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Platanias at a glance

A fishing village in the sweeping south of the Pelion peninsula, Platanias is a picturesque spot to while away some time. The views out to sea are simply spectacular, and a small but perfect stretch of sandy beach is a local hub for socialising or relaxing. A short walk along the weaving coastline takes you to neighbouring Mikro Beach, with its rugged appeal and shallow turquoise waters.

The small port at Platanias is an incredible place to explore a collection of rustic fish tavernas, each serving the freshest catch of the day, courtesy of the local fishermen. The port is also where day trippers can join a cruise or grab a water taxi to the nearby island of Skiathos, which is just 25 minutes away.

Platanias may seem like a laid-back village today, but it was a vital trading port in the 19th century, and is actually built on the site of an ancient city. Visitors soak up the feeling of history while wandering around this magical locality. Plentiful meze bars, restaurants and shops selling souvenirs and locally produced olive products are all on hand to complete a perfect visit.

For those who can bear to pull themselves away from Platanias, the small city of Volos is just 40 miles away, while the numerous villages and coastal coves of the Pelion peninsula are ripe for local exploration.

Please note we offer flights via Skiathos and Volos to Pelion Peninsula including transfers.  

Best time to visit

June, July and August are the warmest months in Platanias, with an average high of 31 C. The coldest months are December, January and February, when there is also the highest chance of rain in the year too.

The summer months see some festivals happening in the village of Platanias. On 1 and 2 July each year, there is a religious festival hosted by the church, Agii Anargiri. During early August, there is often a beach party on Platanias Beach. One night during the second half of August, there is also a special evening to celebrate the fishermen, when you can hear traditional music and sample fish soup and local wine.

Travel advice

Buses: There are regular buses that run from Platanias to Volos, and you can stop at many villages along the way of this bus route.

Car rental: Hiring a car is a great way to visit some of the other villages in the Pelion peninsula. It’s best to hire a car either on arrival at the airport, or from a car rental office in Volos.

Taxi: There are a few local taxi firms in Platanias that are well-placed to take you wherever you need to go. Either ask your hotel to book you a taxi, or contact a local taxi company directly.

Weather

Max_temp Max Temp C Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Platanias 19 24 28 31 31 28 23
London 13 16 20 22 21 19 13
Sun Sunshine Hours Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Platanias 8 9 11 12 12 9 7
London 5 6 7 6 6 5 3

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