Pelion is the mountain in the Prefecture of Magnesia beside the city of Volos, with a height of 1,560 meters (top Poyrianos cross). In Greek mythology, was the summer residence of the gods and birthplace of Centaurs.
Εxtending from the Northwest to the Southeast with an approximate length of 44 km. and width ranging from 10 km. in the South up to 25 km. in the North and at coordinates 39, 23, 44N 04E. Its boundaries are approximately South in Platanorema near Neohori and North in Kaporema near Flamoyrioy monastery. The highest peak is located to the north side of the mountain and is not visited because of the existence of military installations. Other peaks are the Kotroni 1550 meters, Pliasidi measures, Aidonaki 1537 1547 m, Agriolefkes 1471 meters, Dramala 1455 meters, Schitzoyrayli 1450 m, Calvary 1415 meters, Lagwnika 1300 meters.
The entire mountain is overgrown by forests of towering beeches, Oaks, Sycamores, horse chestnut, forest pine, alder thickets and aged. At lower altitudes there are crops with Apple trees on the eastern slopes, with olives in the South and very dense maquis. Special feature is the hydrological nature as the eastern slopes receive very large amounts of rain and snow that is much higher than the average price of the lowland of Thessaly. Despite the presence in 70% of the volume of rock that will not allow the creation of important groundwater sources, the existence of large faults has lead to the creation of worthwhile sources. The most important ones are those of Kaliakoudas and Lagwnikas. Total known sources on the mountain reaches 70. Rivers with steady flow aren't in Pelion, but large gullies, such as Lagwnikas, Vrychona, kaliakoydas and Feloykas with remarkable flow during the winter and spring months and dozens of small streams.
Pelion gathers several visitors, both the winter and summer months. The winter is preferred by those who wish to enjoy the gorgeous mountain views and fresh air, snow, skiing, to spend time in nature, while Summer holidaymakers enjoyed the beautiful Pelion's beaches for swimming, racquetball, water sports, hiking, etc. Pelion stays gorgeous all months and is indicated for each kind of activity, as well as for alternative tourism or agritourism, while at the same time have the appropriate infrastructure for hosting large amounts of tourists.
Pelion has lush greenery throughout the year. Mostly grown apples, pears, peaches, lemons, almonds, chestnuts, walnuts, olive oil and olives, tea, thyme, while produced by small farmers and cooperatives products such as sweets, noodles, frumenty, tsipouro, honey and Royal Jelly . the retention of traditions is of particular importance to Pelion because it is an important factor in tourism and economic option.
Throughout the year, in various festivals taking place in Pelion, where the products are sold and there is a separate holiday for each product, such as for example the Chestnut Festival each October in Xourichti.
In the villages of Pelion you will find many associations, and particularly female agricultural cooperatives that produce traditional homemade products.
The beaches of Pelion, both from the side of the Aegean Sea as well as by the hand of Pagasitikos, are renowned for their clear blue waters, and many have been awarded with the blue flag by the European Union. There are beaches for all tastes: quiet or worldly, organized or not, with sand or pebbles.
As a rule, the beaches located on the side of the Pagasitikos are more protected from the waves, and have fewer compared to those seen in the Aegean Sea.