Pelion Holidays – Unspoilt beaches and majestic mountains in northern Greece
Located just north of Athens, Pelion offers a relaxed and laid-back destination on mainland Greece, ideal if you are in search of an authentic and traditional summer holiday this year. The entire area is picturesque and unspoilt, and there’s a natural beauty in the stunning mountains, lush green landscape, and inviting coastline dotted with fantastic beaches. Holidays here revolve around slowing down and soaking up the traditional Greek atmosphere, whilst relaxing on the delightful shoreline and exploring the verdant countryside on scenic walks and hikes.
The region is located between Athens and Thessaloniki, on a thin peninsula that juts out between the Aegean Sea and the Gulf of Pagasitikos. Popular resorts in Pelion include Volos, the bustling town capital, and Agios Ioannis, Kala Nera and Milina, all home to stunning beaches. You can enjoy scenic boat trips up and down along the coast, passing quaint harbour towns and tiny fishing villages along the way, as well as excursions out to neighbouring islands such as Skiathos and Skopelos.
When to go to Pelion
The tourist season in Pelion runs from May to October, and like all of Greece, the region is busiest during July and August. A favourite with the locals, Pelion is generally crowded with Greek tourists during these peak season weeks, and the weather is at its hottest and most humid, too. For a quieter holiday, with fewer people around, travel during the spring and autumn months, when the landscape is awash with green, and temperatures are cooler. The weather is still great for the beach, but conditions are more comfortable for touring and enjoying outdoor activities.
Weather in Pelion
Pelion sees a typically Mediterranean climate, and being located in the north, with a mountainous terrain, experiences cooler temperatures than other more southerly areas. The average daytime high is 26C, with May and June seeing highs of 20C – 24C, rising to 30C during the peak season months of July and August. There is plenty of sunshine all summer, as much as 12 hours each day, and the late-season months sees highs of around 20C – 23C, with 9 hours of sun and more chance for showers. Winters are cooler, with snow possible in the mountains and skiing possible.
Getting the best deals to Pelion
Avoid the peak season weeks if you are looking for the best deals to Pelion, as high demand in July and August sees the most expensive prices. Instead, look for holidays during the quieter months of May, September and October, when there is much better availability, and therefore lower prices. Departing at the very last minute can also see great bargains, so being flexible and open with your travel plans can save you money. Look at our offers below, and visit our late deals page for the cheapest prices to Pelion today.
Airport and Transport Need to Know
Fly to Volos International Airport (VOL), which is located in northern Pelion, with weekly charters available during the season from London Gatwick or Manchester. You can also fly to Thessaloniki (SKG) or Athens (ATH) International Airports – a 3 and 4-hour drive, respectively - or to Skiathos Airport (SKG), followed by a ferry crossing over to the mainland. Transfers are included on package holidays to Pelion.
There are buses that operate between the coastal resorts and towns, however a rental car is recommended to explore all that this area has to offer. Boat trips travel up and down the coast, and also head out to neighbouring islands.
Best beaches in Pelion
Both the east and west coasts are blessed with gorgeous beaches, from long sandy Blue Flag stretches to tiny pebble coves, hidden in the shoreline. Clean seas and unspoilt beaches are the main attraction, and offer the perfect base for family fun, water sports and secluded sunbathing. Here are our picks for the best beaches in Pelion:
Known for its beautiful setting, the Blue Flag Agios Ioannis is the area’s largest and most popular beach. With its wonderful backdrop, pale sands and crystal-clear waters, the beach is a haven for sunbathing and swimming.
This resort on the southwest of the peninsula offers a selection of sandy and shingle beaches, with plenty of tourist facilities. This is a perfect beach for doing activities. Water sports available at Milina include sailing, canoeing, sea biking, water skiing, fishing and boat trips.
From Horton, head out to one of the secluded little bays that are only accessible by boat, and enjoy some seclusion on some of the area’s most unspoilt coastline. Ideal choice for a quiet time on the beach.