The 10 Best Things to Do in Portaria, Greece

April 8, 2018 Jasper Kershner

Portaria (Greek: Πορταριά) is a village and a former municipality in Magnesia, Thessaly, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Volos, of which it is a municipal unit. The municipal unit has an area of 22.754 km. It is located on Mt. Pelion, facing the Pagasetic Gulf, north of Volos and its suburbs. The majority of the buildings are typical examples of Pelion architecture with their windows and doors decorated with a variety of colors. The mountaintop of Pelion is to the north.
Restaurants in Portaria

1. Centaurs' Path

Eparchiaki Odos Portarias-Makrinitsas 16, Portaria, Volos 370 11, Greece
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4.5 based on 58 reviews

Centaurs' Path

Reviewed By Manuela L - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

It's in the mount of Pelion for a nice escapade to the Centaur's path in a natural beauty of small rivers, and little bridge, to visit the path of mythologie and the legendary centaurs lived in the mount Pelion; The centaur's were mysterious creatures, half man and half horse..and had a surnatural craft. The most known was Chiron, he was the professor of
Achile of the legend of Homer; The centaur's were everywhere in mount Pelion, facit why
the wild and nice nature on this path.

2. Athanasakeion Archaeological Museum of Volos

1 Athanassaki, Volos 382 22, Greece +30 2421 025285
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4.5 based on 130 reviews

Athanasakeion Archaeological Museum of Volos

Reviewed By Manuela L - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Today I visited this nice museum, renovated in 2004; there are three galeries to visit; there are archaeological excavations of the region, Thesaly; the first room expose many clay figurines, female and male, painted vases with incised decorations from Thessaly, early Neolitic period 6500-5800 BC; many pottery of Dimini; bowls closed globular vases
from Larissa; Clay working utensils, Dippers, Spoons and bone, tools for use;
a contemporary model of a Neolitic house; Human skull (Homo Sapiens) Neolitic Period; many painted graves steel; A clay head of Zeus, and a clay figurine of angel Eros;
A very nice marble head of Aphrodite, very good preserved; a lot of gold jewelery, gold
rings, medaillons and famous necklaces and earrings (4 th c. BC) found in Larissa;
Clay models of snakes, was a symbol of many deities such as Zeus and other godess:
A big Ear in stone or marble, dedicated to the mother of Gods;
a clay figurine of a dove,very nice;
at last by a video to see the old musical instruments, as flute, lyra and many more.
All in all , it takes a good hour to visit this fantastic museum, if you are interested in archaeology. The entrance is from 8 to 15 hours.

3. Pelion Railway

Ethniki Odos Volou Neochoriou, Ano Lechonia, Volos 373 00, Greece +30 2421 032171
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4.5 based on 143 reviews

Pelion Railway

Reviewed By LCB53 - Fordingbridge, United Kingdom

We came across this local sightseeing activity as in order to reach our accommodation in Ano Gatzea (mainland Greece) we had to drive over the railway line for a short distance! The journey starts in Lechonia and stops at Ano Gatzea where we picked it up and finishes at Milies which is a beautiful town in the Pelion Penninsular. There are only about 4 carriages and if you haven't booked a seat or boarded at the start, only standing room is available outside of the carriages. It isn't a problem and quite safe as the train just chugs along. It takes about 40 minutes to reach Millies from Ano Gatzea along a winding track with glorious views of the coastline below. The whole trip costs about €12.00, our part of the journey cost €6.00. I would not advise a return trip. Most take a one way trip either way and taxi back. We decided to walk back! It is a recognised walk and is basically all alongside the railway line. Well.......! It took us 2.5 hours to get back to base, all the time walking in about 37 d Celsius! That was madness in retrospect! However we had filled up our water bottles and although the walk is not hard, it is basically straight, it is at times walking on the line or alongside so there are lots of gravel issues etc. The walk was 9 kms in the heat of the day! As the saying goes "mad dogs and Englishmen"!

4. Taxi Transfer Nektarios Balotis

Agria, Volos 37300, Greece +30 697 185 0912
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Taxi Transfer Nektarios Balotis

Reviewed By spigigr

Αψογη εξυπηρετηση, σωστος επαγγελματιας. Ενα πεντακαθαρο ταξι με εναν ευγενικο οδηγο που σε κανει να αισθανεσαι ανετα κ ασφαλης σε ολη τη διαρκεια της διαδρομης.Θα το επιλεξουμε σιγουρα ξανα!

5. Pelion Secrets Sea Kayaking

Chorefto 37001, Greece
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Pelion Secrets Sea Kayaking

Pelion Secrets (Sea Kayaking), the sea activities centre in Pelion, Greece. We are a social cooperative offering genuine hospitality, quality equipment and an amazing place to paddle, relax & have fun. We look forward to your visit to Pelion, the mountain of Centaurs, the summer residence of the 12 Gods. Today it has become one of the best places to visit all year round with no mass tourism.

Reviewed By RendersE - Pinakates, Greece

We took the 2 hour trip, had a very good briefing by Giorgos, very friendly in perfect English, to the point on safety and procedures and also suitable for children.All equipment provided and very well maintained. But the most exciting part came then, along the beautiful shoreline of Pelion, along hidden Beaches and a stop at a beach for a well deserved rest and an apple from Zagora...this together with the tongue in cheek humor of Giorgos made it a day to remember. Furthermore there are some good taverna's and Beaches nearby. Also a parking next to the kayaking is available.

6. Cocktail Bar Oasis

Main Street, Afissos 373 00, Greece
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Cocktail Bar Oasis

Reviewed By achinghunger - Chesterfield

You may wonder why this bar deserves a mention over many others but for us it was the friendly welcome and the range on offer from traditional greek coffee and Ouzo to sophisticated cocktails all served with a smile and proper service. We walked quite a distance from nearby Koropi to have an early evening drink here and were never disappointed. They braved the Thunder storms very well and still kept on serving.
For those of you who like real ale (yes - 'real ale') the bar also serves three bottled organic beers by 'Septem', a microbrewery on the isle of Evvia and I particularly recommend the Pale Ale as a refreshing starter to your evening. Don't feel bad about travelling all that way and then drinking this beer - they are proud of it and want you to try it. Good bar and good staff - highly recommended.

7. Spring of Manas

Pigi Portaria, Portaria, Volos, Greece
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Spring of Manas

Reviewed By zaniko - Rafina, Greece

The path is named after Centaurs (hybrid beasts, half human and half horse) who, according to Greek mythology, resided on Mt Pelion, mating with the Magnesian mares. It is intriguing to have the myth in mind as you enter into their divine dwelling!
About 200m on the road Portaria-Makrinitsa there is a semicircular stone-paved square and an arch portal, crowned by an artificial waterfall; that is the starting point of a unique experience through a lovely mediterranean wood, climbing up a hill. The winding path unfolds over (with wooden bridges) and around a wild mountain Torrent which gives life to a bursting nature and to thousands of old myths! In spring the Torrent is rich with waters.
As described by other reviewers, the path brings you to the Spring Mana (45 mins of relaxed climbing); from there one could either take the right branch to the main Portaria Square or continue left to Agia Paraskevi (another 45 mins).
Highly recommended, one of the best sites of Mt Pelion.

8. Panagia Portarea

Zagoras - Portarias, Portaria, Volos 370 11, Greece
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Panagia Portarea

Reviewed By Scarlet715 - Swansea, United Kingdom

On an early morning walk around the streets of Portaria, we came across this tiny monastery, with a candle burning outside, which I simply had to enter. How a simple one-roomed ancient religious building can give such a profound feeling of peace and history, I know not - but that's how I felt once I stepped over the stone step marking the entrance to the cool interior. The ancient frescos, only partially restored, add to the feeling and, though I can't tell you much about the history of this special place, I would certainly suggest that, if you're passing, you take a few minutes to light a candle here and feel the peace that surrounds you.

9. Pelion Scout

Chorefto 37001, Greece
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Pelion Scout

Pelion Scout is a travel agency specialising in outdoor activities and adventure holidays all around the Pelion peninsula, in Greece. Created with love by a local, Pelion Scout’s aim is to share the beauties and secrets of Pelion, often called “the Magic Mountain”, with travellers searching for responsible recreational tourism. Through an array of activities and things-to-do for all kinds of ages, moods and physical conditions, Pelion Scout offers unique ecotourism experiences in Pelion’s breathtaking natural scenery. Whether you are looking for a family-friendly activity or you are into some serious action, our tours and tailor-made trips are suitable for everyone.

Reviewed By Βίκη Τ

We took the boat trip to Pelion Caves and we were amazed by the beautiful scenery! It is absolutely fantastic ! I did it and i would do it everyday again and again ! Mr. Panagiotis , the captain is the best and most loving...MoreAll these nice comments means so much for us. The satisfied guests give us the power to continue the hard work. Thank you for everything and we hope to see you again soon.

10. Bike or Hike

Portaria, Volos 370 11, Greece
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Bike or Hike

Bike Or Hike organises guided cycling and MTB bike trips and hiking tours on the beautiful Pelion (Pilio) peninsula of Greece. The programme includes both day trips (or half-day excursions) and multi-day trips exploring Mount Pelion, its villages and Beaches. The trips are led by experienced guides. Customised bespoke tours and trips can also be organised. Bike or Hike is a family business based in the village of Portaria, dedicated to sharing a passion for outdoor activities in this beautiful but little-known part of Greece. With our base in the picturesque village of Portaria on Pelion (known in Greek as "Pilio") we specialize in organis

Reviewed By MichaelKayak - Dalston, United Kingdom

Went on Bike or Hike's 9-Village Tour and found it a fantastic way to see Pilio at its best, packing loads into a very full day. Panos had obviously put a lot of thought and preparation into the route. A brilliant choice and great logistics. And a great guide with lots of interesting things to impart along the way.
No hesitations whatsoever in recommending Bike or Hike's tours. You will be in the best of hands in one of the loveliest (if little-known) parts of Greece.

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