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The hike starts in Portaria. The hike starts in Portaria. Almost every day you walk to the next location (luggage is transferred). You may extend your holiday with more overnight stays per accommodation. From several locations we offer more (circular) walks. You may also add extra days to take a rest or to relax on the beach.
The Pilion peninsula is curled around the Pegasitic Gulf. The sloping coastline along this bay offers lots of sandy beaches and charming villages. The coastline on the outer side, to the Egean Sea, is more rough and constists of cliffs with hidden beaches and inlets.
A mountain range transverses the peninsula, with mysterious forests and gurgling streams. You may well imagine the roaming Centaurs, coarse creatures with a male torso on a horse’s body. A rare friendly centaur was Chiron, founder of surgery and teacher of Jason and Aesculapios. One of the walks brings you to the magical spot where he supposedly stayed.
The Pilion has been a wealthy area, which shows in the splendid mansions in the villages. Just like in the rest of Greece olives, wine grapes, fruit and cotton was grown. Characteristic for the Pilion though was the silk industry. Here the silkworms were bred and the silk harvested and processed: silk cloth was one of the main products of the Pilion in the 18th and 19th century.
Nowadays the Pilion is renowned for its excellent red apples and of cause as a marvellous hiking area.
About the walks
Net mean walking time is 4 hours (that is excluding breaks). You often walk on wide ‘kalderimia’ (historical mule paths), sometimes on country roads, sometimes on small and possibly overgrown paths. The routes are signposted and show on the hiking map; the path maintenance is sufficient.
We advise you to start the trip trained and fit with well worn-in ankle-high hiking boots. Good shoes enable you to walk without worries about your feet so that you can fully enjoy the surroundings.
The tour is for people who love a not too strenuous trekking and enjoy sea views while walking.