Discover Pelion

Experience the great diversity of the Pilion peninsula with our personal recommendations for beaches, bays, walks, mountain villages and restaurants. Find out the climate averages. Discover the Pilion Mountains, one of the most beautiful landscapes in Greece. We do our best to maintain the site and keep it up to date.

Tzasteni. Modern cottage for rent in Lafkos Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

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Just browse the map of the peninsula for specific goals, or click on the photos below to discover the area directly in Google Maps. On the featured pages you get special information about summer, winter, spring, or hiking and about unique opportunities for driving, boating or motorcycling.

Vathia Spilia. Cave Centaur Chiron. Modern cottage for rent in Lafkos Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

The coasts

Enjoy crystal water on the Aegean Sea or the gulf side, including fantastic lonely places, with untouched tranquility.

Mikro, view to the agean sea. Holiday vacation

The Pelion has no mass tourism. Therefore, the beaches, coves and other destinations are never crowded, even in high season.

The most targets around Lafkos are reachable by car in less as a half an hour. The next beaches below are just 10 minutes away.

Small Boat Beach. Παραλία καραβάκι. Vacation in Lafkos Pelion. Holidays in Greece.
Mikro Beach. Modern cottage for rent in Lafkos Pelion. Holidays in Greece.
Small Boat Beach. Παραλία καραβάκι. Cottage for rent in Lafkos Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

The coasts and bays are so numerous and varied that it would take a lifetime to visit them all.

Kalamaki Beach. Παραλία Καλαμάκι. Vacation home in Lafkos Pelion. Holidays in Greece.
Kalamaki Beach. Παραλία Καλαμάκι. Vacation home in Lafkos Pelion. Holidays in Greece.
Small beach near Kalamos.  Vaccation home for rent in Lafkos Pelion. Holidays in Greece.
Small beach near Kalamos. Vacation home in Lafkos Pelion. Holidays in Greece.
Paltsi. Vaccation home in Lafkos Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

When the singing skater meets the fishing cowboy surfing on the sun warped rails of Greek Rembetiko. In the summer month in Melina until October, you might enjoy on a Thursday great poetic music with the fantastic duo above.

Hiker’s paradise

Go directly to trails, the geography and vegetation of the Pelion peninsula. If you are able to read Greek check also this maps for routs.

The Pilion peninsula is part of a mountain range that crosses Greece from the mountains of central Macedonia to Mount Olympus. It ends at Mount Ossa and Mavrovounio in Pilion.

The nature of the area combines the inviting and mild atmosphere of the sea with the rugged and unspoilt profile of the mountain slopes.

The result is a rich visual experience with a variety of vegetation, colors and scents. A visit at any time of the year is an unforgettable aesthetic journey.

Mikro. Vaccation home with view in Lafkos Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

Get ready to hike, cycle or run along Pelion’s countless trails and ancient paved walkaways, surrounded by quaint mountain villages, magnificent nature and breathtaking views. Whatever the season, one of the best places for hiking in Greece is the Home of the Centaurs on the Pelion peninsula.

Wood near Lafkos. Vaccation home with view in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.
Lafkos. Vaccation home with view in Lafkos Pelion. Holidays in Greece.
Lafkos. Vaccation home with view in Lafkos Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

Despite the years that passed by, many of the traditional roads are still in very good shape due to efforts done by local communities.

Alata. Vaccation home with view in Lafkos Pelion. Holidays in Greece.
Near Balean. Vaccation home with view in Lafkos Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

The interior of the peninsula impresses with dense deciduous forests of beech, chestnut, oak and plane trees. Along the coasts, olive groves and pine forests grow together.

Autumn is mild and the thousands of sprouting flowers are reminiscent of spring.

Saturnia spini. Very rare and up to 12cm large butterfly. Vaccation home with view in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

Here thrive some species of animals, mushrooms and especially herbs in great diversity, which are otherwise hardly found.

Wood near Lafkos. Vaccation home with view in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.
Wood near Lafkos. Vaccation home with view in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.
Flowers near Lafkos. Vaccation home with view in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

The vast network of roads and footpath’s, the variety of nature and panorama, make the Pelion one of the most interesting areas for hiking in Greece.

Unboned  car near Lafkos. Vaccation home with view in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

Find out more about trails, the geography and vegetation of the Pelion peninsula. If you are able to read greek check also this maps for routs.

Mountain villages

Pinakates. Vaccation home with view in Lafkos Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

The Pelion area invites you to explore the rich history from over 40 mountain villages built by skilled stonemasons from the Epirus region.

Pinakates. Vaccation home with view in Lafkos Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

The privilege of autonomy is considered as the basis for their prosperity that reached its peak in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Pinakates. Vaccation home with view in Lafkos Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

Most of the villas, monasteries, bridges, fountains and paved footpaths, called “Kalderimia” that we admire today, were built at that time.

Pinakates. Vaccation home with view in Lafkos Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

At the end of the 19th century, Evaristo Di Chirico, the father of the well-known painter Giorgio de Chirico, built an artistic narrow-gauge railroad to the villages of Pelion. Till this day, commutes the train in the summer months between Ano Lechonia and Milies as a historic railroad.

Pinakates. Vaccation home with view in Lafkos Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

The villages are famous for the picturesque and unique architecture, great squares, delicious local cuisine, monasteries, and even a ski center on Mount Pelion. More about the villages and their history.

Today, in the Summer, the village of Agios Lavrentios is transformed into a magnificent music event.

Musicians from all over the world meet in dozens of workshops, devoting themselves to classical music, jazz and Balkan folklore.

They give planned or spontaneous concerts in houses and alleyways, in the modern amphitheater, on the village square and in olive groves. Dance and puppet theater are also on the program. (Photos by the Festival)

Old stones

Next to Volos you could visit and study the archaeological sides of Dimini and Sesklo. Both are important examples of craftsmanship in the region at the Greek Neolithic Period 6000-3000 BCE. Discover the Pelion.

Pinakates. Vaccation home with view in Lafkos Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

Living in light and change

Lafkos, view from the mountain. Vaccation home with view in Lafkos Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

The peninsula is constantly changing its face. In the north, the fir forests at 1600 meters tell of the Central European highlands, and in the south, the dry nature and clear colors remembers the south of Italy.

Lafkos with view on the golf. Vaccation home with view in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

The weather is mild, even in winter you’ll rarely find a day without any sunshine.

One of the greatest spectacles in Greece is the timeless atmosphere.

Mikro. Vaccation home with view in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.
Milina. Vaccation home with view in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.
Milina. Vaccation home with view in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

I believe that all ugliness disappears when you have light like this, said Henry Miller once, and was not alone in this view.

Milina. Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

The port city of Volos

The next big city Volos is just 30km or 50 minutes far away from our vacation home. It is a port city and the capital of Magnesia.

Volos port. Vaccation home with view in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

Greece fifth largest town is famous for its “Tsipouradika“.

The town offers a beautiful and relaxed city center, with still countless old-established stores and handicraft businesses in family hands.

Volos port. Vaccation home with view in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

The harbor provides several sailing possibilities, bookable by day with skipper or up to 4 days without crew.

Volos port. Vaccation home with view in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

Discover the Pelion. More about the holiday cottage, the villageeventshikes and other tourist excursions like the Pelion train is reachable searching the web or within our personal guide’s. Everything about arriving or booking is here. We are also glad about a message or your contribution in our guestbook.

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