The Magnesia prefecture of Thessaly, Greece is one of four, located on the mountainous Pelion Peninsula. An idyllic combination of sea and mountains, Magnesia is a truly beautiful natural region, ideal for year round holidays escaping the hustle of your working life. The regions deep routes in Greek mythology means that traditional lifestyles and folklore still live on strong, whilst the beaches of the Pelion Peninsula are a haven during the summer.
The stark contrasts of the turquoise seas, lush greens of the pine covered mountains and golden beaches means that you will struggle to find a more beautiful place to take a holiday rental. The beaches of the Pelion are some of the finest in Greece, with powder soft sands that remain gloriously empty even during peak season. The Northern Sporades Marine Park is a delightful coastal stretch, and one of the last natural homes of the Mediterranean seal. Sailing around the Pelion is a fantastic way to explore the region, uncovering stunning beaches, impressive sea caves and the rich marine life that calls the waters of the Pelion home. Windsurfing, kayaking, deep sea fishing and scuba diving holidays in Magnesia – Pelion also thrive.
The Pelion Peninsula was the mythical home to the Olympus gods, as well as the starting point for Jason and the Argonauts search for the Golden Fleece. There are a range of ancient ruins and Mesolithic artefacts found throughout area, especially around Sesklo and Dimini, giving visitors a fascinating insight into the history of the world’s oldest civilization. Throughout the year are a host of folklore and traditional festivals, where local delicacies, traditional music and dance are bought to life. The Maides Festival at the beginning of spring, Koulouma Kite Festival and Volos Carnival are particularly worth investigating from a holiday rental villa in Magnesia – Pelion, Greece.
The natural landscapes of the Magnesia – Pelion regions are sublime. The Centaurs Mountains, carpeted in woodland and adorned with beautiful mountain lakes, are a walkers paradise. There are many trails throughout the region, some dating back hundreds of years, with over 190km of ancient stone paths having been recently restored.
You can even ski in Magnesia – Pelion. The ski slopes of the Agriolefkes ski centre are a delight, especially for family ski holidays, as the skiing is gentle and highly entertaining, and if you feel like an afternoon away from the slopes, you can head down to the beaches for an afternoon swim!
The capital of Magnesia – Pelion is Volos, has a wonderful position at the foot of Mt Pelion and on the beaches of Pagasetic Gulf. A sample of all the attractions of Magnesia – Pelion can be enjoyed from a holiday rental property here, and the town centre is excellent for shopping and leisurely meals in some of the excellent water front restaurants.
A self catering Magnesia – Pelion holiday rental is wonderful easy to reach from the UK. Both Athens and Thessaloniki Airports are within easy reach, both of which receive regular, direct flights from the UK from airports throughout the UK. Taking a hire car from the airport is advised due to the rural, spacious nature of the region, although if you are taking a Magnesia – Pelion villa in one of the larger resorts, public transport can be found with ease.