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Pelion:Trek over the Peninsula
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Walking Trekking
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Pelion:Trek over the Peninsula

Pelion:Trek over the Peninsula

The land of the Centaurs & secrets of the Pelion peninsula

  • Great walks on cobbled paths and mule tracks
  • Stay in characteristic mansions
  • Turquoise bays invite for a swim
  • Idyllic village squares & biggest plane tree of Greece
Map trekking routes in Pelion Peninsula
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Start: Portaria  Finish: Milies

Day 1: Arrive in Portaria
Day 2: Round walk from Portaria (12 km / 8 mi)
Day 3: Transfer from Portaria to Chania or a bit further to Kisso(7 km / 3-5 mi)
Day 4: Round walk from Ag. Ioannis to Ag. Ioannis be (11 +3.5 km / 7 + 2 mi)
Day 5: Ag. Ioannis via Damouchari & Fakistra beach to Tsangarada (8 km / 5 mi)
Day 6: Walk from Tsangarada to Milies (12 km / 7,5 mi)
Day 7: Walk Milies-Koropi-Milies (12 km / 7,5 mi)
Day 8: Departure

Day 1:    Arrive in Portaria

Arrival in Portaria from Volos, Thessaloniki or Athens airport. Portaria is a nice village with beautiful mansions and a cosy central square. Time permitted you can make a stroll through the village and discover the network of cobbled streets.

Day 2:    Round walk from Portaria (12 km / 8 mi)

Today you make a round walk from Portaria. You walk to the traditional mountain village Makrinitsa  with its characteristic stone houses with slated roofs. You walk through maquis vegetation where you smell thyme and oregano to an idyllic church. Through forests you ascend and then via a dirt road you descend towards Portaria, whilst enjoying views on Volos city. Before reaching Portaria you come through a small green gorge.

Challenge: 4,5 hours, 12 km / 8 mi, 650m ascent, 650m descent

Day 3:    Transfer from Portaria to Chania or a bit further to Kisso(7 km / 3-5 mi)

IMPORTANT: Unfortunately the walks from Chania to Kissos and from Kissos to Agios Ioannis are not longer available until further notice. We have checked the routes in April 2024 and big parts of the routes have been washed away during the floods in September 2023. We tried to find the path but the water blocked lots of parts and it's just too dangerous and safety is first for our clients. For the time being you will be now transported together with your luggage from Portaria to Agios Ioannis. There you have several options so as to relax at the beach or do a nice round walk via Mouresi and Damouchari

From Portaria, you will be taken to the start of the footpath from 
Chania to Kissos, or to the village of Kissos (you will skip the ChaniaKissos section).

From Chania, you descend via the eastern side of the ridge on and old donkey trail, through beech forest. Through a park-like landscape you end up inthe pretty village of Kissos. In this village you find the church Agia Marina dating back to the 17th century. This is said to be the most beautiful church of the Pelion peninsula and you should definitely pay a visit. Kissos is also a great place for lunch.

After lunch, you walk along an idyllic footpath to the village of Mouresi. The lush vegetation along the way might make you wonder if you are actually in Greece. In Mouresi, you continue down the old kalderimi to the seaside resort of Agios Ioannis, your next stop. A lovely sandy beach awaits here. This is therefore a fine place to stay 2 nights.

Before 28/04 and after 27/09, there is very limited accommodation in operation in Agios Ioannis. It may be needed to stay in studio or apartment without breakfast.

Challenge: 3 hours, 7 km / 3/5 mi, 430m ascent / descent

Day 4:    Round walk from Ag. Ioannis to Ag. Ioannis be (11 +3.5 km / 7 + 2 mi)

Today you can opt for a relaxing day on the beach or you make a nice circular walk. You walk along the beautiful Plaka beach and ascend then via a cobbled path. You can make an optional loop to the Faneromeni chapel (which means you descend again down to the sea and to ascend the same way back 2,7 km, +100m/-100m). You walk then partly on a tarmac road until you follow an old paved path up through dense forest. You descend then back via a little tarmac road in a beautiful surrounding back to the coastal village of Agios Ioannis..

Challenge: 1 / 3 hours, 2.7 / 8.5 km,  100 / 300m ascent / descent

Day 5:    Ag. Ioannis via Damouchari & Fakistra beach to Tsangarada (8 km / 5 mi)

You walk along the coast and via a walk on a very pleasant cobbled path you reach the hamlet Damouchari, a tiny fishing village in a bay. Though tiny it was of strategic importance in earlier times, when it was the only natural harbor on the entire coast between Volos and Katerini. Today the bay provides a natural swimming pool with a pleasant pebble beach. From Damouchari you can make an optional loop back and forth along the coast to Fakistra beach where there is a possibility to visit the ‘Hidden School’ in a cave. Back above Damouchari bay, you walk uphill on a path to Tsangarada, a wide stretched village with numerous churches and squares. Your hotel is in the section Agia Paraskevi. From the terrace of this characteristic accommodation you see the village square with a 1000 year old plane tree with an incredible diameter.

Challenge: 4 hours, 8 km / 5 mi, 700m ascent, 300m descent

Day 6:    Walk from Tsangarada to Milies (12 km / 7,5 mi)

Today you will cross the mountain range at 700m elevation towards the south. First you walk through the lush village of Tsangarada along old churches and squares. Then you will ascend through forest and across the ridge. You walk via old mule tracks that were mainly built to facilitate the transportation of products from one place to the other. You walk through lime stone landscape covered with chestnut- and beech trees. You descend to the picturesque mountain village Milies whilst enjoying great views over the Pagasitic Gulf. Around Milies you find many old olive groves. Your hotel today has a lovely pool for relaxation moment.

Challenge: 4,5 hours, 12 km / 7,5 mi, 350m ascent, 400m descent

Day 7:    Walk Milies-Koropi-Milies (12 km / 7,5 mi)

You descend via old cobbled paths from Milies towards the coast whilst enjoying great views. Last section before reaching the coastal village of Koropi is via dirt roads through olive groves. From Koropi you walk to the nearby touristic village Kala Nera, where you might have lunch in the shadow of the big plane tree on the village square. Then you ascend via cobbled paths via a hamlet until the narrow gauge railway tracks, that you follow until Milies. The tracks are 200-300m above sea level. It is great to follow the tracks that ascend gradually. Wherever mule tracks cross the tracks, stone road bridges have been built: interesting civil engineering features from the past. You will also walk past the cave where, according mythology, the centaur Cheiron taught Asklepios about medical plants and herbs. During the summer months the steam train operates once per day only on Saturday and Sunday.

Challenge: 4 hours, 12 km / 7,5 mi, 475m ascent, 475m descent

Day 8:    Departure

After breakfast end of arrangement. Travel to Thessaloniki-, Volos- or Athens airport.




All hotels of this trip are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.
Below you find the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, we book a similar alternative for you and inform you about the alternative booked. 

Extra overnight:
You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way. We can also book a hotel in Thessaloniki or Athens for you before and/or after the trip.


Hotel Xenia (Portaria)
Hotel Xenia (Portaria)

Hotel Xenia is a refurbished hotel that exists in Portaria for many years. The new pool area with lovely views on the Bay of Volos provides a very pleasant place to stay and relax after a day's walk.


Hotel Manthos (Chania)

The Manthos Resort is located in the village Chania and it offers a cool refuge from the summer heat. From the terrace you have a panoramic view on the valley, Drakia village and the Pagasitic Gulf. The hotel has 40 tastefully furnitured rooms and an indoor pool. The lounge with its fire place and library offers very pleasant area to sit. 


Hotel Eleana (Agios Ioannis)

Hotel Eleana is located in the beautitul village of Agios Ioannis in the eastern Pelion. The village combines both mountain and sea. The hotel with its lush garden awaits visitors to experience the greek hospitality.

Hotel The Lost Unicorn (Tsangarada)

Hotel The Lost Unicorn is a romantic hotel situated between chestnut- and walnut trees. There are 8 rooms, all different in style with comfortable, antique furniture. The terrace is nicely decorated with lot of flowers and plants.


Hotel Dryalos (Milies)

Hotel Dryalos is a newly built hotel but in typical ‘Archontiko’-style of this area. There is a lovely garden with pool with views over the sea.  Rooms are decorated in traditional style and comfortable.



This trip can be booked any day of the week from April until October. 

The nearest airport to the Pelion is Volos airport (VOL) (charters only). Thessaloniki (SKG) and Athens (ATH) are both possible too. 

From Thessaloniki airport it takes about 4 hrs by public transport and from Athens it takes app. 6 hrs. by public transport to the Pelion. You may book additional transfers from/to Volos bus- or train station or from/to Volos airport.

We can send you GPS tracks of this trip upon request and after booking.


NOTE: tourism tax is not included.


  • 7 nights' accommodations with breakfast
  • Luggage transfers on day 3, 4, 5 and 6
  • Transfer from hotel Manthos on day 4 to the starting point of the walk
  • Digital detailed route notes and maps in English
  • Access to the trip on our navigation app
  • 24-hour telephone assistance

Not included

  • Flight to and from Athens or Thessaloniki
  • Transport from and to the airport
  • Travel insurance
  • Admissions and entrance fees of any kind
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses such as lunches, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers etc.
  • Any items that have not been specifically mentioned in the program

Optional services (to be booked in advance)

  • Transfer from the airport of Thessaloniki or Athens to the train station or vice versa
  • Train tickets from Thessaloniki or Athens to Volos
  • Transfer from Volos to Portaria and/or Milies to Volos
  • Transfer from Volos Airport to Portaria and/or Milies to Volos Airport
  • Additional night/s at any of the accommodations along the way, in Thessaloniki, Athens or any other destination in Greece
  • Shipment of trip docs to your home address

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