South Pelion Trail – Hiking
This walking holiday is based in Lafkos in the heart of Pelion’s vast network of kalderimia. Hikers will stay at Lagou Raxi and be driven to the start and finishing points of each day’s section of the South Pelion Trail
Water and the sea is always present in Pelion, whether visible or not, presenting stunning views to far away islands on the Pagasitikos Gulf or Aegean Sea.
On the spine of the peninsula are a wide variety of trees and shrubs, often in bloom, stone bridges, white-washed mansions with stone or ceramic roofs and charming villages to explore, many of them ‘listed’ . Pelion was home to the Centaurs, half man, half horse of Greek mythology, and is a popular destination for Greeks throughout the year.
Starting from the beach of Kato Gatzea beside the calm waters of the Gulf, the Trail goes through the villages of Agios Georgios, Pinakates, Vizitsa, Milies, Neochori, Siki, Xinovrisi, Argalasti and Lafkos, ending at the seaside village of Platania on the Aegean Sea. GPS co-ordinates will be given to you on arrival plus the heights of each village.
The Trail can be walked comfortably in 5 days.
Each morning and evening walkers will be taken and returned to Lagou Raxi Country Hotel. Breakfast and dinner are included and a packed lunch provided for each day. Lagou Raxi is open all year and has a large swimming pool and tennis court and the best view of the area, westwards over the Pagasitic inland sea.
When to come
The ideal time to walk the South Pelion Trail is September to June, throughout the spring, autumn and winter. These paths were used in the past to travel from village to village and to the nearby small fishing ports. The Trail was researched, cleared and signed by the Friends of Kalderimi of South Pelion (www.friendsofthekalderimi.org) and Orivatikos Alpine Club of Volos, with help from other local associations and individuals on a volunteer basis. Guides can be provided for groups if requested.
Why Lagou Raxi
The hotel is situated within 5 minutes walk of the traditional square of Lafkos with its tavernas, churches and three museums. The rooms are spacious and enjoy free Wi-Fi and digital T.V. as well as underfloor heating for the winter. All our 20 rooms are named after local beaches.
Package to include transfers to and from the day’s section of the Trail
5-7 nights Lagou Raxi Country Hotel. Delivery to start/finish point of each day of the 5-day Trail. We suggest a break of one day during the Trail walk!
Cost 545 € per person (see below) plus a room reservation for 5 or 7 days – you choose the room and the season/dates.
Package includes 5 transfers to start and from finish point for the 5-days of Trail walking plus 5 dinners and 5 packed lunches.
Choose “South Pelion Trail” in the extras while you are booking your room or email us [email protected]