The Pelion is a walker's dream and laced with 'kalderimi' - old cobbled donkey paths that linked the villages.
Our 7 Night 'Walk the South Pelion Trail' itinerary is based in Lafkos in the heart of The Pelion walking region.
Starting from the beach of Kato Gatzea beside the Pagasitic Gulf, the South Pelion Trail goes through the villages of Agios Georgios, Pinakates, Vizitsa, Milies, Neochori, Siki, Xinovrisi, Argalasti and Lafkos, ending at the seaside village of Platania at the Aegean Sea. Through the routes of the kalderimi visitors can discover all the hidden beauties of Pelion nature: flowers and trees are to be found in bloom all year round.
The Trail can be walked comfortably in 5 days. Each morning and evening walkers will be taken and returned to Lagou Raxi Country Hotel. Breakfast and dinner are included and a packed lunch provided for each day.
The ideal time to walk the South Pelion Trail is September to June, throughout the spring, autumn and winter. These paths were used in the past to travel from village to village and to the nearby small fishing ports. The Trail was researched, cleared and signed by the Friends of Kalderimi of South Pelion (www.friendsofthekalderimi.org) and Orivatikos Alpine Club of Volos, with help from local associations and individuals on a volunteer basis.
Departures weekly throughout the season. Prices in 2023 are from £1,510 per person for 7 nights in a double room and include flights, transfers, half board (breakfast and dinner), 5 walking days with packed lunch, transportation to and from the walking trails. Min. 2 walkers - prices for non walkers on request. Sole walkers will be offered local circular walks in the Lafkos area rather than the full South Pelion Trail for safety reasons.
Our 'Pelion Painting Course' holiday is a 7 night holiday where course tutor Anna Martin will guide you to to reveal the character of Lafkos, a beautiful and laid back traditional medieval village during a series of courses throughout the week.
Dates for 2023
13 - 20 May Pelion Mansions, Shady Corners and Azure Seas - WATERCOLOURS
10 - 17 June Pelion Mansions, Shady Corners and Azure Seas - ACRYLICS
23 - 30 September Pelion Mansions, Shady Corners and Azure Seas - WATERCOLOURS
30 September - 07 October Trees of Pelion - Walking and Sketching
- Return flights from London Gatwick (Saturday) or Manchester (Friday)
- 7 Nights accommodation at the Lagou Raxi Country Hotel
- Six days of tuition - suitable for beginners and intermediate participants
- Transport for related excursions.
- Time for rest and relaxation on the beach, by the pool or in the village square
- A full cooked breakfast, four light lunches, five four course dinners, one picnic and one taverna lunch
- Coffee and tea throughout the day
- Prices from £2,011 per person in 2023 (twin share)
- Reduction for non-painting partner £240