KRITSA GASTRONOMY HOTEL
Portaria, Magnesia / Pelion, Thessaly
At the central square of beautiful Portaria, only 12 km away from Volos, the Kritsa traditional guesthouse swamped by perennial plane trees and refreshing springs, is an eclectic destination. Built at the pedestrian street of the village it offers a calm stay. At the guesthouse, renowned and awarded for its very good quality cuisine and its exquisite breakfast, you will be welcome with unique warmth to a beautiful family atmosphere.
Guest Inn Opinion
A truly family guesthouse, as we like it, in an ideal location to discover this part of Pelion tasting at the same time the exquisite local specialties and the unique hospitality the owners offer.
Map & Access
By air: There are several flights per week from England, Ireland, France, Belgium and Germany to the airport of Nea Anchialos, situated 45 min. from Volos. From Athens: National Road Athens – Lamia – Thessaloniki. After Almiros, continue towards Larisa and then follow the direction for Velestino and Volos. 4 km before Volos, take the Ring Road for Portaria (approx. 335 km) Arriving in Portaria, cross the village, leave your car at the Public parking and follow, by foot, the path which starts right opposite from the parking. The Traditional Inn Kritsa is at 50m, on your left hand side, in front of the big plane tree of the main square and there are signs leading to it.
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To see / To do
From the guest house
Visit the family farm, "Karaiskos Farm" located just 1.5 km from the main square of the village. It is a unique destination for nature lovers and local gastronomy funs and offers experiential local cuisine lessons with local chefs.
Enjoy the cooking lessons and taste the traditional recipes with the owners at the family farm www.karaiskosfarm.gr
The farm offers coffee and meals based on the philosophy "from farm to table" while you can get fruits and vegetables from the organic garden as well as local products such as pickles, jams and much more house made products, depending on the season.
Poney rides for children and other outdoor activities are available.
In the area
The small traditional village of Portaria is full of life all year round. Visit the Folklore Museum of the village as well as the Byzantin Museum in Makrinitsa, at a distance of 2 km.
It is worth visiting the recently renovated complex "Agora 1955" located in the main parking lot of the village. It is open daily from 10am and you can enjoy your breakfast with many special varieties of coffee and delicious donuts.
At lunch time you can taste the delicious dishes prepared with local products and try some selected wine labels of the area. You can also buy finest products and wines from local producers of Pelion & Thessaly.
The nearest beaches are Kala Nera and Afissos (25 km, 20΄) on the Pagasitic Gulf side and the beach of Agios Giannis on the Aegean side.
During winter, at a distance of 12 km, the small ski center Agriolefkes in Chania, welcomes you to enjoy ski and other snow sports. From the guest house you can book skiing lessons with qualified instructors.
Our hosts suggestions
Bike Or Hike
Bike Or Hike is a family business dedicated to sharing its passion for outdoor activities (including cycling, MTB mountain biking, trekking and hiking) on Pelion with visitors from around the world who have a similar sensitivity for the lovely part of Greece in which we live and work.
Bike Or Hike organize mountain bike and trekking tours with an experienced local guide for both independent groups of visitors (groups of four or more). Full equipment can be provided for mountain biking and trekking.
Ecotourism is not just an idea, it's a way of life.