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Backroads of the Pelion Peninsula

Pelion Guided Walking Holiday

Luftaufnahme, Bucht von Paleo Trikiri, Insel Pangias Trikeri, Trikeri-Milina, Region Volos, Meerenge von Trikiri, Halbinsel …
Duration: 7 nights
Type: European Centre Based
Walking Grade: 2 & 3
from £769pp £644pp without flights FLIGHTS AVAILABLE

The ancient stone paths of the Pelion Peninsula – the land of centaurs - provide a fantastic network of walking between its traditional stone-built villages. This relatively unknown corner of mainland Greece is the perfect place to get away from it all and sample a more relaxed way of life. Our walks enjoy the region’s diversity including its many beaches, cypress groves and green hills with the dramatic backdrop of Mount Pelion. The countryside is a delight to walk through, with olive orchards and stone Kalderimi paths; these medieval paths were built by the local population in lieu of non-payment of taxes. Most of our walks offer lovely views down to the Aegean Sea and Pagasetic Gulf – an area of sea which has just a narrow passage connecting it to the Aegean. Across the peninsula there is a laid-back way of life, best enjoyed in the many tavernas.

Holiday Highlights

  • The Pelion Peninsula’s charming, untouched villages, each with their welcoming tavernas
  • Enjoy magical views across the calm waters of the Pagasetic Gulf dotted with pretty islands
  • Discover an area brimming with ancient Greek mythology
  • Stepping back in time on the area’s kalderimi or stone paths – once the main arteries between villages under Ottoman rule

What’s included

  • A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day
  • All transport to and from walks
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays leaders
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • 7 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half Board – buffet breakfast and 3-course evening meal

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.

Welcome to Leda Village Resort. Unpack and settle in.

The village of Milina lies on the coast to the south of Horto. Both of our walks start and finish here. 

Option 1 - Tracks from Milina

Distance: 5½ miles (9km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

In summary: Our day begins in the village of Lafkos set high above the Pagasetic coast. We descend by meandering Kalderimi to reach Milina, on the coast. In the afternoon we make a short ascent before passing through olive groves to return to our hotel.

Highlight: Explore the village of Milina on the Pagasetic Gulf with the opportunity to swim in the warm sea.

Option 2 - Milina circuit

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,500 feet (450m)

In summary: We start our walk today in the neighbouring village of Milina. The route soon heads inland to the shady hamlet of Piges before a meandering ascent to Lafkos and the opportunity of some refreshment. continuing on old Kalderimi we descend through olive groves back to our hotel.

Highlight: Lafkos is an interesting town, with several tavernas.

These walks give chance to enjoy the lower foothills of Mt Pelion, while still having distant sea views. It is not by chance that the villages have developed here. We follow the route of the narrow gauge Pelion Train, pedestrian class.

Option 1 - Trains and tracks

Distance: 5 miles (7km)

Total ascent: 350 feet (100m)

In summary: After taking time to explore the village of Vizitsa, dating from the 16th Century with its traditional architecture, we descend on kalderimi passing through a variety of land uses with views of the delta region below. On reaching the railway track we continue our descent on broad tracks to arrive at the coastal resort of Kala Nera for refreshments.

Highlight: Views out to the shimmering sea.


Option 2 - Milia to the sea

Distance: 7½ miles (12km) 

Total ascent: 1,500 feet (450m)

In summary: Leaving Milia by the narrow gauge railway terminus we ascend to the village if Vizitsa. Passing through its platia we continue on a recently recovered Kalderimi to Pinakates. From there the south east spur descent allows for fine views as we return to the railway before following the easier route down into Kala Nera.

Highlight: Walk the traditional kalderimi.

At the south western tip of the peninsula, lies Trikeri. It is remarkably undeveloped outside of the single village perched on the high point. Both walks will meet for lunch in one of the Tavernas to enjoying outstanding views. After lunch a choice of a longer or shorter descent to the fishing village of Agia Kyriaki is offered.

Option 1 - Trikeri peninsula

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (330m)

In summary: Initially, our walk talks us to Kottas, situated on Trikeri Bay. Home to a number of small fishing boats, often seen later in the day casting their nets inshore. We leave by the ancient route to Trikeri, perhaps having to share it with the odd tortoise. Arriving at Trikeri, there is time to wander the myriad of small passageways. After lunch we descend to the southern village of Agia Kyriaki along a delightful coastal path and finish on one of the most scenic waterfronts of the week.

Highlight: Agia Kyriaki was the 2nd most important port in Greece and our route passes a surprisingly large shipyard with a fascinating array of boats undergoing repairs.

Option 2 - A route through Trikeri

Distance: 9 miles (14½km) 

Total ascent: 1,500 feet (450m)

In summary: From the north a coastal track offers views of the little island of Palia Trikeri, home to the Monastery of Panagia before following a little used, shady path that edges up the side of a deep cut gorge offering a sense of isolation. Soon to emerge to 360° views as we head to Trikeri for lunch. The afternoon shorter, but steeper route takes on the kalderimi to Agia Kyriaki zig-zagging its way down the southern slope direct to the fishing village.

Highlight: Choose to have lunch in a traditional taverna in Trikeri village.

Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently or visit local places of interest. The more popular options for your free day include:

Volos: The nearest city to Horto, Volos is the capital of the region, and has a lot of local interest from culture to history.

Horto: Visit the local village of Horto, or just relax around the hotel, with a range of facilities to enjoy and the Pagasetic Gulf, tempting for a swim.

Argalasti was a former municipality. It remains the hub of the area while somewhat sleepy during the week, but becomes lively during the weekly market. After enjoying the sights and sounds of the market bustle the walks take key kalderimi to the coast to explore the picture postcard bays.

Option 1 - Around Argalasti

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (200m)

In summary: Leaving on a kalderimi, heading west towards the coastal hamlet of Kalamos, which is popular with visitors in high season and is almost deserted as we walk along the shore. We can enjoy the isolation of olive groves and sea views visiting a number of hidden beaches. There may be an opportunity for a swim during lunch, before continuing along the coast to our hotel in Horto.

Highlight: Beautiful beaches and amazing coastal views.

Option 2 - Argalasti loop

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (390m)

In summary: Leaving Argolasti via the north westerly Kalderimi to Lefokastro. The descent offers a rich mix of landscapes and vegetation to the Rodias packhorse bridge before continuing to the coast. The coastal path undulates its way, offering the chance to paddle on deserted beaches. We now follow the easier route along the coast back to the hotel.

Highlight: This peaceful walk on stone kalderimi offers superb views.

Today we walk to Platanias, situated on the site of Afetes where the Argonauts stopped to resupply on their journey to Colhis. Here, we have the chance to swim from the nearby sandy Mikro beach.  It is a lovely spot to reflect on the week.

Option 1 - Promyri to Platanias

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 300 feet (90m)

In summary: Our easier walk starts at the inland hillside village of Promiri, with a chance to enjoy views of Skiathos Island. This lovely route meanders along kalderimi linking Promiri to the coastal village of Platanias. This particular kalderimi was built to connect the two villages for the harbour at platanias to be easily reached.

Highlight: Enjoy a swim in the sea at the end of this walk.

Option 2 - Lyri to Platanias

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (390m)

In summary: Starting at the most easterly point of the week at Lyri, an old inland settlement with close access to the sea. With views to Skiathos and further afield we follow a track leading to Mt Mavro (422m). Skirting the peak we join the shaded kalderimi from Promiri to Plantanias and an opportunity to extend on the coastal path to Mikro beach (1 mile return).

Highlight: Extend your walk to Mikro beach for stunning views.

We hope to see you again soon.

Pelion Itinerary Map

Leda Village Resort - Pelion

The Leda Village Resort sits on the edge of the Pagasetic Gulf on the outskirts of the pretty village of Horto. All the rooms boast magnificent sea views and the resort offers a large swimming pool, tennis courts, mini golf, gym and a private beach. The restaurant is perched just above the beach allowing guests to enjoy freshly cooked Mediterranean meals whilst gazing out over the ocean. The beach bar and pool bar provide comfortable seating for relaxing with a drink in the evenings. 


The bedrooms are housed in small buildings interlinked by well-lit paths with flowers, shrubs and olive trees. The rooms are large with white painted furniture which offsets the traditional Greek architecture. As well as the double and twin beds, there are some day beds to relax on with a good book or have a snooze before dinner. The rooms are all en-suite and have some kitchen facilities that include a sink, microwave and electric hob, fridge and tea/coffee making facilities. There is air conditioning and television. All rooms have a sea view.


As a guest, you can enjoy:

  • An outdoor swimming pool
  • Private beach
  • Bar and outdoor seating area
  • A game of tennis or a round of mini-golf

Food & Drink

Your holiday is on a Half Board basis with breakfast and evening meal. The resort produces a range of Mediterranean-style dishes for dinner each night with a minimum of three options; all dietary requirements are catered for.

Your Evenings

The friendly atmosphere of our Guided Walking holidays continues into the evening.

Enjoy a glass of wine or beer whilst listening to your leaders outlining the next day's walks. Or just relax in the hotel bar or on the terrace outside chatting with your fellow guests watching the sunset.

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Getting to Leda Village Resort - Pelion

Find out more about this location including travel details and room types.

More Information

Essential Information

Passport Requirements

You may need to renew your British passport if you’re travelling from 1 January 2021.

On the day you travel, you’ll need your passport to both:

  • have at least 6 months left
  • be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

Use the government website to see if your passport is valid for this holiday

EHIC cards

The UK government has officially launched the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). UK residents can now apply for one of the GHIC cards, which will gradually replace the EHIC cards as they reach their expiry dates. Every family member travelling requires a GHIC. You can make an application for yourself and on behalf of your partner and any dependent children under the age of 16. Both cards will offer equivalent protection for emergency and medically necessary healthcare needs when in the EU on a temporary stay, which includes holiday, study and business travel. Necessary healthcare includes things like

• emergency treatment and visits to A&E
• treatment for long-term or pre-existing medical conditions
• routine medical care for pre-existing conditions that need monitoring
• oxygen and kidney dialysis

The public only need to apply for their free GHIC cards when their current EHIC expires. The process is likely to take two weeks. For more information visit

The GHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. We advise all holidaymakers to also invest in travel insurance that covers healthcare, so they are covered for other issues that may arise, as well as cancellations and lost luggage.

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
  • Warm hat and gloves. 
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
  • Thermos flask for hot drink.
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch.
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Camera.
  • Gaiters.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
23 May - 30 May 2022
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05 Sep - 12 Sep 2022
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26 Sep - 03 Oct 2022
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19 Sep - 26 Sep 2022
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26 Sep - 03 Oct 2022
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Important Information

  • Single room: From £231 (complete holiday)
  • With flight holidays: Flights from London Gatwick to Thessaloniki included
  • Regional flight available from Manchester from £70pp. Other UK regional connecting flights available on request
  • Independent travellers can join our transfer from Thessaloniki Airport: £48pp one way.
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