Travel Route - Afissos - Tsagarada - Makrinitsa - Volos
Via Milies (s. route 3), Lambinou (with its greencoloured sea and beach Lambinou) and Xorithi along a road full of bends you arrive at Tsangarada that means "beautiful view".
It is a stunning mountainous village and everywhere you go you will see water fountains, small arched bridges, squares, churches, old mansions that almost give it the look of a magical scene.
A one thousand year old plane tree in the square is one of the most remarkable places of the village. Tsangarada is placed just a few kilometers from the famous beaches of Milopotamos and Fakistra.
On the way to Kissos you can visit the traditional village Mouresi.
Kissos offers the visitor a unique combination of mountains and sea with the marvellous beaches of Agios Ioannis, Papa Nero and Plaka which are all within easy reach from here. The church of Agia Marina in Kissos is the most important basilica of Pelion and is called "the jewel of Pelion".
After Kissos, on the way to Hania, we are driving through the village Agios Dimitrios, Anilio and Makrirahi. North-east lies the biggest village of Pelion, Zagora, especially known for the apple-plantation.
Hania is a mountainous village situated at an altitude of 1.200 m above the sea level. This area is also perfect for winter sports at the ski centre Agriolefkes (at the altitude of 1.500 m). Here the skiers are offered an excellent view: on their left the Pagasitic Gulf and on their right the Aegean.
Remarkable for Portaria and Makrinitsa are the old mansions. Makrinitsa is known as "the balcony of Pelion". The central square with the old plane trees overlooks the city of Volos and the Pagasitic Gulf.
Via Volos, the capital of Pelion, it goes back to Afissos, all along the sea. Volos was built on the ruins of the ancient city of Iolkos, home of Jason and the Argonauts. Nowadays it is a modern town with important commercial and tourist center while the port is the gate of Europe to the Middle East.
If you walk through the city don't miss the Archeological Museum and the Town Hall, sample of the pelioritic architecture.