Hiking in the Land of the Centaurs

Pelion Mountain is covered by luxuriant vegetation with orchards and olive plantations and dominates the scenery. Through the forests and the marvelous cobblestone pavements you find the 24 villages of Mount Pelion with its characteristic mansions. In the coastline you will discover isolated seashores with a wide spectrum of colors, sandy beaches and picturesque fishing villages. A perfect combination of walking and swimming with admiring views in almost every track.

Hiking Pelion is hiking tour from point to point of moderate difficulty, where you hike with your own pace through the unique nature of the Land of the Centaurs.

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Duration: 8 days / 7 nights Price: from 595 EUR
Holiday type: guided / point-to-point Minimum group size: 5 people
Dates: April, May, June, September and October Arrival: any week day on request
Accommodation: 7 x traditional guesthouses Meal base: breakfast, halfboard on request
Nearest airport: Thessaloniki, Athens Contact us with your questions or booking requests


Trip Itineray

Day 1: Arrival – drive to Vizitsa
After your arrival in Greece you will drive to your hotel in Vizitsa village, 30 km east of Volos. Once you have checked in, you can walk around Vizitsa to explore the village with the traditional stone houses of Pelion.
Overnight stay at Vizitsa.

Day 2: Vizitsa – Pinakates – Kala Nera – Vizitsa
You start your trek by walking from Vizitsa to Pinakates village. Here you will find one of the few traditional stone-built houses left in this region. Afterwards you will follow an old stone path and make your way to the beach of Kala Nera. You can have a swim in the Pagasitikos Gulf and there is an opportunity to have lunch at a small restaurant in Kala Nera.
Overnight stay at Vizitsa.
Trekking Time: 4 – 5 h
Altitude: 500 – 550 – 0 m

Day 3: Vizitsa – Milies – Ksourichti – Tsangarada – Damouchari
On today’s hike you will cross Mount Pelion from West to East. After round about 10 minutes walking you´ll reach the village of Milies. Then you head to Ksourichti via the forest road (at the beginning of the path) through chestnut trees. Before you continue your hike to Tsangarada village and hear the stories from the oldest plane tree in Greece, more than 1200 years old, you can rest beside a lovely white painted chapel on the hillside. After that, you will descend to Damouchari beach on one of the most beautiful old stone paths.
Overnight stay at Damouchari.
Trekking Time: 6 – 7 h
Altitude: 500 – 360 – 800 – 0 m

Day 4: Damouchari – Fakistra – Damouchari
From Damouchari you will take the coastal path that follows the sea and which takes you to Fakistra beach with crystal clear waters to have a swim. During the walk you enjoy the magnificent view at the Aegean Sea. Late in the afternoon you will return along the same path to Damouchari.
Overnight stay at Damouchari.
Trekking Time: 4 – 5 h
Altitude: 0 – 150 – 0 – 150 – 0 m

Day 5:  Damouchari – Agios Ioannis – Kissos – Chania
Today you will start from Damouchari in the opposite direction towards Agios Ioannis with another magnificent beach Papa Nero and follow the path along the shore. There is an opportunity to jump into the provocative and alluring waters before you start the climb to Chania. On route you will pass from Kissos village and have a rest in the chestnut tree forest. The hard walk finishes just below the ski station of Pelion and traverse to rejoin the track and descend to the village of Chania.
Overnight stay in Chania.
Altitude: 0 – 100 – 0 – 1.260 – 1.200 m
Trekking Time: 6 – 7 h

Day 6: Chania – Agriolefkes – Chania
From your guesthouse in Chania you will follow the road up to the ski centre at 1.580m and from there you will enjoy the fantastic views of both the Aegean Sea and the Pagasitikos Gulf. You will continue through the forest of aspen and beech trees in a circular route back to Chania.
Overnight stay in Chania.
Trekking Time: 5 – 6 h
Altitude: 1.200 – 1.580 – 1.200 m

Day 7: Chania – Makrinitsa
Today you will follow the path that in Greek mythology was used by the Centaurs, who were half man half horse. This leads you to the village of Portaria and then you continue along the road to Makrinitsa, which the local people call the Balcony of Pelion. Here you will see the old traditional houses and the best view of the Pagasitikos Gulf with the city of Volos.
Overnight stay in Makrinitsa.
Trekking Time: 5 – 6 h
Altitude: 1.200 – 780 m

Day 8: Departure – drive to the airport

Your Accommodation:

Services included:

  • 7 overnights with breakfast in double rooms in traditional guesthouses
  • English-speaking, experienced and local trekking guide during the 6 trekking days
  • luggage transfer
  • local taxes
Not included:
  • additional meals, coffees and drinks
  • airport transfer
  • everything not listed above

Extras – can be booked separate:
  • single room
  • airport transfer per taxi or rental car
  • extension days or week, we offer accommodation in various areas in Greece, just ask us
  • rental car