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The Pelion Peninsula
A Journey through traditional Greece
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The Pelion Peninsula lies to the east and south of Volos on the east coast of mainland Greece. The interior is a lush, green landscape with fruit orchards, wild olive groves and forests of horse chestnut, oak, walnut, and beech. Small villages of whitewashed, half-timbered houses with overhanging balconies and grey slate roofs dot the area.

The peninsula has an enduring tradition of regional cooking, often flavoured with mountain herbs. Local specialities such as fasoladha (bean soup) and tyropsomo (cheese bread) are often on taverna menus.

This part of Greece was, according to myths, inhabited by Centaurs, creatures that are half human, half horse and have great knowledge and wisdom. The Centaur Cheiron, according to a myth, gave knowledge to the God of Medicine, Asklepios, about medical plants and herbs, that still grow on Mt. Pelion today.


About the Route

Facts:

The Pelion Peninsula trail runs from the small village of Portaria, in the north of the peninsula to the picturesque village of Milies, some 25 miles (40kms) south. From 1250m, at the Hania ski resort, where the air is fresh and cool and offering wonderful views, to the coastal village of Agios Ioannis and past the tiny fishing hamlet of Damouchari, located in a bay that provides a natural swimming pool. Cobbled footpaths, forest tracks, coastal pathways and narrow gauge railway tracks, which are 200-300m above sea level, are all to be enjoyed as part of the Pelion Peninsula trail.

Highlights:

  • Kalderimi paths and sea views
  • Characteristic houses
  • Narrow gauge steam train that is 200-300m above sea-level
  • Idyllic village squares with friendly tavernas
  • Biggest plane tree of Greece
  • The nature of the trail:

    The trail is described as moderate with an average daily mileage of 7 miles (11kms) and is best enjoyed from April through to October (perhaps avoiding the summer months of July and August as it can be quite hot). Pathways are a mix of undulating cobbled mule paths, dirt tracks and finally some tarmac paths as you enter and leave villages.

    Portaria to Millies - 6 Days

    6 days walking
    7 nights accommodation
    41.50 miles /67km
    Twin/Double room per person from:
    £459  Per Person
    Single room per person from:
    £618 Per Person
    Solo Traveller per person from:
    £726  Per Person
    Season:
    spring, summer, autumn

    Itinerary

    Arrival - Arrive in Portaria

    Arrive in the village of Portaria from Volos or Thessaloniki airports.

    Day 1 - Circular walk from Portaria 8m (13 km)

    Today’s circular walk takes you to the mountain village of Makrinitsa, famed for its stone houses with slate roofs, and offers views over the coastal town of Volos.

    4.5hrs, 8m/13 km, 550m ascent, 550m descent

    Day 2 - Walk from Portaria to Hania Ski resort 4.5m (7kms)

    From conifer trees under Aidonaki, the west peak of Mt Pelion, to the highest hamlet of the peninsula at the ski resort of Hania, passing the ruins of an old sanatorium

    3hrs, 4.5m/7 km, 560m ascent, 35m descent

    Day 3 - Walk from Hania to Ag. Ioannis 7m or 4.5m (11km or 7 km)

    A short transfer (included) takes you to the start of the ancient kalderimi, which we follow descending through beech forest, arriving at the picturesque village of Kissos, perfect for a lunch stop. The track continues to Mouresi village and from there descending to Agios Ioannis. There are path options today

    3 or 4 hrs, 6.8m or 4.3m/11km or 7 km, 300m ascent, 650m or 1100m descent

    Day 4 - Walk from Ag. Ioannis via Damouchari & Fakistra beach to Tsangarada 5m (8 km)

    A coastal path reaches the fishing hamlet of Damouchari, whose bay forms a natural swimming pool. At Fakistra, see the “Hidden School” in a cave and at Tsangarada the village square houses a 1000 year old plane tree

    4hrs, 5m/8 km, 700m ascent, 300m descent

    Day 5 - Walk from Tsangarada to Milies 7.5m (12 km)

    Walking via old mule tracks, crossing the mountain ridge at 700m, the limestone landscape is covered with chestnut and beech trees. Reaching Milies, one of the most picturesque villages on the peninsula, you have wonderful views over the Pagasitic Gulf.

    4.5hrs, 7.5m/12 km, 350m ascent, 400m descent

    Day 6 - Circular walk from Milies 7.5m (12 km)

    Coastal views are a delight as you walk towards the seaside village of Koropi, partly through olive groves. Lunch in Kala Nera beckons, followed by the narrow gauge railway tracks, some 200m-300m above sea level, ascending gradually. Stone bridges replace mule tracks.

    4hrs, 7.5m/12 km, 475m ascent, 475m descent

    Departure - Departure from Milies after breakfast

    Depart after breakfast.

    Notes

    Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

    Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

    If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

    ACCOMMODATION ON THE ROUTE

    Accommodation:

    Depending on where you are on the trail you’re following, your overnight accommodation can vary from a farmhouse, B&B, guest house or hotel, which is all part of enjoying the countryside. Here are examples of the type of accommodation you can expect on The Pelion Peninsula. Wherever possible, we will reserve rooms with ensuite or private bathrooms. There may be locations or times of the year when accommodation with only shared facilities are available.

    If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

    How It Works


    Included in the holiday arrangements and package cost:

  • 7 night's accommodation: Portaria (2), Hania (1), Ag. Ioannis (1), Tsangarada (1) and Milies (2)
  • Breakfast daily
  • Luggage transfers on Days 3, 4, 5 and 6
  • Transfer on Day 4 from your accommodation to the start of the path
  • Destination manual for the area and route
  • Route Notes with full details on the daily routes
  • Folded map of the region and easy to read maps of the walking route
  • GPS tracks
  • 24 hour English speaking contact number for emergencies

  • Not included in the holiday arrangements and package cost:

  • Flights
  • Transfers to your first accommodation or from your last accommodation (these can be arranged at an additional charge)
  • Travel insurance
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunches or dinners (unless specified)
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers etc. Any items that have not been specifically mentioned in the program


    Optional Services:

    Arrival and Departure:

    The nearest airports for this holiday are Thessaloniki, which is served from the UK by British Airways or Easyjet and Volos, which has charter flights.

    Arrival and departure transfer information, via public transport, can found on the following links:

    Thessaloniki airport - Thessaloniki bus station or train station: There are frequent public buses from Thessaloniki airport to Thessaloniki bus and train station.

    Thessaloniki bus station - Volos: There are 8 buses daily from Thessaloniki to Volos. You can find a current schedule at www.ktelvolou.gr

    Thessaloniki train station - Volos: You can travel from Thessaloniki to Volos by train, with a change in Larissa. You can find train information at www.trainose.gr/en

    From Volos to Portaria; and Milies to Volos: Buses operate from Volos, with schedules and prices as per www.ktelvolou.gr. A taxi from Volos to Portaria costs approx €20 and from Milies to Volos, approx €45


    Rest Days and Extra Nights:

    If you wish to add rest days into your itinerary or add extra nights in Thessaloniki or Volos, please contact us.


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