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Top kid friendly activities in Pelion by season
Pelion is definitely one of the top destinations in Greece, especially for families. With its incredible combination of sea and mountains it’s no wonder people from all over Greece visit Pelion throughout the year. The choice of things to see and do is endless no matter which season you choose to visit and here are just a few ideas of ‘musts’, depending on the time of year, of course.
- Winter: Visit Pelion Ski Resort
Have you ever skied on a mountain while looking at the sea at the same time? We don’t think so! This mind blowing combination is what makes Pelion Ski Resort one of the most popular in Greece with its relatively high altitude and numerous pistes of various levels of difficulty. The little ones will love snowballing and rolling around in the snow, taking a rest while absorbing the wonderful view of the sea, and rounding off with a mug of hot chocolate at the chalet cafe – and you will love it too!
Top Selection with a twist: Not a fan of skiing? Not a problem! The resort also offers a snowboarding school with professionally trained instructors for children from 3 years old.
- Spring: Excursions into the Woods
A visit to Pelion wouldn’t be the same without experiencing nature from close up so tie your shoelaces and prepare for a fun walk around the forest. The wild landscape of Pelion is truly rare and breathing in the fresh air mingled with the scent of flowers will certainly make your day. During springtime everything is blossoming and the dominance of green in all its shades in the thick forest is simply awe-inspiring. Marked paths will safely guide you through the natural scenery and the weather at this time of year is perfect for undertaking this activity. We love the forest strolls around Tzagarada in particular.
Top selection with a twist: You can also find agencies in Pelion from where you can rent bicycles or horses for a guided tour of the area. Les Hirondelles is a travel agency who has family friendly programs as well as hotels. This way your route can combine both the forest with its running rivers as well as the beach for family sightseeing at its best!
- Summer: Explore the beaches of the area
Pelion has a numerous beaches which cater for all for tastes. If you’re a nature-loving family then Agios Ioannis will definitely impress you as it has pristine waters and tall trees surrounding the beach. Another beach you can try is Mylopotamos which is known for its crystal-clear waters. However, be aware that there are steps that lead to the beach so it is not ideal for families with very young children. If your children are little and you’re looking for a place with amenities (umbrellas, restaurants etc.) then Horefto is an equally beautiful spot that provides all tourist services. Another sandy beach is Xinovrisi which is favoured by local families. Children will find the rock which emerges from the sea fascinating.
Top Selection with a twist: An alternative to your usual beach-going experience which kids absolutely love is to rent a small boat from Volos to take you to remote, hidden beaches and caves in the surrounding areas (including Pelion) that can’t be accessed by car. Also, if your kids are old enough, you may be interested in talking a diving lesson at the diving school at Agia Kiriaki.
- Fall: Take the Little Pelion Train
Built in the 20th century, the reconstructed train travelling from Volos to Melies is an absolute must activity for visitors of Pelion. The ride covers a distance of 28km and stops at all the important villages as well as historical and nature spots of the wider area. The train will also guide you through the major technical achievements of the time (bridges, tunnels etc.) but most importantly it will take you through incredible natural landscape which is truly stunning during autumn when everything is blanketed with fallen leaves. All you have to do is enjoy the journey as curl up in your cosy seat and look out the window at a world of incredible intense colour!
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Top Selection with a twist: Make the most of your train ride by spending a day sightseeing in Melies. There is plenty of time between train departure times to try out the traditional taverns of the village, walk around its cobblestone paths to nearby villages, or even visit the church of Taxiarhes and the Museum of Folk Art. Who said that a fun holiday can not be educational?