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Pelion, Volos

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Pelion is known since antiquity. It is the Homeland of the mythical Centaurs and Jason. From the coast of Pelion the Argonauts started off on their sea voyage. At the base of mountain Pelion are the oldest Neolithic settlements in Europe; Sesklo and Dimini. It is 300 km from Athens and 200 km from Thessaloniki, has an international airport and an important port that connects central Greece with the Sporades islands and the southern Aegean. Although not a very high mountain, the highest peak is rises to 1624 meters altitude. What is exceptional, however, is the variety in landscapes. The northern part is wooded, with plenty of water while the southern part is reminiscent of an island. The central part has the combination of rich vegetation in the most mountainous areas and traditional villages. In the main we find traditional villages with stone paths and trails, very nice central squares, with giant plane trees and fountains. The crop that dominates the central region are olive trees which gives the region its distinctive Mediterranean character. Another feature of the area is the sea. All trails and paths lead to the sea, and the unique beaches of Pelion. With many miles of coastline Pelion is certainly a very good choice for lovers of mountain and sea.

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