Mount Pelion is the summer residence of the gods of Olympus and the mythical land of the Centaurs. The rich diversity of beautiful landscapes offers both mountainous and seaside resorts, some of them nested on the slopes of Pelion close to the ski center and some located among olive groves, fruit orchards, and plane trees and facing the sea. The houses of villages of Pelion are traditionally-built cottages according to a special local architecture and most of the hotels are restored mansions. The most famous villages of Pelion are: Horto, Agios Lavrentios, Afyssos, Vizitsa, Kala Nera, Kato Gatzea, Kissos, Kritharia, Milies, Milina, Mouresi, Portaria, Tsagarada, Horefto.

Things to do

  • Pelion Beaches

    During the summer season relaxing at the beach is one of the top things to do in East Pelion. So many line the peninsula coast. On the Aegean Sea side, head to Milopotamos, Fakistra, Papa Nero, Agios Ioannis, Agioi Saranta and Horefto.
    On the Pagasitikos Gulf side, head to Kato Lehonia, Kala Nera and Afissos.

  • Go to a Festival

    Another one of the top things to do in Pelion is attend a seasonal festival. The region is known for its fruit so it’s no surprise there are an array of fruit themed festivals.
    Festival for the name of "Profiti Hilia".(20 July)
    Agios-Panteleimonas. 27 July Celebration for Agios Fanourios. 27 August 
  • Visit Volos

    While in Pelion, take time out to spend time in Volos. Located at the foot of Mount Pelion overlooking the Pagasitikos Gulf, it is considered one of the country’s most scenic little citiesStroll the pedestrian Argonauts Avenue on the seafront. See the exact imitation of the Argo, the ship on which Jason and the Argonauts sailed to retrieve the Golden Fleece. Other highlights include Volos Castle and Agios Konstantinos Park.

Pelion Sightseeing

  • Mouresi

    Mouresi is one of the most beautiful villages of Pelion, situated at an altitude of 420 m with a lovely cobbled paved square. Mouresi is the ideal holiday place for lovers of nature. The area has been developed with hotels, guesthouses and restaurants.. Visitors will find here the churches of Kimissis tis Theotokos of fine workmanship and carved wooden iconostasis, the 18th century church of Agia Paraskevi and the 18th century church of Agia Triada which contains remains of the Three Prelates. Mouressi also have many beautiful old mansions.
  • Tsagarada

    Tsagarada village Pelion: This particularly beautiful village attracts quite a lot of tourists during summertime for it is built in the middle of a chestnut wood forest, it is extremely agreeable and the view from there is unbelievable. Tsagarada was founded in 1500 and is composed of four lovely settlements formed around the old restored churches of the Taxiarches, Agia Paraskevi, Agia Kyriaki and Agios Stephanos, each one housing wonderful wooden carved iconostasis. Two elements characterize the village of Tsagarada: the large flower garden houses and a huge and imposing one thousand-year-old plane tree located right in the middle of the square of Agia Paraskevi. 
  • Kissos

    The lovely village of Kissos is perched on the hill slopes at an altitude of 520 meters covered with plane trees and chestnut trees. In this fine village lies the wonderful church of Agia Marina, a unique beauty containing frescoes made by Pagonis. From the square of Kissos the view is formidable: the ruins of a Roman fort and the Aegean Sea charm the eyes

  • Damouhari Port : Mama Mia Filmed Here

    The traffic-free coast of Damouhari has a more recent claim to fame as the location of the “Dancing Queen” scene in the Hollywood movie Mama Mia (2008) starring Meryl Streep. After our hike through Tsagarada we walked through the scenic port. I loved taking in the stunning rocky landscape, which seemed to be both wild and stunning at the same time.
  • Makrinitsa

    If it is so beautiful in drizzle, I can only imagine it in other seasonal colors. The main pedestrian lane is lined with adorable stonework mom-and-pop shops selling handcrafted items and local products.
  • Chorefto

    The seaside village of Horefto is located at the foothills of Mount Pelion. The big beautiful wide sandy beach is the main cause of the special tourist traffic of Horefto offering easy access to both sea and mountain. The village has been developed with hotels, guesthouses and restaurants.