Mouresi is one of the oldest villages of Pelion amphitheatrically built, with great views towards the mountain, the neighboring villages of Kissos and Agios Dimitrios and the Αegean Sea, spanning around a forestry mountainside. Its natural beauty and traditional colors are ideal for quiet and peaceful holidays away from the crowds.
The village of Mouresi was initially built in the coast, specifically in the coast of Damouchari, where remains of the old settlement still exist. From 1600-1700 people started moving up creating todays village. Regarding the name origin there’s uncertainty. Some say it is from the many mulberry trees (greek: mouries) or from Myres in Asia Minor from where the first inhabitants came from, others claim it’s from the Slavic word “mours” meaning “finding fertile grounds”. Finally it is said that it derives from the Latin word Bourtz meaning castle, referring to Venetian castle that once stood in Damouchari and today is in ruins.Through its cobbled paths and trails you can tour the village, see the great mansions and the stone houses but also hike towards the neighboring Tsagarada. The houses in this village are not gathered around a central square but scattered around the mountain hills.
In the exquisite and scenic square of Mouresi, with the big shady linden and plane trees, is the impressive basilica of Agia Triada (Holy Trinity) with the “perforated iconostasis”. It was renovated in 1776 and its courtyard is decorated with linden, pine and cypress trees. The magnificent decoration, the wooden iconostasis and the splendid altar will impress you.
Of great interest, are the other churches of Mouresi such as the church of Agia Paraskevi, build in 1792, the chapel of Profitis Ilias, the chapel of Stavros and the church of Koimiseos tis Theotokou (The Assumption) with its beautiful wood carved iconostasis. The old church of The Assumption was built in 1810 at the expense of seafarers while the newer church was built in 1955.
A must visit is the Digital Museum and Miniature Museum that is housed in the building of Achillopouleios commercial school, on the outskirts of the village, in the district of Agia Paraskevi, Tsagarada. Here you will enjoy various cultural performances and exhibits that showcase the glorious past of the area, in interactive three-dimensional form but also as physical exhibits in miniature form.
Many fairs take place in the village, such as the one of Prophitis Ilias (Prophet Elias) on the 20th of July, Agiou Panteleimona on the 27th of July, Agiou Fanouriou on the 27th of August and the fair of Stavrou (Cross) in the chapel of Stavros on September 14th.
During your stay in the village, you can you can indulge in various sports activities such as swimming in the beaches of Damouchari and Papa Nero, mountain biking, horseback riding and skiing on winter at the nearby ski center in Agriolefkes.
Hotels in Mouresi
There are many stylish hotels and guesthouses to to stay in Mouresi. Book now at the available hotels in Mouresi.
Beaches near Mouresi: Agios Ioannis, Plaka, Papa Nero, Damouchari, Fakistra, see all eastern Pelion beaches