Volos and Mt. Pelion
We will have the opportunity to travel through the
ages, both to the prehistoric times, but also to the
tradition and culture of Volos and Pelion.
The sense of mystery engendered by the mountain’s
impenetrable forests has given rise to many legends.
It was said by the ancients that during the battle
between the gods and the giants, the latter tried to
challenge Olympus by piling Pelion in Ossa. Mount
Pelion was also the remote home of Chiron, the wisest
of the centaurs, who played an important role in the
Greek fables. Moreover, Pelion was the mountain that
the Gods held their weddings and beauty contests.
We will drive up to one of the most interesting villages
in Pelion, Makrinitsa at an altitude of 700m. We
shall leave the coach in the square at the entrance
to the village and take a stroll through the narrow
streets among the splendid old houses. Owing to the
abundant water resources, they are also scattered;
many are built in the traditional style with jutting
upper storey’s, supported on wooden sorbels, and
slate roofs, with overhanging saves. The main square
(platia) is especially attractive due to its fountain,
plane trees and tiny church (13th c.).
There will be plenty of time for those wishing to stroll
along the cobble paths of the village, visit the museum
of culture and tradition, or just have coffee at the
square of the village, gazing at Volos and the Gulf.