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Introduction

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Little wonder that the ancient gods chose 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. ATMs can be hard to find away from Volos (although all shops and tavernas should now 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 feel that a car is essential, especially for those staying in the smaller, more remote villages, and so include it in the cost of our holidays other than those to Kala Nera. 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

Flights from London Gatwick to Volos (Manchester flights may be possible via Skiathos using a water taxi service, please enquire). Transfer/drive time from the airport is 60 - 90 mins (Western Pelion) and 100 - 120 mins (Southern Pelion).

Walking and Painting Holidays

Walking Holidays

The ancient stone paths of the Pelion Peninsula – the land of centaurs - provide a fantastic network of walking between its traditional stone-built villages. This relatively unknown corner of mainland Greece is the perfect place to get away from it all and sample a more relaxed way of life. Our walks enjoy the region’s diversity including its many beaches, cypress groves and green hills with the dramatic backdrop of Mount Pelion. The countryside is a delight to walk through, with olive orchards and stone Kalderimi paths; these medieval paths were built by the local population in lieu of non-payment of taxes.

Our 7 Night 'Walk the South Pelion Trail' 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. Lagou Raxi is open all year and has a large swimming pool and tennis court and the best view of the area, westwards over the Pagasitic inland sea.

Departures weekly throughout the season. Prices are from £1130 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.

 

Painting Holidays

Painting holidays in The Pelion capture idyllic scenes in and around the beautiful medieval of Lafkos. Beginners and experienced painters alike are welcome, drawing inspiration from Greek history, picturesque fishing villages, religious icons and ancient ruins.

Our 7 Night Pelion Watercolour Painting Holiday offers you the opportunity to paint in one of the most beautiful parts of Greece. The holiday includes painting lessons with Anna Martin who is an artist who started her career at the Chelsea School of Art and then later went on to study in New York at the Parsons School of Design. 

7 Night holiday 18 - 25 June 2022

Multi-Centre

All areas can combine - why not mix West Pelion with South Pelion, or split your stay between a mountain hotel and a coastal area? Although not far apart as the crow flies they are quite contrasting. Pelion can aslo be included as part of a northern fly-drive itinerary as Volos is only a 2½ hour drive from Thessaloniki.

Car hire

We can arrange car hire.

Representative

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

Walking in 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. Click here for details of walks in the Afissos area.

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Claire Kalatzis
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Claire joined us in 2005 after having spent 6 years in Lesbos running her own business teaching English, where she married a Greek. The economic crisis in Greece forced them to return to the UK. Alongside day to day reservations, Claire is also mother goose to our 30 or so overseas representatives in Greece and works very closely with Graeme, our overseas manager in Greece, to arrange for their interviewing and training. Understandably she loves Alonissos.

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