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Pelion Peninsula

The hook-like Pelion Peninsula can be found between the Aegean Sea and Pagasetic Gulf in central mainland Greece about halfway between Thessaloniki and Athens. A lesser-known gem of the coast with tranquil fishing villages and deserted beaches, in its higher slopes, is a green wonderland with wild olive groves, fruit trees, and forests of walnut, oak chestnut, beach, and fir. Mount Pelion is dotted with charming villages connected by donkey paths, with half-timbered whitewashed mansions now serving as tavernas or guesthouses.

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Pelion Peninsula At A Glance

What to See in the Pelion Peninsula Scenic hiking trails on the slopes of Mount Pelion with dazzling Aegean views, verdant nature including waterfalls and idyllic beaches, historic churches like Milies’ church of Taxiarches

Towns or islands to visit near Zakinthos Island Sporades Islands, including Skiathos

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Things to do in Pelion Peninsula

Pelion Peninsula Steam Train

Ride the Steam Train

One of the most popular attractions of Pelion is the historic steam train which played an important role in the development of the area. It began working in the late 1800s and was abandoned after World War II, but recently it was started up again connecting some of the villages. The narrow-gauge train travels a mythical route, making its ascent to the legendary mountain of centaurs that tells the fascinating stories of Mount Pelion from Ano Lehona to the port of Velos.

Mylopotamos beach, Pelion, Greece

Hiking

While the peninsula is not highly developed, there are trails throughout the region for scenic hikes with something for everyone from short treks like the 90-minute walk from Zagora to Chorefto is popular with families leading to a beautiful beach and the more challenging 5-hour route from Veneto to the Monastery of Flamouri and Ano Kerasia.

Pelion Peninsula, Greece

Visit the Church of Taxiarches

While the exterior of this church in Milies is unassuming, it was deliberately built that way to prevent it from being destroyed by the Ottomans. Inside, it’s an entirely different story with incredible works of art. The walls are painted with local saints and scenes from the bible, and in the interest rooms, pieces depict scenes from hell and an unusual painting of the zodiac. The village offers commanding vistas across the Pagasetic Gulf and also benefits from the many streams in the area resulting in cool, forested mountain slopes and rich vegetation.