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Mt. Pelion, home of the Centaurs, has been renowned for its beauty since antiquity. Homer and his contemporary Hesiod, have both praised its unique flora and medicinal plants in their work describing Pelion as the leafy and woody, mountain respectively. In prehistoric times, several large, predatory animals must have inhabited the range, in as much as Cheiron, who, according to Greek mythology, was Achilles’ teacher and mentor, used to feed on lion meat and brains.

VOLOS

Volos, situated between the crystal-clear waters of the Pagasitikos Bay and the evergreen slopes of Pelion Mountain, is the capital of Magnesia and one of the largest and most modern cities of Greece. The privileged location of Volos and its port attracts important investment ensuring the prosperity of the region. Volos is the birthplace of Jason, the legendary hero who led the Argonauts across the Aegean Sea and through the straits of Bosporus. After a long and dangerous journey, Jason, arrived at ancient Colchida in the present-day state of Georgia, on the banks of the black Sea and south of the Caucasus Mountain, in order to retrieve the Golden Fleece.

PELION

The Pelion Mountain famed to be the summer residents of the twelve Olympian Gods and the mythical land of the Centaurs, half-man and half-horse, rises imposingly and spectacularly over the northwest of Volos.

The mountain’s 24 picturesque villages have a unique architectural style, and are perched on its slopes or hidden in the green ravines. They are so well integrated into the landscape that they give the impression of having sprung up together with the surrounding trees. The harder to explore eastern side of Pelion, where the Aegean sea glitters like a mirror, falls abruptly into the sea creating picturesque rocky coasts and beautiful sandy beaches. In contrast, the serene and calm coasts of the western Pagasitikos Bay are easily accessible. From Pelion, excursions to Volos, the neighboring Sporades islands and even Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki peninsulas are easily available.

In Greek mythology, Mount Pelion (which took its name from the mythical king Peleus, father of Achilles) was the homeland of Chiron the Centaur, tutor of many ancient Greek heroes, such as Jason, Achilles, Theseus and Heracles. It was in Mount Pelion, near Chiron's cave, that the marriage of Thetis and Peleus took place. The uninvited goddess Eris, to take revenge for having been kept outside the party, brought a golden apple with the inscription "To the Fairest". The dispute that then arose between the goddesses Hera, Aphrodite and Athene resulted in events leading to the Trojan War. When the giants Otus and Ephialtes attempted to storm Olympus, they piled Mount Pelion upon Mount Ossa, which became a proverbial allusion for any huge but fruitless attempt.

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