Lafkos – a quaint village in South Pelion

Church Lafkos, one of the most beautiful and authentic mountain villages on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

Enjoy an authentic and picturesque mountain village just a step away from the sea in the south of the Pelion peninsula. It is perfect for nature lovers and people who don’t want to be on the same beach every day. Lafkos offers quick access to many different bays, great accommodation, fascinating hiking trails, good food and endless opportunities for relaxation.

View over Lafkos, one of the most beautiful and authentic mountain villages on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

The quaint village is situated amidst green hills and represents a time when the region was trading well with olive oil, olives, fruit, chestnuts, silk and wood, transporting their goods to the sea on mules. You’ll love it in summer and during the winter, making the mythical home of the centaurs a strong memory.

Square Lafkos, one of the most beautiful and authentic mountain villages on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

Today the village is characterized by its proximity to the sea and the most beautiful square far and wide on the South Pelion.

The village square with its old plane trees next to the church is still the heart of Lafkos.

Platia Lafkos. The Village is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

Even on the hottest summer days, a cool breeze usually blows over the square from the north-east.

The square in the morning. Modern cottage for rent in Lafkos. House to let. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

Everything breathes through the pure nature that surrounds the small mountain village.

Fruits of man

Woode next to Lafkos, one of the most beautiful and authentic mountain villages on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

“To kalo to Palikari, friskei panda ena dromo.” A good boy always finds his way, they say everywhere in Greece and also everywhere in the South Pelion, which is full of beauty and rich in natural wonders.

Good boy with bread in Lafkos, one of the most beautiful and authentic mountain villages on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars.

In Lafkos, no one has to be great or have power over others in order to be happy or respected. Everything is about measure and balance, in heaven and in hell, in good times and bad, to drift on the lake of life with a smile.

Square Lafkos, one of the most authentic villages Pelion, Greece. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

This freedom established due to the self-governance that has characterized life in the mountain villages of Pelion for centuries. That’s why everything in the villages takes place almost at eye level. Dionysus, the divine child, still exists and the Land of the Centaurs is certainly not the place where this species dies out first.

Oldest Greek coffee shop in Lafkos. The mountain village near the sea is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece., characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

Although the most authentic village is small and the population dwindles a little every year, the craftsmanship is still strong and continues to go from hand to hand.

Handicrafts and tourism are the barrel rings of this small world. In co-operation with the Greek way of life, it is possible for the children, the older people, the confused, the sick and the strangers to exist together without leaving anyone behind.

A rare butterfly on the Platia of Lafkos. Most beautiful places to stay in Greece. Holidays in Greece.

The bus does not leave until everyone has boarded. Almost anything gets the space and time to blossom and wither in dignity, to rejoice, or also to suffer.

Inside of the oldest coffee shop in Greece. The mountain village near the sea Lafkos is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

A kind of bus is also the “Kafenion” on Lafkos Square, which has probably been in continuous operation since 1785.

Manolis in his coffee shop in Lafkos. The mountain village near the sea is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

The newspapers say that it is the oldest coffee house in Greece.

The sign of the oldest coffee shop in Greece. The Village Lafkos is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

So, there are more than enough cultural reasons why Lafkos is a very nice and interesting place to visit the Pelion.

The perfect base for outdoor activities and nature lovers

View to the Aegean sea Pelion. Most beautiful places to stay in Greece. Holidays in Greece.

But it is also an ideal starting point for a wide range of activities, such as beach vacations or hiking in Greece.

Everything you may desire exists in the very close neighborhood of Lafkos.

Brilliant beaches

Enchanting nature for hiking

Endless magnificent biking trails

Peaceful coastal villages

Magical mountain villages and everywhere many delicious restaurants

Volos

The large port city of Volos is also only about an hour’s drive away and leads through the beautiful landscape of the entire peninsula.

History of Lafkos

Historically, Lafkos is said to have been built in the 15th century, initially invisible to the pirate ships that sailed the area.

Lafkos. The mountain village near the sea

At the same time, the Ottoman foreign rulers allowed the flourishing quaint villages of Pelion mountains to govern themselves and demanded only a moderate tax in return.

In the midst of green hills. Lafkos, Pelion, Greece

On this tavern floor below, reckless SS members lit a fire to keep warm during the Second World War.

Bottom of Tavern.  The Village Lafkos is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

To date, no one has paid for the damage.

Tavern the dew. H Δροσιά. The Village Lafkos is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

The flourishing trade died out after the Second World War. The village slowly grew into one of the most beautiful and diverse bases for nature lovers and summer vacationers in Greece.

Church of Lafkos. The mountain village near the sea Lafkos is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

Today Lafkos could be a second home for anyone, who belongs for cosmopolitan humanity, simplicity and nature together. Truman Burbank couldn’t be happier anywhere else than right here.

One of the most beautiful villages in Greece

Once a week, the postman comes to visit the people in the Kafenion. Unfortunately, he mainly delivers invoices.

People waiting for the post man in the oldest coffee shop in Greece. The Village Lafkos is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

Nevertheless, a welcome pastime during the wintertime, like the Greek coffee twice a day.

People wait for the time to pass in the oldest coffee shop in Greece. Lafkos, the mountain village near the sea, is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

Food

The village is well known throughout the Pelion for its excellent rural cuisine, with many vegetarian dishes.

Inside of a popular tavern in Lafkos. The Village Lafkos is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.
Sign of a popular tavern in Lafkos. The Village Lafkos is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

Famous is Spetzofai, but there are so much other delicious dishes like Tsapellinia, Lamb on skewer, or in oil paper, the chickpea purée Fawa with sweet roasted onions or the black-eyed Beans with herbs are recommended.

The square in front of a popular tavern in Lafkos. The Village Lafkos is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

A view meters down, Magda makes the best pita far and wide…

Tavern Magda. The Village Lafkos is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.
Magdas Tavern in Lafkos. The Village Lafkos is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.
Magdas Tavern in Lafkos. The Village Lafkos is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

…and Janis roasts his pastries in a wood-burning oven like his father and grandfather and soon his son.

Bakery. The Village Lafkos is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.
Bakery. The Village Lafkos is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

Cultur

Next to the enchanting village square, the marble sculptures of Lavkiotis Thanasis Fampas touch the visitors.

Sculpture of Greek Artist Thanasis Fampas. The Village Lafkos is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.
Sculpture of Greek Artist Thanasis Fampas. The Village Lafkos is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.
Sculpture of Greek Artist Thanasis Fampas. The Village Lafkos is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

Shopping

Vis-à-vis a mini market driven by Afroditi and her Family ensures that nobody runs out of food.

Wonderful sign of the minimarket. The Village Lafkos is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.
Minimarket in Lafkos. The Village Lafkos is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.
Minimarket in Lafkos. The Village Lafkos is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

The concessions to tourism are modest. But there’s always a little something to buy.

Alley in Lafkos. The mountain village near the sea is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.
Shop. The Village Lafkos is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

Accommodation

Alley in Lafkos. The mountain village near the sea is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

The alleyways invite you to stroll through the old streets, see one of the most beautiful places on Pelion and look for a nice place to accommodate.

Houses. The mountain village near the sea is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.
Stonehouse Lafkos. The mountain village near the sea is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.
Lafkos. Mountain village near the sea.
Stonehouse Lafkos. The mountain village near the sea is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.
View into an alley of Lafkos. The mountain village near the sea. Most beautiful places in Greece. Most beautiful village in Pelion. Vacation home with view. Holidays in Greece.
Stonehouse Lafkos. The mountain village near the sea is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

Some houses in the mountain village near the sea are telling from the prospering Ottoman period, but most are neoclassical, because of the Romantic Philhellenism, which has spread in the Pelion before and after the liberation in the 19th century.

View into an alley of Lafkos. Most beautiful places in Greece. Most beautiful village in Pelion. Vacation home with view. Holidays in Greece.
Stonehouse Lafkos. View into an alley of Lafkos. Most beautiful places in Greece. Most beautiful village in Pelion. Vacation home with view. Holidays in Greece.
Stonehouse in Lafkos. The mountain village near the sea is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

Sport and education

A greeting call, somehow from the Düsseldorf art scene.

Art Sculpture Vespa. The Village Lafkos is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

The school building with the sports field open for everybody.

School. The Village Lafkos is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.
Soccer field.The Village Lafkos is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.
Basketball court. The Village Lafkos is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

The little village Lafkos is still one of the most authentic places in the Pelion and also in Greece.

Wall with names of former students. The Village Lafkos is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

Of course the children prefer to play near the village square in the shade around the church, instead a little further out beyond the school, where the road leads to the sunlit and the road to Milina.

Church of Lafkos hidden by the threes. The Village Lafkos is one of the most beautiful and authentic places on the Greek peninsula of Pelion, characterized by an atmospheric square and the absence of cars. Vacation home in Pelion. Holidays in Greece.

The old port Milina

Even the seagulls here sway more on the water than in the air, and everyone has only one need: to stretch out the legs.

View in Melina. Most beautiful places in Greece. Most beautiful villages in Pelion. Vacation home with view. Holidays in Greece.

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