Imagine a green mountain surrounded by the blue Aegean Sea, with dozens of charming villages tucked on its steep slopes, with fruit trees and olive groves that reach down to the beach, and with a cuisine that is based on locally sourced products. This is Pelion!
Summer retreat for the ancient Greek gods, home to the wise centaur Chiron, and the third largest monastic community in Greece, Mount Pelion is a spiritual place ideal to rejuvenate your mind and body.
Pelion can offer both adventure and seclusion. Hiking, biking, horseback riding, sailing, and kayaking are only some of your options.
Nestled at the foot of Mount Pelion, 200 miles north of Athens in Thessaly (central Greece), the port city of Volos attracts travelers from around the world for its mythological past, history that stretches back for millennia, natural beauty and laid back feel. Volos was Jason’s homeland and the port from which the Argonauts sailed off in quest of the golden fleece.
Volos is city known for its gastronomic tradition related to tsipouro (an alcoholic drink similar to Italian grappa) served in the city’s more than 300 tsipouradika restaurants and paired with mezedes (generous tapa dishes) of fresh seafood.
In the heartland of Thessaly in central Greece, the clifftop monasteries of Meteora rise high into the heavens. Perched a bit precariously atop stone pinnacles, these engineering wonders are as iconic as they are historical, reflecting the solitude sought by the monks who built them between the 14th and 17th centuries.Read more
Skopelos is so idyllic and picture-perfect that Hollywood chose it as a set for the famous movie "Mamma Mia." Traditional villages and hundreds of picturesque chapels spot the island’s rugged landscape. A laid-back island, rich in history and culture, Skopelos offers simple pleasures: world-class views, pine-scented sea breeze, and unpretentious accommodations overlooking the deep blue waters of the Aegean.
Offering lively night entertainment, fine dining, and stylish hotels with high-end amenities, private gold-sand beaches and grounds that spread out like a charming island village, Skiathos has become to be known as the ‘Mykonos of Northern Aegean’. Skiathos boasts spectacular pine-forested landscapes and over 60 dream beaches, one of which, Koukounaries, is consistently ranked among the top three in Greece.Read more
Alonissos is the largest of the Sporades islands, but it`s also the most untouched. A throwback to a slower, more elemental way of life, Alonissos is really about forested treks, relaxing swims, spotting the protected Mediterranean monk seal and the first underwater museum in Greece. Ranked sixth among destinations from all over the world by the National Geographic for sustainable tourism practices. Read more