Real Greece in 7 days following the steps of Centaur

Pelion is a very pivotal location and in ancient times played an important role in Greek commerce and culture. The fact that it is cited in the center of Greece, the physiology, and also the desire of residents to explore and evolve very quickly, made it a great center of the ancient world.   Pelion is also the home of Jason and the Argonauts, the Centaurs and Chiron, Achilles and many more heroes of Greek mythology.

Pelion

The mountain and the sea have a special place in the heart of the Pelion locals. The two environments are so diverse and disparate, almost opposing, but in this corner of Greece fit together so well that one becomes an extension of the other. Where the beaches end, the mountain begins. Try to wander on the pebbled paths used by locals for their travels and journey through greenery landscapes, authentic stone built villages, local tastes and aromas and you will discover unreal experiences of real Greece:

Day 1: Arrival and first acquaintance with the region

Day 2: Train Trekking
 .Combine trekking with the local train (the “Moutsouris”). A fantastic journey by train in a beautiful landscape overlooking the bay and Pagassitikos in deep green. Visit  Milies by train and then follow the old paths and trails to Kala Nera.

Day 3: Cycling and horse riding
.Tour the coast of central Pelion from secondary routes, old trails and rural dirt roads and experience the local race of  horses of our region which from ancient times was he work and travel companion of the local people..

Day 4: Trekking in the mountain villages
 .Milies, Vyzitsa, Pinakates and Aghios Giorgios are the villages of central Pelion. They stand out for their architecture, the beautiful environment and their paths.

Day 5 : Trekking in the old settlements
 .Among the villages and beaches are several old settlements that had been abandoned for years.  In the past the dwellings were used during the olive harvest.  During the course of time, with the prevalence of the car, these settlements became abandoned because of their inaccessibility.  In recent years however, they have begun to be re-inhabited and brought back to life. They may not become villages again as before, but they certainly can offer new residents a good quality of life and the visitor an interesting place to discover.

Day 6: Biking and Canyoning
. Pelion, apart from the wonderful beaches, the lush mountain and other attractions, has also well-kept secrets … ravines, waterfalls and small streams. To approach them you will need the necessary equipment and nothing will remain hidden anymore.

Day 7: Local hospitality
. For the last day, try to relax. Trekking without elevation differences through olive groves and fields of citrus. The outcome of this ride will be a local farmhouse where farmers will guide you in their fields and you can taste local products and homemade tsipouro.

Maria Nikolakaki is Managing Partner at Beyond Spaces Villas.

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