Lefokastro • Kala Nera • Vizitsa - Transfer time 50-60 mins from Platanias port, 75-90 mins from Volos Airport.
The western side of Pelion has lovely views (and gorgeous sunsets) over the Pagasitic Gulf to the mountains of the mainland. Although heavily wooded, like all Pelion, the west is more typically Mediterranean: here olive and cypress predominate over oak and chestnut.
Although the name Kala Nera ('Good Water') originally referred to the many springs in the area, it could equally apply to the very clean sea here.
Directly on the gulf some 18 kms to the south of Volos, the village has lush wooded surrounds and backs a gently shelving sand/shingle beach. Kala Nera's long tree-lined promenade shades an array of restaurants and cafes, perfect spots from which to admire the sunsets here for which the area is famed. It is also not far from the start of the very scenic railway which runs at weekends from Ano Lehonia up the mountain to the gorgeously traditional village of Milies.
As everywhere in Pelion there are good walking opportunities - perhaps along the coast to the beach at Boufa. Kala Nera is a relaxed seaside village with a very Greek atmosphere, a good choice of authentic restaurants and small shops, with some life to it (in a 'bustling taverna' kind of way), especially in season.
10 kms to the south, via the attractive (but often busy) resort village of Afissos and a narrow country lanes through the olive groves brings you to Lefokastro. This tiny seaside hamlet is pretty as a postcard – a delightfully tranquil wooded bay, with a ribbon of houses fronting the water and a safe fine-shingle beach and a sole taverna (luckily it is a good one). For alternative dining venues popular Afissos is just a 10 minute drive away and has a good range of taverna restaurants and small shops.
Lefokastro offers an authentically Greek ‘away from it all’ holiday in unspoilt green surroundings, with good swimming and fewer visitors. the countryside is hilly and full of olive trees, so offers fine walking (gentler than in the east).
Vizitsa is one of Pelion’s most attractive preserved mountain villages: its traditional mansion houses, narrow cobbled lanes and plane tree-shaded main square, home to two tavernas, epitomise the best of Pelion. At an elevation of over 500m, the village offers fabulous vistas over the Pagasitic Gulf. A network of restored walking paths on the forested mountainside links Vizitsa with villages near and far.