The unspoilt Greek Riviera
Pelion (Pilio) is a mountainous peninsula (max. altitude 1624m.) on the eastern coast of central Greece. Although, it is on the mainland, it is literally surrounded by sea, giving the sensation of an island, which makes it ideal for all seasons’ vacation. On the east side it is the Aegean Sea, and on the west the Gulf of the city of Volos (Pagasitikos gulf). Pilio is special for its intense energy, impossible not to feel it in one of your visits all the year around!
Don’t expect to find the classical greek scenery of an island. Here, travelers meet wild vegetation (that reaches the sea level) and great variety of heavenly beaches. Olive groves together with huge plane-trees on the sea level; mule tracks crossing water springs and chestnut-tree forests; arched bridges over streams; waterfalls on the beach; paths among tall beech-trees; apple and pear fields on the road; mediterranean wild flowers together with alpine vegetation. It worths visiting Pelion all the year, in autumn for enjoying the fruitage of nature, in winter the snow and skiing at the ski center of Chania, in spring the blossom of nature and in summer exploring the sea and its secrets.
The characteristic of the coastline is its diversity and the fact that jungle arrives to the sea. Long, sandy beaches (organized or not); small, pebbled, more primitive beaches together with water springs; remote, silent coves and sea caves accessible only by boat. Pilion Coast is full of hidden natural beauties and no matter how many times you have been here, there is always more to explore!
It is no exaggeration to say that Pelion is a combination of Black Forest nature with Greek island beaches and Caribbean turquoise sea-waters. As our guests say, Pelion reminds Costa Brava, Cote d’Azur and the Italian Riviera of the 60s and 70s, before the exploitation.
The harmonic coexistence of mountain, jungle and sea, is much stronger in East Pelion (on the Aegean coast). The mount peak is closer, and as a result, the slopes are steeper, the nature wilder, the landscape more impressive and the coastline has some of the best Pelion beaches.
Despite its undoubted natural beauty, Pelion has never been exploited. The slow, but steady, touristic development (which has started in the ’70s) has kept big businesses and hotel chains out of the area. Even nowadays, it is the same local people who own the majority of the places. This is the reason that the authentic and original character of Pelion villages and people is preserved and remains unspoilt.
Tourism is not the only source of income. Local economy is, still, based very much on agriculture. Pelion is the biggest apple production area in Greece. In many villages (“Pouri” for example) apple business is even stronger than tourism. Other widely cultivated products are: pears, chestnuts, cherries, kiwis, walnuts, olives and flowers.
Sightseeings of Pelion:
- The old Secret School at Fakistra (read The path network of East Pelion)
- The Centaurs’ Cave of Mouresi
- The perennial old plane-tree, in the main square of Tsagarada
- The arched bridge of Tsagarada, on the stream between Tsagarada and Xourihti
- The church of Agia Marina at Kissos
- The museum of Zagora (read History of Pelion)
- The old train of Pelion, at Milies (read The old Pelion train)
- The old library of Milies (read History of Pelion)
- The traditional village of Makrinitsa
- The museum of Theofilos at Anakasia (read History of Pelion)
- The archeological museum of Volos