Made up of twenty four wonderfully unique villages with stone buildings which have retained the traditional local Pelion design and architecture.
Over forty stunning beaches of with crystal clear waters. Amongst the most famous; Mylopotamos, Fakistra, Papa Nero, Horefto, Damouhari, Platanias, Potistika on the Aegean sea side. With Kala Nera, Afissos, Ag. Kyriaki on the Pagasetic Gulf side. There are beaches to suit all tastes: Whether you’re after something quiet, organised with a beach bar and facilities, or simply with sand or pebble.
The summer residence of the twelve gods, the home of the mystical Centaurs, the wedding place of Peleus and Thetis.
One of the most popular villages in the region of Pelion is undoubtably Portaria, built at an altitude of about 650 meters. Just 13 kilometres drive from Volos, the visitor enters into a magical traditional village with beautiful mansions and stone cobbled streets. Combining an authentic atmosphere of the traditional Pelion settlement, with unspoilt panoramic views of the city of Volos and the Pagasetic Gulf.
Tourists from all over the world come to visit Portaria through all twelve months of the year, with Winter being its peak season. Its untouched scenery, and lush beauty makes it an ideal destination and base for excursions throughout the region of Pelion. With an excellent range of cafes, bars, souvenir shops and folk art make up a complete tourist destination for all tastes.
Whilst walking down the cobbled paths leading around the village, there are beautiful ancient mansions, stone water fountains, churches and historic monuments. Centrally you’ll find Melina Mercouri Square or Plateia which is particularly beautiful, it’s hosts many tavernas and café shops and is a great place to relax, eat and drink surrounded by a naturally inviting and warm atmosphere.
The name of the village ‘Portaria’ comes from the monastery of ‘Panagia Portarea’ which was built around the year of 1273.