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Traditional Pelion-house

Pelion, land of the legendary Centaurs, the site chosen by the ancient gods for their weddings and celebrations, rises in lush magnificence to the northeast of the city of Volos.

It was here that the centaur Chiron, the wise teacher of demigods and heroes, gave his pupils daily instruction in the proper care of body and soul. Here, too, the first beauty contest took place between Thetis and Eris.

The "Rich leaved" Pelion was an inspiration to Homer, Pindar and Euripides but also the more modern popular muse who sung of the unquenchable desire of the Greek people for freedom.

The highest peak of Pelion (Pliasidi, 1548m) is in the northern part of the range. Its inaccessible eastern flank, with the Aegean stretching out into the distance like a vast mirror, comes to an abrupt end in the sea, creating wildly beautiful rocky shores. Conversely, the tranquil, calm coast of the western flank on the gulf of Volos is much easier to reach and encourages shipping activity.

Volos

Afissos

Pelion's picturesque villages, sometimes climbing on wooded slopes or perched  on steep bluffs, sometimes hidden away in verdant ravines, are so much a part of the scenery that, seen from a distance they create the impression of having "sprouted up" along with the trees.

Portaria

Makrinitsa

Milies

The distinctive traditional architecture of the old houses with their narrow windows and decorated walls, stone stairways and roofs of grey or greeny slate; the Byzantine churches with wonderful wall paintings and icon screens; the winding cobbled paths, sculptured fountains, courtyards redolent of basil and gardenia; squares paved with huge flag stones where the cheerful bubbling of a little brook is never absent - are all typical features of Pelion.

Ano Gatzea

Agios Ioannis

The old Pelion Railway 

Tsangarada

The beach of Milopotamos

 

 

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