Damouchari is a very attractive and peaceful little natural port, 59 km from Volos and, as yet, rather unspoilt by tourism. It has no tourist facilities whatsoever. It is accessible either by boat from Ayannis and Milopotamos or on foot either from Tsagarada or via the Mouressio hillside. At Damouchari you can enjoy the view to the north cove -a little port with a few small boats- and have a swim in the south part of the all white shingle beach. The two coves are separated by a massive piece of rock on top of which rest the ruins of a medieval castle. Damouchari beach is ideal for snorkeling and quite a few free campers seize the opportunity to set up camp next to the torrent, behind the little wooden bridge.
The Milopotamos beach is to Pelion what Super Paradise beach is to Mykonos!… It is 45 km away from Volos and one of the most frequented beaches of Pelio, with thousands of visitors every year. After you park your car you will have to go down quite a few steps before you come to it. The key feature of this beach is that it is divided in two parts by a mass of rocks and the two parts communicate through a narrow passage. There is a beach bar built exclusively of traditional materials so that it ties in with the rest of the surroundings.
On the eastern slopes of Pelion, at a distance of just 25 km from Volos, lies the small secluded beach of Fakistra. It is exactly below Tsagarada and you will have to climb down a 200m path of pristine natural beauty in order to reach it. On the way down to the beach and inside a recess of the rock there lies hidden a handsome chapel nicknamed “Krifo scholio” (= secret school) by the locals -evoking memories from the Ottoman times. There is also an impressive water fall right behind the beach. As mentioned, Fakistra is completely unorganized, and you will need to carry plenty of water with you as well as a parasol for sun protection.
56 km northeast of Volos, there is Chorefto, a marvelous beach about 2.5 km long and one of the best resorts in Pelion. It was from this sea port that the seamen of Zagora used to set sail for the markets of Europe and the Levant. There is also a path leading to the isolated sandy beaches of Parissena and Analipsi. A motor boat will take you to Palea Migela to explore the sea caves. If you happen to be there on 29th August, Ayannis festival will be an unforgettable experience. It was no chance this was the place where G. Drosinis, the poet, was inspired to write the poems later published in his collection “Galini” (Serenity).
Ayannis is 55km off Volos. Built next to the beautiful white shingle beach, it is a cosmopolitan resort in the northeast Pelion and a tourist attraction to many holidaymakers. Genuinely cosmopolitan Ayannis provides a wide range of tourist facilities – many fine hotels and hostels, rooms to let, restaurants, tavernas, pizza houses, cafeterias, bars and other entertainment centers. This is a destination offering all night entertainment to night owls. Sea sports fans have the choice of hiring either a small boat or a sea bicycle or a canoe (Feel safe, there is also a life coast guard) or even a bigger boat for a longer trip. Though cosmopolitan, Ayannis also retains many traditional and local features, for example the Pelia and the Argonautika cultural events that take place each summer. Ayannis festival is on 24th June, with the custom of Kleidonas stealing the show, while the 3-day festivities following Ag. Sotiros day, on 6th August, provide carefree entertainment to all.
58 km north of Volos is the Mikro beach. Set in a superb scenery combining leafy trees and refreshing blue waters, the Mikro beach with fine sand and snow white shingles, is considered one of the most beautiful in south Pelion and attracts large numbers of visitors. In spite of the great number of swimmers, the beach is reputedly peaceful and quiet, a perfect place for invigorating relaxation. Here there are bars with all kinds of refreshments, and you will find several little tavernas on the road with a view to the Aegean.
Afissos is just 25 km from Volos and is a cosmopolitan resort, which has, however, kept its quaintness. It provides excellent tourist services, among which restaurants, tavernas, cafeterias and bars. In the middle of the beautiful shady square of Afissos you can see clear gurgling water coming up from the fountain. According to Mythology the Argonauts drank water from this fountain before setting sail for their long voyage to Kolchis in pursuit of the Golden Fleece. An Argonautica festival and various other events are held during the summer, commemorating Jason and the Argonauts. Afissos is built amphitheatrically in the middle of extensive olive groves. A little before entering the village we find Kalifteri, a large sandy beach, while after leaving the village we come to Ambovos, a beach of very fine sand and fantastic bright blue waters. Lagoudi, Razi and Agia Efthimia beaches are also excellent choices.
56 km from Volos lays the fantastic beach Papa Nero. It is a golden sandy beach organized with sun shades and deck chairs and dotted with picturesque little tavernas serving local sea food. Cars are not allowed into the beach area during high season, which preserves the beauty of the place for the visitors to marvel at. Indeed there is a unique blend of the green mountain, the wonderful blue sea and the clean sandy seaside. Papa Nero also has an organized campsite with newly installed toilets and showers and free Internet. Those seeking more sophisticated entertainment can visit the cosmopolitan beach of Agios Yannis.
Travelling for 53km to the southeast of Volos you come to another famous Pelion beach called Potistika. In spite of its big fame it is situated in a relatively quiet, calming environment. It is a vast unorganized sandy beach with bright blue waters. It is very easily accessible by a road which comes down to the water front. A path starts off here leading to the next beach, Melani beach. Like all Pelion beaches, Potistika combines the blue water of the sea with the beautiful green of the mountain. It is set in beautiful surroundings, ideal for carefree holidays and peaceful rest moments and is the nearest to Volos Aegean beach, connected to it with an asphalt road.
Travelling for about 50km away from Volos, we come to the Agii Sarada beach, north of the Ayannis Beach. This is one of the best known Pelion beaches boasting beautiful azure waters and golden sand which turns into startlingly white shingles close to the water. A great many people are attracted here, especially in August, and if you want to park your car near the sea you’ll have to arrive early, since the road is narrow and slopes down. A huge rock is the characteristic feature of the Agii Sarada beach, found on the right side, almost adjoining the leafy ground. Stare at it and you will realize it resembles the figure of a stooped monk. The beach has the basics -sunshades and deck chairs- and there are little tavernas and beach bars.