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Alli Meria is the first municipal compartment the visitor meets entering the Municipality
of Portaria. It is a village built in the traditional form, attracting many new
residents who dream of finding a peaceful home in beautiful surroundings. The
vegetation is lush and the village is built on the bank of the historical waterfall
Anavros, with a beautiful view on the Pagassitikos
bay and the urban complex of Volos.
Tel: +30 24280 99101
Katihori lies in the southeast part of the Municipality of Portaria.
Is is picturesque village with rich vegetation, which has preserved its traditional
As in the other compartments, here also the population cultivates
olive and apple trees, vegetables and vineyards of excellent quality, a fact which
has allowed the local population over the years to develop the production of wine
and tsipouro. Nowadays there are not many vineyards left, and the wine production
is limited to a small number of cultivators, who however still follow the traditional
methods, which guarantee the excellent quality of the product. A number of farmers
continue production, but the largest percentage of the product is consumed locally.
In recent years olive cultivation has spread widely. The farming area of the village
is one of the largest in Pelion,
with thousands of olive-trees, which produce thousands of tons of oil, part of
which is given to the Unions and commerce for edible use, while the largest part
of the production goes to the oil- press, where large quantities of excellent
quality oil is produced. Some producers make small quantities of «unburnt» oil,
which is considered by the older generation as a medicine for various health problems
(stomach, liver, etc.).
An Agricultural Assocation has been functioning for many years, which
mainly aims at supporting the farmers work. The Association provides pesticides,
is responsible for spraying the crops, and paying the producers from various business
transactions with the Pelion Union.
One of the major towns of the region. Anchialos means the city by
the sea. Its well known for its beautiful black sand beach, picturesque port,
pine-clad hill (the citadel of the ancient Pyrasos)
and archaeological remains.
There are sites of archaeological interest all around the town: the
remains of both secular buildings and early Christian churches with extremely
Near Nea Anchialos is situated one of the two airports of the region.
The tourist infrastructure (hotels, rented accommodation, transport, small conference
facilities) guarantees the visitor a pleasant, relaxing holiday. Picturesque seaside
sites like Kritharia, Marathos,
Agios Georgios Kinigon, Megali
Valanidia and Dimitriada
are ideal for short excursions to complement the cultural activities taking place
all year round and culminating in the wine festival at the end of July or beginning
of August, where free wine is offered by the Dimitra Agricultural Collective,
one of the biggest wine producers in Greece.
This text (extract) is cited November 2003 from the GNTO
- Region of Thessaly
- Prefecture of Magnesia
- Magnesia Prefecture
Tourism Committee tourist pamphlet.
Queen of Pelion,
the beautiful village of Portaria, is one of most popular tourist resorts in Greece.
It is 12 klm distance from Volos
and 13 klm from the ski center, combining sea and mountains. It is situated at
a height of 650 mtrs. with an exceptional view of the Pagassitikos
Portaria is one of the most significant tourist resorts in Greece.
Visitors admire its natural beauties, like the «Centaurs' path» and the cascade
of Karavos, walk along the cobbled streets that are surrounded by yards with flowers
in full bloom, enjoy the view over the gulf of Pagassitikos and visit the Byzantine
churches and the old monasteries.
The numerous restored mansions remind you of the past of Portaria.
The Athanassakio Kindergarten (one of the first to be established in Greece),
the Zoulia Mansion (which operated as a Vocational School for girls), the Tsopotio
School (nowadays, the Town hall), are only several of its important monuments.
Portaria has a rich traditional culture and the Municipality promotes
the cultural element organizing events, congresses, meetings and festivals in
collaboration with the cultural association «ORMINIO». Suggestively we mention
the following annual activities:
•World Day of Dance.
•International Folklore Dance Festival for Children.
•International Folklore Festival.
•Revival of the Pelioritic Wedding.
•Exhibitions - Concerts - Meetings.
There are many hotels available of every class, traditional hostels,
rented rooms, and also restaurants, taverns and other similar establishments,
serving the needs of visitors. The women of Portaria have established the Agro-tourist
Association, which provides homemade fruit conserves, marmelades, liquors, pastries
and culinary specialities.
Tel: +30 24280 42937
Stagiates is the fourth municipal compartment of the Municipality of Portaria.
Is is a small village to the northwest of Portaria,
with a rich natural enviroment, where visitors can enjoy the view of Volos
and the luscious green of the area. The village of Stagiates owes its fame to
for two reasons: the superb waters and the delicious sausages. Nowadays the Municipality
of Portaria, in an effort to preserve some of the old traditions, organizes a
yearly revival of the sausage tradition, with the Sausage Festival, which takes
place in July in the central square of the village.