The Pelion Peninsula is a beautiful unspoilt region of mainland Greece. This narrow peninsula is located north of Athens and has many small holiday resorts on it’s east and west coast. The west coast resorts enjoy the blue crystal clear waters of the Pagasitikos Gulf and the unspoilt east coast has secluded beaches and coves set amongst rocky inlets, caves and cliffs. The
best beaches are found on the east coast and when you need a change from lazing on the beach there are plenty of watersports for you to try including diving, water-skiing, jet-skiing, wind surfing, sailing, canoeing and fishing. A great way to view the Pelion coastline and mountains is by boat, you can even visit the neighbouring Sporades Islands of Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos and the off shore islands of Prassouthas and Alatas.
Traditional and authentic, the Pelion region is blessed with forests, fruit orchards, lush green valleys and meandering streams. The resort of Koropi is probaly the most tranquil of all the Pelion Peninsula resorts and is set in wonderful olive groves and pear orchards. Other resorts include the family favourites of Kala Nera, Horton, Koropi, Volos, the slightly livelier Milina and the even more lively Agios Ioannis.
Pelion olive grove
Walking holidays are very popular in Pelion and are best taken in the spring and autumn. There are no end of cobbled paths, trails and tracks which criss cross the peninsula, taking you through the forest clad mountains to quaint villages and to the amazing beaches. Explore the wonderful countryside on horseback, the best way to discover the hidden beauty off the beaten track.
Many visitors use the Pelion resorts as a base for exploring romantic little Greek villages like Milies, Makrinitsa, Vizitsa and Tsangarada which all have a unique atmosphere for you to enjoy a meal and drink or two in a traditional village.
Pelion steam train
The whole family will love a ride up Mount Pelion on the steam train. Passing through little mountain villages, olive groves and over intriguing bridges this trip is not to be missed on your bargain holidays to the Pelion region. Don’t forget your camera as you will have the chance to take some spectacular photos of the coastal views and the beautiful surrounding countryside.
The local villages in Pelion hold panygiras or summer festivals in the town squares with music, dancing and plenty of drinking which makes a welcome break from laying on the beach whilst on your direct holidays to Greece. The region also has lots of cultural events for you to enjoy including concerts, theatrical performances and exhibitions.