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Pelion

The municipality of South Pelion is a municipality in the region of Thessaly with 369,36 square km area and population of 11,563 inhabitants according to the 2001 census. The Municipality is based at Argalasti. Located in the southeastern part of the prefecture of Magnesia, bordering the Aegean Sea and the Pagasitic gulf, is a perfect combination of mountain and sea, it is a magnificent peninsula located in central Greece. Access is by plane during the summer months from the airport of Nea Aghialos and Skiathos, by boat from the port of Volos and by car.

Pelion is a mountain in the prefecture of Magnesia near the city of Volos, height 1,624 meters (top Pourianos Cross). In Greek mythology, was the summer residence of the gods and home of the Centaurs.

South Pelion extends from northwest to southeast with a length of approximately 44 km and width varies from 10 km in the south to 25 km in the north and at coordinates 39,44 N 23,04 E. Approximate boundaries are the south Platanorema near Neohori and north to Kaporema near the monastery Flamouriou. The highest peak is located on the north side of the mountain and is not open due to the existence of military installations. Other peaks are Kotroni 1550 meters, 1547 meters Pliasidi, AIDONAKIA 1537 meters, 1471 meters Agrioleukes, Dramalis 1455 meters, 1450 meters Schitzourafli, Calvary 1415 meters, 1300 meters Lagonika

The whole mountain is overgrown with forests of tall beeches, oaks, sycamores, horse chestnut, pine forest and thickets hybrid fir. At lower altitudes there are apple crops in the eastern slopes, olives on the southern and very dense maquis.

Pelion brings many visitors, both winter and summer months. The winter is preferred by those who wish to enjoy the beautiful mountain views and fresh air, snow, skiing, spend time in nature, while the summer vacationers enjoying the beautiful beaches of Pelion for swimming, racquetball, water sports, hiking. Pelion remains beautiful all year and is suitable for all kinds of activities, and alternative tourism or agritourism while providing the necessary infrastructure for hosting large volume of tourists.

The beaches of Pelion, both on the part of the Aegean Sea and from the side of Pagassitikos, famous for its crystal clear waters, and many have been awarded with the blue flag of the European Union. There are beaches for all tastes: quiet or secular, organized or otherwise, with sand or pebbles.

In general, the beaches on the side of Pagassitikos are leeward and have fewer waves, compared with those at the Aegean Sea.

Pelion has a large number of trails that are ideal for hiking, equestrian and bicycle tourism, mild. The paths-cobbled along with the railroad Volos – Milies, formed by the ’50s the unique axis of communication between the villages and the city of Volos. Despite the passage of time, many of the old trails are still in very good condition thanks to the care of the local communities, allowing visitors the chance to explore the mountain up close and safely.