Explore the amazing villages of Pelion, the mythical mountain of the Centaurs
Pelion holds numerous treasures for travelers to discover. Each of its scenic villages is a unique example of local architecture, and features incredibly lush vegetation, dreamy stone-paved alleys, and beautiful sights. All villages in Pelion Greece, maintain their inspiring character through the centuries and are well worth a visit. Depending on the season, you may be lucky enough to join the locals in one of the folk fairs or events organized throughout the year.
When Venetian sailors established a trading route along the Aegean Sea, they built a castle on Mount Pelion as a place of rest and refuge from the pirates that threatened their voyages. Legend has it that the ruins of this castle survive near the hamlet of Damouchari. Others say that this is a byzantine castle. One way or another the remains of this castle are located just across our accommodation on the top of the slope. The picture-perfect village of Damouchari is also known as a filming site for the musical Mamma Mia.
Mouresi & Kissos
Mouresi is nestled in an apple and chestnut tree forest, and stands out for the beautiful stone-built houses, scenic alleys and picturesque square with the 18th-century basilica of Agia Triada. Not far from Mouresi is the village of Kissos, a hidden gem with a peaceful square and the church of Agia Marina.
10 km from Damouchari you will discover Tsagarada, one of the most cosmopolitan villages in Pelion; stroll by the central square with the 1000-year-old signature plane tree, explore the cobbled streets lined with stone-built mansions, and sample sumptuous local dishes in one of the restaurants. At Tsagarada you can visit the Digital Museum and the Miniature Museum. You can also take the beautiful route towards Fakistra beach leading to the cave that hosted the so-called “secret school”.
Lying on a verdant slope of Mt Pelion, Milies is one of the most significant historical villages. Well-known center of culture and literature, it is home to the Old Library and features relaxing squares, the signature traditional-style buildings and excellent options for dining. Milies is the terminal station of the Little Train of Pelion – the so-called “Moutzouris” that connects Milies with Volos; the route is simple breathtaking passing through magnificent nature.
Nestled among plane tress, Vizitsa is a protected village where nature and beautiful centuries-old mansions harmoniously coexist. Take a walk around the main cobble-stoned square with the imposing plane trees, have a cup of coffee or local “tsipouro with meze” at the traditional coffee shops, pay a visit at Saint John’s 18th-century monastery to admire the fine wall paintings.
The so-called “Balcony of Pelion” is one of the most impressive villages and astounds visitors not only with its perfectly preserved architecture but also with the panoramic views over Volos and Pagasitikos Gulf. The main attraction is the central square with Saint John’s chapel and various little shops where you can purchase local products, such as herbs, tsipouro etc. Nearby is the Folk Art and History Museum, housed at Topalis Mansion, with 1500 exhibits showcasing traditional lifestyle in Pelion.