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About Pelion

Jutting out into the gulf between Athens and Thessaloniki, the verdant Pelion peninsula is where the Greeks believed that their gods came on holiday. Laced with streams and rivers, this lush peninsula is studded with apple, apricot and chestnut trees, and well as 5,000-ft mountains promising beautiful coastal views. Accommodation options are wide-ranging, with our list of the best places to stay in Pelion including everything from traditional B&Bs to swish seaside hotels.

Coastal explorers will adore the pretty harbour village of Damouchari, just south of Agios Ioannis, which also boasts a quiet beach. Dot your way along the peninsula for long stretches of shingle and small, sandy coves with crystal clear waters and bobbing fishing boats. Swim, sail, build sandcastles as a family and tuck into fabulous seafood feasts at family-owned tavernas.

Venture inland along the ancient donkey paths which criss-cross the region. Expect beautiful vistas during the harvest season, when the trees are heavily laden with fruit. Tsangaragha is a particular favourite amongst keen walkers, with the oldest plane tree in Greece set amongst picturesque apple orchards. Head further up for skiing on Mount Pelion during the winter months — a wonderful weekend destination for breaks from Athens. Whether you choose to travel in summer or winter, you can expect a warm welcome at your pick of the best places to stay in Pelion.

The Best Places to Stay in Pelion

For Traditional Charm

  • Amanita Traditional Hotel is nestled within three acres of organic gardens, including an orchard and vegetable patch. Indulgent Greek breakfasts showcase garden-grown ingredients, and the setting offers the best of the mountains and the ocean. An affordable, traditional gem famed for its authentic Greek feel.
  • Santikos Mansion was built in the 1800s and retains much of its traditional charm. Set at an altitude of 540m in the village of Vizitsa, the house has marvellous views of the Pagasitic Gulf and classic interiors with antique furnishings, wood-panelled walls and a candlelit dining room. A well-priced, hospitable base for those dreaming of stepping back in time.

For Romantic Luxury

  • Six Keys sits right on Kalifteri beach in Afissos. A former boatyard, this pint-size boutique hotel is gorgeous. Six romantic rooms feel wonderfully private, with terraces, cosy beds and impressive ocean views. Savour cocktails and fresh seafood at the hip beach bar.
  • Sakali Mansion is a striking guesthouse in teh heart of the village of Pinakates. Seven en-suite guestrooms feature classic stone walls, beamed wooden ceilings and lovely marble bathrooms. Gather by crackling fireplaces in the evenings after days of soaking up the sea views from the pool and terrace, or kicking back at the spa. Peaceful and romantic.
  • Agapitos Villas & Guesthouse also promises dazzling ocean views. Elegant rooms, suites and private villas have draped four-poster beds and big soaking tubs. Pretty gardens and modern Greek cuisine await. A romantic escape, with options for families to book entire private villas.

For Families or Groups

  • Arhontiko Stathopoulou, a stunning 19th-century neoclassical villa, is full of historical treasures. Set on Mount Pelion, this heritage gem has individually appointed rooms and suites with antique pieces and original artwork. Guests of all ages will adore the pool and gardens, and the six-bedroom villa is wonderful for trips with friends and family.
  • Minelska Resort offers six suites set across two traditional stone houses on the coast. Stone walls, wooden ceilings and glittering chandeliers create a sense of classic charm, and the best suites have sea views. Sip cocktails on the terrace after days of sightseeing. Extra beds can be added for little ones, making this a friendly family base for a beach break.

For a Mountain Escape

  • Anovolios, tucked Agios Geogrios Nilias - the highest village on the peninsula - is ideal for adventurers. Classic bedrooms with roaring fireplaces and expose stone walls sleep up to four guests, and the walking trails of Pelion's mountains begin right on your doorstep. A quiet country escape.
  • Ta Xelidonakia is an intimate B&B in a traditional mountain village. Pick this place for the antique-filled rooms with carved beds and polished wooden floors, the lovely views and the refreshing swimming pool. The studio apartment sleeps three, and there's lots of hiking, mountain biking and exploring for outdoorsy couples, friends and families to do in the area.
  • Hotel Olga fuses the laid-back charm of the scenic village of Mouresi on Mount Pelion with more contemporary interiors. Spaces feel fresh and airy, with an earthy colour palette, crisp linens and wooden staircases leading to cosy mezzanines. The roof terrace is perfect for soaking up magical views over breakfast.


  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.


  • Fly to Thessaloniki International Airport or to Athens International Airport and travel by bus or taxi from there. Many hotels will be happy to arrange an airport pick-up in advance.
  • There's plenty to see in the region! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Expect hot summers, with temperatures reaching around 25 - 30°C between June and August, which is also peak season. For cooler weather and fewer crowds, travel in the shoulder season - April, May or late September - when you can also find some great hotel deals.



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Best Hotels in Pelion

  • Anovolios Pelion 15 rooms from £65

    Views  -  Unique view over the Pagasitikos gulf, the island of Evia and the Sporades
    Value chic
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller

    A fabulous traditional hotel in the highest mountain village of Pelion. Elegant rooms sleep up to four people and have stone walls, wooden floors, fireplaces, and attractive beds. A great choice for an active mountain holiday for couples, groups of friends and families. Great value too. See More

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  • Santikos Mansion Pelion 6 rooms from £78

    Skiing  -  In the winter.
    Sights nearby  -  Tsagarada Plane Tree.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Private Hot Tub

    A rural Grecian villa with elegant romance just below the Mountains of Pelion. Traditional chic interiors and rooms have fireplaces, private balconies, paintings, some with private hot tubs. Excellent breakfasts and a laid back atmosphere. Perfect for local exploring. See More

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  • Hotel Olga Mouresi, Pelion 6 rooms from £71

    Romantic Break  -  With cosy guestrooms and a romantic roof terrace overlooking the sea, book this hotel for your next couples' getaway
    Hideaway  -  Tucked away in an idyllic mountain village, this boutique bolt-hole is a great place to unplug and unwind
    Beach Life  -  Set a short drive from a range of pretty, quiet beaches, book this hotel for your next seaside break
    Kayaking  -  Rent a sea kayak in Damouhari and paddle along the coastline to find your own sea-washed rock or secret bay
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    Perched in the scenic village of Mouresi on Mount Pelion, this hotel offers a blend of classic and contemporary Greek style. Guestrooms feature traditional, exposed stone walls juxtaposed with modern fittings and smart linens. Head to the hotel's beautiful roof terrace for panoramic sea views. See More

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  • Amanita Traditional Hotel Pelion 6 rooms from £75

    Active Holiday  -  With close priximity to both sea and mountain there are numerous activities to keep outdoor adventurists entertained.
    Kayaking  -  Explore the coves and beaches on a sea kayak.
    Views  -  Lovely views over both mountains and sea
    Restrictions on children  -  Children over six are welcome.

    A charming property set amidst picture perfect gardens. Traditional interiors include exposed stone walls, beamed ceilings and antique furniture. An indulgent Greek breakfast is served. Close to both mountain and ocean giving the best of both worlds. Perfect for an authentic Greek experience. See More

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  • Ta Xelidonakia Pelion 9 rooms from £87

    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Great walks  -  Wonderful walking and hiking on the doorstep
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
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    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    A large traditional house in a mountain village with beautiful valley views. Traditional elegant rooms have carved wooden beds, wooden beams and wooden floors. Lovely terrace and pool. A great choice for families, couples and groups of friends. Great value and lots to do in the surrounds. See More

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  • Arhontiko Stathopoulou Pelion 10 rooms from £102

    Romantic Break  -  Four traditional stone bungalows in the garden with panoramic view are very romantic.
    Views  -  Breathtaking views both to the village and to the sea of Pagasitikos gulf.
    Sights nearby  -  The old train station of the famous “Moutzouris” next to the waterfall.
    Great walks  -  Walking tours to the Pelion villages.
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    A stunning Grecian villa on Mount Pelion with fantastic sea views. Beautiful rooms, some triples, and a few romantic cottages in the garden. Traditional elegance and artisanal painting throughout the interiors. Delicious breakfasts, swimming pool, and plenty to do on the beach and the mountain. See More

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  • Minelska Resort Pelion 6 rooms from £100

    Beach Life  -  Set on the seafront in Pelion, a stone's throw from the nearest beach, choose this hotel for your next seaside getaway
    Romantic Break  -  With warm and inviting suites, plus a seaview terrace, book this hotel for your next romantic break
    Families  -  Suites at this hotel can be adapted to cater to children, making this a good option for families
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    This charming, four-star hotel is spread across two, traditional stone properties on the coast of Pelion. Exposed walls and wooden beams combine to create a romantic atmosphere in the hotel suites, with some offering sea views. Unwind on the patio with a cocktail after sightseeing. See More

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  • Six Keys Pelion 6 rooms from £139

    Romantic Break  -  The beach location, pretty seafront restaurant and relaxed atmosphere make this a great romantic holiday destination
    Hideaway  -  Tucked away on the beach, enjoy your private terrace in peace and quiet at this bolt-hole
    Beach Life  -  Sitting right on the beachfront, you can't get an easier beach holiday hotel than this
    Cooking classes  -  Learn the secrets of Mediterranean cuisine with a cooking class at the hotel during your stay
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    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    A stunning beachfront hotel on the doorstep of the Aegean. Classic interior design complements the country villa feel of the guesthouse; comfortable suites offer private living space and open out onto pretty terraces. Dine at the seafront restaurant or relax at the hotel bar. A cosy beach hotel. See More

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  • Sakali Mansion Pelion 9 rooms from £139

    Sights nearby  -  The city of Volos is nearby and is filled with museums and features traditional architecture
    Great walks  -  There are various walks available, for example, from the centre of Pinakates to Kala Nera
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Restrictions on children
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    Stunning guest house in the heart of Pinakates. Seven en suite rooms, with classic stone walls, wooden ceilings, plush modern furnishings, and marble bathrooms. Guests sit by stone fireplaces, unwind in the spa, lie by the pool, and enjoy panoramic views from the terrace; the ideal romantic escape. See More

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  • Agapitos Villas & Guesthouse Pelion 17 rooms from £143

    Families  -  Villas 'maisonettes' available for up to five people - equipped with sitting room, kitchen facilities and bathroom hot tub!
    Beach Life  -  Choose from an array of stunning beaches within walking distance. Crystal waters with dramatic mountain backdrops
    Foodies  -  Award-winning chef Aris Tsanaklidis creates a modern Greek cuisine at the hotel's affordable on-site restaurant
    Active Holiday  -  Located on a mountainside meaning that trekking and mountain-biking are popular local pursuits
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    A pretty guesthouse located on the side of Greece's famous Pelion mountain. Rooms, suites and private villas are equipped with fireplaces and the best have in-room baths. The sea-view pool is magnificent, as is the award-winning cuisine. Ideal for those looking to get back to nature. See More

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