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
The little traditional village of Portaria is full of life all year round. Visit the Folklore Museum of the village and the environmental center of Makrinitsa situated nearby, 2 kilometers away.
Having the guesthouse as your starting point, you can follow trekking path journeys that are organized by professional guides and discover the traditional paths of Pelion (Kalderimia).
Eleni, the owner, will show you some nice little trips you can take starting from this village: for instance, Portaria – Chania, a beautiful journey of 2 hours; the centaurs path, a small walk of 20 minutes from the village square till the wells situated at the foot of the mountain; Portaria-Makrinitsa, a 4-hour journey from the mountain road.
6 horses on the family’s farm, at 1.5 km from the guesthouse, are there for those who would like to do the horseback riding. Stephanos, the son of Eleni, passionate about horseback riding, proposes small tours around the farm for the beginners and longer ones, on beautiful pathways of Pelion, for the experienced ones.
During wintertime, just 12 kilometers away, the little ski center called Agriolefkes at Chania will welcome you so that you enjoy winter sports in the snow. You have the opportunity to book ski lessons with tutors or with Stephanos and Philippos, national champions in skiing.
The closest beaches are those called Kala Nera and Afissos (25 kms, 20 minutes away) at the Pagassitikos Bay side and the Aghios Yannis beach at the Aegean sea.
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.