Northeast Pelion & Pagasitic Gulf
Climbing northeast of Volos, the road bisects the charming suburb of
Ano Volos (5 km.), with the sleep hill of Episkopi demarcating its eastern
side. At the nearby villages of Anakasia and Alli Meria, where there are
some wall paintings by Theophilos, it is worth stopping to admire the panoramic
view of the Pagasitic gulf and the plain of Thessaly while seated in one
of the district picturesque restaurants.
Along the Pagasitic Gulf
The road southeast of Volos leads to Agria (8 km. from Volos), a coastal
suburb with an extensive beach in a fertile district filled with olive groves
and orchards. Here you will find a number of hotels and restaurants. The
chapel of the Virgin of Coritsa and the icon screen with carved and painted
scenes from everyday life in the chapel of the Holy Cross are sure to leave
From Agria a secondary road rises 12 km to Drakia (17.5 km from Volos,
alt. 500 m.) a village characterized by lush vegetation, running streams,
well-made alleyways and marvellous popular tower houses. The Triantaphyllou
mansion, decorated with 18th century wall paintings, carved doorways and
molded ceilings is considered among the best of its kind. The main square,
thought by historians to be the oldest in Pelion, hosts a folk festival
on the 23rd of August, complete with traditional costumes and music.
After Agria the main road passes by Kato and Ano Lehonia, where most
of Pelion cultivated flowers are grown and sold. The air is scented with
the blossoms of gardenias, heartiness camellias and tuberoses.
Platanidia, the port of Ano Lehonia, 13 km. from Volos is a good place
for fresh fish.
Continuing south the main road proceeds towards the long beach of Malaki
before arriving at Kato Gatzea (17 km.), a village blessed with protected
beaches and surrounded by a vast olive grove.
Next comes Kala Nera (20 km. from Volos), another seaside village with
a beach, leafy plane trees, orchards and abundant water.