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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.

Notable among the routes is the Path of the Centaurs, recently upgraded and sign-posted, starting from Alli Meria and ending in Alykopetra below Hania. Here are some other hiking routes in Pelion:

1. Chania – Kissos: A hike of medium difficulty spanning 8 km. It takes three hours and the altitude difference is 720 meters. Ideal for warmer months as a big part of the route goes through a thick beach forest.

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2. Kissos – Aghios Ioannis: Easy downhill walk over 2.5 km, lasting one hour with a climb of 500 meters. Care should be taken on the partly asphalted parts of the route (i.e. main roads).

3. Kissos – Mouresi: A hike of medium difficulty, though lasting only 1.5 hours. It starts at a height of 3000 meters and the difference in elevation is 320. It is an interesting hike with a varied landscape. Cobblestone paths and villages on the way will delight you, but the signage is a bit unclear.

4. Mouresi – Aghios Ioannis: This is an easy hike over 2.6 km and takes about an hour. The difference in altitude is about 350 meters, walking on stone paths, dirt roads and asphalt. It could be combined with the Kissos – Mouressi hike.

5. Aghios Ioannis – Fakistra: A hike of medium difficulty lasting for 1.5 hours, this walk takes you over 4 km on stone, asphalt and dirt roads. There is an altitude difference of 145 meters on this popular route around Agios Ioannis. It takes you along the sea mostly.

6. Tsagarada – Damouhari: A 1.5-hour easy hike over four kilometres will take you on one of the best-kept cobblestone paths in the area.

7. Milies – Tsagarada: This is a hike of medium difficulty over 10 km, lasting a bit over 4 hours. The altitude difference is about 270 meters (first up, then down) and the hike is one of the most popular in Pelion. It goes from te Pegasitic Gulf to the Aegean.

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Other routes:

Kala Nera – Milies
Agria – Anemoutsa
Tsagarada – Mylopotamos: 22 km
Sourpi – Ai-Lias (Vathyolakos signalled path)



Location: Thessaly & Sporades › Magnesia (Pelion)

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