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Greece's Pelion & Sporades

from £1585
Spectacular walks, a little island hopping and plenty of swimming opportunities

Here’s a fabulous holiday for true Greek enthusiasts with spectacular walks, a little island hopping and plenty of swimming opportunities. Experience this journey with Ramblers Walking Holidays. Some say Greece’s Mount Pelion peninsula is one of the most beautiful in the country, with its kaldirimi footpaths linking villages, azure sea and verdant hillsides, while Skiathos and Skopelos, the “Mama Mia island” ooze charm, fine beaches and a traditional feeling.

We start on the island of Skiathos, which is quite small at 5 miles by 3 miles, but is a good introduction to the Sporades islands. Our walks take in local beaches, follow wooded tracks and passing monasteries. Taking the ferry we reach Skopelos, the largest of the Sporades Islands. We stay in Skopelos town, with breathtaking views over the harbour towards Alonissos and the Venetian Kastro. Skopelos again has many fine beaches, some of which we will visit on our walks as we explore the island following dirt tracks and old roads, skirting olive groves and seeing small hillside churches.

Another ferry journey brings us to the green Pelion peninsula with its picturesque mountain villages with shaded squares, networks of ancient cobbled mule paths meandering through olive groves, pine forests and apple orchards and coastal trails with panoramic sea views. Pelion remains unspoiled and quintessentially Greek with wonderful cuisine and wines and the local drink of choice, tsipuro.


Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy traditional Greek cuisine at local tavernas.
  • Swim from quiet beaches.
  • Follow old mulepaths with spectacular views.
  • Discover Pelion mountain villages.
  • Relax on inter-island ferry journeys.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from London Gatwick to Skiathos, returning Volos to Gatwick (Charter)
      Airport and port transfers
      Ferry tickets
      En suite accommodation with breakfasts taken at the hotels
      Dinners at local restaurants
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 4

  1. Day 1

    We arrive onto the island of Skiathos, the closest of the Sporades islands to the Greek mainland, and make the short transfer to the Hotel Stellina in Skiathos Town.

  2. Day 2 to 4

    Walking trails on the island of Skiathos take us up in the mountains and hills surrounding the main town, or Chora. There are lovely forests, wooded tracks, and coastal trails often with cool sea breezes,  making the walks enjoyable. We have four nights' on the island which allows us three days of walking.

    WEST COAST BEACHES & KECHRIAS MONASTERY: Today’s walk takes us along paths and tracks through a valley to Ligaries and Kechria Beaches. From here we cut inland to the abandoned 15th century Kechrias Monastery, surrounded by forest in a very peaceful location. Our return route then heads south, ascending, then generally contouring along a hillside before descending to where we started. On the walk we pass through remote olive groves and there are lovely views as we climb back to the coast. 10km/6 miles; A/D 450m; 5 hours with stops

    TWO MONASTERIES: Our walk today starts at the beautiful Evangelistrias Monastery in the hills, an immaculate verdant retreat in the mountain, and the only active monastery on the island. Heading west from here we climb to some 450m from where there are far reaching views across the island and to the sea beyond. We then continue towards the north coast, but keeping high, mainly along pretty narrow paths which pass through woodland and the occasional olive grove. Eventually we reach the former monastery of Charalampous before returning to the start of the walk at the Evangelistrias Monastery. 9km/5.5 miles; A/D 500m; 5 hours with stops

    HILLS & BEACHES NORTH OF SKIATHOS TOWN: This walk heads directly north from Skiathos town and follows tracks and narrow paths to Nikotsara Beach. From here we climb to a ridge before dropping down to the coast once more at Megas Gialos Beach. On the way back we pass by yet another beach, then round a lagoon as we reach the outskirts of Skiathos town once more. 12.5km/8 miles; A/D 400m ascent & descent; 5.5 hours with stops

  3. Day 5

    Leaving Skiathos behind today, we take the ferry to nearby Skopelos, known as the Mama-Mia island since the first film was shot there. We again stay in the main town, overlooking the port.

  4. Day 6 to 9

    The larger island of Skopelos offers numerous walks with coastal paths and inland tracks, which take us to small villages, countryside churches and local tavernas. We follow old kaldirimi, or cobbled donkey paths, through wooded valleys with the chance of ending at quiet beaches and coves.

    GLOSSA LOUTRAKI: An interesting bus ride the length of the island followed by a short circuit with wonderful views and a visit to an old deserted monastery before descending on old kaldirimi to small port with beach and tavernas. 4.5miles; A 196m/D 394m; 2 hours with stops

    PIRGOS-SENDOUKIA-GLYSTERI-SKOPELOS: Starting at the top of a ridge firstly visiting some ancient graves, before descending with an option of beachtime before returning to the hotel. Today offers good views over the island. 8 miles (with possible extension); A 155m/D 500m; 4 hours with stops

    PANORMOS: Lovely walks, at times through pine woods, with great views ending at one of the most popular beaches on the island. 7 miles; A /D 400m; 3.5 hours with stops

    STAFILOS: A moderate walk on dirt roads and paths up to, and following around ridge, to then descend to a taverna near to a beautiful bay, with a swimming option,  and finally returning on the old road. 9.5 miles; A/D 250m; 5.30 hours with stops.

  5. Day 10

    Our ferry journey today brings us to the Pelion mainland, into Volos port, with a short drive to the village of Kala Nera, where we stay for five nights'.

  6. Day 11 to 14

    Pelion is a pretty peninsula with cobbled pathways linking villages, which offer shady squares and a glimpse of Greek life. 

    VIZITZA: Vizitsa is one of the show villages of the Pelion, from where a beautiful walk, mainly descending, takes us through trees and olive groves. 4 miles; A 70m/D 560m; 3 hours with stops

    MILINA PLATANIA: Pleasant gentle walk mainly on dirt road with good views and sightings of islands we have visited - Skiathos and Skopolos -  from top of ridge. We end at small port with good beach and tavernas. 7 miles; A290m/D 300m; 4 hours with stops

    AG LAVRENTI - KALA NERA: Lovely walk with great views. Starting in typical mountain village then following an old mule path contouring around wooded valley to second village for taverna lunch and finally a long descent mainly on kaldermi back to hotel. 8.5 miles; A 400m/D 899m; 5.45 hours with stops

    ARGALASTI-AFFISSOS: A moderate walk starting from a small country town and winding down to coast on old kalderimi. A coastal walk with a mi
    xture of dirt road and track takes us to a quiet small fishing village. 8.5 miles; A 299m/D 602m; 5 hours with stops

  7. Day 15

    Time to leave as we pack out suitcases and make the short transfer to Volos airport for our return flight to the UK

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London Gatwick to Skiathos, returning Volos to Gatwick (Charter)
  • Airport and port transfers
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

 

 

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Hotel Agelis

Located in a quiet area of the village of Kala Nera, on Greece's Pelion Peninsula, the Hotel Agelis offers comfortable accommodation in nicely decorated rooms. All are en suite with television, air conditioning, telephone, mini bar, wifi internet connection and a balcony. The village centre with its cafes and tavernas, and the Blue Flag beach are a short stroll away.

 

 

 

 


Hotel Aperitton

Built in the local architecture style of the Sporades islands, the Hotel Apperitton on Skopelos offers comfortable rooms with air conditioning, private bathroom, refrigerator,  and TV. There is an outdoor swimming pool and terrace to enjoy the sun-filled days.

 

 

 

 

 


Hotel Stellina

A sun terrace and outdoor swimming pool awaits guests when they arrive at the Hotel Stellina on Skiathos. Located in the main town, or Chora, the hotel offers en suite rooms with balcony, mini-fridge, TV, air conditioning and wi-fi.

 

 

 

 

 


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