MAKRINITSA

BALCONY OF PELION
"A pure jewel on Pelion mountain"

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The Noble Village

You will be impressed by the breathtaking first picture of the village. The village of Makrinitsa is a pure jewel hanging on the edge of the amazingly lush and green mountain. Makrinitsa is known as the “Balcony of Pelion”, due to its unique view over Volos and the Pagasetic Gulf that can be seen from every point. Makrinitsa is also known as the “noble village”, as it was mostly inhabited by wealthy people. Its admirable mansions dated from the 18th and 19th century indicate the village’s history and most of these are now being renovated and used as hostels that offer an “ambient” stay to their visitors.

Makrinitsa has been built on levels, so the first houses in Koukourava neighborhood, as it is called, at 300mt, have a significant altitude difference from the last ones in the Kakouna neighborhood, at 850mt. All the village`s neighborhoods are being connected through a network of picturesque and skillfully crafted cobblestone streets.


Exploring Nearby

Walk in Historical Paths


Makrinitsa was first inhabited in 1204 and during the 15th century began to develop, and managed to become the largest village on Pelion. Village’s history is interwoven with its residents` fights for their freedom against Turks and later against Germans. In the main square you can drink your coffee under the hundred-year-old plane trees, enjoying at the same time the wonderful view over Volos. Be refreshed by the big fountain at the main square (built in 1809), and admire the fresco (1910) painted by Theofilos Hatzimichael,

in the cafe next to the church. From the central square a downhill path beggins that leads you to the Museum of Folk Art and History of Pelion (Topali Museum). Another uphill path leads you to the church of Panagia, the village`s cathedral, that was built in 1767, where you will admire its beautiful belfry. By taking a walk along the village, you can admire the many churches scattered around it and you can be refreshed in the more than 56 traditional fountains which are scattered all over the village.

Cultural events

Makrinitsa, is a tourist destination all year round but particularly during winter, together with the nearby village of Portaria, it is a preferred base for all skiing enthusiasts as it is only 15km away from the ski center. During summer many cultural events take place,with the top one being the presentation of the folklore custom ‘Maides’, which is a festival that has its roots to Dionysos, the ancient greek god, and is based on the renaissance of nature and life. Every summer from the 15th of July until the 30th of September, cultural events named "Makrinitsa" are organized by Makrinitsa community with painting, photography and sculpture exhibitions, theatrical music and Greek song concerts with plenty of food and drinks available for visitors.


Useful Info

Location and Distances


Location:Central Pelion

Makrinitsa is a village and a former community in Magnesia, Thessaly, and since the 2011 local government, it became part of Volos municipality. It is situated in the northwestern part of Pelion, 6 km northeast of Volos. One of the most characteristic traditional settlements, full of mansions and houses that look like hanging ornaments on the green mountain side. Makrinitsa is a popular tourist destination, especially during the winter.

Distances

  • Volos City 6 km
  • Volos Airport 34 km
  • Portaria Village 3 km
  • Chania Ski center 14 km
  • Zagora Village 34 km
  • Agios Ioannis Beach 33 km
  • Tsagarada Village 36 km
  • Milies Village 33 km
  • Kissos Village 27 km

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