Just close your eyes and picture this: An azure sky above a glistening, calm sea. The horizon stretching infinitely in front of you; intercepted only by dots of luscious, green islands with pine and olive trees reaching down to sea level. Serenity and calmness; merely the sound of dolphins and sea turtles keeping you the best of company as you traverse through the Pagasetic gulf and the Sporades complex, on board your private sail yacht.
This is what sailing in Pelion is about: A once in a lifetime adventure; in which you’ll get to bask in the glory of nature-both mountain and sea; swim in crystal clear, aquamarine waters; visit picturesque villages-or stay off shore in sheltered bays; enjoy cocktails as you watch the sunset from your vantage point in the middle of the sea; bond with family and lifelong friends-or make new ones; and that’s not to mention, experience a superb adrenaline rush!
So how would you like to partake in an unforgettable holiday including some-or more-sailing in Pelion? At Pelion Homes in Agios Giorgios Nilias, rather than simply providing you with opulent accommodation in our collection of autonomous, luxury residences; we aim to open up your perspective, by proffering a host of immersive, novel travel experiences, to be forever cherished and remembered. To this end we have designed a series of sailing in Pelion excursions; for amateurs and accomplished sailors alike.
Sailing in Pelion: A day trip or a fully fledged holiday?
To give you just an idea you may opt for the day trip to Palaio (old) Triker, a tiny historic island, without vehicles, with a quaint fishing settlement and small quiet beaches; and the Caribbean like, Prasouda islet with the aquamarine waters and the Byzantine monastery on top. Departure is from Volos port or Kala nera; while the trip should take about 2-3 hours. Whilst on board, you may enjoy-along with the spectacular scenery-a special pic nic prepared by the team of Pelion Homes with Mediterranean delicacies and regional treats, as well as some refreshing, crisp white wine. Try this at dusk; as you gaze at the sun setting down, while being gently lulled by the soft waves. You’ll soon find out it is an unbeatable combination-which you may enjoy without worrying in the least as you’ll be safely entrusted in the hands of our experienced skipper.
On the other hand, if you’ re looking for a full on sailing in Pelion experience, you may select our 3 or 5 day sailing packages at the Sporades. Expect sapphire waters and green trees rolling down the hills; in effect a magical landscape to be savored under ideal sailing conditions: The winds and the waves are low even when the meltemi is raging in the Aegean; distances are small and islands’ coastlines form numerous bays providing safe shelter from all wind directions. Get acquainted with the lesser know nooks and crannies of cosmopolitan Skiathos; blue and green, idyllic Skopelos; picturesque Alonissos, home to the protected and rare monachus monachus greek seal; and even remote Peristera island with the lace like coastline or Kyra Panagia with the otherworldly, magnificent Planet bay, at its north side.
This is an one off experience -the likes we wholeheartedly strive to offer at Pelion Homes– to be relished with family and friends; and always under the guidance of our professional skippers. Try sailing in Pelion, and you’ll be forever hooked! Don’t hesitate to contact us and let us co-design the itinerary that suits your party size, composition and individual preferences the most!
Imbued with a special, one of a kind energy since time immemorial, Pelion has always been the choice of myths, gods and humans. Nowadays, in view of our fast paced, stressful and alienating lifestyles, more and more people around the globe have come to understand that these modern day demands can drain us physically, emotionally and mentally, and even make us ill.
With its distinct cosmic loveliness, striking landscape, rich cultural heritage and warm hospitality, Pelion thus beckons all those looking to address these imbalances; and instead reconnect with themselves, nature and fellow human beings; find their long lost balance and equilibrium; and uncover some deeper meaning in their lives.
Yoga, is instrumental to such quests. Simply put, this age old practice stops mental fragmentation; boosts our energy level and brings about focus, mindfulness and wellbeing.
At Pelion Homes we very much realize that we all have bodies, energies and minds, and that our health and happiness absolutely depend on the three working together harmoniously. That is why we are offering a series of tailor made Yoga retreats in Pelion, as well as private yoga lessons, against the backdrop of the cerulean sky, the Aegean sea and the Pagasetic Gulf, at our collection of autonomous, luxury residences, in one of the area’s most picturesque villages, Agios Giorgios Nilias.
Tailor made Yoga retreats in Pelion
In line with our commitment to providing a host of novel, energizing and immersive travel experiences to all of our guests, our Yoga retreats in Pelion, address beginners, amateurs and expert yoga practitioners alike; while they may vary in terms of length, schedule and composition.
After all, aiming to offer a holistic, all senses experience; without excluding anyone, our Yoga retreats in Pelion, are absolutely customizable to suit different party sizes, individual preferences and needs. You may opt for example to have private lessons at your very own villa; or we can organise a family session with young kids too. Should you wish we may even cater to a vegan or vegetarian diet, throughout the course of your stay.
This means you’ll be practicing your “oms” and supporting your health and happiness from the inside out, at your convenience and in absolute accordance to your desires. You’ ll also have plenty of opportunities to explore the vast network of Pelion’s mountainous trails; discover its quaint, photogenic villages and historic monasteries; swim in the crystal clear waters of exotic beaches; bask in the famous Pelian hospitality; sample wholesome yet delectable food and drink; make new friends in the process; and -why not- do even some sailing or horseback riding.
Our Yoga retreats in Pelion are all about healing; not just temporary healing but the key to achieving long term health and happiness. Bottom line, enhanced quality of life and a sense of connection to oneself and others; are our ultimate goals at Pelion Homes and with this in mind we’d like to invite you to embark on a journey of well being, healing and self discovery, starting with our Yoga retreats in Pelion. Do not hesitate to communicate with us, tell us what it is you are looking for and let us co-design the yoga-cultural-naturalist, immersive experience that suits you the most. If you are you a yoga teacher, feel free to contact us for your next endeavour, which we undertake to organize in accordance to your imperatives, schedule and budget.
Once the summer residence of the Gods, Pelion is nowadays an iconic destination for the discerning travellers: One that seamlessly blends mountain and sea; untamed nature with picture perfect architecture; luscious orchards with wild forests; the Aegean’s mystique with the serenity of Pagasitikos Bay.
Pelion is a four seasons’ destination; and the best way of getting acquainted with its fantastically diversified scenery is on foot. What’s more trekking in Pelion is ideal for all sorts of nature lovers: Aspiring, amateur or experienced sportsmen and women, young and old, families with children, couples in love, boisterous groups of friends…The only thing they need to share in common is their love of nature and a sense of adventure!
Bask in nature’s beauty by going trekking in Pelion
Pelion has 24 villages, no further than four kilometers apart from each other; which are interconnected via a well maintained, well marked network of dirt roads and stone paved paths known locally as ‘kalderimia’. Nowadays this intricate web of trails affords ample opportunities for trekking in Pelion, whether you are an experienced athlete or a mere beginner; 100 or 5 years old; fit and sporty or not so sturdy; because these numerous routes differ significantly in terms of length, duration and complexity.
Among the most notable itineraries for trekking in Pelion is the Path of the Centaurs; recently upgraded and sign-posted, starting from Alli Meria and ending in Alykopetra below Chania. Likewise, other popular routes include Milies – Tsagarada; a 10 km hike of medium difficulty that goes from Pagasitikos Gulf to the Aegean sea and takes about four hours to complete. Moreover, you may opt to follow one of the paths starting directly from your Pelion Homes Villa; we have marked down several and some are suitable for your children too.
Actually the options are vast and varied; and you’ll surely be able to find the hike that suits your tastes, abilities, physical condition and party composition, the most. Of course a little bit of effort is required in any case, but If you are yet to be acquainted with the sport, don’t let this deter you. This time get out of your comfort zone. Walk beyond the places reached by car; follow ancient paths; climb on the tops of this imposing mountainous massif and enjoy the astonishing view in between. Go trekking in Pelion and you’ll surely remember-and cherish the experience forever.
To give you just a hint, as you descend from Pelion’s peaks- six in total, each and every one of them above 1.450 meters high-you’ll get to see thick woodlands of beech, oak, maple and chestnut trees giving way to fertile valleys with olives, apples and pears. Along the way you ‘ll come across old farms and country houses, antique monasteries and churches and charming, quaint villages; while the numerous springs and streams flowing all year around, will surely keep you hydrated and refreshed throughout the course of your escapade; which, weather permitting, could end with a glorious dip in the sea!
At the end, your haven of serenity and calm shall be waiting at Pelion Homes. Nestled at Agios Giorgios Nilias, one of the area’s most picturesque villages, this collection of autonomous, luxury residences, much more than your- stylish, ultra comfortable- home away from home, constitute an innovative- out of the box- holiday proposal. Aiming to open up new horizons, at Pelion Homes we offer our guests a plethora of novel travel experiences. Trekking in Pelion is one of them. In particular we organise special 7-day trekking holidays in May and September (best time for Trekking in Pelion) for groups of 6-16 people. All tours are completely customizable according to our clients’ needs and desires. Feel free to contact and let us tailor-design an unforgettable hiking and cultural experience in Pelion.
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!