Greece

Walking the Pelion Peninsula

Trip code: W07GP 4.8 (6 reviews)

Self-guided walking

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2
Moderate

29.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
Navigation App

SUMMARY

  • Walk in the Pelion region, 'Land of the Centaurs' according to Greek mythology along kalderimia, ancient cobbled trails
  • Reach isolated beaches where you can enjoy swimming in the crystal clear turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea
  • Discover traditional mountain and coastal villages; lush vegetation of beech and chestnut forests; herb-scented maquis and olive groves dotted with wildflowers

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts and 5 picnics
  • Briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Walking transfer on day 5

TRIP DESCRIPTION

Explore the beautiful Pelion Peninsula, filled with Greek mythology and stunning nature. It's a perfect walking holiday for history lovers, food enthusiasts, and sunshine seekers. Enjoy relaxing walks on ancient paths and visit charming villages, immersing yourself in history and delicious food. Picture leisurely strolls along ancient kalderimi paths, tracing the footsteps of antiquity through picturesque villages. These cobblestone trails, meticulously laid centuries ago for the transport of olives and honey, now weave a tapestry of history and charm, inviting you to immerse yourself in the essence of this myth-laden land.

Explore the diverse landscapes that Pelion graciously offers - from the verdant embrace of its majestic mountains to the sun-kissed coastal trails that caress the Aegean Sea. In the heart of the villages, lose yourself in the timeless allure of whitewashed houses adorned with slate roofs, surrounded by fragrant orchards and forests alive with oak, eucalyptus, walnut, chestnut, and beech trees. Along the coast, discover hidden coves, pristine sandy beaches, and idyllic fishing villages.

Pelion is the place where your taste buds are treated to a delightful adventure. Enjoy fresh seafood that captures the essence of the Aegean waters or savour the iconic cheese pie made with mizithra and feta, 'Galaktoboureko' (milk custard pie) reflecting the authentic flavours of the region. Food lovers, get ready for a sensory experience that will satisfy your cravings. Before heading to your thoughtfully selected accommodations, ranging from quaint family-run inns to luxurious establishments, enjoy the local culinary delights at nearby tavernas. The Pelion experience isn't just a holiday; it's a meeting with Greek hospitality, where every moment is filled with elegance and calmness.

Let Pelion weave its magic around you in this lesser-discovered part of Greece, promising an unparalleled sojourn where ancient myths, natural wonders, and gastronomic delights converge. This varied walking holiday is designed exclusively for the connoisseurs of life - individuals who value life's finer pleasures. Let Pelion be your sanctuary, where the echoes of legends and the whispers of the wind create memories that linger in your heart, forever.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrive in Milies

Arrive in the traditional mountain village of Milies.

You stay at Hotel Dryalos.

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Hotel Dryalos, Milies

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Hotel Dryalos, a charming 3-star retreat, situated in the heart of the enchanting village of Milies. This traditional hotel embodies the essence of Pelion hospitality, offering a delightful blend of comfort and luxury. Recently constructed in the style of traditional mansions, the hotel boasts spacious and luminous rooms adorned in the vibrant hues of Pelion, each with its own unique character. Guests are treated to modern amenities including TV, Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and some even feature a cosy fireplace. The highlight of your stay is the picturesque pool, graced by a design resembling a starry night sky, creating a captivating ambiance for unique and unforgettable experiences. Hotel Dryalos provides a perfect sanctuary for travellers seeking both relaxation and adventure, making it an ideal base for exploring the charming villages that dot this legendary landscape.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used.

Day 2: At Milies (12km/7.5mi)

Today follow an old stone path to the village of Kala Nera. Take time to relax at the beach, have a swim and enjoy lunch at a small fish restaurant before hiking back to Milies.

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Day 3: Milies to Tsagarada (14km/8.7mi)

Cross the mountains from south west to north east walking on a forest road and old kalderimi (stone paths) through chestnut trees to reach the village of Tsagarada. At the square admire the oldest plane tree in Europe, more than 1750 years old

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You stay at The Lost Unicorn Hotel.

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The Lost Unicorn Hotel, Tsgarada

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The Lost Unicorn Hotel, a 19th-century mansion, offers eight elegantly designed rooms. Most rooms feature balconies and high ceilings with colonial fans or air conditioning, along with private bathrooms. Guests can dine on the enchanting flower-filled terrace, enjoying European and modern Greek cuisine alongside the finest Greek wines, all overlooking Europe's oldest Plane Tree. The hotel boasts a well-stocked library, perfect for book lovers, and an aristocratic Salon filled with antiques where guests can enjoy a drink from the bar. A charming retreat, The Lost Unicorn Hotel promises history, elegance, and gastronomic delight in every stay.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used.

Day 4: Tsagarada to Damouchari (7km/4.3mi)

Our destination today is Damouchari on the Aegean Sea - following the kalderimi out of Tsagarada head first to the isolated beach of Fakistra where you can enjoy your picnic and a swim in the crystal clear blue water before following a coastal path to Damouchari.

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You stay at Traditional Hotel Damouchari.

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Traditional Hotel Damouchari, Damouchari

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The “Damouchari” Hotel is by the calm sea, offering beautiful views in a peaceful area. Embracing the area's rich heritage, the hotel promises an authentic experience. Enhance your stay with a visit to the stylish 'Kleopatra Miramare' bar, where you can enjoy breakfast or unwind with a relaxing evening drink. Indulge in the serene ambiance of our swimming pool, surrounded by vibrant flowers. Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature and the city, making Hotel 'Damouchari' your cherished destination for an unforgettable vacation.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used.

Day 5: Damouchari to Kissos (Chania) (9km/5.6mi)

Continue along the coast to Agios Ioannis and the magnificent white sandy beach Papa Nero. Ascend towards Chania stopping at the village of Kissos from where a transfer will take you the rest of the way to the highest village in the area where you spend the next 2 nights.

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You stay at Manthos Mountain Resort & Spa.

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Manthos Mountain Resort & Spa, Chania

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At the top of the mountain, surrounded by lush fir trees, overlooking the Pagasitic Gulf, is the luxurious Manthos Mountain. The elegance of the space, the cozy decoration and the exceptional attention to detail, create a unique accomondation experience. Combining the nature of Pelion with modern spaces, Manthos Mountain is a welcoming, luxurious residence making every stay a special adventure. The large windows overlooking the nature, the large fireplaces and the elegant furniture meet the indoor boutique, the open-air restaurant, the bar with fireplace and the luxurious spa area.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used.

Day 6: At Chania (12km/7.5mi)

Follow the road up the mountain to the ski centre at 1580m and from there you can enjoy fantastic views of both the Aegean Sea and the Pagasestic Gulf. Continue through the forest of aspen and beech trees in a circular route back to Chania.

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You stay at Hotel Kritsa.

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Hotel Kritsa, Portaria

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Nestled in the heart of Portaria's central square, Gastronomy Hotel Kritsa welcomes you with genuine Greek hospitality amid blooming flowers, ancient plane trees, and mountain spring waters. Romantic rooms, renowned Greek breakfast, and traditional restaurant delicacies offer an authentic experience. Explore the culinary delights of Karaiskos Farm, embracing a farm-to-table concept, where fresh produce and inspired dishes come together. Enjoy cooking lessons, family moments, and outdoor activities, all rooted in true taste and environmental respect. Immerse yourself in the essence of local sustainability, making your stay at Gastronomy Hotel Kritsa a truly unique and enriching experience.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used.

Day 7: Chania to Portaria (9km/5.6mi)

Today you will follow the path that was used according to Greek Mythology by the Centaurs, the half-horse, half-human creatures. The path leads us to the village of Portaria. In the afternoon continue to Makrinitsa, another picturesque village of the area with many old mansions, known as the 'Balcony of Mt. Pelion', offering amazing views to the Pagasetic Gulf and the city of Volos.

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You stay at Hotel Kritsa.

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Hotel Kritsa, Portaria

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Nestled in the heart of Portaria's central square, Gastronomy Hotel Kritsa welcomes you with genuine Greek hospitality amid blooming flowers, ancient plane trees, and mountain spring waters. Romantic rooms, renowned Greek breakfast, and traditional restaurant delicacies offer an authentic experience. Explore the culinary delights of Karaiskos Farm, embracing a farm-to-table concept, where fresh produce and inspired dishes come together. Enjoy cooking lessons, family moments, and outdoor activities, all rooted in true taste and environmental respect. Immerse yourself in the essence of local sustainability, making your stay at Gastronomy Hotel Kritsa a truly unique and enriching experience.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used.

Day 8: Leave Portaria

After breakfast, leave Portaria.

CHOOSE A DEPARTURE DATE

We do not currently have departure dates and prices available on-line. The season may have ended for this tour, or we are still in the process of adding these details to our website.

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REVIEWS

Varied walking,steep and challenging at times.Lovely scenery.

Miss Barr, 17 Sep 2022

 

What a complete break from the everyday. Warm welcomes, and enthusiasm to communicate at every hotel, from discussing Greek education systems to the barefoot chef and the amazing discovery that Greece has winter ski resorts, every day had a great balance of activity and interest. Your rep mr thannassos was amazing, I am sure he even arranged for the dolphins to swim past us on our last afternoon . Fabulous scenery, food (especially lost unicorn and hotel Kritsa) and comfortable hotels. the Pelion is a real gem.

Miss Porter, 10 Sep 2022

 

Excellent on site agents and staff. It was tough to get things booked and agreed at short notice but the staff were very nice

Mr Bottomley, 6 Aug 2022

 

A brilliant holiday! The Pelion is such a beautiful part of Greece, with our route taking in very different terrain, from beautiful beaches and coves to the wooded hills and flower filled meadows. The hotels were very varied, each wonderful in their own way, and all our hosts were exceptionally welcoming, kind and helpful.

The walking was fairly challenging at times, with many of the paths quite steep, rocky and overgrown - we got lost a few times. More of the red path markers and more information re timings would have been helpful on some days. However we enjoyed the challenge and loved the peace and solitude - we hardly met another soul on the paths, though were helped a couple of times by a local goat and a couple of friendly dogs who led us up the path to Kissos!

The organisation and support from the Headwater Team was excellent, with staff being unfailingly helpful and friendly, and the local support and pick ups organised by Thanassis in Pelion were easy and reliable.

Thank you!

Mrs Hall, 25 Jun 2022

 

A great holiday in lovely walking country. Good service from Headwater but let down in place by local agents (although not really the fault of the rep Thanassis).

Mr Rawes, 14 May 2022

 

This walking holiday was well organised with excellent transfers and a good level of interesting and varied walks. The fact that we went in mid May meant the temperature was perfect- hot but not overwhelming. The hotels and villages we stayed in were generally of a good standard and very pleasant. Do bother to clamber down to little coves when you can because they are the best beaches, imho. I would also strongly suggest you get one of the navigation apps and your own map as the written instructions are not terribly accurate and the map provided doesn’t have enough detail. Great holiday though and would thoroughly recommend it!

Mr Oliver, 14 May 2022

 


Self-guided walking

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2
Moderate

29.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
Navigation App

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