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Pelion is one of the most beautiful mountains in Greece, as it manages to harmoniously combine the rich vegetation of its forests with the endless blue of the sea, composing a dreamy landscape. According to Greek mythology, it was the homeland of the Centaurs, mythical creatures with the upper body of a human and the lower body and legs of a horse, as well as the summer residence of Olympian Gods. Far from the noise of the city center, it is the ideal destination for those who want to escape from their daily routine enjoying the majesty of nature.
Pelion is widely known for its 24 picturesque villages, where many characteristic buildings of the unique Pelion traditional architecture can be found. The visitor has the chance to walk through the cobbled streets, admire a variety of sights of historical importance (traditional mansions, Byzantine churches, museums, monuments) and natural beauty (centuries-old trees, natural springs with drinking water), buy local products and taste traditional specialities. Among the most popular destinations are Portaria, Makrinitsa, Milies, Zagora and Tsagkarada. However, each village is one of its kind, having its own, unique identity and is worth a visit.
In Pelion there is intense vegetation, which consists mainly of beeches, oaks, plane trees and chestnuts, creating the ideal conditions for a series of activities that will impress the visitor. These activities include hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding in places of stunning and unique beauty, experiences that one can hardly have anywhere else.
In Pelion there are enchanting beaches with crystal clear waters, some known and others uknown to the general public, which, without exaggeration, look like paradise. Some of them have sand while others have pebbles. In some beaches, the waters are relatively calm while in others large waves are encountered. In each case, the experience is unique. On the west side (Pagasetic gulf), some of the beaches where one can swim are located in Afissos, Koropi (Boufa) and Kala Nera. In case the eastern side (Aegean sea) is preferred, Mylopotamos, Agios Ioannis, Horefto, Agioi Saranta, Xinovrisi and Damouchari ("Mamma Mia" movie filming location) are just some of the many options available to the traveller.
During the winter months, the Ski Center "Agriolefkes" operates in Pelion, something that will be highly appreciated by winter sports fans.
Meteora consists undoubtedly a unique travel destination. The incomparable natural beauty in combination with the artistic and heirloom trasures that someone can find in the monasteries, make its visit extremely attractive.