Pelion is considered one of the most beautiful mountains in Greece and is a popular tourist attraction throughout the year: hiking trails and stone paths give access to springs, coves and numerous beaches, sandy or pebbly, set among lusciously green slopes. Pelion is an amply watered mountain, with an abundance of springs, gorges, streams and rivulets, with many streams routed in carved-stone artificial beds to bring the water to the villages and their thriving orchards. The higher elevations of the mountain receive enough snowfall so as to host skiing facilities and other winter sports.
The Mountain of Pelion is part of the prefecture of Magnesia (capital city: Volos) and embraces 24 villages, with the more significant being: Agios Georgios Nileas, Agios Lavrentios, Argalasti, Makrynitsa, Milies, Mouresi, Portaria, Tsangarada, Vyzitsa and Zagora. Their source of income comes from 2 different factors: agriculture (specializing in the production of olives and fruits) and, tourism (mostly domestic tourism and alternative tourism). These factors are not properly developed causing problems in the economy such as reduced incomes and unemployment.
On the other hand, in the area of Pelion there are many cultural values that can be further developed, with more significant being:
- The Pelion Train – a steam train which along with the bridges and the rail track is an inspired work, blended perfectly with the surrounding environment, was used in the late 19th century until the middle of 20th century, and was covering a total of 29km, starting from Volos and ending in the village of Milies.
- The Pelian cuisine with the unique foods and sweets, found only in these areas. The most known dish is Spetzofai, a famous traditional dish made of fresh tomatoes, peppers, sausage, spices and aromatic plants.
- The unique architecture makes Mountain of Pelion known for its buildings. The main element is stone, with the buildings being especially of expertly carved local grey, blue, or green slate and red clay. Also known for the three-level houses (rooms for work on the ground floor, common rooms on the middle floor and private rooms on the top floor).
- The local flora, with herbs being the most significant production and source of income. They are in abundance everywhere across the Mountain of Pelion, but they can also be cultivated. From them, the inhabitants learn to make pharmaceuticals products, several drinks and cosmetics.
By involving in these areas all the necessary conditions in order to implement all the tools, methodologies and techniques that we prepared, we will have the opportunity to develop these cultural values and create new ways of managing them better in order to make these areas a popular tourist destination, not only with tourist from Greece but from around the world.