Nice towns to visit in Pelion, Greece

Visiting the Pelion region in Greece? There are many nice towns to visit in Pelion, Greece. Volos is the biggest one and is great for people that want to stay in a city, but there are also several lovely smaller towns in the Pelion region in Greece that are wonderful to visit or to stay in. On this page I’m sharing my favorite villages in Pelion.

Volos

Volos is the biggest city in the Pelion region in Greece. It’s also a great city to stay when you like to say in a bigger city during your trip.
I’ve stayed in Volos during my time in Pelion and I’ve listed the highlights below.

There are several nice sights in Volos. The top sights are probably the two churches. Saint Nicholas Church is located almost right in the city centre and the Church of Saints Constantine and Helena at the water.

Mezen
Mezen is a so-called Tsipouradika, a Tsipouro tavern. So you order a Tsipouro and the waiter will bring you a variety of meze. Mezen is one of the most well-known Tsipouro spots in Volos as they have a large variety of Tsipouros and they serve delicious food.

Meraki Cafe
Meraki Cafe serves real good vegan food. From vegan sandwiches to vegan brownies, Meraki will satisfy your cravings. I went for the vegan lentil burger.

Hotel in Volos
If you’re looking for a hotel in Volos, I recommend that you stay at Domotel Xenia Volos. It has the perfect location right next to the city center, with a beautiful view over the Pagasetic Gulf. It’s in walking distance of all the top sights and great restaurants of Volos.

The breakfast buffet with view over the water is delicious, with too much food to choose from. Look at all these sweets for example.
Click here to book your room at Domotel Xenia Volos.

Makrinitsa

Makrinitsa is a beautiful old town close to Volos. It’s build on a hillside and is one of the steepest towns in the whole country. You can find some beautiful houses here and nice cobblestoned streets to stroll around in. It can be a bit touristic in summer, but I actually like that as there’s much to see and do.

From many places in Makrinitsa you’ll have a great view of Volos and the gulf. One of those nice viewpoints also has the cosy café Aeriko. You can take beautiful panoramic pictures from their terrace or enjoy the fireplace inside when it’s cold. The chef has a love for sweets, so it’s a great place for a big piece of cake. We went for their specialty apple pie and their orange cake served with grated chocolate. They also have a large variety of waffles with all kinds of toppings.

Portaria

Just two kilometers away from Makrinitsa you’ll find the town of Portaria. Just as nice as Makrinitsa and slightly less touristic. They have a nice town square with all kinds of restaurants and you can book a hike or bike ride at the Bike or Hike office opposite the gas station.

My favorite restaurant in Portaria is Hotel/Restaurant Kritsa. They’re mostly known for their extensive breakfast buffet, that even draws locals from Volos. You don’t have to be a hotel guest to enjoy their breakfast. Kritsa also serves a delicious lunch or dinner. When we went there for lunch they served us so many dishes that were all very tasty. The staff is very friendly and will make you feel right at home.

Pinakates

Pinakates is a small town near Volos. It’s located in the mountains and it’s quite close to Vizitsa. They have a nice town square and makes a nice quick stop on your way to the other towns in Pelion.

Vizitsa

Vizitsa is a very small town, but there’s one great reason to visit it: women’s cooperation Esperides. This group of women make the traditional Greek treat Sweet Spoons and they sell their products in a small shop in Vizitsa. Make sure to visit it when you’re in the Pelion region in Greece and support their cooperation by treating yourself to jar of this delicacy.

Milies

If you’re going on the lovely train ride with the old train in Pelion, you’ll end at the Milies train station. There are some nice walking paths around the town and you can go horseback riding with Tours with Horses.

Lafkos

Lafkos is a great town to spend a day. You can park your car next to the church and discover the town from there. Bring your walking shoes, because it’s great to walk around near the town and enjoy the beautiful views over the hills and water.

On the main square next to the church you’ll find what is supposed to be the oldest coffee shop in Greece. It’s a must-go for coffee lovers! It’s especially nice in summer when you can enjoy your coffee outside on the square.

Another pearl that has been around for years is Traditional bakery I. Drositis. The pastries are made in a traditional oven and you can taste the love in the artisan products like their Spanakopita.

Want to feel like a local? Have a beer or a meal at the tavern ‘The skewer of patience’. This small café is where all the people of Lafkos like to hang out. Want to make the owners happy? Take an apron from your country with you for their collection!

A great place to have a nice coffee with something sweet is Kafodeion.
It’s a bit more modern and a nice place to relax.

Click here for my travel blog on the Pelion region in Greece.

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