Dana Facaros in Sunday Times. But during their long summers, the Greek islanders themselves often dreamed of Pelion: a lush mountainous peninsula jutting into the Aegean 200 miles north of Athens, with forests, springs, waterfalls Water and orchards are intertwined by gravel roads.
“In the summer, Pelion and its beautiful cliff-backed beaches get very busy; in winter, when there are fewer people to share, it’s so romantic. ” For some Greeks, it was the only time of year they came. add a veil of mystery.”
Most of all, winter travelers hope for snow – and thanks to the “Aegean effect”, when cold air moves over warm waters, that’s more or less guaranteed. Up to 16ft falls annually on the greater heights of Pelion. At just 1,471m, the local ski resort is “barely Alpine”, but it offers superb sea views. Pelion’s 20 quaint villages are also “one of the most beautiful in Greece”. They often overlook the sea, with a “beautiful stone flag square,” a rather late Byzantine church, and a giant plane tree or two.
“A perfect winter day in Pelion” can begin with a morning in the village of Makrinitsa, “The Balcony of Pelion”, to enjoy great views from its main square and enjoy a coffee at Theofilos Café . Followed by an afternoon on the ski slopes, or a walk along one of the mule paths. When darkness falls, you can return to the hotel to be set foot on by an exploding fire while sipping a rakomeloGreek version of a hot kid.
Finally, come dinner at one of the peninsula’s “great family-run pubs” for Pelion’s “spicy specialties,” spetsofai (fried green peppers, tomatoes, goat or lamb sausage and tomatoes).
Seven nights b&b at Santikos Mansion in Vizitsa from £696pp, including flights to Thessaloniki and car hire (sunvil.co.uk).
https://www.theweek.co.uk/arts-life/travel/955915/skiing-by-the-sea-in-pelion Sea skiing in Pelion