The Greeks call this area Pilio (Πήλιο), but somehow in English it became "Pelion". It refers to the peninsula extending south west from Volos and going all the way down and round to the island of Trikeri. The southern half of the Pilio peninsula is lower lying and covered for the most part by olive groves. The northern half of the Pilio peninsula is dominated by Mount Pilio, which rises to 1,624 meters. The highest village is Hania (1,200m), which has a very popular ski centre.
On the west side of Pilio is the Pagasitikos Gulf, with attractive seaside villages like Milina and Afissos, and on the east of Pilio is the Aegean Sea, and a coastline dotted with villages waiting to be discovered. The villages have taken pains to preserve the traditional style of Pilio architecture: well-crafted stone houses with slate roofs.
In general, the Pilio area is a great holiday destination in Greece for discerning travellers who want to enjoy Greece at its best. Mount Pilio is one of the lushest and greenest mountains in Greece, with wooded slopes that run all the way down to unspoilt beaches. If you are looking for an uncommercialised location for your self catering villa holiday in Greece, Pilio (Pelion) is ideal.
Pilio Villas offers a selection of holiday villas to rent or let with self catering holiday accommodation, plus guest houses providing rooms with bed and breakfast holiday accommodation.
Looking for a holiday villa with a pool on Pilio? Please bear in mind that there are tight restrictions on houses (including holiday villas) in Greece having pools. For this reason very few guest houses and holiday villas on Pilio have pools. But - heck! - who needs a pool when the Aegean coast is right on your doorstep with some lovely coves and beaches (and on Pilio / Pelion it is always possible to find a quiet and attractive stretch of beach).
Wondering about how to get to Pilio / Pelion? A few budget airlines (like Ryan Air) now have regular flights to the Pilio area, using the airport just north of the town of Almyros (listed as Volos airport), about 40km south west of Volos. With Ryan Air at the moment you have a choice of flying to Greece via Milan or Frankfurt. Another airline to check is Monarch, which serves the Pilio region via the same Volos airport. Alternatively, Easy Jet has direct flights to Thessaloniki, from which there are comfortable intercity coaches direct to Volos.
Will it be necessary to hire a car on Pilio (Pelion)? Whichever holiday villa you choose on Pilio, you are guaranteed to have interesting walks in all directions - up to mountain villages, through the forests on the slopes of Pilio or along the coast. However, for at least some of the time you will want to explore further afield, and although there is a local bus service for the main Pilio villages linking them to Volos, it will probably be too infrequent for you. Cars can be hired in Volos.
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A hotel and villa complex with 2 family apartments, 4 double villa rooms, a bridal suite and 2 mini-suites in villa style self catering holiday accommodation on Pilio (Pelion).
Aleka's House provides an excellent standard of villa style self catering holiday accommodation on Pilio (Pelion) with outstanding hospitality.
The villa complex includes: a bridal suite, two mini suites, two family apartments, four double rooms with views of Pilio or the Aegean Sea and one exceptional double room with a sea view.
All the rooms enjoy hamam or baths with hydromassage, 24 hour service, autonomous air-conditioning, mini bar, daily cleaning of the rooms, Internet, LCD TV, safe, Cocomat mattress, slippers, bathroom cosmetics and hair drier.
Exceptional stone villa for 2 - 4 people, with pool, situated just above the Pilio village of Milies. Self catering holiday villa accommodation with traditional Pilio-style design and great views of the Pagasitikos.
The two-floor villa has self catering holiday accommodation on Pilio for up to four in two double bedrooms (two doubles and one twin). The villa has a pool and a large garden with views of the Pagasitic Gulf.
The living room is situated on the first floor and it has a cosy, comfortable sitting area with a decorative fireplace. The open plan kitchen, fully equipped for a self catering holiday, including dishwasher, has a dining area. There is a small balcony on this level with magnificent sea and mountain views. Both duble bedrooms are situated on the ground floor, along with a bathroom with shower and WC. One bedroom has a small en suite shower and WC.
From the swimming pool at the front of the house enjoy panoramic scenery of the rich vegetation on the mountainside, and stunning views of the village of Milies (a very attractive Pilio village) and the sea. The village is a 7-minute walk away along the traditional stone path (kalderimi).
Agapitos Villas are in a wonderful location between Papa Nero and Damouhari beaches. They offer luxury holiday accommodation in beautifully designed, decorated and furnished traditional Pilio-style stone villas, with aparments and rooms for up to four people. The villas are a short walk from the sea and have a pool with panoramic views of Pilio and the Aegean.
Agapitos Villas & Guesthouses offer luxury self catering holiday accommodation in beautifully designed stone villas that sleep two to four people (with sizes ranging from 50 to 68 square metres). They each have one double bedroom, but can sleep up to four people (with a second couple sleeping on a comfortable sofa bed in the living area).
All the villas and rooms are in beautifully designed grounds with a pool with unobstructed views out to the Aegean sea with the forested slopes of Pilio (Pelion) behind.
The villas offer:
The two-floor villa has self catering holiday accommodation on Pilio for up to six in three bedrooms (two doubles and one twin). The villa has a pool and a large garden with views of the Pagasitic Gulf. Only a short walk from the beach.
The two-floor villa has self catering holiday accommodation on Pilio for up to six in three bedrooms (two doubles and one twin). The villa has a pool and a large garden with views of the Pagasitic Gulf.
The living room and kitchen are on the upper floor. The living room has a fireplace and satellite TV. The kitchen is fully equipped for self catering holiday accommodation with a fridge, electric cooker water cooker and coffee machine. From the living room you step up the balcony where you can enjoy the panoramic view towards the Pagasitic Gulf. There is also a separate toilet.
The lower floor consists of a bathroom with toilet, bath and washing machine and the three spacious bedrooms. One bedroom has two single beds, a wardrobe and a terrace. Two bedrooms have a double bed and share a large veranda with stairs that lead to the garden.
The big garden offers lots of privacy and has private parking. There is a lovely little pool decorated with urns and the stone terrace around it is ideal for sun loungers.
It is a short walk through olive groves to Boufa beach, and a short stroll to the village of Kala Nera.
9 stylish self catering apartments in 3 holiday villas, sleeping 2, 4 or 6 people. Fully-equipped accommodation (incl. phone, internet and TV) with shared pool and views of the Pagasitikos Gulf and Pilio / Pelion.
3 buildings with 9 holiday residences in total, each with approx. 50 sq m, fully furnished with fireplace, large bedrooms, kitchen and sitting room, plus private yard/balcony.
Visit the owner's website to contact or book.
Spacious rooms in villa-style Pilio apartments in a beautiful setting not far from the sea sharing a large pool. Ideal accommodation for a relaxing holiday on Pilio.
All the rooms are beautifully decorated and are fully equipped to provide a perfectly relaxing stay on Pilio with an excellent level of hospitality.
The apartments have very comfortable beds, and the rooms are well lit. There are verandas on which you can take a seat, and enjoy the inspirational Pilio scenery that surrounds us here in Platanias. Some of our apartments have a fireplace.
The large complex of apartments is in the coastal fishing village of Platania on Pilio. It enjoys a large garden area that has a swimming pool with sun loungers.
A complex of self catering holiday villas and studio apartments, beautifully designed with a pool. Situated in a very quiet part of Pilio (Pelion) not far from the sea, the villas also have a large landscaped garden with sea views. The villas are fully equipped with all the modern comforts for self catering holiday accommodation.
The newly built villas were completed in 2007 and are located very close to the sea on south west Pilio (Pelion). They are available for self catering holiday accommodation all year round.
The villas are spacious, well lit and well ventilated. The very comfortable bedrooms have large bathrooms, and the kitchen and dining areas are fully equipped for self catering holiday accommodation.
The villas have large verandas and terraces from which to enjoy the views of the sea and of Pilio.
The villas stand in beautifully landscaped gardens with a pool. There is also private parking for residents.
The villa provides holiday accommodation in eight traditional Pilio style rooms close to the centre of the village of Makrinitsa with lovely views out to the sea beyond Volos.
The villa has 8 rooms, all spacious, fully equipped and tastefully decorated and furnished in a traditional Pilio style. All the rooms have autonomous heating, shower and TV.
All the rooms enjoy lovely views over Volos towards the Pagasitic Gulf.
The villa complex, which is open all year round, includes a cafe bar and a shop with traditional Pilio products.
The holiday villa sleeps up to 8 people in four twin bedrooms. It has two kitchens, two bathrooms, showers, toilets, and a living room plus extensive terraces with pool and views of the Pagasitic Gulf on the west side of Pilio (Pelion).
The holiday villa has accommodation for up to 8 in 4 twin bedrooms, two kitchens, two bathrooms, showers, toilets, and a living room plus extensive terraces with pool and views of the Pagasitic Gulf.
The villa has a lovely living room, fully equipped kitchen, and lots of other modern facilities for a relaxing and trouble-free self catering holiday. There is a lovely garden area and veranda with seats and umbrellas.
The villa is set among olive groves and it is only a short walk down to the beach. where you can take a seat, and simply soak in the natural beauty that Pelion is so famous for.
The magical sandy beaches of the Aegean coast on the other side of the narrow Pilio peninsula (Pelion) are easily acessible.
Visit the owner's website to contact or book.
Villa holiday accommodation in three traditional Pilio style studios and an attic for 2 or 3 people each, sharing a pool with Hotel Vrionis. Situated on east Pilio / Pelion with views of the Aegean Sea.
The studio for 3 includes:
fireplace | independent heating during winter days | floor air fan during summer | bathroom with a shower | TV | kitcenete for breakfast or small meals | double built bed | single built bed | closet | hairdrier | veranda ( the studios facing sea ) | common yard for the two studios which do not have a view.
Two studios for couples at the top of Villa Enallaxis have a sea view and include:
fireplace | independent heating during winter days | floor air fan during summer | bathroom with a shower | TV | kitcenete for breakfast or small meals | double built bed | closet | hairdrier | wooden ceilinor | balcony.
The attic is ideal for two - small and cosy with sea view.
Visit the owner's website to contact or book.
Hotel Zefiros provides holiday accommodation on Pilio in 43 rooms. All rooms have central heating, air conditioning, bath, phone, TV and a balcony with views of either the sea or Mount Pilio.
A hotel with 43 rooms situated only metres from the sea in the popular Pilio resort of St John.
Families and groups of up to 4 can book adjoining and communicating rooms complete with kitchen for self catering holiday accommodation.
All rooms have central heating, air conditioning, bath, phone, TV and a balcony with views of either the sea or Mount Pilio.
Enjoy your morning coffee or evening drink in the ambience of the tastefully designed hotel cafe-bar.
A complex of traditional Pilio-style villas only 5 minutes from the dramatic beach of Milopotamus. The luxury villas have either one or two bedrooms with sea views, and have everything for a self catering holiday, including jacuzzi and WiFi, plus an open fireplace for holidays in the winter.
Each of the two luxury holiday villas has its own charater, and both offer everything you would expect from top quality self catering holiday accommodation, including: