In and around Pigadi
Pigadi and it’s neighboring town Pteleos are perfect examples of traditional Greek life that have changed little in it’s simplicity and tranquility over the years.
Sheltered by a unique coastline which gives both stunning mountain views and a crystal clear sea, you would be forgiven for thinking, while sitting at one of the shoreline tavernas, that you were beside a lake. And it is this tranquility, and the warm, easy going attitude of it’s residents, that gives Pigadi it’s magical, charming quality.
Predominantly an olive growing and fishing community, the area has had to sacrifice little of it’s character for the sake of tourism. Although, understandably favored in the summer by many Greek urbanites, Pigadi has no high rise apartments, no ‘English pubs’ and no ‘package holiday’ feel so synonymous with Greek destinations.
Instead you will find authentic tavernas, serving only fresh produce, fished or farmed locally, often by the owners themselves.
About Haus Pigadi
Built and run by Yannis and Andrea Louridas, Haus Pigadi is ideally located, looking out across the sandy beach and the clear blue waters to the picturesque mountains. Also a popular restaurant, food is served all day and into the night in a large terrace lined with plants and flowers. Gentle Greek music is played throughout the day adding to the lazy ambience.
The apartments, each with their own balcony and sea views, are set above and behind the restaurant, comfortably away from the hum of activity downstairs. These split level apartments create real space and comfort (basically two rooms) and are thus ideal for couples and families, every apartment has three beds (complete with mosquito nets), bathrooms with walk in showers (hot and cold water all day), Kitchen area with sink, electric hobs and refrigerators (all crockery and cutlery is of course provided), air conditioning, televisions and heating (rarely needed!). The balconies all have tables and chairs and the access is through double glass paned doors.
During the day, Haus Pigadi is the ideal place to relax, whether it’s on the veranda sipping frappes, on the beach soaking up the sun or picknicking among the beautiful Olive trees. Swimming of course is a must, and the clear water makes for good snorkeling. There are also many interesting trails to explore and mountains to conquer if you are feeling a little more energetic. One of the great features of Pigadi is it’s safeness, you really can let your children run around freely without having to keep an eye on them every minute of the day allowing you the chance to relax.
But don’t think that all this serenity makes for boring evenings with nothing to do. Pigadi has a surprisingly upbeat tempo during the summer evenings. Haus Pigadi itself is always busy during the evenings and owner Yannis is always ready to demonstrate the music and dances traditional of the area. There are also several beach clubs. For instance, a five minute stroll along the shore road will bring you to the beach club Panagia a truly stunning venue which has a swimming pool and is open all day and most of the night. Also just a few yards from Haus Pigadi, Yannis’ brother Luckis has a rock club as an alternative to the traditional tunes. Other clubs, playing mostly Greek music can be found in and around Pigadi and Pteleos.
Activities and Excursions
Pigadi is ideally situated as a base to explore the many wonders of Central Greece. Ferry boats depart from Pigadi itself on a daily basis in high season and transport you to the popular Sporades islands of Skiathos, Skopelos and Aloynisis in less than two hours. In addition, Greeks second largest island, Evia, famed for it hot springs and thermal spas can be reached in less than an hour from a nearby village. Day trips also run to many of the smaller local islands for a chance to escape into a piece of paradise. All these can be arranged personally by Andrea and Yannis.
Looking inland, we have the bustling coastal city of Volos, gateway to the stunning Pelion mountain region, with excellent hiking, climbing and skiing, also the cities of Lamia and Larissa for those who love to shop, all no more than an hour away. A little further a field, only a few hours away, we have the infamous Mount Olympus, home of the gods and the highest mountain in Greece. The simply amazing monasteries of Meteora are a must see, built into the side of mountainous slabs of rock. Also, Delphi, the home of the oracle and Greek antiquity.
Through Haus Pigadi, totally customized tours can be arranged, guided and unguided. Also, cars can be hired and delivered at discount rates. Whatever you want to do, Haus Pigadi will be happy to organize it for you. In addition, pick ups and drop offs from Athens and Thessaloniki can be arranged
Letzte Aktualisierung ( Mittwoch, 24. Januar 2007 )
History of Pteleos
Pteleos is an ideal place for your holidays all year round ,mainly though in summer,when most tourists come.Each district of the municipal of Pteleos has its own history and tradition which lives on in our days.Pteleos lies on the south coast of the prefecture of Magensia , 60 km to the south of Volos , opposite the famous islands of Sporades.
A group of settlements along the beautiful coasts surround the main village,forming a lively community which combines in harmony virgin nature with all modern facilities , shops,hotels,bars,restaurants, first aid station etc.
On the coast Pigadion and Ahillion are the centre of life with picturesque ports,fish taverns serving seafood specialties and night entertainment.
In the municipal of Pteleos there are many historical sights to admire such as the remains of Mycenean tombs , the Venetian castle in Pigadion with its fantastic view , the well restored remains of an old windmill in Hamak, the ruins of the village of Hamak , but also the biotop in Lihoura, the mountain range of Othrys with its recently discovered caves and the maritime museum in Ahillion.
Apart from the historical sights there are also numerous little churches and chapels which either due to their position or their history are worth a visit.One should see the church of St. George high up on a hill,from where you can admire the Gulf of Pagasitikos and the mountain range of Pilion , at any time of the day or night!
The beaches Agia Marina , Lefki ,Lihoura , Loutro , Pahiamos , Draka , Mitrouna , Kotsikia , Briniotissa , Rodia , Panagia belong to the most beautiful and cleanest in the southeast of Magnesia.Some of these are easily accessible,offer all facilities,other places are more remote,ideal for romantic trips.Agios Dimitrios in the district of Ahillion is a very popular beach of our area.
After a long day at the beach you can relax and refresh yourself at the many tavernas,cafes,bars with fresh fish or amazing cocktails.All the beaches along with Pigadion have been honoured with the “Golden Star” and “Blue Flag” awards for purity and beauty of the landscape.
A few remarks on the history of Pteleos
Pteleos was first mentioned in pre-Homer times.The name itself is amongst the few which have preserved since ancient times.
Ptelea=elmtree was according to belief then a holy tree and according to the legend “The elmtree rose the grave of Protesilaos” who had been killed in the Trojan War.
Homer, the great poet, in the other hand,does not refer to the area as a region with elm trees.On the list of ships which took part in the conquest of Troy,Pteleos is referred as “lehepii (Lehos –Ancient Greek,which is interpreted as ‘bed’ and “pii” means “poa,hloi” meaning greenness,green vegetation)which should lead us to believe that Pteleos was situated in a landscape full of “lush pastures”.
Set back in time to the captivating mythological epoch there was Protesilaos,who was considered “King to some and Prince to others” and who ruled over the ancient cities of Filaki , Iton , Andron and Pteleos.He participated in the Trojan War with 40 battle ships, did not ,however die in combat,but the moment he disembarked his own ship on the shores of Troy.Leaving myths behind and moving on to modern times one can see that archeologists place the Prethessalic town of Pteleos near the harbour of Pigadi.In the Middle Ages Pteleos was relocated to its position today and is often mentioned in the chronicles of the Venetian and Turkish ruled Thessaly.In the era of the Byzantine Empire vine and excellent wines were abundant in the surroundings of Pteleos and as it says”The wine of Pteleos flows as a precious produce in the Queen of all cities(Konstantinople) regarded a contemporary champagne(sparkling wine)”.
In the 15th century Pteleos was called Ftelia or Ftelio.This particular mention goes back to the historian Laonikos Halkokondili whom Skouvaras quotes,recounting the conquest of Thessaly in 1423 by Tourhan Bey,general of Sultan Mourat II. “There was no destruction or plundering as the conquest had resulted from peaceful capitulation.”However,only on one incident ,in 1470,Sultan Mohammed II conquered the Thessalic forts Pteleos and Gardiki,which the Venetians had been trying to hold desperately as they did not want to submit to the Islamic Yoke.The Sultan had all male population above the age of 12 executed “took over both Ftelia an Gardiki and left them in ruins”.He relocated all inhabitants to Konstaninople,as well as women and children from Evripos.
In 1832 Turkish reign ceased.In 1835,when the Greek government declared status of municipality for the people of Pteleos under Ftiotida,it was referred to as “Pteleos”.The parish was established under the Royal Enactment of His Majesty on 20th April in 1835 and consisted of 614 inhabitants,of which 287 lived in Pteleos,236 in Hamak,37 in Agii Theodori and 54 in Gagriani (today Gavriani).In 1837 the town hall was transferred to Sourpi and in 1864 two communities had been set up,the summer seat would be in Sourpi and the winter seat in Pteleos.
In 1999 due to new regulations and to facilitate services all smaller communties were merged to one large municipal,which is today Pteleos.
Gavriani lies on the foot of Mount Othrys with its waterfalls and lush pineforests.The inhabitants occupy themselves mainly with stockbreeding(sheep and goats) and crops,such as wheat, tee and herbs.
Modern Ahillion lies on the end of the Gulf of Pteleos.Before 1920 the inhabitants lived further up in the hills,a place called Hamak,which derived its name from the mother of Ali Pasha Hamko.Today one can visit the old windmill,the ruins of the old village and the old monastery with its frescos.From excavations it is known that modern Ahillion had been a small settlement and it is said that the name Ahillion comes from Ahilles,Homer’s hero,who is reported to have lived there once.People in Ahillion are occupied with agriculture(stockbreeding and olives)but also with fishing and in the last few years with tourism(bed and breakfast,restaurants clubs,etc.)The Maritime Museum is worth a visit,which exhibits all kinds of shells,fish and equipment for fishermen.
Not much is known about Agii Theodori from the old times.The settlement was burnt down by the Turks.Hence the inhabitants lived a nomadic life.In 1845 they decided to settle down in today’s position of the village due to the excellent climate which prevails there.Wheat and olives are harvested,and stockbreeding is the main occupation.Visitors will love the clean fresh air and juicy lambchops in the tavernas.
Towards inland rises the range of Othrys which is reported to have been occupied in the ancient times.It has also been mentioned in mythology(Battle of Titans).You can go trekking,visit old monasteries and generally enjoy pristine nature.Best time is from May to November,but even in wintertime you could go skitrekking.
Townhall : 24220- 41130,41227,41886,41887 Fax: 24220 41861
Citizen Service Centre:24220 41910 – Fax 24220 41911Hosptial in Almiros:24220 22222,23991
Doctor in Pteleos:24220 41220
Pharmacy in Pteleos:24220 41317
Pharmacy in Ahillion:24220 92610