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Secrets of the Pelion Peninsula

8 Days & 7 Nights 4.6 Read 18 reviews
  • Follow ancient cobbled trails through the Pelion Peninsula
  • Immersing yourself in the Greek folklore of the Centaurs
  • Staying in typical “arhontika”, traditional stone houses in stunning locations
  • Sitting in a taverna and sample the delicious local specialties of fasoladha and gyropsomo
  • Swimming in the inviting turquoise bays of the Aegean Sea
Explore the walking paradise of the Pelion Peninsula in mainland Greece, named the “Land of the Centaurs”, due to its associations with Greek mythology. Walk from village to village on old mule paths through a lush green mountainous interior and on trails overlooking the glittering Aegean Sea. The Pelion Peninsula has recently been declared a new cultural heritage destination by the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO. It is little wonder as this area offers sites of unparalleled beauty, rich gastronomy and a heritage rich in myths, legends and traditions. Explore a green wonderland where trees heavy with fruit grow alongside olive groves and forests of oak, eucalyptus, walnut and beech. Wander through villages characterised by whitewashed, half-timbered houses with flower-filled balconies and grey slate roofs.

What To Expect

On this trip you will experience heavenly walks in a lesser-known part of Greece, the Pelion Peninsula, which is a land rich in Greek legend. Not only will you walk through lush green and shady forests, but there is also the opportunity to swim in, and walk alongside the waters, of the sparkling Aegean Sea. Stay in lovely accommodations, some with a pool and sample the local excellent gastronomy.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent holiday.


Multi Centre Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking holiday

This trip is suitable for:

First Timers, Avid Adventurers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Foodie Adventures
  • Coastal & Island

Grade & Terrain

This walking holiday is graded moderate. Daily walks range between 5 and 8 miles but there are certainly some elevation gains and losses to contend with.  The walks follow a mixture of old mule tracks, gravel roads, footpaths and minor roads. The Pelion has a hilly interior and has a ski resort so it is quite high. We therefore recommend undertaking some walks with elevation gains before you depart. Generally walking trails in Greece tend to be quite rocky so you do have to be careful with your footing when negotiating the trails.


Some of the walks are way marked, whilst others are not. We provide detailed route notes and maps for all the walks so you will have no problem following the route.

You will also have access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App enabling you to follow the route using your phone's GPS so you will have no problems finding the way. You can simply download the GPX tracks to your phone for offline use and off you go! As the trails are off the beaten track they will not always be way marked, but the detailed route notes and GPS Tracks will be more than sufficient to help you find your way.

Accommodation Information

Your 8 day Secrets of the Pelion Peninsula self-guided walking tour includes 7 nights in 2*, 3* and 4* hotels.

  • 7 Nights in 2*, 3* and 4* hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Baggage transfers
  • Route notes and maps, and detailed information pack
  • GPX tracks and access to our GPS Macs Adventure smartphone app
  • Organisational assistance and backup from our area manager in Greece and our office
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Portaria
  • Travel from Milies
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Additional nights before or after the trip

When To Go

This trip is available to book from the end of April until the end of October. It may be possible to book during the month of April however this will involve some changes to the itinerary due to closure of one of the hotels. Please contact us for more information if you are interested in travelling during April. 

Spring and Autumn are great walking seasons as the temperatures are milder. You can walk in the summer months but the recommendation is to begin walking early so that you miss the heat of the day as the temperatures can get very high at this time of year. In the spring the countryside will be full of spring flowers. There can also be some storms on the peninsula throughout the season so it is best to be prepared for all weather. Please note that at the very beginning and end of the season (early April and end of October) any swimming pools at accommodations may be closed and restaurant offerings may be more limited during this time.

Getting to the Start

The best way to get to Portaria is to take flights into either Athens or Thessaloniki, then buses or trains to Volos, then buses or taxis from Volos to Portaria. Here is some more detailed information.

By Air - It is possible to fly into either Athens or Thessalonika to access the beginning and end points of this tour. Many airlines fly into Athens companies such as Easyjet, Aegean Airlines and Ryanair fly into Thessalonika.  

From Athens Airport there are frequent public buses to Athens bus station and there are 10 buses daily from Athens Liosson bus station to Volos. Check out the following website for information: http://www.ktelvolou.gr/ It is also possible to take a train from Athens Airport. You may travel by train to SKA and connect onto the Athens-Larissa line. Or you can transfer from the Athens Airport to the centre of Athens and get on the Larissa line from here. Trains depart approximately every couple of hours and the journey takes about 5 hours.

From Thessalonika Airport there are frequent public buses to Thessalonika bus and train stations. There are 8 buses to Volos daily. Please check here for schedules http://www.ktelvolou.gr/ You can also take trains from Thessalonika to Volos with a connection in Larissa to Volos. Trains leave approximately every 1-2 hours and take around 2 hours, depending on the connection.

The best way to get from Volos to Portaria is to take a taxi which costs around €20 per taxi. It is also possible to take a bus which costs around €1.60 and takes around 20 minutes. Please check the bus timetable here at Magnesias.

General Information

The distances and are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all the necessary items. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes the standard gear we advise.

Read about journalist Tim Bouverie's experience walking the Pelion Peninsula here.


Our pre-departure information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take. This includes good waterproof gear, walking shoes/boots, and lots of other useful bits and bobs.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Day 1 Arrive in Portaria Day 2 Portaria Loop via Makrinitsa 8 miles / 13 km Day 3 Walk to Hania 4.5 miles / 7 km Day 4 Walk to Agios Ioannis 7 miles / 11 km Day 5 Walk to Tsagarada 5 miles / 8 km Day 6 Across the ridge to Milies 7.5 miles / 12 km Day 7 Loop Walk from Milies via Koropi 7.5 miles / 12 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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