Portaria Village in Pelion
Portaria is a beautiful mountainous traditional village at an altitude of 650m and is 13km from Volos. It was built around the monastery of "Panagias of Portaria", which was itself built in the 13th century. The village is filled with green scenery, spring waters, cobble-stoned paths and old mansions.
Next to the village square you can see the ruins of the hotel "Thexnia", which was considered the most luxurious of hotels in all of the Balkans. However, it was destroyed during the German occupation of Greece.
Along side the road that leads to Hania is the chapel of Panagias of Portaria, which houses many painted icons, and is right next to the church of Agios Nicolaos. On the road that leads to Makrinitsa is the Byzantine monastery of Agios Ioannis Prothromos, which is full of Byzantine icons and decorations.
You can take an interesting walk to the spring fountain "Mana" (Mother) with impressive waterfalls at the place of Karavos.
At "Lagini" you can enjoy your drink or coffee while watching the beautiful view of Volos. Alexia, the owner of Lagini, is very friendly and they can tell you a lot of interesting stories about the area, and will also help you out if you need any information for your day trips.
From here, if you follow the path you will pass through scenery of nature and spring waters, to the village of Athamena.
During the summer in Portaria many festivals take place. In May is the "International Dance Day", and in July is the "International Dance Festival for Children". August sees the "International Dance Festival". During the last week in August the festival reaches its conclusion with the revival of a traditional wedding.
In autumn is the "Ascent of Portaria", which is organised by the car club of Volos. For more information on this call 24210 55339.
Portaria is a place for quite summer or winter vacations. It is extremely beautiful and full of nature and traditional houses and mansions. It is also just 12km from the ski center "Agriolefkes", which is always popular in the winter.
Accommodation in Portaria
Distance from: Volos 12km | Hania 12km | Makrinitsa 3km | Volos Airport 45km
Nearest Beach: 14km
Places to Eat: Lots
Cafe Bars: Lots
Other Facilities: Pharmacy, ATM, Bakers, Petrol Station
Portaria Useful Telephone Numbers
Portaria - Area Code 24280
Municipality - 24280 99128
Police - 24280 99105
Surgery - 24280 99106
Post Office - 24280 99104
Tourist Police - 24210 72421