Pelion and the Sporades

Pelion and the Sporades

Pelion & Sporades – September 13th – 27th

Having sampled Crete, Patmos and Samos in previous years with Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, in 2008 we booked the Pelion and the Sporades holiday, only having to cancel it at the last moment due to my illness.

February this year took us to Cuba with Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, and we were determined to complete our 2008 plans by booking the Greek holiday again this year for September 13th.

Having read other Bloggers, I do know that at times, they have had difficulty in selecting the highlights of their holiday, and I must say that the brochure certainly did provide a good description of what to expect.

The fourteen days were filled with ten walks, two relaxing and scenic ferry transfers between Volos and Skopelos, and two days to either relax, or explore at will.

Very little is flat in this part of Greece and most of the walks were either up or down, mostly using the ancient Kalderimi mule paths. There is wind between trees and wild herb bushes, giving off their scent as you brush against them. Although steep in parts, all of the walks were capably completed by most of the Group.

Our hotel in Kala Nera was almost on the sea front, so at the end of the day’s walking there was ample opportunity to relax with a swim. It was unusual to have an egg and bacon breakfast in Greece!

Our hotel on Skopelos was high above the town and harbour, and had a small swimming pool – although the water temperature was not to the liking of some! The views from the top floor were spectacular.

The walks on Skopelos provided ample opportunity for swimming in its many pretty bays where most of the walks ended.

One cannot mention Skopelos without also mentioning the ‘Mama Mia Effect’.

Although obviously, some trading advantage has been taken from the film, and it was interesting to recognize some of the locations, this has in no way spoiled the island, which is still very traditionally Greek.

The food was also good!