Ano Kerassia – Ovrios – Pouri

First, to go to Ano Kerassia, you drive northwest of Volos towards the village of Glafira, and then you move on northeast towards Ano Kerassia. From Ano Kerassia onwards there is a 30km route of great beauty. It is worth mentioning that both villages are of historical importance, since they were burnt down by the Germans in 1944. We start moving northeast towards the Flamourio monastery and when, after 2km, we come to a crossroads we turn right to Pouri (the road to the left leads to the Flamourio monastery). In case you decide to go out of your way to visit the monastery, it is good to know that it was founded in 1593, that women visitors are not allowed and that the dirt road does not go as far as the monastery, therefore you will need to park your car at a walking distance of 40 minutes from it. So turning right at the crossroads towards Pouri, we continue east through the heart of the forest towards Kokinogia (8km from Kerassia). We pass Kokinogia on the right and continue east towards Rachi Palavoyanni, then down to the Ovriou seaside, passing the roads leading to various chapels (Prophet Elias, Agios Georgis). This part of the route offers a splendid view to the Agean. Driving along the Ovriou seaside, in about the middle of it, great attention is needed when  we go over the Lagonikas stream as there is usually too much water at the end of the winter and in the spring. Leaving the place we go up 5km southeast to Pouri, after crossing the dirt road. The road becomes concrete just before Pouri and is flanked by beautiful chestnuts and apple trees. Pouri was probably named so after the so-called “puria”, the limestone found in the area.