Pelion is a mountain at the southeastern part of Thessaly in central Greece, forming a hook-like peninsula between the Pagasetic Gulf and the Aegean Sea.
Pelion is considered one of the most beautiful mountains in Greece and is a popular tourist attraction throughout the year. You will find hiking trails and stone paths giving access to springs, coves and numerous beaches, both sandy or pebbly, set among lusciously green slopes. Pelion is a mountain, rich with springs, gorges and streams, many of which are routed in carved-stone artificial beds to bring the water to the villages and their thriving orchards. The higher elevations of the mountain receive enough snowfall so as to host skiing facilities that operate from Christmas to Easter.
You will find more than 70 Pelion villages, all varying in size, scattered across the Peninsula from the famous mountainous villages of Tsagarada, Portaria and Zagora, to the beautiful coastal resorts of Kala Nera, Milina and Platanias. Pelion is full of scenes of great beauty, and is the ideal destination to visit all year round. During the summer there are many lovely beaches you can visit, with crystal clear waters and golden sandy beaches. The blue waters of the Pagasitic Gulf and Aegean Sea are simply superb, and are perfect for bathing, watersports and relaxation.
Pelion is cooler than other parts of Greece during the summer months, especially the villages in the mountains.
During the winter, you can visit the famous ski center of Agriolefkes near the village of Hania, where as well as as offering top class skiing facilities, you can enjoy many other winter activities such as snowboarding, and artillery ski.
Skiing in Pelion: At this Greek ski resort you will find an exceptional opportunity to a magnificent view of the Aegean Sea while skiing. The ski resort is very close to the sea, situated to the northern side of Pelion 27 km from Volos and 2 km from the Chania settlement.
Pelion Mountain, 1500m, Slopes: 3, one cross-country Lifts: 5 Facilities: Cafeteria and restaurant for 150 persons. Chalet accommodations for 80 persons, parking, doctor, ski rentals
Open: Mon-Sun from 9 to 4 from December to March
Distance: 27 kms from Volos (about 4 hours from Athens)
Contact: Tel: +30 0428 73719 Fax: +30 0428 73719
Pelian cuisine specializes in charcuterie, its most famed dish being spentzofáï, a hearty stew made of sliced pork sausage that is first cooked on its own, then stewed with green and red peppers, mild or hot as the case may be, and shallots or small onions. Pelion is also renowned for its orchard fruit, with pride of place going to the firíki, an originally Egyptian apple varietal of very small, oval-shaped, intensely fragrant, crisp apples.
The steam train of Pelion, “Moutzouris-Smudgy” was of great importance to the development and history of Pelion. The first section of the railway was completed back in 1895, which joined the city of Volos to the village of Lehonia.
By 1903, the railway line had been extended to the village of Milies, covering a total of 29km. Also completed during this time were the bridges over which the train would cross. In total, 6 bridges were constructed, 5 of them being stone bridges with arches, and the 6th bridge being made of iron. The final outcome of this project was literally a masterpiece. The bridges, the rail track and the train itself were all inspired works, and blended in perfectly with the surrounding environment.
The train of Pelion was in operation up until 1971, and was used to transport goods around the region, as well as people who used it for travelling and short day trips.
Currently “Train OSE” runs one train every Saturday, Sunday and public holiday from mid-April to the end of October. The service runs every day during July and August. According to the current timetable (1 August 2009) train 3800 departs Ano Lechnonia at 11:00 and arrives to Milies at 12:20, stopping at Ano Gazea. Return train 3801 departs Milies at 16:00 and arrives to Ano Lechnonia at 17:15.
Volos is a very lively and pleasant city. One thing you must do is to visit one of the fish tavernas, in Greek called “tsipouradika”, and enjoy fish titbits and tsipouro.
One of the most important sites in Volos is the archaeological museum “Athanassakio”. It was built in 1907 on the east side of the city at Anavros. They exhibit a large number of findings, such as Palaeolithic and Neolithic objects from the prehistoric hamlets of Sesklo and Dimini. They also display a rich and interesting variety of objects such as gold coins, jewellery, painted grave pillars, ceramic and bronze vessels from the area of ancient Thessaly.
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