The landscape is formed by two twin bays, on the roots of a green mountain slope: “Palia Damouhari” (Old Damouchari) on the south, which is the beach, and the harbour on the north, which is ideal for snorkeling and where old buildings are located. Between the two coves there is a hill with ruins of an old venetian castle and behind, Mount Pelion stands impressive, with jungle and thick forest within walking distance.
Damouhari is very little urbanised
There are just 20-30 houses among olive groves and coastal forest, while the village centre (where our guesthouses are), remains car-free.
Another special thing about the village, is that hardly all locals are family related to each other, descendants of Apostolos & Victoria Vainopoulos (read “History of Damouchari“). It is them that are running almost all businesses in the village. These are not many, but sufficient for the needs of the guests: few guesthouses, four tavernas, two cafeterias, two markets and a souvenir shop. Recently (2013) we have created a branch to organise sea kayaking tours and rentals as well as hiking tours.
Thanks to the important role of Damouchari in the past (read “History of Damouchari“), all main historical paths of Pelion are passing through the village. Some of the most popular hiking routes of Pelion are starting from here, like the impressive long mule-track to Tsagarada (recommended by all Pelion guides), and the two coastal paths: on the south to Fakistra beach and Secret School and on the north to Papa Nero, Agios Ioannis and Plaka (read The path network of East Pelion).