Hiking tour in Pelion: Explore Pelion’s unique flora

Special Tour 8 days Available from: 2017-09-08
Τσαγκαράδα 370 12, Ελλάδα

1st Day: Arrival

Arrival at the Airport (Thessaloniki/Anchialos). Bus transfer to Tsagarada . Check in at Aglaida –Apartments.

2st Day: Small Tour of Tsagarada

From the Saint Taxiarches Square, we cross a large section of the village to the square of Agia Paraskevi with the thousand-year-old plane tree, one of the 5 largest in Europe. In the cafe of the square we can enjoy local tsipouro or some traditional spoon sweet.
On the way we learn about the history and the tradition of the place and we know the village’s spatial planning through a varied field with aristocratic urban areas dominating traditional mansions with lush gardens and ravines in chestnut trees and plane trees.
Then we climb to the mountainous part of the village, where through the path and small sections of forest road we cross the chestnut tree to return to the point where we started.
(It is possible to adapt the route according to the wishes and capabilities of the team, adding sections – such as the top of Koutras with the wonderful view to the gorge of Mylopotamos or the chapel of Prophet Elias – or removing – as our ascension to the mountain where we have an altitude difference of about 160 m.

We also have customization capabilities during hiking.

Duration: 3.00 – 3.30 hours with stops

3rd Day: Milies – Tsagarada

The more traditional route of Pilio covers a large section of the main stone path which connects the pagasitic Gulf with the northeast coast of the peninsula and that for centuries functioned as the main connecting and commercial axis for the isolated villages of Pelion. We use the public transportation to get to Milies. In the central square of Milies and before we go on we stop in a typical Kafenion where we will have the chance to taste Greek coffee.
Duration: 4.30 – 5.00 hours with stops. 

4th Day:  Nature Seminars botany workshop

We will start off from Aglaida apartments and head down the stone-paved path that leads to Damouchari beach. There we will have the opportunity to introduce ourselves with the unique local flora and have a swim. So, after three hours hiking and an hour swimming on Damouchari beach we return to the Aglaida apartments where we will learn to prepare herbal oil extracts for everyday use in our kitchen and traditional herbal ointments with cosmetic and therapeutic properties. At the end of the course we take home our own hand made creams, oils and salts. Finally, we taste vegetarian homemade snacks and drinks .

5th Day:  Xania-Makryrachi

A new amazing route was opened recently. Starting from Xania at the height of the ski centre and descends to the village of Makrirahi through chestnut and beech forest. We cross many running rapids, forming even the summer spectacular waterfalls and ponds (pedestal). In the village of Makrirachi you will find a wide variety of flowers such as gardens and camellias as the inhabitants of the village are mainly engaged in the production of flowers. Do your self a favor and taste bread from the traditional wood-fired oven in the village square! 

Starting from: first parking ski resort Hania
Duration: 4.30 – 5.00 hours with stops.
(The transportation should be prearranged because the route is not circular. )

6th Day:   Tsagarada – Damouchari – Fakistra – Paliokastro

The most charming route of the area in our view.
Following the central cobbled path that for centuries connected the villages of Eastern Pelion with the Pagasitic Gulf and having as starting point the square of Agia Paraskevi in ​​Tsagarada, we will cross part of the village, making a small acquaintance with its history. After about 45 ‘of an enjoyable hike, we will leave behind the square of Agia Kyriaki and the location of Gibrouki and enter the legendary Kagiolia to reach Rodies, where we have a great panoramic view of Damouchari . Here we can have a short stop for pic –nic.
After this short stop, we will continue on the coastal path heading south. Passing from Agios Athanasios and the imposing “Krufo Sxolio” (secret school) with the magnificent seaside (shelter of seals during the winter months), we will cross the Faikistra river gorge to reach Paliokastro on the southern side of the bay, where the first settlement of Tsagarada was located.

* Depending on the season and in consultation with the Pelion Kayak Secrets, return from Damouchari can be done by canoe kayak.

Duration: 4.00 – 4.30 hours with stops.
(Alternatively the route can be shortened starting from the square of Agia Kyriaki and removing access in paliokastro.)
Also can be grown by adding section Agioi Taxiarches – Agia Paraskevi and reaching out to bypass the secret school.

7th day: Agioi Taxiarches – Agios Athanasios the Athonite

Hiking from the square of Agioi Taxiarches until the chapel of Saint Athanasios the Athonite which is placed in a oak- chestnut forest surrounded by wooden tables and benches where we can have a picnic. (round trip).

Duration: 2-2:30 hours approx.
Free time – rest


8th Day: Departure

Departure to the airport
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