Swimming in Thessaly (Pelion, Meteora, etc.)


Clean, wide, fun and beautiful Agiokapos beach connects with Sotiritsa and Velika beaches in a 14 km stretch of Blue Flag awarded coastline.
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Around 15 km from Agiokampos, this somewhat isolated beach can be reached by following the road to Sklithro, after Rakopotamos beach.
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Awarded with a Blue Flag in 2013, Nea Anchialos offers 20 km of impressive coastline, where there is something for everyone…
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You’ll come across this yellow sand beach with some pebbles on the road to Polydendri, around 8km from Agiokampos.
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Access to the sea from Veneto, a tiny village perched on a distant hillside of Pelion, could be described as challenging, but worth it.
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This is a well-known resort area but still not very busy. There are beaches with olive groves and much vegetation, such as Kallifteri, Lagoudi and Ambovos. In Afissos, the mansions of captains who shipped olive oil, olives and silk to Egypt, Constantinople, and Romania still stand.
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The last in a row of beaches on the northwest coast that can be reached by land. The difficult drive there is balanced by the beautiful scenery. This is a stony beach with a more rugged look beautiful in its own way, well-appreciated by adventurous nature lovers.
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The golden sandy beach of Agioi Saranta, located slightly north of Agios Ioannis is another famous beach in the region, and one that attracts a large number of visitors from all over the Pelion peninsula.
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This beach won the Blue Flag award for its cleanliness almost every year since 1996. This is a more organized tourist settlement but gets busy mostly in August. There are restaurants and little hotels all around.
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Lies far away on the southeast coast, 15 km from Patitiri, past the fishing village of Steni Vala. This is the largest beach on the island and convex in shape forming a double beach, with a winter lake behind it that attracts migrating birds. Many consider it the best
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The beach of Boufa is one of the largest beach in Pelion, and is situated between the villages of Kala Nera and Afissos. This sandy beach is one of the most popular in Pelion, and one that every visitor to Pelion should try to visit.
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Chryssi Milia offers stunning views as you approach it and is one of the sandiest beaches on the island and ideal for children. There are chairs to rent and a good taverna under the shady trees above the beach that is ideal for lunch.
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This is another great beach near Tsagarada with lovely water. It is surrounded by large rocks and greenery.
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The beach of Horefto is a large and charming sandy beach, surrounded by luscious green scenery, creating a very natural and peaceful setting.
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The beach of the popular resort of Kala Nera is a very beautiful one, and has been awarded the Blue Flag. The water here is stunning and ideal for bathing in the summer. Along there is a fine selection of cafe bars and tavernas, as well as places to stay.
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Those who like windsurfing will love this beach, which is sandy and crystal blue. Here are some of the cleanest waters in the area.
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Here's a great beach that's not far from Volos. For those who like a more active beach, there are a few cafes and bars for food and drink.
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On the way from Keramidi to Kamari, turning left towards Agiokampos you will find the pretty pebble beach of Ai Giannis. Photo by: Rodinos G.
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Kokkinokastro is considered one of the most impressive mixed sand/pebble beaches on the island with red cliffs and lush pine trees. Sunsets here are fabulous and in the distance you will see the Two Brothers, which are two deserted islands.
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Leftos Yialos boasts a gravel-like white sand with a view of the Two Brothers (the two deserted islands across), with pine and olive trees not far away. Nearby are two tavernas with gardens that are great for a lunch break.
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Marpounta is relatively close to Patitiri, lying on the southern-most tip of the island. It is considered an attractive sandy beach.
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Megali Ammos, 7 km from Patitiri, is a large bay with many small beaches among lush pine woods. Old donkey paths can help you move around. You must walk down the last part as the road does not come close. Best go by bike or on foot. Great for nature lovers.
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Megalos Mourtias is also just two kilometres from Palia Alonissos. It is a sandy beach with many flat stones, as well as several tavernas to enjoy a good meal. You can also snorkel here.
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On the Aegean coast of Pelio there are stunning beaches. The beach of Mikro, a village with 100 residents, is very beautiful. Just 4 km away is the natural port of Hondri Ammos, with remains of a fortress. On the way to Trikery the beach of Jasteni or Avra is also impressive, emerging between two seas.
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Mikros Mourtias lies below Palia Alonnisos and can be reached by a donkey path. You will find pines, herbs and olive trees on your way. Offering a mix of stone and sand, this is also a good beach to do some snorkelling.
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Milia is a beautiful stony beach almost hidden within a thick pine forest. It is situated 3.5 km from Patitiri and 5.5 km from Palia Alonnisos.
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The beach of Mylopotamos village is unique in its beauty and repeatedly awarded with a Blue Flag. The blue, crystal clear waters with lovely white sand will astound you. There are also several other charming beaches close by.
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Before you get to Volos and Pelion, the town of Nea Anchialos (or Aghialos) has a strong tourism infrastructure with a coast of 20 km. This is an attractive beach with black sand. Visit the Citadel of Ancient Pyrassos there too and enjoy the wine festival starting late August.
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One of the more popular beaches on Pelion's east coast, this is a quiet beach for most of the year, yet still manages to attract a friendly crowd in the heat of summer.
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The beach of Papa Nero is a lovely sandy one, where the greenery and mountains stretch down to the sea. It is a very peaceful and enjoyable beach.
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The large sandy beach of Potistika is perfect for those looking for a relaxing summer holiday. The beach is perfectly located, offering a very peaceful and tranquil setting.
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Rousoum is a few minutes' walk from Patitiri with a couple of traditional tavernas and a relaxing coffee shop facing the water. This is a great beach if you just have half a day and don't want to stray too far from Patitiri.
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Tourkoneri is a nice small bay among pine woods that allows you to swim to neighbouring bays. There are interesting rock formations that come out of the water here. The beach is 5 km from Patitiri and you have to walk down the last part.
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Tzortzi Yialos and its bay boast one of the most idyllic views near hills, pines, olive trees and a handful of cypresses. Located 6 km from Patitiri, it is pebbly at the beginning and sandy once you're in. There is one taverna at the beach.
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Vithisma on the southern side of the island is a small quiet bay with pebbles and black sand. It's very clean and considered a lovely bay that not many know about.
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Yialia beach is pebbly and rocky beach in a bay with a beautiful renovated windmill at its edge, which used to mill wheat in the olden days. You can get there by an earth road from the main road between Palia Alonnisos and Patitiri. The nearby beach of Vrisitsa is a beautiful one with black sand and stone slabs.
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