The Pelion, land of the legendary Centaurs, the site chosen by the ancient gods for their weddings and celebrations, rises in lush magnificence to the northeast of Volos. It was here that the centaur Chiron, the wise teacher of demigods and heroes, gave his pupils daily instruction in the proper care of body and soul. Here, as well, the first beauty contest took place between Thetis and Eris. Many-leaved Pelion was an inspiration to Homer, Pindar, and Euripides but also to the modern popular muse who sung of the unquenchable desire of the Greek people for freedom.
Pelion Greece picturesque villages, sometimes clinging to wooded slopes or perched on steep bluffs, sometimes hidden away in verdant ravines, are so much a part of the scenery that, seen from a distance they create the impression of having "sprouted up"; along with the trees.
The distinctive traditional architecture of the old houses with their narrow windows and decorated walls, the traditional mansions which are transformed into beautiful pelion hotels with stone stairways and roofs of grey ; the Byzantine churches with wonderful wall paintings and icon screens; the winding cobbled paths, sculpted fountains, courtyards redolent of basil and gardenia; are all typical features of a Pelion village.
The village of Portaria, 13km from the city of Volos, is situated on the slopes of Mount Pelion at an altitude of 650 meters. It is a village of immense beauty, and one where nature thrives, creating a scenery of that is simply ideal for relaxing and peaceful holidays. Portaria is one of the most popular and famous villages in Pelion.
The village was originally built around the monastery of "Panagias of Portereas", which is where it takes its name from.
Portaria is a very traditional village, and evidence of this can be seen as you take a stroll around, following the cobblestone paths.
There are many traditional mansions in Portaria that dominate the setting and have been converted to cozy hotels in Pelion such as the Althea hotel in Portaria.
Portaria is a wonderful place to explore, and you can take enjoyable walks around the village, passing the various houses and lovely mansions that provide unique accommodation in Pelion. There are also several natural springs here, including the charming waterfalls of Karavos.
The landscape of Portaria is very colourful, and during the spring and summer months, the various shades of green blend in perfectly with the clear blue skies. It is a place where nature thrives, and with each season, new colours, aromas and scenery developes, constantly growing in beauty and charm.
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The village of Portaria is perfectly located for your visit to Pelion, and from here one can easily venture out and explore some of the other beautiful and unique regions of Pelion Greece.
During the winter months, the ski centre of Agriolefkes is in full operation, and visitors from all over Greece head here to enjoy ski and winter sports at this very famous and popular ski centre. The ski centre is 12km from Portaria.
Some of the views from the ski centre are stunning, and the panoramic views stretch out across the peninsula, allowing you to see the waters of the Pagasitic Gulf on one side, and the Aegean Sea on the other.
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For those who enjoy the sea, Pelion has some of the finest beaches in Greece, and all along the coast, you can find perfect beaches, ideal for swimming, water sports and relaxing.
There are many beautiful coastal resorts in Pelion, and manyof these have been awarded the "Blue Flag" by the European Union in recognition of their exceptionally clean beaches and water.
Below you will find information on some of the most popular and beautiful beaches in Pelion, as well as some of the very well kept secret beaches.
POPULAR BEACHES ON THE PAGASITIC GULF OF PELION
Kato Lehonia Beach, Kala Nera Beach
The beach of the popular resort of Kala Nera is a very popular and beautiful one, and has been awarded the "Blue Flag". Boufa Beach The beach of Boufa is one of the largest beach in Pelion, and is situated between the villages of Kala Nera and Afissos. Afissos BeachInAfissos there are several beautiful beaches, with the most popular being those of Abovos and Kaliftheri, which are both soft sandy beaches.
POPULAR BEACHES ON THE AEGEAN SEA OF PELION
The beach of Mikro is one of the most beautiful in Pelion, with a huge stretch of sandy beach and the refreshing cool waters of the Aegean Sea. Kastri Beach
The beach of Kastri is a lovely sandy beach, and one that is also very popular for windsurfing.
Paltsi( AgiosKonstantinos ) Beach, Potistika Beach, Milopotamos Beach
(Milopotamos is one of the most famous beaches in Pelion. It is a beach of golden sand, and crystal blue waters), Fakistra Beach ( The beach of Fakistra is a popular beach with visitors to the village of Tsagarada. The beach is surrounded by large rocks and greenery.)Papa Nero Beach, AgiosIoannis Beach, AgioiSaranta Beach, Horefto Beach (The beach of Horefto is a large and charming sandy beach, surrounded by luscious green scenery, creating a very natural and peaceful setting.)
No matter when you plan to visit Portaria ,you can be sure that you will have truly unique and wonderful holidays in Pelion. We are confident that you will witness a wonderful Pelion experience by offering you quality accommodation in Pelion at Althea hotel. Come to explore Pelion Greece, one the most blessed regions of Greece.