ALI MERIA (Village) VOLOS
Tel: +30 24280 46414
Alli Meria is the first municipal compartment the visitor meets entering the Municipality of Portaria. It is a village built in the traditional form, attracting many new residents who dream of finding a peaceful home in beautiful surroundings. The vegetation is lush and the village is built on the bank of the historical waterfall Anavros, with a beautiful view on the Pagassitikos bay and the urban complex of Volos.
KATOCHORI (Village) VOLOS
Tel: +30 24280 99101
Katihori lies in the southeast part of the Municipality of Portaria. Is is picturesque village with rich vegetation, which has preserved its traditional aspect.
As in the other compartments, here also the population cultivates olive and apple trees, vegetables and vineyards of excellent quality, a fact which has allowed the local population over the years to develop the production of wine and tsipouro. Nowadays there are not many vineyards left, and the wine production is limited to a small number of cultivators, who however still follow the traditional methods, which guarantee the excellent quality of the product. A number of farmers continue production, but the largest percentage of the product is consumed locally. In recent years olive cultivation has spread widely. The farming area of the village is one of the largest in Pelion, with thousands of olive-trees, which produce thousands of tons of oil, part of which is given to the Unions and commerce for edible use, while the largest part of the production goes to the oil- press, where large quantities of excellent quality oil is produced. Some producers make small quantities of «unburnt» oil, which is considered by the older generation as a medicine for various health problems (stomach, liver, etc.).
An Agricultural Assocation has been functioning for many years, which mainly aims at supporting the farmers work. The Association provides pesticides, is responsible for spraying the crops, and paying the producers from various business transactions with the Pelion Union.
PORTARIA (Village) VOLOS
Queen of Pelion, the beautiful village of Portaria, is one of most popular tourist resorts in Greece. It is 12 klm distance from Volos and 13 klm from the ski center, combining sea and mountains. It is situated at a height of 650 mtrs. with an exceptional view of the Pagassitikos bay.
Portaria is one of the most significant tourist resorts in Greece. Visitors admire its natural beauties, like the «Centaurs' path» and the cascade of Karavos, walk along the cobbled streets that are surrounded by yards with flowers in full bloom, enjoy the view over the gulf of Pagassitikos and visit the Byzantine churches and the old monasteries.
The numerous restored mansions remind you of the past of Portaria. The Athanassakio Kindergarten (one of the first to be established in Greece), the Zoulia Mansion (which operated as a Vocational School for girls), the Tsopotio School (nowadays, the Town hall), are only several of its important monuments.
Portaria has a rich traditional culture and the Municipality promotes the cultural element organizing events, congresses, meetings and festivals in collaboration with the cultural association «ORMINIO». Suggestively we mention the following annual activities:
•World Day of Dance.
•International Folklore Dance Festival for Children.
•International Folklore Festival.
•Revival of the Pelioritic Wedding.
•Exhibitions - Concerts - Meetings.
There are many hotels available of every class, traditional hostels, rented rooms, and also restaurants, taverns and other similar establishments, serving the needs of visitors. The women of Portaria have established the Agro-tourist Association, which provides homemade fruit conserves, marmelades, liquors, pastries and culinary specialities.
STAGIATES (Village) VOLOS
Tel: +30 24280 42937
Stagiates is the fourth municipal compartment of the Municipality of Portaria. Is is a small village to the northwest of Portaria, with a rich natural enviroment, where visitors can enjoy the view of Volos and the luscious green of the area. The village of Stagiates owes its fame to for two reasons: the superb waters and the delicious sausages. Nowadays the Municipality of Portaria, in an effort to preserve some of the old traditions, organizes a yearly revival of the sausage tradition, with the Sausage Festival, which takes place in July in the central square of the village.
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