About Kalamos and Pelion
Pelion is an unspoilt natural paradise with the perfect combination of beautiful beaches, clean sea, mountains, forests and abundant wildlife. There are numerous footpaths and stone-paved donkey tracks which are perfect for walking and link many of the villages together.
Kalamos itself is a small village with 3 beaches a 2 minute drive or a 10 minute walk down the hill. There are several beachfront tavernas, all serving traditional food allowing you to relax on the beach, swim in crystal clear water and retire to the tavern for meals. Later, enjoy a glass of wine and watch the sun go down before joining an evening of traditional music and dancing.
There is also a pretty, secluded café/bar where you can order homemade pizza and pasta dishes and indulge in coffee or cocktails before returning home to your own olive grove.
The Kalderimia These stone paved tracks were the original ‘roads’ between villages and many have now been cleaned and re-opened by the group ‘The Friends of the Kalderimi’ – www.friendsofthekalderimi.org and the area is now perfect for anyone who enjoys walking. Walk alone or join one of the organised events which the group run throughout the year – usually ending at a taverna! Although events are held all year, the best times for walking are early (March – July) when the spring flowers are truly stunning or later - September onwards - as the heat of summer recedes.
Other Activities You can also take advantage of the weather and the water with www.divingpelion.com.
Learn to dive or, if already certified, regular diving trips are organised in both the Pagasitic Gulf and further round the peninsula to the Aegean Sea. There are also courses available for children from age 8. Don’t want to dive? Boat snorkelling trips are also available.
If walking, diving or swimming is not for you Montis Ordo – www.montisordo.gr provide bicycle rental and cycling tours. Bicycle delivery can be arranged from their offices in Kato Gatzea.
Let someone else do the walking – www.kentavros-farm.com is a member of the World Organisation of Organic Farms (WOOF) who provide horseriding opportunities from a 2hr ride to overnight treks. Younger riders are also catered for.
Skiing www.pelionski.gr. Mount Pelion’s ski centre sits high above Volos where you can enjoy a day out on the mountains in the winter before returning to a wood burning stove and well deserved coffee! Please check before booking as we cannot guarantee sufficient snowfall every year.
Other Villages Nearby Horto – an attractive, waterfront village with an annual summer festival. Rich in theatre, music, dance and workshops and with a variety of seafront tavernas where you can eat and drink the local spirit – tsiporo.
Milina – A larger resort with many shops and taverna.
Agios Kiriaki – The tip of the Pelion peninsula and a truly pretty Greek village with a small harbour. Here the traditional fishing boats (kaiki) are moored in the crystal clear water which reflects their colours as if it was a painting whilst the day's catch is freshly cooked in the tavernas – seafood at its best.
Moving Inland Argalasti is a short drive up the hill or a 45 minute walk on the kalderimi (passing through some beautiful scenery). It is a working town and used to be the capital of South Pelion. The traditional square is home to a range of taverns where, in summer, you can sit outside and watch the world go by, and, in winter, retire inside to open fires, traditional home cooking and the company of local people.
Many panagiria (festivals) are held in the square throughout the summer months with live, traditional music and dancing where everyone can join in.
As befits a larger town there is a supermarket, chemist, baker, butcher, greengrocer, post office and an ATM. There is also a Health Centre.
There are many other mountain villages spread across Mount Pelion and all are worth visiting.
The Little Train of Pelion www.trainose.gr runs from Ano Lahonia up the slopes of Mount Pelion to Milies – taking in about 90 minutes of breathtaking scenery – then there is the opportunity to explore the village of Milies with its historical church, library and museum of Folk Art.
And don’t forget the archaeological sites! You can do a trip to Delphi or just go to Volos to look at various smaller sites. Meteora with the mountain-top monasteries is also a day trip away.