Crossing a dreamed forest of chestnut trees and passing the verdant ravine that separates it from Zagora, you will find Pouri, the last village in the East Pelion road. Although not as known as other Pelion villages, its not falling short in any terms as it is characterized by breathtaking natural beauty and retains the traditional Pelion architecture with stone buildings and many sights for travelers to visit.
The coastal region of Pouri was inhabited long before the Ottoman empire, however, as time passed some families moved on higher grounds and thus in the 15th century the first village was established. However, where does the name derive from? The answer lies in the limestones (Poro-lithos) that exist around the village and gave the name to Pouri after being transformed from Pori to Pouri. However another version states that the village got its name from the cape Pouri (or Lagini) that is located on the shore of the village.
By walking through the streets, you will discover hidden gems, and the beauty of the village, along the central kalderimi, you will reach the impressive square that will take your breath away from the first sight. Known as the “Aegean Balcony” this square is built upon 3 levels each of which has its own characteristic. The glorious plane and linden trees that surround it, the panoramic view of the Aegean Sea with Chalkidiki in the horizon and the traditional taverns will captivate you. At the third level of the square stands the church of Agios Athanasios, build in 1785 fascinates with its imposing bell tower. A war memorial is also present as well as a children’s playground at the back of the church.
Walking through the village’s lower district you will see the two small churches of Agia Paraskevi and Agios Panteleimon that are celebrated with fairs on 26th and 27th of July respectively. Do not miss visiting, the monastery of Panagia Rasovas (13th cent.) located close to the village in a magnificent location.
Looking down from the village you might discover the two secluded Aegean beaches, Ovrios and Elitsa. You can get there by following the right fork at the village entrance leading to the lower district. These two quiet beaches are the ideal spots for your summer swims, however they are not the only options, as in close range is the beach of Analipsi while with a boat you can reach Kolokithaki, Kerasorema and Limnionas. At Analipsi there is a chapel of Agios Athanasios with paintings of the 17th century worth visiting, while in Elitsa exists a chapel of Agion Panton (All Saints).
If you are fond of hiking, follow one of the paths that connects the village to other regions of Pelion. One of these paths leads to the deserted village of Palia Mitzela, known as “ghost city” at the area of Ovrios. The path is wonderful as it passes through lush vegetation and over the Lagonikas spring, which is the largest in Pelion. Close to the spring are the arched bridges of Poros and Diakoumi.
Finally, as Pouri is famous for its chestnuts and apples, do not leave without trying them or buying them from a local grocery store.
Accommodation in Pouri – hotels and villas in Pouri
If you want to stay in Pouri then you will find two villas with panoramic views over the Aegean. Book now at the available rooms to let and villas in Pouri at the best prices.
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