of chestnut, walnut and beech trees make Makrinitsa unforgettable.
Milies is one of the most picturesque villages and the starting point of the legendary steam train of Pelion, the so-called “Moutzouris” (i.e. smudgy). It is an old village with a long history, and is characterised by the authentic architecture of Pelion. Scattered in the village are taps, many of them covered to protect from rain. From the main square, cobbled old streets lead to the neighbourhoods of Milies.
Zagora is one of the most beautiful villages in Pelion. It is situated on the eastern slopes of Mount Pelion, with a great view to the Aegean. Zagora has four districts, all meeting around the central square of Ag. Georgios, having taken its name after the adjacent small church, famous for its excellent altarpiece. If you visit Zagora, you’ll be captivated by the gardenias and hydrangeas that decorate the homes of the village. Most of the new ones are built following the old traditional style with a particular pattern of roofs that are made of aluminium sheets.