PORTARIA

It is built on the western slopes of Pelion, on a green slope with abundant running waters and panoramic views to the Pagasetic Gulf. They have occasionally given it several characterizations such as “the lady of Pelion” and “the lady on the reception”, since it is the first village towards the top of Pelion and thus, it undertakes to “welcome” the travelers.

Like most Pelion villages, it features many large neoclassical mansions of thessalomacedonic style, with a roof of stone slabs, evidence of the blooming periods that the area went through – many of these now operate as guesthouses. Most of these well-preserved stone mansions were built by Portaria people, who had migrated to Egypt and returned rich to their hometown after many years.

Of course the village would not be complete without the picturesque cobbled streets, the beautiful footpaths and the fountains with running waters. We advise you to walk on the footpath of the Centaurs and admire the lush vegetation and the beauty of nature. In the countryside Karavos, relax and let yourself travel in the magic of your senses as you hear the waters of the homonymous small natural waterfall. These waters come from the spring Mana, which is a little higher in a reformed area with a paved square.

The village has three squares where you can rest after your walks: the central square “Melina Merkouri”, where most cultural events take place, Adamenas square, where the footpath to the spring Mana begins and Taxiarches square with its stone chapel.

Τhings to do in Portaria

  • Walking through to Centaurs path
  • Visit the chapel of The Virgin Mary of Portarea, built since 1273 and light a candle. It is situated in the court yard of St. Nicolas church and it gives its name to the village.
  • Visit the Women’s Agrotourist Cooperative of Portaria and their workshops where you can buy traditional homemade products of the area, such us jams, variety of pasta and pastry sweets.
  • Enjoy the route starting from Portaria walking all the way to Makrinitsa and admire the lovely view to the city of Volos from the village square.
  • Walk on the cobbled streets and the beautiful footpaths of Portaria, it is an ideal way to have an authentic experience of the village.
  • Rent a bike and enjoy the beauty of the mountain in a different way.
  • Try riding a horse and enjoy the cobbled streets in the most traditional way.

 

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