Pelion villages, Portaria, Makrinitsa and Hania

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In Central Greece, at an area called Thessalia and near the town of Volos there is mountain Pelion. Pelion was considered to be the home of the Centaurs. It is a unique place to visit all year round. The villages on mountain Pelion are very picturesque with great architecture and incredible nature. In the region, one can do a lot of activities like hiking, horseback riding and skiing. In the summer months. one can also visit the incredible beaches of the area.

Check out my post about: The villages of villages of Tsagarada, Mouresi, Kissos and Zagora in Pelion.

View of Makrinitsa village from Portaria Pelion
View of Makrinitsa village from Portaria

Three of the most popular villages of Pelion that are very close to Volos are Portaria, Makrinitsa and Hania.

Portaria is only 12km away from the city of Volos. It offers panoramic views of the city and the Pagasetic Gulf. It is a picturesque village with traditional houses and mansions. There are many traditional guesthouses along with hotels that cover every taste. Also, there is a variety of restaurants serving local food, as well as cafes and bars. In the narrow streets of the village, one can find shops selling souvenirs, folk art and spoon desserts made from local fruits.

Pelion Portaria square
Portaria square

One of the things that is worth doing is walk the path of Centaurs. It is a 3km walk that starts from the church of Agia Marina at the entrance of the village and goes around it passing through beautiful churches, mansions and incredible nature. It is worth visiting the museum of folk art in the Zulia mansion and the little squares around the village.

Mansion at Portaria Village
Mansion at Portaria Village

As you climb further up the mountain you will arrive at another traditional village called Makrinitsa only 3 km away. You can do that on foot as well, it takes less than half and hour and it’s a very pleasant walk.

Road at Makrinitsa village
Road at Makrinitsa village

Makrinitsa is also called “The balcony of Pelion” due to the incredible views from the village. The village has many traditional houses and mansions and along with the villages of Vizitsa and Pinakates has been declared as a preserved village. Just as in Portaria, here you will find beautiful guesthouses and many choices for food and drink. There are also some shops selling traditional products.

shops selling traditional products Pelion
shops selling traditional products

One of the major sites in the village is the Pelion Museum of Folklore and History located in Topali mansion. There you will see more than 1500 artifacts from the everyday life in Pelion.

Another thing worth doing is to stroll through the pebble roads of the village and discover the beautiful churches, the little fountains and the central square. Under the old Platanus, you can enjoy a refreshing drink or your meal in one of the taverns. There you will also see a big fountain known as “Lions” which was constructed in 1809.

At Makrinitsa square Pelion
At Makrinitsa square

In the villages of Pelion, there are some museums that you can visit, but the most beautiful thing is to admire the architecture and the incredible nature.

Makrinitsa square Pelion
Makrinitsa square
The fountain in Makrinitsa square
The fountain in Makrinitsa square
Makrinitsa square on a foggy day
Makrinitsa square on a foggy day
The incredible view from Makrinitsa village Pelion
The incredible view from Makrinitsa village

Hania is another beautiful village known for its ski resort. It is located 13 km away from Portaria and 26 km away from Volos. What makes Pelion unique is that you can ski and in 20 minutes you will be in front of the sea enjoying a tsipouro with seafood.

on the road to Hania Pelion
on the road to Hania
The view from Hania village - Pelion
The view from Hania village


Where to stay and eat in the area:

Kritsa Gastronomy Hotel in Portaria

The Kritsa Gastronomy hotel is located in the central square of Portaria village in a 3-storey neoclassical building from the 1900’s and offers traditional rooms with breakfast. It is also a member of the Guest Inn Network of Rural Accommodation in Greece.

Kritsa is really well known in the area not only for the hotel but for the restaurant that is housed on the ground floor. I had the chance to eat there on my recent trip with Travel Bloggers Greece and I loved it. The restaurant offers traditional food of the area, it has impeccable service and great prices.

Manthos Hotel Resort & Spa in Hania

A luxurious hotel located close to the ski resort, offers spacious rooms, a restaurant where we had a coffee break, an indoor swimming pool and a spa.

The indoor swimming pool at Manthos Hotel Pelion
The indoor swimming pool at Manthos Hotel


Manthos Hotel Hania Pelion
Manthos Hotel Hania Pelion

Have you been to Pelion?

I was an invited guest of Spyrou Philoxenia, on behalf of Travel Bloggers Greece, to discover the region of Pelion during winter. As always opinions are my own.

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10 thoughts on “Pelion villages, Portaria, Makrinitsa and Hania”

  1. You have a great descriptive tone to your writing and your so lucky to explore such untouched towns and places in Greece! And I love the photo of the view from Makrinitsa Village!

  2. Oh looks like my kind of villages, they look really authentic! I love Greece too, been to quite a few places, but never to that area!

  3. I see why Makrinitsa is also called “The balcony of Pelion”. The view is stunning. Never heard of this place before.
    We would love doing a road trip to the mainland of Greece once.
    Do you have any suggestions apart from Pelion villages and Meteora?
    We are into nature and great vegetarian food.

    • The view is incredible. Apart from Pelion and Meteora you can do a road trip to Zagorohoria, Kastoria, Prespes lakes etc The beauty of Greek mainland is incredible!


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