5+1 reasons to fall in love with Pelion

Are you planning on a short getaway with your special someone or family and wonder where you should travel next? Do you dream of a destination that combines natural beauty with history, tradition and affordable choices in restaurants and accommodation? Pelion is the answer!A typical, yet utterly loved destination, Pelion has always something new to offer – experiences, sights, flavours... After all, it’s over 40 villages spread out on the lush green slopes of Mount Pelion we’re talking about! Winter lodges, ski resorts, beaches, stunning nature, mouthwatering cuisine and unique traditional colours – the “Mountain of the Centaurs” lets no one down. So here are 5+1 reasons why you will definitely fall in love with Pelion! Zagora – the stuff of legends The largest village on the eastern side of Pelion, Zagora stands proud of its artistic and cultural legacy. The village’s history reflects on each of its' four settlements, where you can have a proper first glimpse of how life in Pelion is. Find your inner peace and discover all the hidden gems that make Zagora unique. We bet you will never want to go back..! Tsagkarada - the plane tree 500 metres above sea level, you will find the way to paradise! Tsagkarada’s wild beauty is what makes it stand out from the rest. Start at the central square, where the Great 1,200-year-old Plane Tree stands proud and magnificent. Then, head out for the forest and prepare to get lost, literally and metaphorically! Among old mansions, cobble stoned streets and tiny squares, lies the greatness of Greek nature! Milies – the little train Τhe legendary “Moutzouris” is really one of a kind! Catch it from Milies to Ano Lehonia for an unforgettable trip. Historical value: priceless! The train itself is considered a historical monument. Natural beauty: spectacular! Stone bridges, tunnels, traditional arches and exquisite scenery everywhere you look. Makrinitsa – the balcony of Mount Pelion There you are: Makrinitsa bears the “seal of authenticity” of Pelion! Old mansions, cobbled squares, little alleys and the so-called balcony of Mount Pelion, along with cozy hotels and hostels and quality tavernas. Tradition at its best! Portaria – a cosmopolitan touch One of the most popular villages in the region, Portaria is characterised by a distinctive cosmopolitan feeling. Pick this one if you’re into people-watching! Romantic, beautiful and near the ski resort, Portaria is usually crowded, but never loses its charm. A choice of quality, character and luxury – all of which everybody needs now and then! Chania – a feast for foodies At the highest point of Pelion, at an altitude of 1,130 meters, get ready for clogged ears! But it’s worth it. The small traditional village of Chania is widely known for three main reasons: The ski resort of Pelion, 2 kilometres away, the amazing scenery and the exceptional food! Wild boar, hare and goat, chestnuts, mushrooms and special kinds of cheese, all washed down with local tsipouro. An unforgettable experience!

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