The Pelion Train, also known as the Little Train of Pelion, is a narrow gauge (60 cm) train that seemed to me like a toy train with its maintained vintage look. It’s even parked in a colorful little train station. The train began operating more than a century ago between Volos and Lehonia in 1895 and between Lehonia and Milies in 1903. It covers 29 kilometers, on tracks that run through verdant forests and across 12 bridges.
For hikers and walkers, Pelion is a dream. One of the top things to do in Pelion is explore the incredibly dense network of cobblestone trails and paths that interconnect its scenic villages. For more information on the paths to take, visit the Walking Pelion blog: www.walking-pelion.blogspot.gr
Yes, that mountain landscape is perfect for skiing or snowboarding and believe me, it gets snowy in those hills. Pelion is home to the Agriolefkes – Pelion Ski Center which has four slopes for downhill ski approved by the International Ski Federation. For more information, visit www.pelionski.gr.
With such incredible natural scenery, horse riding is considered one of the top things to do in Pelion. There are several companies throughout the peninsula offering tours and services.
If you love sea and river adventures, it’s another one of the top things to do in Pelion. Check out the blog: A Greek Adventure for details on this exciting way to explore the region.
Having eaten my way through many regions of Greece, it continues to astound me just how there are so many types of distinct local flavors and specialties to discover. I was truly impressed by many of the dishes I tried in Pelion. In general, be on the lookout for hearty dishes like fasolada (bean soup),kapama (slow roast goat in tomato sauce), boubari (local sausage) kouneli stifado (rabbit stew), spetzofaï (stewed pork sausages and peppers) and tyropsomo (cheese bread).
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
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.
Admire the Trees of Pelion
While exploring Pelion, I couldn’t help but notice the amazing, old and storied trees that seemed to be everywhere. Gigantic plane trees set the stage in the squares or lined the villages and some truly wise ones overlooked the sea.
Visit a Women’s Cooperative
The region of Pelion has a strong network of women’s cooperatives. The first one started in Zagora, in 1993, as a way to keep the local way of producing traditional products alive.Also , there is a coor in Anilio with homemade jams and sweets.
Path of Heron
The Heron Centraus cave is 15 minutes’ walk.
Pelion is known for the tasty and traditional sweet preserves and jams. There are many types to choose from. An exotic one I have come to like is kidoni (Greek quince).
Every region of Greece has its drinks and its drink culture. The Thessaly region is the “hometown” of the distinct Greek liquor called tsipouro. The distilled spirit is produced from pomace and contains 40 to 45 percent alcohol by volume