Only a few kilometres away from the busy port of Volos in Thessaly stands mythical Mt. Pelion, which according to Greek mythology was home to the mythical Centaurs, creatures who were half man and half horse. Ancient Greek heroes such as Achilles, Jason and Theseus came to Mount Pelion to master the arts taught by the Centaurs.
The unique combination of superb natural surroundings, dense greenery, cascading waterfalls and gorges, romantic bays with crystal clear waters and outstanding local architecture make for a perfect romantic spring break destination.
Must visit: Mount Pelion is home to 24 beautiful villages. Set against an idyllic backdrop of olive groves that shimmer in the sunlight, dense forests and lush fruit orchards, these stone-built villages are the true gems of Pelion. Visit the lovely old village of Tsagaráda –home to a 1,000-year-old plane tree; Makrinítsa, the so-called balcony of Pelion, which affords magnificent views over the Aegean; Portariá, which thanks to its impressive traditional mansions has successfully managed to preserve its traditional colour untouched by time, and Hánia, with its famous ski centre.
Activities: Explore this unspoiled world with your better half… on horseback! The horseback trip starts in Argalastí, an attractive village in the south of the peninsula. From here you can reach beaches on both sides of the peninsula – open sea or calm gulf. The cobblestone trails among villages lead you back through time and are ideal for rides on horseback. The main trails out of Argalasti lead to many interesting locations, such as Kálamos (6 km to the west) and Lefókastro (6 km to the NW). Walk along narrow winding cobbled paths known as “calderímia”. The Hánia-Kissós path is one of the most popular among trekking lovers.
Taste: Taste mouth-watering pies and home-made “spoon sweets” (a traditional dessert consisting usually of fruit preserved in syrup) produced by local women’s associations with all kinds of local fresh fruit!
Accommodation: Ancient old mansions of traditional Pelian architecture that used to belong to rich merchants have been turned into cosy guesthouses blending mountain sophistication with luxurious elegance.
Hot tips for romantic couples: Follow a scenic route from the village of Miliés...by train! Take the legendary Pelion stream train, a narrow-gauge railway built more than a century ago by the father of the surrealist painter Giorgio de Chirico, which crosses stone bridges and passes through rugged landscapes; all the stations are of unique architectural interest. Alternatively, you can enjoy blissful moments of relaxation while lying on one of Pelion superb beaches. Milopótamos, Áyios Ioánnis, Damouhári (where many scenes from the famous movie “Mamma Mia” have been shot) and Horeftó are only some of the choices on offer.
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