In the area there are a number of hiking routes that can satisfy visitors who want to take a pleasant walk but also the most demanding who are looking for harder and longer ascents.
We have chosen and propose some routes based on historical, cultural and naturalistic criteria as well as the diversity of the field, in order to best reflect to the visitor the diversity of nature and the particular history and morphology of the area.
All routes are highly recommended for the summer months, as most of them are shaded and the lush vegetation and springs form the ideal environment for hiking.
They have the possibility of further joint planning and customization, according to your requirements and desires.
Small tour of Tsagarada
Starting from the square of Agioi Taxiarches, we cross a large part of the village to the square of Agia Paraskevi with the thousand-year-old plane tree, one of the 5 largest in Europe.
Along the way we learn about the history and tradition of the place and we know the special spatial planning of the village through a diverse field with sparsely built urban sections, where traditional mansions dominate with verdant gardens, but also reeds drowned in chestnut trees and plane trees.
Then we climb to the mountainous part of the village where through a path and small sections of forest road we cross the chestnut forest to return again to the point where we started.
The duration is 3.00 – 3.30 hours with the stops and depending on the rhythm of the group.
There is the possibility to adapt the route according to the wishes and possibilities of the group, adding sections – such as the top of Koutras with the wonderful view to the gorge of Mylopotamos or the chapel of the prophet Elias – or removing – such as our ascent to the mountain where we have an elevation difference of about 160 m.
We also have possibilities to adapt during the hike.
Agioi Taxiarches – Vigla
A purely mountainous and forested route.
Starting from the square of Agioi Taxiarches in Tsagarada, we will climb the slopes above the settlement. We will cross a beautiful forest, which at its beginning is full of chestnut trees and fewer meadows and oaks, while then the beech trees become dominant of the landscape.
Going up we will visit the chapel of the prophet Elias and after about two hours of total hiking we will reach the place “Vigla” – or “kourouplias to cotroni” as the elders know it – , at an altitude of 1250m. About. The view from this point is magnificent and has an east to southwest orientation, with the look being lost in all the central and southern Pelion, Sporades, while the gorge of Mylopotamos low, dominates in all its glory.
On our return we will visit the chapel of Agios Athanasios of Athonitis (Athos) where we will cool off on its tap and we will stop before the last part of the return.
Duration: 4.00 – 4.30 hours
Starting point: Saint Taxiarches Square
Tsagarada – Damouhari – Fakistra
The most charming route of the area in our view.
Following the central cobblestone that for centuries connected the villages of East Pelion with the Pagasitic Gulf and having as its starting point the square of Agia Paraskevi in Tsagarada, we will cross part of the village making a little acquaintance with its history. After about 45 minutes of enjoyable hiking, we will leave behind the square of Agia Kyriaki and the location of Yibruki and we will enter the legendary Kagiolia to reach the position of Rhodes, from which we have an excellent panoramic view of Damouhari. (Here we can optionally reach the beach of Damouhari, which will add to the route an altitude charge of about 150 meters)
After a short stop, we will continue on the coastal path heading south.
Passing through Agios Athanasios and the hidden school with the magnificent seascave (seal shelter during the winter months) we will end at the parking of Fakistra beach.
Duration: 4.00 – 4.30 hours with stops.
(The route can be shortened by 45′ if we choose Agia Kyriaki square as a starting point).
On this route there should be joint care for our departure from the parking lot of the beach of Fakistra, with a vehicle that we will have been in before, as for the time being the return to Tsagarada from this point is made only from the asphalt and with a large altitude difference.
Despite the peculiarity of the departure, however, it is a route that is highly proposed as it crosses a mixed field, a mountainous part with rich forest vegetation, urban parts, but also parts of the magnificent coastline of eastern Pelion.
*Depending on the season and upon request, in cooperation with Shakayak office, the return from Damouhari can be made by sea with canoe kayak.
Hania – Karavoma (The Waterfalls path)
A relatively new and beautiful forest route that was opened a few years ago.
The full development of the route starts from Hania at the height of the ski resort and descends to the main road just before Makryrrachi.
The proposed section starts from the entrance to the hunting lodge of Makryrrachi to the Karavoma point, at the central junction for Zagora and moves mainly in a forest of beech and chestnut trees, along the Feluka river.
What makes it special is the many rushing waters, which form even in the summer impressive waterfalls and small lakes in the places where we meet and cross the stream.
Distance: 6.5 km
Duration: 4.00 – 4.30 hours with stops.
The route requires prior arrangement with an additional vehicle for our departure, as it is not circular.
Hania – Tsagarada
A crossing of the ridge of central Pelion.
Starting from the ski resort of Pelion in Agriolefkes, we will pass through the peaks of Golgotha (1430 m), Schitzouravly (1450 m), Dramala (1455 m) and then we will cross Mega Isoma to start descending to Tsagarada where it is the end of our journey.
Pure mountain route with the path moving all through beech forest, with some points offering excellent views to the Pagasitic Gulf and to the Aegean Sea.
Not recommended for beginners!
Duration: 8.00+ hours with stops.
The route requires our transfer with a vehicle to the starting point..
Milies – Xurihti – Tsagarada
The most classical route of Pelion, covers a large part of the central kalderimi which connects the Pagasitic Gulf with the northeast coast of the peninsula and which for centuries functioned as the main connecting and commercial axis for the isolated villages of eastern Pelion.
Duration: +-5 hours
Starting point: Central Square of Milies