Jewel In The Crown
Your suggested 11 night island hopping itinerary
- Pelion - 4 nights
Ferry to Skiathos (2.5hrs - daily)
- Skiathos - 3 nights
Ferry to Alonissos (90 mins - daily)
- Alonissos - 3 nights
Ferry to Skiathos (90 mins - daily) or Ferry to Pelion (4hrs 55mins daily)
- Pelion or Skiathos - 1 night
For return flight you can return from Skiathos or Pelion, itinerary includes 1 night in either Skiathos or Pelion
Prices from £1179pp for departures in Summer 2022 from London Gatwick. All ferries and vehicle transfers between the ferry port and your hotel included. Available from mid-May to the end of October.
Tucked away in the Pagasetic Gulf in eastern Greece, the Pelion peninsula is characterised by sweeping mountain vistas, enchanting villages and hideaway beaches.
Named after Mount Pelion, which majestically overlooks the peninsula, this locality is all about lush local charm and the splendour of the winding coastline. A relatively untouched part of Greece, this is a region in which to embark on magical forest hikes to discover monasteries and wonderful waterfalls, or meander through chocolate-box villages surrounded by olive groves, such as Makrinitsa and Milies. The Pelion Steam Train is a great way to soak up the scenery while letting the train do the work. During the warmer months, visit the beaches at Agios Ioannis and Mylopotamos – or discover your own secluded stretch of coastline for a swim. In the winter, join families from Athens by travelling higher up the mountain for skiing adventures in Agriolefkes.
The vibe of a Pelion peninsula holiday is about the beauty of nature. For those who want a little urban buzz too, a visit to the small city of Volos is fabulous for a little shopping, waterfront eateries and day trips to tiny neighbouring islands. Elsewhere in the Pelion peninsula, discover seaside tavernas serving authentic cuisine amid a rustic atmosphere, or experience wines in local vineyards, where the vines have been nurtured by the one-of-a-kind mountain climate. And for those who enjoy the quirkier things in life, the Pelion peninsula has a Museum of Worry Beads in Portaria!
Your journey starts in Skiathos, just 12 miles long but with more than 60 beaches. Gorgeous Skiathos Town has shady tavernas on a busy waterfront. The narrow streets of the bustling old town are crammed with shops, cafes and bars. You can rock the night away - if you want to. You can climb Medieval castles, stroll through forests, discover quiet sandy beaches and even take a rescued dog for a walk. Buses run five times an hour through peak season, linking resorts between Skiathos Town and Koukounaries, the best-known beach that is a crescent of golden sand fringed with pine trees.
Then there's amazing Alonissos – a gem for those wanting to get away from it all. You feel the sense of calm as you sail into elegant Patitiri, the small town and main port. Some beaches have bright white pebbles or sand creating a vivid contrast with the turquoise sea. Many beaches are surrounded by pine forests that cover much of the island. Alonissos is in Europe’s largest marine park which protects monk seals and dolphins. It has a rescue centre for baby seals. Try to fit in a boat trip around the park.
A romantic lustre adds sparkle to the marvellous Sporades Islands. Legend has it that one island was created by the love child of gods. Now two islands are the focus of one of the 21st century’s most successful romantic movies, Mamma Mia.
Customise your trip
Charoula's Studios ★★ Plus
- Only a short distance to the nearest beach
- A charming hotel with decorative gardens and a swimming pool
- Nearest shops and bars within a few steps
Hotel Katia ★★★★
- Near to the village square of Afissos.
- A short distance to Lagoudi beach.
- Typical Greek charm and hospitality.
Leda Village Resort ★★★★
- Beachfront location with magnificent views
- The perfect choice to relax and experience the best of the Pelion Peninsula
- There are mini markets plus cafés & tavernas by the sea
Valis Resort Hotel ★★★
- verlooking the blue waters of the Pagasetic Gulf and with the Mountain of Centaurs.
- Only a few minutes walk to the main attractions of Agria.
- Indoor and outdoor pool
Alkmene Studios ★★
- Located in Skiathos Town
- Traditional studios
- Free wifi
Filokalia Apartments ★★ plus
- Located in Achladies
- Studios set in pretty white buildings & Exclusive to Olympic Holidays
- Minimum stay 3 night
Bourtzi Boutique Hotel ★★★★
- Adults only hotel located in Skiathos Town
- Swimming pool and stylish cocktail bar
- Minimum stay 1 night
Princess Resort ★★★★★
- Located in Aghia Paraskevi
- Harmony Club Spa & close to sandy beach
- Minimum stay 5 nights
Ilias Studios ★★ plus
- Just 10 mins from Patitiri and harbour
- Tranquil self catering holiday
- Minimum stay 3 nights
Marpunta Village Club ★★★★
- Set in picturesque gardens by the sea
- Great for families
- Minimum stay 5 nights
Atrium of Alonissos ★★★ plus
- Hillside location overlooking the sea
- Two swimming pools
- Minimum stay 3 nights
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