Mount Pelion, taking its name from the father of Achilles, Peleus, and dubbed as the mountain of Centaurs has always been a magical destination to explore winter and summertime alike. With around 70 villages and settlements spanning across the Pagasetic gulf near Volos, Pelion represents a unique getaway hidden in the dense forest at times levelling with the sea.
In an effort to capture what’s not to miss in this blessed countryside, we visit Tsagkarada, Milies, Neochori and Mylopotamos.
The small settlement of Neochori is located up in the mountains and offers a unique taste of the region. With less than 50 permanent residents, Neochori offers very little amenities but gives visitors a real feel of the countryside life. Plan for a visit during the morning hours and try to get a bread from the local bakery… rumor has it the owner only sells bread to locals!
As you make your way towards the inner part of the peninsula, Mylopotamos is one stop you shouldn’t miss! Offering a unique seaside landscape, it is the perfect attraction during the summer. Make sure you get there early enough as the sun goes away after 3-4pm, at which time you’d want to transfer to the nearby taverna of Aggelika for some nice treats.
Milies is always a good idea for a brief stop either during the morning hours or at night. There a couple of coffee shops and tavernas around worth exploring, such as the traditioal taveral Salkimi offering the best meat around, while our personal favorite coffee shop (and this is also the case for many visitors) is Anna Na Ena Milo.
Also, the main attraction here is the old train station located in the woods that was once home to the famous locomotive transferring passengers from Ano Lechonia to Milies. Now it mostly operates on weekends and public holidays.
Tsagakarada is probably one of the few settlements in Mount Pelion that is very popular with visitors from all over Europe but still unspoiled. It offers good accommodation options and serves as a good location for both the wintertime (as it’s not very far from Chania’s ski centre) and also the summertime (as it’s close to the beaches of Ntamouchari, Mylopotamos and Agios Giannis).
Whatever the season, you will definitely like to spend some time in the main square of the village for a coffee or a visit to the old church dating from the 1800s.