TRAVEL ROUTE 4
Afissos - Tsangarada - Makrinitsa - Volos - Afissos
Milies (s. route 3), Lambinou (with its greencoloured sea and
beach Lambinou) and Xorithi along a road full of bends you arrive
at Tsangarada that means "beautiful view". It is a stunning
mountainous village and
everywhere you go you will see water fountains, small arched bridges,
squares, churches, old mansions that almost give it the look of
a magical scene. A one thousand year old plane tree in the square
is one of the most
remarkable places of the village. Tsangarada is placed just a
few kilometers from the famous beaches of Milopotamos and Fakistra.
On the way to Kissos you can visit the traditional village Mouresi.
Kissos offers the visitor a unique combination of mountains and
sea with the marvellous beaches of Agios Ioannis, Papa Nero and
Plaka which are all within easy reach from here. The church of
Agia Marina in Kissos is the most important basilica of Pelion
and is called "the jewel of Pelion".
After Kissos, on the way to Hania, we are driving through the
village Agios Dimitrios, Anilio and Makrirahi.
North-east lies the biggest village of Pelion, Zagora, especially
known for the apple-plantation.
Hania is a mountainous village situated at an altitude of 1.200
m above the sea level. This area is also perfect for winter sports
at the ski centre Agriolefkes (at the altitude of 1.500 m). Here
the skiers are offered an
excellent view: on their left the Pagasitic Gulf and on their
right the Aegean.
Remarkable for Portaria and Makrinitsa are the old mansions. Makrinitsa
is known as "the balcony of Pelion". The central square
with the old plane trees overlooks the city of Volos and the Pagasitic
Via Volos, the capital of Pelion, it goes back to Afissos, all
along the sea. Volos was built on the ruins of the ancient city
of Iolkos, home of Jason and the Argonauts. Nowadays it is a modern
town with important
commercial and tourist center while the port is the gate of Europe
to the Middle East. If you walk through the city don't miss the
Archeological Museum and the Town Hall, sample of the pelioritic
architecture. Besides, Volos is one of the four cities who will
be on for the Olympic Games 2004 - the semifinals in football
will take place there.