Pelion may not have the high profile of other destinations in Greece, but it’s an ideal place to visit for families all the same. Here’s our suggestions of top things to do in Pelion for families, no matter what time of year you visit.
Pelion in Greece
The Pelion region is located on the east side of mainland Greece, roughly halfway between Athens and Thessaloniki. Taking its name after the mountain which dominates the area, Pelion makes an ideal place to visit on a road trip around Greece, or as a destination in its own right.
Tucked away on the Pelion peninsular, are traditional villages, beaches, forests and mountains. With water sports in the summer, and skiing in the winter, it’s a year around destination all the family are sure to love.
Top things to do in Pelion for families
There’s something for families to do in Pelion in every season of the year. It’s a particularly good place to visit for cultural experiences and outdoor activities.
Go Skiing in Pelion
Base yourselves in the Pelion Ski Resort, and spend some of the winter having fun in the snow! With an altitude of over 1500 metres, it’s a popular place with Greeks who want to hit the slopes when the snow is right.
The resort has several different slopes, offers beginners skiing lessons, snowboarding, and has all the usual facilities you might expect from a resort such as ski lifts and chalets serving warm drinks and tasty food.
Hiking in Pelion
The spring and autumn months are particularly good times to go hiking in the Pelion region. The forests are a delight to stroll through, whether following small tracks and loop circuits, or undertaking more ambitious hikes.
The area has many marked paths that can be used, and hotels in the region have plenty of information about local trails in the area. If you would prefer a guide to accompany you, that can also be arranged. Contact Kids Love Greece about family hiking trips in Pelion and other parts of Greece!
Summer fun in Pelion
Pelion is also a great place to have fun during the summer months. Our recommended destination in Pelion are Agios Ioannis, Horefto and Portaria. The waters around Agios Ioannis are particularly beautiful during the summer, and there are tall trees which provide some shade. At the time of writing, this was an unorganised beach, which means there are no umbrellas to rent there.
Feeling adventurous? In addition to the normal water sports you might expect to be able to enjoy at a Greek coastal resort, there is also a dive school at Agia Kiriaki. Families with teens might like to give this a try when in the area!
Take the train from Volos to Milies
Our final suggestion is to take the little train from Volos to Milies. Over a distance of 28kms, it stops at many important places and villages through a green landscape. In fact, the train itself is considered to be an historic monument. A great experience for kids of all ages!
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