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.
In Greek mythology, Mount Pelion (which took its name from the mythical king Peleus, father of Achilles) was the homeland of Chiron the Centaur, tutor of many ancient Greek heroes, such as Jason, Achilles, Theseus and Heracles. It was in Mount Pelion, near Chiron’s cave, that the marriage of Thetis and Peleus took place. The uninvited goddess Eris, to take revenge for having been kept outside the party, brought a golden apple with the inscription “To the Fairest”. The dispute that then arose between the goddesses Hera, Aphrodite and Athene resulted in events leading to the Trojan War. When the giants Otus and Ephialtes attempted to storm Olympus, they piled Mount Pelion upon Mount Ossa.
The mountain is thickly forested, both deciduous and perennial forests, mainly of beech, oak, maple and chestnut trees, with plane tree groves surrounding places with water. Pelion is considered the most beautiful mountain in Greece and is a popular tourist attraction throughout the year: hiking trails and stone paths give access to springs, coves and numerous beaches, sandy or pebbly, set among lusciously green slopes. Pelion is an amply watered mountain, with an abundance of springs, gorges, streams and rivulets, with many streams 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.
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Daily ferries are going from the islands of the Sporades to harbour of Volos fall over the day: Skiathos (2 hours), Skopelos (2, 5 hours) and Alonissos (3-3, 5 hours). The port of Volos also proposes Flying Dolphins (hydrofoils) trips. Frequent daily Flying Dolphins are reaching the islands of Skiathos (45 minutes), Skopelos (1 hour and 15 minutes) and Alonissos (2 hours).
The airport of Volos is small and works only in summer. It doesn’t serve internal flights, just some charter flights from abroad. Many European low-cost air companies fly to the airport of Volos, including the popular company Ryan Air.