Activities In Thessaly & Sporades

Explore The Activities In Thessaly & Sporades
Afissos, Pegasitic Gulf, Pelion

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.

Agalou Lakka, Northwest

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.

Agii Saranta Beach, Aegean Sea, Pelion

The golden sandy beach of Agii 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.

Agiokampos, Larissa

Clean, wide, fun and beautiful Agiokapos beach connects with Sotiritsa and Velika beaches in a 14 km stretch of Blue Flag awarded coastline. The beaches, which are on the southern coast of Larissa, also have two child-friendly camping facilities and nearby tennis and basketball courts. At Velika you can also enjoy the shade of lush trees, while at Agiokampos you can hop on a boat and visit the sea caves in Veneto and the beaches of Magnesia.

Agios Ioannis beach, Aegean Sea, Pelion

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.

Ai Giannis, Keramidi, North Pelion

On the way from Keramidi to Kamari, turning left towards Agiokampos you will find the pretty pebble beach of Ai Giannis.

Ano Kanali – Pyrgos (map 1B – trail 5)

The trail is part of the Natura 2000 sites of Karla-Mavrovouni-Kefalovryso-Velestino and Mt Mavrovouni, which are areas of rich biodiversity. Even expert hikers consider this trail difficult, chiefly because it covers more than 14 km (around five hours walk) in a single direction. However, if you plan ahead and opt to stop at various points of interest, you can make a great day of it. Regional authorities are working on numerous plans to revamp the area and add museums, ecological, hiking, riding, cycling and bird watching facilities and more. For now there are also lovely views of Lake Karla as well as stopovers at the chapels of the Transfiguration of the Saviour, Saint Panteleimon, Saint Paraskevi and Saint Athanasios in Ano Kanalia.

Ano Kerasia – Flamouri Monastery (map 1A – trail 2)

A moderately challenging trek that takes around three hours one way (6.4km), this trail will lead you into the embrace of high shady forests, in a part of Mt Pelion that is characterized by steep green hillsides and cascading waterfalls. Apart from enjoying the beauty of this idyllic floral paradise, the walk will bring you to stupendous panoramic views of Mt Pelion’s north-western coastline and Lake Karla. Male hikers may visit the Flamouri Monastery, built in a fabulous location above the village of Veneto. Cyclists, mountaineers and horseback riding enthusiasts can also find recreation in the area around the village.

Ano Kerasia – Kerasia (map 1A – trail 1)

In this one hour (5.9km) walk downhill from Ano Kerasia to Kerasia, hikers can enjoy taking in stunning panoramic views of Lake Karla and the lush natural beauty of the local flora as its colours and varieties change significantly with the drop in altitude. The walk follows a combination of dirt roads and cobbled paths lovingly maintained by the North Pelion Information Centre. Start the day by exploring the abandoned village of Ano Kerasia, a village that was destroyed by Nazi forces in 1944 as it hosted the 54th E.L.A.S. (Greek People’s Liberation Army) Regiment. Stop to visit the Church of the Apostle Saints and the nearby chapel of Saint Athanasios, and finish with lunch or evening dinner in one of the tavernas of Kerasia, where you can sample local delicacies such as spit-roasted goat or lamb.

Ayios Dimitrios, Southeast

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

Chatzimisiotiki Magoula – Agios Athanasios hill (map 2A – trail 8)

Unlike most of the other trails in the area, which involve trekking high into the mountains, this trail takes you along Lake Karla’s southwestern shores, past picturesque wetlands and mountain landscapes. The trail is ideal in springtime but somewhat unpleasant in high summer when hot temperatures along the Rizomilos-Stefanovikeio plain can be stifling. Chatzimisiotiki Magoula is a former islet and prehistoric site, and only the beginning of a wonderful walk that includes great bird watching spots as well as several Mycenaean tombs along the southern shores of Lake Karla. St. Athanasios chapel, on top of a hill, is a great place to end, offering excellent views of Lake Karla, Thessaly’s plain, Mt Mavrovouni and, on a clear day, Mt Ossa and Mt Olympus.

Chorefto Beach, Aegean Sea, Pelion

The beach of Chorefto is a large and charming sandy beach, surrounded by luscious green scenery, creating a very natural and peaceful setting.

Chryssi Milia, Southeast

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.

Fakistra Beach, Tsagarada, Aegean Sea, Pelion

This is another great beach near Tsagarada with lovely water. It is surrounded by large rocks and greenery.

Glafyra – Saint Nikolaos of Kanalia (map 2A – trail 6)

A relatively easy hike that takes around two hours one way (7.9 km), the trail combines some vibrant mountain landscapes, interesting archaeological and religious sites, zones of geological and architectural attraction, agricultural fields and various scenic perspectives of Lake Karla. Glafyra, also called Kapourna, is a picturesque village mainly inhabited by farmers. Although the trail ends at Saint Nikolaos chapel, the village of Kanalia is one of the prettiest on the northwest side of Mt Pelion, built on the foundation of the acropolis of ancient Voeveis on the plains of Metochi – while there, don’t miss the Byzantine Church of Saint Nikolaos, declared a historical monument. Also to be enjoyed on this trail are the remarkable scenery of Lake Karla, together with its diverse flora and fauna.

Hiking in Pelion

This is a heavenly region for hiking, with numerous signposted stone-paved paths. Rich environments with lush greenery, mountains, valleys and interesting biodiversity await visitors. You will come across farms, monasteries, old buildings, springs and country churches along the way.

Hiking in Trikeri

At the lower tip of Pelion:

International Academy of Classical Homeopathy

Headed by the esteemed Dr. Vithoulkas who has won awards for his dedication to homeopathy, the academy is housed in a lovely traditional building and trains students to become competent homeopaths in line with the principles of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann.

Kala Nera Beach, Pegasitic Gulf, Pelion

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.

Kanalia – Drakopigado (map 2A – trail 7)

A trail you can walk round trip in just over two hours (6.6km) but not with ease, as it’s not marked as a designated path and consists mainly of uphill trekking on narrow and rocky footpaths. The dense vegetation and gorgeous views of Lake Karla and the plain of Thessaly make it worthwhile, as does the a visit to the magnificent, vertical cave of Drakopigado (Dragon’s well). Start at the main square of Kanalia, otherwise known as ‘the women’s village,’ where two old-style fishing huts and a traditional boat can be found, and visit the Ecclesiastical Museum in the Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary. Be careful not to confuse sheep and goat tracks with the walking path.

Kastri Beach, Aegean Sea, Pelion

Those who like windsurfing will love this beach, which is sandy and crystal blue. Here are some of the cleanest waters in the area.

Kato Kalamaki – Lake Karla’s artificial wetland area (map 2B – trail 10)

A relatively easy walk that offers some great sights, this trail mainly leads you along flat roads and the western dike of Lake Karla, close to the artificial wetland area (created in a bid to help protect and promote the local natural life after the Lake was drained). It takes around 2-2.5 hours to get from Kato Kalamaki, where you will observe 12 water reservoirs, to the lake’s pumping station. Bird watchers will enjoy this route, as there are various great spots for sightings, while visitors can even stop to enjoy some fishing.

Kato Lechonia Beach, Pegasitic Gulf, Pelion

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.

Keramidi – Palaioskala (map 1B – trail 4)

This 17 km trail (around 5.5 hours walk) is one of the most scenic walks in the greater area of Lake Karla, starting from the quaintly traditional village of Keramidi. The restored cobblestone trail meanders through a lush forest of oak, chestnut, walnut and various species of Mediterranean maquis along the western slopes of Mt Pelion and Mt Mavrovouni, and offers you the chance to discover the archaeological site of Palaioskala, where remnants of a prehistoric human settlement have been unearthed. Hikers heading along National trail 02 are also likely to come across free-range herds of cows, goats and pigs.

Kerasia – Sourvia Monastery (map 1A – trail 3)

This 8.9km walk, which takes around four hours one way, is similar to the Ano Kerasia – Flamouri Monastery walk but considered far more challenging as it involves more hiking on narrow, upward and descending, footpaths. The trail will take you through gorgeous greenery, dramatic panoramas of Sourvia Monastery and its mountainous landscapes angling skyward, and encounters with the area’s fauna. You can also visit the chapel of Panagia Leshiani and the stone-arched bridge at Leshiani and enjoy drinking from natural springs in Kerasia and Leshiani.

Kokkinokastro, Southeast

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.

Koropi (Boufa) Beach, Pegasitic Gulf, Pelion

The beach of Koropi (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.

Lake Karla

Cormorant, coot, and mallard duck are just some of the types of waterfowl living in Lake Karla, which has developed into a very important wetland that’s home to many types of birds.

Leftos Yialos, Southeast

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.

Marpounta, Southeast

Marpounta is relatively close to Patitiri, lying on the southern-most tip of the island. It is considered an attractive sandy beach.

Megalos Mourtias, Southeast

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.

Mikro, Hondri Ammos & Jasteni, Aegean Sea

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

Mikros Mourtias, Southeast

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.

Milia, Southeast

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.

Milos Glymeni, North Pelion

Around 15 km from Agiokampos, this somewhat isolated beach can be reached by following the road to Sklithro, after Rakopotamos beach. Ideal for nature lovers who want to get away from organized beach sports and umbrellas, this pebble beach is also popular among divers as there are some shipwrecks to be explored, including a German vessel originating from WWII.

Mylopotamos near Tsagarada, Aegean, Pelion

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.

Nea Anchialos, below Volos

Awarded with a Blue Flag in 2013, Nea Anchialos offers 20 km of impressive coastline, where there is something for everyone… You’ll find beaches with a unique reddish sand, suitable for sand-baths for people suffering from rheumatism, and golden sand beaches and rocky cliffs to dive from into the crystal waters. Here you will also find facilities for water sports, seaside restaurants as well as deckchairs and umbrellas to rent. Beware that at some parts of Nea Anchialos coastline, the sea shelves quite steeply downwards off the beach, so non-swimmers need to take care.

Nea Anchialos, Pegasitic Gulf

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.

Paltsi/Agios Konstantinos, Aegean, Pelion

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.

Papa Nero Beach, Aegean Sea, Pelion

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.

Polydendri Forest

This is an important habitat for raptors and the falcons, which spend its summers here. Breeding species include the European honey buzzard Pernis apivorus, the Egyptian vulture Neophron percnopterus, the Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus, the Levant sparrowhawl Accipiter brevipes, the Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus, the Lesser Spotted Eagle Aquila pomarina, the Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus, the Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus, the Roller Coracias garrulus and the Middle Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos medius.

Potistika Beach, Aegean Sea, Pelion

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.

Rakopotamos, North Pelion

You’ll come across this yellow sand beach with some pebbles on the road to Polydendri, around 8km from Agiokampos. The beach is a popular spot for alternative tourism lovers who enjoy canoeing and following sea trails that lead to waterfalls up to 30 meters high, while at the very end of the beach campers freely pitch up their tents.

Rousoum, Southeast

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.

Stefanovikeio – Petra (Skala) (map 2B – trail 9)

This 2.5 hour trail (7.5km) starts at was the base of Lake Karla’s administrative seat during the Ottoman occupation, and concludes at Petra, one of the area’s most important prehistoric sites. Along the trail you can visit the Church of the Transfiguration of the Savior in Stefanovikeio and the remote chapel of Saint Paraskevi, while also soaking in wondrous panoramic views of the entire area from atop Petra, which is surrounded by Mt Mavrovouni, Mt Pelion and extensive agricultural fields.

The Lesser Kestrel – protection of a species

The Lesser Kestrel (Kirkinezi in Greek) is one of the most characteristic examples of birds have adapted their lifestyle in order to coexist with humans, feeding mostly on larger insects and small rodents.

Tourkoneri, Northwest

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.

Tzortzi Yialos, Southeast

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.

Veneto, North Pelion

Access to the sea from Veneto, a tiny village perched on a distant hillside of Pelion, could be described as challenging, but worth it. Adventurous visitors with a penchant for small, beautiful and secluded beaches traipse a dirt road that begins a short distance from where the village’s last houses stand, to seek out Petromelisso beach, a little bay with white rocks and small pebbles.

Vithisma, Southeast

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.

Yialia, Northwest

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.

No Activities Greece Found In This Destination. Please Check Other Activities.
Lake Karla

Cormorant, coot, and mallard duck are just some of the types of waterfowl living in Lake Karla, which has developed into a very important wetland that’s home to many types of birds.

Polydendri Forest

This is an important habitat for raptors and the falcons, which spend its summers here. Breeding species include the European honey buzzard Pernis apivorus, the Egyptian vulture Neophron percnopterus, the Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus, the Levant sparrowhawl Accipiter brevipes, the Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus, the Lesser Spotted Eagle Aquila pomarina, the Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus, the Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus, the Roller Coracias garrulus and the Middle Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos medius.

The Lesser Kestrel – protection of a species

The Lesser Kestrel (Kirkinezi in Greek) is one of the most characteristic examples of birds have adapted their lifestyle in order to coexist with humans, feeding mostly on larger insects and small rodents.

No Camping Found In This Destination. Please Check Other Activities.
Rakopotamos, North Pelion

You’ll come across this yellow sand beach with some pebbles on the road to Polydendri, around 8km from Agiokampos. The beach is a popular spot for alternative tourism lovers who enjoy canoeing and following sea trails that lead to waterfalls up to 30 meters high, while at the very end of the beach campers freely pitch up their tents.

No Canyoning Found In This Destination. Please Check Other Activities.
No Caving Found In This Destination. Please Check Other Activities.
No Cycling Found In This Destination. Please Check Other Activities.
Nea Anchialos, below Volos

Awarded with a Blue Flag in 2013, Nea Anchialos offers 20 km of impressive coastline, where there is something for everyone… You’ll find beaches with a unique reddish sand, suitable for sand-baths for people suffering from rheumatism, and golden sand beaches and rocky cliffs to dive from into the crystal waters. Here you will also find facilities for water sports, seaside restaurants as well as deckchairs and umbrellas to rent. Beware that at some parts of Nea Anchialos coastline, the sea shelves quite steeply downwards off the beach, so non-swimmers need to take care.

No Eating & Drinking Found In This Destination. Please Check Other Activities.
Ano Kanali – Pyrgos (map 1B – trail 5)

The trail is part of the Natura 2000 sites of Karla-Mavrovouni-Kefalovryso-Velestino and Mt Mavrovouni, which are areas of rich biodiversity. Even expert hikers consider this trail difficult, chiefly because it covers more than 14 km (around five hours walk) in a single direction. However, if you plan ahead and opt to stop at various points of interest, you can make a great day of it. Regional authorities are working on numerous plans to revamp the area and add museums, ecological, hiking, riding, cycling and bird watching facilities and more. For now there are also lovely views of Lake Karla as well as stopovers at the chapels of the Transfiguration of the Saviour, Saint Panteleimon, Saint Paraskevi and Saint Athanasios in Ano Kanalia.

Ano Kerasia – Flamouri Monastery (map 1A – trail 2)

A moderately challenging trek that takes around three hours one way (6.4km), this trail will lead you into the embrace of high shady forests, in a part of Mt Pelion that is characterized by steep green hillsides and cascading waterfalls. Apart from enjoying the beauty of this idyllic floral paradise, the walk will bring you to stupendous panoramic views of Mt Pelion’s north-western coastline and Lake Karla. Male hikers may visit the Flamouri Monastery, built in a fabulous location above the village of Veneto. Cyclists, mountaineers and horseback riding enthusiasts can also find recreation in the area around the village.

Ano Kerasia – Kerasia (map 1A – trail 1)

In this one hour (5.9km) walk downhill from Ano Kerasia to Kerasia, hikers can enjoy taking in stunning panoramic views of Lake Karla and the lush natural beauty of the local flora as its colours and varieties change significantly with the drop in altitude. The walk follows a combination of dirt roads and cobbled paths lovingly maintained by the North Pelion Information Centre. Start the day by exploring the abandoned village of Ano Kerasia, a village that was destroyed by Nazi forces in 1944 as it hosted the 54th E.L.A.S. (Greek People’s Liberation Army) Regiment. Stop to visit the Church of the Apostle Saints and the nearby chapel of Saint Athanasios, and finish with lunch or evening dinner in one of the tavernas of Kerasia, where you can sample local delicacies such as spit-roasted goat or lamb.

Chatzimisiotiki Magoula – Agios Athanasios hill (map 2A – trail 8)

Unlike most of the other trails in the area, which involve trekking high into the mountains, this trail takes you along Lake Karla’s southwestern shores, past picturesque wetlands and mountain landscapes. The trail is ideal in springtime but somewhat unpleasant in high summer when hot temperatures along the Rizomilos-Stefanovikeio plain can be stifling. Chatzimisiotiki Magoula is a former islet and prehistoric site, and only the beginning of a wonderful walk that includes great bird watching spots as well as several Mycenaean tombs along the southern shores of Lake Karla. St. Athanasios chapel, on top of a hill, is a great place to end, offering excellent views of Lake Karla, Thessaly’s plain, Mt Mavrovouni and, on a clear day, Mt Ossa and Mt Olympus.

Glafyra – Saint Nikolaos of Kanalia (map 2A – trail 6)

A relatively easy hike that takes around two hours one way (7.9 km), the trail combines some vibrant mountain landscapes, interesting archaeological and religious sites, zones of geological and architectural attraction, agricultural fields and various scenic perspectives of Lake Karla. Glafyra, also called Kapourna, is a picturesque village mainly inhabited by farmers. Although the trail ends at Saint Nikolaos chapel, the village of Kanalia is one of the prettiest on the northwest side of Mt Pelion, built on the foundation of the acropolis of ancient Voeveis on the plains of Metochi – while there, don’t miss the Byzantine Church of Saint Nikolaos, declared a historical monument. Also to be enjoyed on this trail are the remarkable scenery of Lake Karla, together with its diverse flora and fauna.

Hiking in Pelion

This is a heavenly region for hiking, with numerous signposted stone-paved paths. Rich environments with lush greenery, mountains, valleys and interesting biodiversity await visitors. You will come across farms, monasteries, old buildings, springs and country churches along the way.

Hiking in Trikeri

At the lower tip of Pelion:

Kanalia – Drakopigado (map 2A – trail 7)

A trail you can walk round trip in just over two hours (6.6km) but not with ease, as it’s not marked as a designated path and consists mainly of uphill trekking on narrow and rocky footpaths. The dense vegetation and gorgeous views of Lake Karla and the plain of Thessaly make it worthwhile, as does the a visit to the magnificent, vertical cave of Drakopigado (Dragon’s well). Start at the main square of Kanalia, otherwise known as ‘the women’s village,’ where two old-style fishing huts and a traditional boat can be found, and visit the Ecclesiastical Museum in the Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary. Be careful not to confuse sheep and goat tracks with the walking path.

Kato Kalamaki – Lake Karla’s artificial wetland area (map 2B – trail 10)

A relatively easy walk that offers some great sights, this trail mainly leads you along flat roads and the western dike of Lake Karla, close to the artificial wetland area (created in a bid to help protect and promote the local natural life after the Lake was drained). It takes around 2-2.5 hours to get from Kato Kalamaki, where you will observe 12 water reservoirs, to the lake’s pumping station. Bird watchers will enjoy this route, as there are various great spots for sightings, while visitors can even stop to enjoy some fishing.

Keramidi – Palaioskala (map 1B – trail 4)

This 17 km trail (around 5.5 hours walk) is one of the most scenic walks in the greater area of Lake Karla, starting from the quaintly traditional village of Keramidi. The restored cobblestone trail meanders through a lush forest of oak, chestnut, walnut and various species of Mediterranean maquis along the western slopes of Mt Pelion and Mt Mavrovouni, and offers you the chance to discover the archaeological site of Palaioskala, where remnants of a prehistoric human settlement have been unearthed. Hikers heading along National trail 02 are also likely to come across free-range herds of cows, goats and pigs.

Kerasia – Sourvia Monastery (map 1A – trail 3)

This 8.9km walk, which takes around four hours one way, is similar to the Ano Kerasia – Flamouri Monastery walk but considered far more challenging as it involves more hiking on narrow, upward and descending, footpaths. The trail will take you through gorgeous greenery, dramatic panoramas of Sourvia Monastery and its mountainous landscapes angling skyward, and encounters with the area’s fauna. You can also visit the chapel of Panagia Leshiani and the stone-arched bridge at Leshiani and enjoy drinking from natural springs in Kerasia and Leshiani.

Stefanovikeio – Petra (Skala) (map 2B – trail 9)

This 2.5 hour trail (7.5km) starts at was the base of Lake Karla’s administrative seat during the Ottoman occupation, and concludes at Petra, one of the area’s most important prehistoric sites. Along the trail you can visit the Church of the Transfiguration of the Savior in Stefanovikeio and the remote chapel of Saint Paraskevi, while also soaking in wondrous panoramic views of the entire area from atop Petra, which is surrounded by Mt Mavrovouni, Mt Pelion and extensive agricultural fields.

No Mountain climbing Found In This Destination. Please Check Other Activities.
No Pottery Found In This Destination. Please Check Other Activities.
No Rappelling Found In This Destination. Please Check Other Activities.
No Rock Climbing Found In This Destination. Please Check Other Activities.
No Sailing Found In This Destination. Please Check Other Activities.
No Skiing & Snowboarding Found In This Destination. Please Check Other Activities.
International Academy of Classical Homeopathy

Headed by the esteemed Dr. Vithoulkas who has won awards for his dedication to homeopathy, the academy is housed in a lovely traditional building and trains students to become competent homeopaths in line with the principles of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann.

Afissos, Pegasitic Gulf, Pelion

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.

Agalou Lakka, Northwest

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.

Agii Saranta Beach, Aegean Sea, Pelion

The golden sandy beach of Agii 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.

Agiokampos, Larissa

Clean, wide, fun and beautiful Agiokapos beach connects with Sotiritsa and Velika beaches in a 14 km stretch of Blue Flag awarded coastline. The beaches, which are on the southern coast of Larissa, also have two child-friendly camping facilities and nearby tennis and basketball courts. At Velika you can also enjoy the shade of lush trees, while at Agiokampos you can hop on a boat and visit the sea caves in Veneto and the beaches of Magnesia.

Agios Ioannis beach, Aegean Sea, Pelion

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.

Ai Giannis, Keramidi, North Pelion

On the way from Keramidi to Kamari, turning left towards Agiokampos you will find the pretty pebble beach of Ai Giannis.

Ayios Dimitrios, Southeast

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

Chorefto Beach, Aegean Sea, Pelion

The beach of Chorefto is a large and charming sandy beach, surrounded by luscious green scenery, creating a very natural and peaceful setting.

Chryssi Milia, Southeast

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.

Fakistra Beach, Tsagarada, Aegean Sea, Pelion

This is another great beach near Tsagarada with lovely water. It is surrounded by large rocks and greenery.

Kala Nera Beach, Pegasitic Gulf, Pelion

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.

Kastri Beach, Aegean Sea, Pelion

Those who like windsurfing will love this beach, which is sandy and crystal blue. Here are some of the cleanest waters in the area.

Kato Lechonia Beach, Pegasitic Gulf, Pelion

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.

Kokkinokastro, Southeast

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.

Koropi (Boufa) Beach, Pegasitic Gulf, Pelion

The beach of Koropi (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.

Leftos Yialos, Southeast

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.

Marpounta, Southeast

Marpounta is relatively close to Patitiri, lying on the southern-most tip of the island. It is considered an attractive sandy beach.

Megalos Mourtias, Southeast

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.

Mikro, Hondri Ammos & Jasteni, Aegean Sea

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

Mikros Mourtias, Southeast

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.

Milia, Southeast

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.

Milos Glymeni, North Pelion

Around 15 km from Agiokampos, this somewhat isolated beach can be reached by following the road to Sklithro, after Rakopotamos beach. Ideal for nature lovers who want to get away from organized beach sports and umbrellas, this pebble beach is also popular among divers as there are some shipwrecks to be explored, including a German vessel originating from WWII.

Mylopotamos near Tsagarada, Aegean, Pelion

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.

Nea Anchialos, below Volos

Awarded with a Blue Flag in 2013, Nea Anchialos offers 20 km of impressive coastline, where there is something for everyone… You’ll find beaches with a unique reddish sand, suitable for sand-baths for people suffering from rheumatism, and golden sand beaches and rocky cliffs to dive from into the crystal waters. Here you will also find facilities for water sports, seaside restaurants as well as deckchairs and umbrellas to rent. Beware that at some parts of Nea Anchialos coastline, the sea shelves quite steeply downwards off the beach, so non-swimmers need to take care.

Nea Anchialos, Pegasitic Gulf

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.

Paltsi/Agios Konstantinos, Aegean, Pelion

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.

Papa Nero Beach, Aegean Sea, Pelion

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.

Potistika Beach, Aegean Sea, Pelion

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.

Rakopotamos, North Pelion

You’ll come across this yellow sand beach with some pebbles on the road to Polydendri, around 8km from Agiokampos. The beach is a popular spot for alternative tourism lovers who enjoy canoeing and following sea trails that lead to waterfalls up to 30 meters high, while at the very end of the beach campers freely pitch up their tents.

Rousoum, Southeast

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.

Tourkoneri, Northwest

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.

Tzortzi Yialos, Southeast

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.

Veneto, North Pelion

Access to the sea from Veneto, a tiny village perched on a distant hillside of Pelion, could be described as challenging, but worth it. Adventurous visitors with a penchant for small, beautiful and secluded beaches traipse a dirt road that begins a short distance from where the village’s last houses stand, to seek out Petromelisso beach, a little bay with white rocks and small pebbles.

Vithisma, Southeast

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.

Yialia, Northwest

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.

Agii Saranta Beach, Aegean Sea, Pelion

The golden sandy beach of Agii 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.

Ai Giannis, Keramidi, North Pelion

On the way from Keramidi to Kamari, turning left towards Agiokampos you will find the pretty pebble beach of Ai Giannis.

Hiking in Pelion

This is a heavenly region for hiking, with numerous signposted stone-paved paths. Rich environments with lush greenery, mountains, valleys and interesting biodiversity await visitors. You will come across farms, monasteries, old buildings, springs and country churches along the way.

Hiking in Trikeri

At the lower tip of Pelion:

Koropi (Boufa) Beach, Pegasitic Gulf, Pelion

The beach of Koropi (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.

Nea Anchialos, below Volos

Awarded with a Blue Flag in 2013, Nea Anchialos offers 20 km of impressive coastline, where there is something for everyone… You’ll find beaches with a unique reddish sand, suitable for sand-baths for people suffering from rheumatism, and golden sand beaches and rocky cliffs to dive from into the crystal waters. Here you will also find facilities for water sports, seaside restaurants as well as deckchairs and umbrellas to rent. Beware that at some parts of Nea Anchialos coastline, the sea shelves quite steeply downwards off the beach, so non-swimmers need to take care.

Polydendri Forest

This is an important habitat for raptors and the falcons, which spend its summers here. Breeding species include the European honey buzzard Pernis apivorus, the Egyptian vulture Neophron percnopterus, the Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus, the Levant sparrowhawl Accipiter brevipes, the Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus, the Lesser Spotted Eagle Aquila pomarina, the Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus, the Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus, the Roller Coracias garrulus and the Middle Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos medius.

Rakopotamos, North Pelion

You’ll come across this yellow sand beach with some pebbles on the road to Polydendri, around 8km from Agiokampos. The beach is a popular spot for alternative tourism lovers who enjoy canoeing and following sea trails that lead to waterfalls up to 30 meters high, while at the very end of the beach campers freely pitch up their tents.

The Lesser Kestrel – protection of a species

The Lesser Kestrel (Kirkinezi in Greek) is one of the most characteristic examples of birds have adapted their lifestyle in order to coexist with humans, feeding mostly on larger insects and small rodents.

No Top Experiences Found In This Destination. Please Check Other Activities.
No Weaving Found In This Destination. Please Check Other Activities.
Kastri Beach, Aegean Sea, Pelion

Those who like windsurfing will love this beach, which is sandy and crystal blue. Here are some of the cleanest waters in the area.