You maybe unaware of the Pelion or Makrinitsa which is known as the ‘noble village’ as the majority of the ‘locals’ are relatively wealthy, but there is plenty to recommend the region.
It consists of a few cobbled, hilly streets and a lovely central square which provides a spectacular view of Volos and the Pagasetic Gulf, for this reason it is also known as the ‘balcony of Mount Pelion’.
The village is made up of two seperate communities Koukourava and Moutsara located within a short distance of one another. There are small shops and stalls selling local products like fruit and aromatic tea. Restaurants and traditional taverns surround the square and one includes frescos by the famous artist Theofilos. Some more of these can be found in the church at Agios Yiannis.
If making a visit be sure to find time to visit the Folklore Museum which is crammed with interesting artefacts.
My own time here was particularly short, which is a shame as there is a feeling of tranquility and a slower pace of life. Witnessing goods still being transported by mule was an especially welcome surprise. One day soon I hope to return and really explore this attractive mountain community.
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