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Introduction

Little wonder that the ancient gods chose the Pelion – home of the Centaurs (Kentavros) – as the place for their weddings and celebrations; for here is a near-perfect synthesis of mountain, forest and sea.

Fresh and green year-round, the peninsula is dominated by mountains reaching a height of some 1600 metres and covered with pine, oak, fir, plane and chestnut. Views are dramatic, particularly on the northeast where mountains plunge dizzily to the sea. the western side is gentler – its hills covered with olive trees and shrubs – yet still remarkably attractive.

Pelion’s preserved mountain villages are a joy. Clinging to wooded slopes high above the sea, they share a unique architectural tradition and are amongst the most beautiful in Greece. The old stone-built mansions, with their grey slate roofs and overhanging balconies, blend with their surroundings. Often the only sounds are a babbling brook or birdsong. Everywhere are trees, shrubs, plants and flowers.

The coastline hides some excellent beaches, often of a coarse sand/fine shingle which makes for excellent swimming in clear water. Foreign tourism is still fairly undeveloped, and the small seaside villages – quiet for most of the year, busy over weekends and local holiday periods – remain reassuringly Greek!

Because Pelion is still pretty virgin territory it does not have the touristic infrastructure of more established areas. Money exchange and ATMs can be hard to find away from Volos (although tavernas and shops will accept payment by credit and debit cards), the bus service limited and English not universally spoken. Excursions are also limited and run only subject to numbers from Kala Nera and Afissos.

With all this in mind we would strongly recommended you pre-book a car, especially for those choosing to stay in the smaller, more remote villages (i.e. those other than Kala Nera and Afissos). If you don’t mind some very winding roads, it would be a pity not to discover the whole of Pelion. Even Meteora and Delphi are within reach.

A visit to Pelion will refresh the palate of even the most frequent Greek traveller. It did ours, and that takes some doing!

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Getting there

 Friday Day flight Gatwick to Volos or Manchester to Skiathos with 30 min. water-taxi transfer to Platanias. Then 1½ – 2½ hrs by coach or taxi (Manchester passengers 30-60 mins)

Multi-Centre

Why not combine the Northeast and West Pelion?

Car hire

We can arrange car hire.

Representative

Our resident representative is based in Kala Nera - will visit all west coast areas.

Walking in the Pelion

Thickly forested and criss-crossed by stone-paved mule tracks, Pelion is a walker’s paradise.

For Western Pelion, two previous guests have written a Walking Guide for the benefit of fellow Sunvil guests. It details 7 walks, ranging from 50 mins to 2 hours (one way). If you would like a copy please contact us quoting your Sunvil booking reference number.

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Time Difference

GMT + 2 hours

Currency

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Language

Greek

Average flight times

3 hours 30 minutes ( Flight to Skiathos).

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Jackie Gogonas
Jackie Gogonas

Those of our clients who have, over the last 20 or so years, visited Tolon in the Peloponnese will know Jackie; our very knowledgeable and passionate representative. Having decided to return to the UK, she has joined our reservations team and, needless to say, knows Tolon, a resort we have featured since 1973, inside out. It will come as no surprise to know that the Peloponnese is her favourite region in Greece.

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