Guided Walking at Lafkos, Pelion

DISCOVER TRULY UNSPOILT GREECE AT ITS BEST FROM THE TUCKED AWAY PELION PENINSULA

Code: POLCL

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Culture
  • Food & drink

Level

  • 2
  • 3
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Holiday overview

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The ancient stone paths of the Pelion provide a fantastic network of walking between its untouched traditional villages. This relatively unknown corner of Greece is the perfect place to get away from it all and sample their relaxed way of life. Our walks enjoy the region’s diversity including its many beaches, cypress groves and green hills with the dramatic backdrops of Mount Pelion, Volos and the islands of the Pagasetic Gulf including Evia.

Holiday Highlights

  • The Pelion’s 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
  • Stepping back in time on the area’s kalderimi or stone paths – once the main arteries
  • between villages under Ottoman rule
  • Enjoy blankets of colour along your walks in springtime including orchids

Price includes

  • 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 night's accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half Board – buffet breakfast and 3-course evening meal

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Accommodation

The Lagou Raxi Country Hotel in Lakfos, PelionLagou Raxi Country Hotel

The views from the Lagou Raxi are its real wow factor – this modern 3-star hotel sits at the edge of the unspoilt stone village of Lafkos with wonderful panoramic views over the islands in the gulf and to the mountains.

 

Your room

20 comfortable en-suite bedrooms are located in three ‘houses’ surrounded by relaxing gardens. You can enjoy:

  • bath or shower
  • hairdryer
Fantastic rooms at the Lagou Raxi Country Hotel in Lakfos, Pelion

Facilities

Outdoor Pool at the Lagou Raxi Country Hotel in Lakfos, Greece

As a guest, you can enjoy the use of:

  • outdoor swimming pool
  • comfortable seating area with feature fireplace
  • outdoors terrace area
  • wine bar, perfect for relaxing after a days walking.

Dining

Our holidays at Lafkos are Half Board with breakfast and 3-course evening meal featuring locally sourced dishes.

Delicious buffet breakfast at the Lagou Raxi Country Hotel in Lafkos, Pelion

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.

Itinerary

Our experienced leaders offer the choice of two different walks each day. Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness.

We provide flexible holidays. Choose easier walking one day and harder the next or just explore independently or relax around the resort.

Our leaders are friendly and welcoming making your holiday fun and sociable.

Our walks from Lafkos help discover the incredible variety this compact area has to offer. Underfoot there are good paths including the area’s famous kalderimi stone tracks allowing us to enjoy walks across the southern part of the peninsula for views across the Pagasetic Gulf, the Aegean Sea and out to neighbouring islands such as Skiathos. Both inland and above the sparkling waters, we’ll enjoy the chance to stop at local tavernas for well-earned refreshments and a wonderful, authentic Greek atmosphere.

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy

 

Easier Walks: 5-8 miles on good paths, with some rocky sections. Up to 1,300ft of ascent in a day.

  

HF Holidays walks level 3 medium

 

Harder Walks: 7-11 miles on good paths, with some rocky sections. Up to 1,900ft of ascent in a day.

 


Day 1: Arrival day

Depending on your arrival time you may have the opportunity to see Lafkos before your evening meal. On the first evening our leaders will explain more about our walks and there will be plenty of time to meet with your fellow guests.


Day 2: Pirates, Paths and the Pagasitic Gulf

The village of Lafkos originally was hidden from sea view.  Like many villages on the peninsula, sited to be away from the visitation of pirates.  The walks start and finish at the hotel.

Easier Walk: The views enjoyed from the veranda of the hotel is the introduction to the ancient cobbled tracks, the kalderimi. We descend on these well engineered ways  from Lafkos to its more recent gulf-side sister of Milina in time for late morning refreshment by shores of the Pagasitikos Gulf. The route continues through the shady hamlet of Piges before a meandering ascent back to the platia of Lafkos and its selection of tavernas and village shops. 6 miles (9.5km) with 1,200ft  (360m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: Heading north from the hotel, we leave Lafkos on one of its original access kaldermi, passing a forgotten spring that runs throughout the year. This seems miles away as we walk through shaded tunnels formed by vegetation. The shade is left behind for the descent to Milina through extensive olive groves allowing for far reaching views across the gulf. The route then follows that of the easier walk through Piges to the central square of Lafkos. 8 miles (13 km) with 1,500ft (450m) of ascent.


Day 3:  The western foothills of Mt Pelion

These walks give chance to enjoy the higher elevations while being low enough to ensure distant views. It is not by chance that the villages have developed here. At lower elevations we follow the route of the narrow gauge Pelion Train, pedestrian class.

Easier Walk: 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 follow it circuitous route as it climbs gradually to the terminus at Milies, before regaining a shaded kalderimi for the final ascent back to Vizitsa. 6 miles (9.5km) with 1,100ft (300m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: We leave Vizitsa below the platia via the spring on a recently recovered kalderimi that was the original route to the western village of Pinakates, allowing us to arrive in a similar manner to earlier generations. The South East spur descent allows for distant views before we locate the route of the Pelion Train to join the route back to Vizitsa. 8 miles (13km) with 1,700ft (510m) of ascent.


Day 4: The Trikeri Peninsula

At the south western tip, lies Trikeri held in relief as the sun sets when viewed from the hotel terrace. 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.

Easier Walk: We descend on the small road 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, but hopefully locating our pre-arranged lunch spot. After lunch we descend to the southern village of Agia Kyriaki via the most westerly point (and lighthouse) and a delightful coastal path. We are reminded that we are entering what was the 2nd most important port in Greece as the route takes through a surprisingly large shipyard with a fascinating array of boats undergoing all sorts of repairs before emerging on one of the most scenic waterfronts of the holiday. 5 miles (8km) with 1,100ft (330m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: From the north a coastal track offer views of the little island of Palia Trikeri, home to the Monastery of Panagia before locating 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. 9 miles (14.5km) with 1,500 ft (450m) of ascent.


Day 5: Free Day


Day 6: Ancient paths and hidden beaches from Argalasti

Argalasti was a former municipality remains the hub of the area while somewhat sleepy during the week, becomes thronged 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.

Easier Walk: 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. They may be an opportunity for a swim during lunch, before heading inland through citrus groves via Pauo Monastery (now a conference centre) to the calm of Argalasti now the market has finished. 7 miles (11km) with 1,300ft (390m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: 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. The shady afternoon ascent is also enjoyed by the easier party earlier in the day, to the now quiet platia of Argalasti. 8 miles (13km) with 1,800ft (540m) of ascent.


Day 7:  In the footsteps of the Argonauts

The walks finish at Platanias , situated on the site of Afetes where the Argonauts stopped to resupply on their journey to Colhis. Our resupply may be somewhat more limited as the chance of a swim on the sandy Mikro beach is close by.  It is a lovely spot to reflect on the week.

Easier Walk: This starts at the inland hillside village of Promyri, with a chance to enjoy views of Skiathos Island. Platanias was the harbour for Promyri and we follow the kaldermi linking the two. For its most part it is shaded and  while mostly descent we need to ascend the between the watershed that Promiri, and our destination to the south.  The last section is in the Cholorema stream that drains south, but will be dry during our visit. 6 miles (9.5km) with 300ft (90m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: Starting at the most easterly point of the week at Lyri, an old inland settlement but with close access to the sea. The route ascends gently on open tracks offering views to Skiathos and further afield as the spur leading to Mt Mavro (422m) is followed. Skirting the peak to join the shaded kalderimi from Promiri to Plantanias and an opportunity to extend on the coastal path to Mikro beach (1 mile return). 7.3 miles (11.7km) with 1,263ft (385m) of ascent.


Day 8: Departure day


Please note that the itinerary outlined is provisional and could be subject to change. A finalised itinerary will be available at the resort and every evening your leaders will talk to you about the next day’s walks.

Local area

An Introduction to the Area

Lafkos is in the region of Pelion, about 45km from the city of Volos.  The countryside is considered to be a delight to walk through, with olive orchards and the stone Kalderimi paths, which are old medieval paths that were built by the local population in lieu of non-payment of taxes.  Most of our walks offer lovely views down to the very blue Agean Sea.

The village of Lafkos is less than 10 minutes walk from the hotel down narrow country lanes to the square with its imposing church and plane trees.  It has museums, tavernas, small mini-markets, a craft jewellery shop, home-made soaps and a gift shop.  The smell of freshly baked bread can draw you to the local bakery that has a wood-fired oven.

Shops & Facilities:

There are a number of local shops within a short walking distance of the hotel where you can obtain the basic necessities, ingredients for a packed lunch and plenty of gift shopping including handmade jewelry and local products. 

www.lafkos.gr

 

See this link to a website giving you some more information and in insight to the local area.

Travel

We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.

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‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle free option

Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Gatwick and Manchester flights to Thessalonoki airport.

If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel.

The coach transfer takes approx 3 hours 45 minutes to the Lagou Raxi Country Hotel.

For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.

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‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option

Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.

If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. We recommend independent travellers meet our HF Holidays’ transfer coach from Thessalonoki airport. This is timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights* (provisional flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or you can call us on 020 8732 1220 for more information). Cost per single journey is £49.00.

Transfers must be pre-booked.  Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details

 

 

* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach under any circumstance. 

Dates & Prices

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7 May 2018 POLCL - Guided Walking Pelion
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Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 7 May 2018, 6 a.m.
  • Arrive: 7 May 2018, 11:30 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Thessaloniki Makedonia

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 14 May 2018, 12:10 p.m.
  • Arrive: 14 May 2018, 1:50 p.m.
  • Depart from: Thessaloniki Makedonia
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,099.00 Book Now
7 May 2018 POLCL - Guided Walking Pelion - Without Flights 7 £749.00 Book Now
7 May 2018 POLCL - Guided Walking Pelion
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Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 7 May 2018, 6:40 a.m.
  • Arrive: 7 May 2018, noon
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Thessaloniki Makedonia

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 14 May 2018, 12:50 p.m.
  • Arrive: 14 May 2018, 2:20 p.m.
  • Depart from: Thessaloniki Makedonia
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £1,049.00 Book Now
14 May 2018 POLCL - Guided Walking Pelion
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 14 May 2018, 6 a.m.
  • Arrive: 14 May 2018, 11:30 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Thessaloniki Makedonia

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 21 May 2018, 12:10 p.m.
  • Arrive: 21 May 2018, 1:50 p.m.
  • Depart from: Thessaloniki Makedonia
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,099.00 Book Now
14 May 2018 POLCL - Guided Walking Pelion - Without Flights 7 £749.00 Book Now
14 May 2018 POLCL - Guided Walking Pelion
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Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 14 May 2018, 6:40 a.m.
  • Arrive: 14 May 2018, noon
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Thessaloniki Makedonia

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 21 May 2018, 12:50 p.m.
  • Arrive: 21 May 2018, 2:20 p.m.
  • Depart from: Thessaloniki Makedonia
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £1,049.00 Book Now
21 May 2018 POLCL - Guided Walking Pelion - Without Flights 7 £749.00 Book Now
21 May 2018 POLCL - Guided Walking Pelion
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Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 21 May 2018, 6:40 a.m.
  • Arrive: 21 May 2018, noon
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Thessaloniki Makedonia

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 28 May 2018, 12:50 p.m.
  • Arrive: 28 May 2018, 2:20 p.m.
  • Depart from: Thessaloniki Makedonia
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £1,049.00 Book Now
21 May 2018 POLCL - Guided Walking Pelion
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Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 21 May 2018, 6 a.m.
  • Arrive: 21 May 2018, 11:30 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Thessaloniki Makedonia

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 28 May 2018, 12:10 p.m.
  • Arrive: 28 May 2018, 1:50 p.m.
  • Depart from: Thessaloniki Makedonia
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
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28 May 2018 POLCL - Guided Walking Pelion
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Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 28 May 2018, 6 a.m.
  • Arrive: 28 May 2018, 11:30 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Thessaloniki Makedonia

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 4 Jun 2018, 12:10 p.m.
  • Arrive: 4 Jun 2018, 1:50 p.m.
  • Depart from: Thessaloniki Makedonia
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,099.00 Book Now
28 May 2018 POLCL - Guided Walking Pelion - Without Flights 7 £749.00 Book Now
28 May 2018 POLCL - Guided Walking Pelion
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Flight - Outbound

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  • Depart: 28 May 2018, 6:40 a.m.
  • Arrive: 28 May 2018, noon
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Thessaloniki Makedonia

Flight - Return

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  • Depart: 4 Jun 2018, 12:50 p.m.
  • Arrive: 4 Jun 2018, 2:20 p.m.
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  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
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10 Sep 2018 POLCL - Guided Walking Pelion
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Flight - Outbound

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  • Depart: 10 Sep 2018, 6 a.m.
  • Arrive: 10 Sep 2018, 11:30 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Thessaloniki Makedonia

Flight - Return

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  • Depart: 17 Sep 2018, 12:10 p.m.
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10 Sep 2018 POLCL - Guided Walking Pelion
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  • Depart: 10 Sep 2018, 6:40 a.m.
  • Arrive: 10 Sep 2018, noon
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Thessaloniki Makedonia

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  • Depart: 17 Sep 2018, 12:50 p.m.
  • Arrive: 17 Sep 2018, 2:20 p.m.
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  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
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10 Sep 2018 POLCL - Guided Walking Pelion - Without Flights 7 £749.00 Book Now
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17 Sep 2018 POLCL - Guided Walking Pelion
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Flight - Outbound

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  • Depart: 17 Sep 2018, 6 a.m.
  • Arrive: 17 Sep 2018, 11:30 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Thessaloniki Makedonia

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  • Depart: 24 Sep 2018, 12:10 p.m.
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  • Depart: 17 Sep 2018, 6:40 a.m.
  • Arrive: 17 Sep 2018, noon
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Thessaloniki Makedonia

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  • Depart: 24 Sep 2018, 12:50 p.m.
  • Arrive: 24 Sep 2018, 2:20 p.m.
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24 Sep 2018 POLCL - Guided Walking Pelion
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Flight - Outbound

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  • Depart: 24 Sep 2018, 6 a.m.
  • Arrive: 24 Sep 2018, 11:30 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Thessaloniki Makedonia

Flight - Return

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  • Depart: 1 Oct 2018, 12:10 p.m.
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24 Sep 2018 POLCL - Guided Walking Pelion
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Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 24 Sep 2018, 6:40 a.m.
  • Arrive: 24 Sep 2018, noon
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Thessaloniki Makedonia

Flight - Return

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  • Depart: 1 Oct 2018, 12:50 p.m.
  • Arrive: 1 Oct 2018, 2:20 p.m.
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1 Oct 2018 POLCL - Guided Walking Pelion
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  • Depart: 1 Oct 2018, 6:40 a.m.
  • Arrive: 1 Oct 2018, noon
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Thessaloniki Makedonia

Flight - Return

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  • Depart: 8 Oct 2018, 12:50 p.m.
  • Arrive: 8 Oct 2018, 2:20 p.m.
  • Depart from: Thessaloniki Makedonia
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £1,049.00 Book Now
1 Oct 2018 POLCL - Guided Walking Pelion
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Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 1 Oct 2018, 6 a.m.
  • Arrive: 1 Oct 2018, 11:30 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Thessaloniki Makedonia

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 8 Oct 2018, 12:10 p.m.
  • Arrive: 8 Oct 2018, 1:50 p.m.
  • Depart from: Thessaloniki Makedonia
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,099.00 Book Now
1 Oct 2018 POLCL - Guided Walking Pelion - Without Flights 7 £749.00 Book Now

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