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ADDRESS
In Greece the name of the street precedes the number. e.g. Agiou Nikalaou 29.

AEGEAN SEA
The main villages with a view to the Aegean are Agios Ioannis ,Tsagarada, Mouresi, Agios Dimitrios, Kissos, Zagora, Pouri, Makrirahi, Anilio, Labinou and Kalamaki.

The better known beaches on the Aegean side of the Pelion peninsula are: Agios Ioannis, Plaka, Papa Nero, Milopotamos, Fakistra, Agii Saranda and Horefto.

Other unspoilt resorts on the shores of the Aegean are: Melani, Paltsi (Agios Konstandinos) and Potistika, which are approached via Argalasti village in the south of Pelion, as is the very tip of the peninsula.


AFISSOS
This is a charming seaside village on the Pagasitikos Gulf about 30 klms from Volos, near Millies and the road that leads to northeast Pelion. It has several lovely shingle beaches, and several tavernas and cafeterias. Afissos is a favourite destination for the tourists of the third age as the distances between the accommodations, restaurants and beaches are minimal.

AGRICULTURE
The Pelion peninsula is an active agricultural area. On the mountainsides the main harvests are: apples, cherries, pears, chestnuts and walnuts, whilst the fruit crop on the milder, lower slopes consists of olives, peaches, lemons, oranges, grapes, grapefruit, quince, melons, watermelons.

AIRPORTS
See Home Page - How to Travel to Pelion.

APPLES
One of the main agricultural products. There are several varieties of which two are the best known: a red starkin type famous for its aroma, produced mainly at Zagora and Milies, and ' Firikia' a variety peculiar only to the Pelion area. They are meant only for local markets as production is limited.
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ARCHITECTURE
The old mansions and the castle-like houses, blending and complimenting the dynamic landscape, complete the idyllic picture and unique atmosphere, which in this unspoilt area of Greece are known as Pelion. Houses are large and detached with adjoining land. Building regulations are quite strict.
The authorities class some villages as "traditional", which means old buildings must be restored and maintained in good repair because of their exceptional architectural style, beauty and history. In these specific areas, roofs must by law be constructed with the locally quarried heavy, grey " Pilion Plakes" [stone slabs]. The wood used for the supporting structure of beams that must hold weights of tons is the durable chestnut wood.
Expert information on this subject can be found in the book:
"PELION, Greek Traditional Architecture ", Melissa Publishing House, 1988, 10 Navarinou St. Athens.<
http://www.melissabooks.com

ARGALASTI
A bustling, agricultural village in southern Pelion. The tip of the peninsula and the beaches of Paltsi, Potistika and Melani are only accessible via Argalasti. Within the community are the following facilities: a Health Centre, Post Office, Chemist's, Gift Shop, Dry-cleaner's, Ceramics Shop, Stationer's, Petrol Station, Police Station, some Grocery Shops, two Bakeries, Coffee Shops. No bank. Street Market on Saturday mornings, mostly with local produce.

Lefokastron and Kalamos, two beautiful hamlets on the Pagasitikos Gulf shores, are connected to Argalasti by mule and agricultural tracks.


AUTUMN
A stunning season. This is a perfect time for walkers to explore the mule-tracks and paths that crisscross the entire Pelion peninsula.

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