Walking the Pelion Peninsula in 8 days

  • Duration 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Grade
  • Start / Finish Portaria / Milies
  • Distance 63 km / 39 miles
  • Trip Style Self Guided
  • Availability
  • Availability
    April - October
  • Price From $1,107


Discover the mythical mountainous Pelion Peninsula, located in Thessaly, in the central part of Greece, a lush mountain bordered by the Aegean Sea and adorned with traditional and picturesque villages, which have become charming beach destinations because of its turquoise bays.

Explore the traditional architecture of old houses with narrow windows and decorated walls, or Byzantine churches with wonderful wall paintings. Tour ancient fishing villages on the east coast, where we suggest you try their delicious seafood specialties.

Cross ancient trails and elevated mountain forests between the Aegean Sea and the Gulf of Volos, witnesses to various events of Greek mythology: abode of legendary centaurs, such as Chiron, the wise master of demigods and heroes, and scene from the first beauty contest between Thetis and Eris.

  • Explore Pelion, a peninsula declared a new destination of cultural heritage by the National Hellenic Commission for UNESCO.  
  • Discover the picturesque village and beaches where some scenes from the film musical "Mamma Mia" were filmed.
  • Visit the taverns and arhontikas, accommodation in old whitewashed half-timbered mansions.
  • Explore the deep green forest trails and olive groves in the so-called "Land of the Centaurs".
  • Try bean soup and spetzofai, a spicy blend of sausages and peppers.

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    • Accommodation in en suite rooms in charming hotels
    • Daily Breakfasts
    • Luggage transfers between accommodations
    • Transfers as specified in the itinerary
    • Information dossier with maps and routes
    • 24-hour telephone support
    • Sustainable travel, we compensate the CO2 emissions of your trip
    • Taxes


    • Travel insurance
    • Cancellation insurance
    • Additional nights before, during or after the tour
    • Improved hotel room upgrades (if available)


    General information

    The accommodations with which we collaborate have a private bathroom and all the necessary services to ensure the best comfort available.

    Our team checks in situ the quality of all the accommodations offered, so that you have an unforgettable experience during your trip.

    The accommodation that we will book for your trip will be selected taking into account our commitment to you: guaranteeing comfort, calm and enjoyment throughout your trip.

    We work with quality hotels and country cottages with limited capacity, so we invite you to confirm your reservation as soon as possible.

    The name of each accommodation will be provided to you a few weeks before your trip begins.

    Room types

    It is possible to book this journey in single, double or triple rooms.

    All rooms have private bathrooms.


    Travel & Transfers

    To get to Portaria, you must travel to Pelion and then to Volos. To do this we propose several alternatives: to get to Volos International Airport, Athens or Thessaloniki International Airport.

    From Volos Airport, you can take a bus to the town of Volos, and then take another to Portaria. By car from the airport, Volos is easily accessible from the E75 route.

    If you arrive in Athens, you must take the KTEL bus to Volos at Liossion Bus Station in Athens. You can also take a train from Athens Airport to SKA and connect to the Athens-Larissa line there. If you prefer, you can take the Larissa line directly from Athens city centre, a journey of approximately 5 hours. 

    Another option is in your own car or a rented one, driving along the Greek national road Athina-Thessaloniki, following the route to Lamia, Larissa and then Volos, this trip would take you approximately 4 hours. 

    From Thessaloniki Airport, you can take a bus to Volos or a connecting train in Larissa. To get to Portaria we suggest you take a taxi, although you can also take a bus that will take you, in just 20 minutes, to the beginning of this beautiful route.

    For the return from Milies, and depending on your next destination, we suggest going to Volos Airport, the closest to 1 hour approximately by car. Thessaloniki Airport is 3 hours away, and Athens Airport, approximately 4.  


    Absolutely! Each traveller has included 1 piece of luggage that we will transfer between your accommodations. It's important that this piece of luggage meets the following criterias:

    • Maximum weight of 45 lbs (20 kg).
    • Must be only 1 piece of luggage without any attachments or accessories.
    • Should not contain valuables, fragile items, food or medications.
    • Must be correctly identified (booking reference of your trip and the full name of the trip holder).

    The approximate luggage delivery time will be at 4:00 PM.

    We recommend that you book as soon as you are sure about your dates, as accommodation can fill up very quickly in this area.

    This route is classified with a low level of difficulty and is travelled between ascents and descents, sometimes on stretches and over rocky paths. For this reason, you must have skill on these terrains and an active lifestyle to take advantage of these enchanting routes. 

    Due to the mountainous terrain on Pelion, we recommend that to make your experience amazing, before embarking on this route you prepare physically, taking daily walks with some elevation.

    Once you make your reservation we will send you all the detailed information about the specific equipment you need for this route, considering recommendations for shoes, boots, clothes and a day-to day backpack.

    We recommend starting this route in spring or autumn, when weather conditions and temperatures are perfect for walking, due to the combination of mountain, forest and Aegean Sea climate. 

    We remind you that in April and October, beginning and end of the season, many pool services or restaurants may not be available or may have reduced their offer.  

    You can start the route in summer when the beautiful beaches are one of the main tourist destinations and considering that you will have to start the routes early to avoid the heatwave.

    You can even do the route in winter, when the mountains are covered in snow and Pelion maintains a fairly mild temperature, the lowest is 7.6ºC.

    This route is ideal for those looking to experience the magical walks that characterize this peninsular part of mythological Greece, amid the abundant forests and olive grove trails. 

    It is ideal if you enjoy coastal and mountain walks, walks on traditional stone trails, and relax on the beaches with the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea.

    If you are looking for an adventure full of maritime experiences and typical Greek cuisine, you will enjoy the delights served by traditional taverns or restaurants. If you are a nature lover, you will find it the ideal place for walking, climbing, skiing, canoeing, diving and for other water sports. 

    You can call us to arrange a private transfer for you. If you prefer, you can also use public transport or local taxis to get to your next accommodation.

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