TRAVEL ROUTE 3
Affisos - Milies - Visitsa - Ano Lechonia - Afissos
Koropi you are going to one of the most authentic Pelioritic villages,
Milies. The historical church at the square of the village was
built during the Turkish occupation and is still very famous because
fascinating and unusual Byzantine frescoes. The school library
was really rich and housed some 10.000 books, some of them were
very rare editions. In late 19th century the Pelion railway was
designed and built and connected Milies with Volos. The little
Pelion train is passing through one of the most beautiful landscapes
of Europe and is now used only for tourists on weekends and holidays.
A few kilometers further on lies one of the most magnificent villages
of this region, Visitsa. The village consists of traditional mansions
and picturesque stone paths.
Via Pinakates you reach Agios Georgios that is one of the most
picturesque villages of Pelion built between two mountain tops
with wonderful view of the Pagasitic Gulf. The church of Agios
Georgios, the Taxiarhon convent and the Art Museum of the sculptor
Nichola are all well worth a visit.
From Ano Lehonia to Afissos the landscape is dominated by the
image of fruit-trees and a variety of flowers. For that reason
Ano and Kato Lehonia are called "the gardens of Eden".
On the way back to Afissos there are two other villages that are
worth mentioning: Kato Gatzea and Kala Nera. Kato Gatzea has some
of the best organized campings in Pelion. Here the visitor can
enjoy tsipouro (the
local traditional drink) and sea food in the small idyllic taverns
at the sea. A crowded holiday resort is Kala Nera. The quality
of the water that flows from many water fountains near the sea
has given its name to the place which means"good waters".