Self Guided Walking in Pelion

Beautiful walks and great food in a quiet corner of Greece


Beautiful walks, great beaches and many photo opportunites.

START / FINISH - Volos [Athens, Thessaloniki - on request].

Activity code: GRSGPW02

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate. [Participants should be in good physical condition with some relevant hiking experience.]

Duration: 8 Days / 7 nights

Walk on cobbled stone paths, visit historically traditional villages built by the best stone masons and craftsmen of 19th century Greece, cross orchards, olive groves, beech and chestnut forests, while enjoying the amazing views towards the Aegean Sea and swim in brilliant blue crystal clear waters at unique beaches.

Mount Pelion, otherwise known as the Land of the Centaurs, is covered with lush vegetation, orchards, olive and chestnut trees. Twenty-four villages emerge through the forests with their remarkable cobblestone paths and characteristic manor houses. Along the coastline you'll discover isolated shores drenched in a tapestry of colours, sandy beaches and picturesque fishing villages that create a perfect combination of walking and swimming, while admiring stunning views on almost every route. 

The combination of incredible hiking paths, breathtaking views and fascinating cultural and architectural uniqueness make this tour a great choice. Overall this is a hiking and food lover's dream and has something for everyone.

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Suggested equipment for your trekking holiday:

  • Bottle/flask of water (min. 1 litre per day)
  • Rucksack
  • Walking poles (recommended for steep sections)
  • Sun protection & sunglasses
  • Bathing suit & towel
  • Insect repellent
  • Waterproof coat / windbreaker, comfortable clothing

Extra Information

  • Minimum 2 persons

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  • Single supplement: £ 118 per person

What's included on your hiking holiday ?

  • 7 nights accommodation in local guesthouses with en suite facilities
  • 7 breakfasts & 6 lunch boxes
  • Luggage transfer
  • Airport transfers from the city of Volos
  • Transfer from Kissos village to Chania
  • Hiking maps of the area with our local guide's expert journey notes.
  • Assistance during your trip if needed
  • Emergency phone no.
  • Maps & tour information on FREE travel app

Not included:

Overnight Stay Tax of 0.50 to 4 Euros per room per night, which is payable locally - the amount varies according to the category of the accommodation (i.e. 1-2 star hotels = 0.50 Euros, 5 star hotels = 4 Euros).


Upon arrival in the city of Volos you will meet with a member of the team. You will then be transferred to the picturesque village of Milies. After check in you have time to explore this beautiful village.

  • Overnight stay: Milies.

Recommended places to stay

On your first hike you will walk along old stone paths, follow the old steam train route from Milies to the station of Pinakates and continue to the village of Kala Nera. As you hike through olive orchards you will have a stunning view of Pagasitikos Bay. Upon arrival in Kala Nera you can swim and have lunch by the sea before hiking back to Milies.

  • Overnight stay: Milies.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch box.
  • Hiking Time: 5 hours
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Hiking altitude: 385m – sea level – 385m

Recommended places to stay

Today’s hike will take you to the opposite side of the mountain; from Milies, on the south west side, you will travel northeasterly to Tsagarada through an enchanting forest teeming with tall chestnut trees. In Tsagarada you can admire the oldest plane tree in Europe, which is more than 1800 years old. Overnight stay: Tsagarada

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch box.
  • Trekking time: 6 hours 
  • Trekking difficulty level: Moderate
  • Trekking altitude:  385m – 850m – 420m


Your destination on today's hike is the isolated beach of Fakistra. Following the coastal path with magnificent views of the Aegean Sea, you can enjoy a refreshing swim at this captivating beach. After your swim, walk along the coast into Damouchari, a lovely seaside village which will be familiar to those who have seen the movie 'Mamma Mia' since many scenes from the movie were filmed there in 2007.

  • Overnight stay: Damouchari
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch box.
  • Trekking time: 5 hours
  • Trekking difficulty level: Easy
  • Trekking altitude: Sea Level - 190m- sea level

Recommended places to stay

Today’s hike begins at Damouchari and takes you along the shoreline path to the breathtakingly white sandy beach of Papa Nero. It would be a crime not to leave ample time for a swim here before embarking upon your ascent to Mouresi village and then through the forest and up to the pretty village of Kissos. From there you will be taken by car to Chania. 

  • Overnight stay: Chania
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch box.
  • Trekking time: 4 hours
  • Trekking Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Trekking altitude: Sea level – 380m – 530m

Today you will hike in mountainous terrain around the ski centre of Pelion. Your circular walk to the ski centre, at an altitude of 1470m, starts from your hotel. Once you get there you’ll enjoy the beautiful views of the Pagasitikos Bay. After lunch continue your walk through a shaded forest of beech trees and return to your hotel.

  • Overnight stay: Chania.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch box. 
  • Trekking time: 5 hours
  • Trekking Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Trekking altitude:  1200m – 1580m – 1200m

Today you will follow the same path that was used by the Centaurs, the half-horse, half-human creatures of Greek Mythology. The best known Centaur, Chiron, was the tutor of Achilles and Asclepius. This path, which begins in Chania at an altitude of approximately 1200 meters, overflows with Mediterranean vegetation and leads you to the village of Portaria.

In the afternoon you can discover yet another incredibly beautiful village of Pelion – Makrinitsa referred to by the locals as 'the balcony of Pelion'. With its historic mansions and stunning view of the Pagasitikos Bay and the city of Volos below, the beauty of Makrinitsa will become etched in your memory forever.

  • Overnight stay: Portaria
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch box
  • Trekking time: 6 hours (Optional walk to Makrinitsa approx. 45 min. one way)
  • Trekking Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Trekking altitude: 1200m – 610m

After breakfast, return to the airport for your flight home.

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