If you’re one of those that like glamour, fancy restaurants and high heels on a summer holiday, then a holiday on Pelion can be quite a catastrophe.
There’s simply none of that on Pelion…it’s as if the time had stopped there…and instead it works for you in order to have a good rest.
What we had on Pelion were good and quality sleep and rest, beaches like those from the best postcards, slow walks by the sea or through traditional villages, dinners at local and simple Greek restaurants and enjoyment in traditional Greek music.
Forget about evening dresses and high heels, bring flip-flops, shorts and T-shirts…and one or two sweaters because the nights are chilly…that’s why you’ll have the best sleep ever.
There aren’t any beach umbrellas and deck chairs nor cafes at most of them…you only have what you bring with you.
Beside good sleep, we also ate very healthy, so that additionally boosted our impression of a good and quality holiday, worth repeating again.
You already know very well that I don’t go anywhere without my Breville 🙂 Breakfast is the most important, and this one is good for staying in shape. Those of you who don’t really take care of it that much can find traditional Greek pies in a nearby bakery.
And then you sit on your terrace as one of the few tourists and already after day 2 you became one of the villagers…and then…while eating breakfast or drinking coffee you’re starting to say hello and bye to them, and they to you…Kalimera (καλημέρα) , Kalispera (καλησπέρα).
In the following paragraphs, you can read about all that impressed us so much…
Pelion beaches and things to do
We’ll start from Agios Georgios in the more northern part, all the way to the Paleo Trikeri island which is located in the bay where Volos is.
A small village, with a few dozen houses, one beach and two restaurants and a pastry shop on the beach…
And one restaurant especially stands out and you must not miss out on it.
Fish is always fresh, only just fished out from the sea, the host is a real host…he fights for every guest…and makes room for you at the restaurant even where there isn’t any…and on the very beach…Isn’t romantic?
What I suggest you should try is on the pictures. If you’re already at sea, why not eat the best it can offer.
You can get to Agios Georgios by car. And when you get here, take a taxi boat to Skiathos.Why miss the chance and not go for a swim on Skiathos at least once.
It’s characteristic for its sand color.
You can get to it by a taxi boat. We liked coming to this beach the most and that’s where we spent the most time. There were never more than two anchored boats, so the privacy was guaranteed. Bring your beach umbrella and towels and enjoy one morning on this beach.
It’s located right next to Platania. You can reach it with a taxi boat or by car. You can go by car all the way to the beach.
Beach in Platania
Platania has two bigger beaches. You can reach any of these two beaches on foot if you’re staying on Platania. Everything is very close by.
There’s one the both sides, even a few hidden ones in the middle which you can see only if you look closely.
Both are sandy, the sea is clean and there are no crowds.
The beach and place Mikros where you can spend the night.
There are maybe ten private houses in total. The beach is sandy, that is, there is one big strand with a restaurant that has great food.
On this beach you need a towel and shade, the rest you can buy 🙂
And we ate the classics
We would come to this beach from Platania by a taxi boat and returned on foot.
There are a few kilometers to go, but it’s perfect for keeping fit in that half an hour walk, uphill downhill. Trekking on Pelion 🙂
Picturesque and very interesting traditional Greek villages
Trikeri village (on the hill)
There’s a magnificent view of the sea from the hill. Traditional Greek village had a large role in the 1821 Greek revolution as well, as the most courageous sailors came from them. The architecture is very interesting for one regular Greek village on the hill. You can see old villas and towers where the most respected captains of that time lived.
Or as they also call it the Old Trikeri or Trikeri island. It’s located in Pagasitic Bay or as I would put it simply the bay where Volos is.
Believe it or not, there are only 15 residents…and no roads or cars…You can reach it only by boat.
This is for the taxi boat option which you need to take from some of the villages close to the very island. Taxi boat from Platania will not take you to Trikeri island because it’s pretty far away, and the sea can get quite vivacious.
But there’s a restaurant, two of them actually.
We ate seafood again
We had our transportation on water, and that’s how we visited those parts of Pelion you can’t get to by car, but for those of you who don’t have your own transportation there’s always an option…you can board
The boat gets to Platania, picks up tourists and drives further and visits other islands…Skopelos, Skiathos…Evia..
It’s always dynamic and very lively on the boat…I often heard and saw people dancing traditional Serbian dance called “kolo” 🙂
But this is not the end…there are always options..you just have to choose the right one
Lafkos in the hills
When we grew tired of sailing, beaches, and sun we started exploring the continental part as well.
What I recommend is to visit this village in the hills.
They often organize Greek evenings with Greek music in open space, so I suggest you make a reservation in advance in one of the central restaurants.
What we left for the next 10 days are the villages in the central part of Pelion (closer to Volos), and if you have time, be sure to visit: