Located 40 km from the city of Volos, ”drowned” by olive trees with the beautiful main square and mansions is Argalasti. Main attractions of Argalasti are The Girls’ School where the great poet Kostas Varnalis taught, the church of the Holy Apostles (1886) with marble neoclassical bell tower of 45 meters height (1914), the monastery of St Nicolaos of Paou (1732) located 2km away from Argalasti and the arched stone bridge at the entrance of the village. Also, you will find cafe-bars, taverns, beautiful guesthouses , hotels and rooms to let.
At Pagasiticos gulf: Paou, Kalamos.
At Aegean sea: Paltsi, Potistika, Melani.
In the ancient place of Oliza (mentioned by Homer) is now Milina which is a destination for many visitors every year. Known for the beautiful sunsets and the beautiful beaches it offers. Opposite the village, are the beautiful islands of Alatas that are worth visiting the monastery of Saints Saranda and Prasouda. A few meters outside the village you will find organized camping. Book available accommodations in Milina. Also, at a distance of 3 km is Horto, a seaside village with many infrastructures such as cafe-bars, taverns, accommodation and the possibility for water sports. Read our article about Milina in detail.
Near Milina are the beaches: Horto, Agios Andreas, Mavri Petra. Hotels and rooms to let in Milina.
It owes its name to the rich vegetation that reaches the waters of the Pagasitikos. It is estimated that in the place of the current settlement of Horto was the ancient city “Spalafthra”. The findings found in the area that are now exhibited in the Archaeological Museums of Volos and Athens testify to the existence of complex settlements. Archaeological finds of the ancient city “Olizon” were discovered at the bottom of the sea and extend from Horto to Milina below sea level. Visit the Angelini Museum whose interior features traditional costumes, books and a rich collection of household utensils and objects of everyday life.
Lafkos – Promyri
One of the most beautiful villages of southern Pelion, Lafkos with its cobbled alleys, the square with the plane trees and the endless view of Milina and the Pagasitikos that make many visitors every year to recreate it. Sights of the village are the three-aisled basilica dedicated to the Genesis of the Virgin, the Fabio Museum and the Radio Museum housed in the old Primary School. In Lafkos you will also find the oldest recorded cafe in Greece since 1785 by Manolis Forlidas where Papadiamantis frequented. Also visit the Monastery of Agios Athanasios which is decorated with unique beauty, stone reliefs. Read in detail about Lafkos. Hotels and rooms to let in Lafkos. Promyri is located close to Lafkos with stone houses and cobbled streets. It is worth seeing the covered Trani Vrisi built in 1796 is the only one in Thessaly that has this special shape and this size.
Beaches from Promyri to the Aegean: Mourtias, Lyri, Theotokos, Katigiorgis.
Katigiorgis is located 60 km from Volos, across the west coast of Skiathos and is one of the classic destinations of Pelion for fresh fish by the sea. It is a small fishing village with small boats in the small harbor. Do not miss the opportunity to take a walk in the port of Katigiorgis or to wander in Vlachorema on the south side of the village in a wonderful environment full of pine trees. Nearby is Platanias, which is mentioned below. Nearby beaches at Katigiorgis are the beach of Agios Konstantinos and Vromoneri. Nearby villages Promiri, Platanias and Lafkos a little further.
It is one of the most beautiful fishing villages of Pelion, where the blue of the sea and the green of the mountain coexist harmoniously and the tourist development is constantly growing. Also, many visitors of Katigiorgis use the sea taxi that goes to Skiathos. The distance of Katigiorgis – Koukounaries Skiathos is just 15 minutes away and it is a great opportunity for those who are in eastern Pelion (Horefto, Agios Ioannis, Tsagarada, Mouresi) to easily find themselves in Skiathos for a one day trip at a very low cost.
Platanias is a charming seaside village with taverns by the sea. Find some time, and walk around the village and admire the houses build along the beach and in small hills. Enjoy a swim in the beach and taste seafood at one of the nearby taverns. After your walk, you can discover the nearby picturesque villages, or the nearby beaches through the touring boats that are based there.
In a small beach, east of Platanias is the cave of Thetis and Peleus, where according to mythology, consummation took place and Achilles was born. The cave is accessible only through sea. Also, you can take a water taxi from Katigiorgis and you will arrive in Skiathos in 15 minutes as mentioned. You will find an organized camping in Platanias with musical events and shady areas (the second organized camping is near Kastri beach with shade of olive trees). Hotels and rooms to let in Platanias.
Nearby beaches: Kastri, Mikro.
Our reference will not miss the most photographed, by professional and non-professional, gulf of Tzasteni. This liitle gulf creates one of the most picturesque beaches in Greece with colors taken out of a painting. Houses are mirrored in the waters of Pagasiticos creating an idyllic picture.
Trikeri – Agia Kiriaki
Trikeri is the famous traditional village with its rich tradition. Trikeri was an important naval center in the 18th century and the homeland of famous sponge harvesters. It has island characteristics with beautiful mansions of captains with incredible views to the sea. Visit the church of Holy Trinity (1739) anf find the throne of Napoleon, the Maritime Museum in Koutmani mansion and the monastery of the Virgin Annunciation with the 100 cells in Old Trikeri. Agia Kyriaki is a picturesque fishing village located just a few minutes away from Trikeri. Try fresh seafood at the taverns in Agia Kiriaki and in island Old Trikeri. To access Old Trikeri head to port of Alogoporos and take a water taxi or else if you call a water taxi to take you from Agia Kiriaki to Old Trikeri it costs at about 50euro. Hotels and rooms to let in Trikeri.
You can also read our article with 10 things to do at southern Pelion and travelogue from Hania to Trikeri