SPECIALS/EVENTS IN THE AEGEAN SEA
ARGALASTI VILLAGE (PELION)
The village of Argalasti and its surroundings offer a complete package: picturesque places, unique architecture, natural beauty, beautiful beaches and breathtaking views of the Pagasitic Gulf and the Aegean Sea. And on top: a place filled with the history of the Greek liberation struggle.
The village of Argalasti is the capital of the entire South Pelion region and is a very interesting and beautiful little town. Located in the south of the Pelion mountain range on a fertile plateau 196 m above sea level, about 41 km from the city of Volos and surrounded by olive groves, Argalasti is now one of the oldest villages of Pelion, the commercial and tourism center of the region.
In the 15th century, this vast grassland was populated by farmers from all over Greece, many of whom came because they had to flee from the Turkish occupiers or were expelled from their properties. The settlers began to farm the land and grew crops, wheat and barley.
Argastali was one of the few places of Pelion which was self-sufficient with flour. Later, they also grew olives, grapes, fig trees and much more. The fertile land offered abundant fruits which lead to a further influx and increase of the population - the heyday of Argalasti began.
Although inexperienced as leaders and in weapon use, the inhabitants of Argalasti, as well as those of the entire Pelion Peninsula, actively participated in the struggle for Greek independence in 1821. The passion for freedom from the Turkish occupation was the source of courage and self-sacrifices. The resistance of the inhabitants of Argalasti is still remembered as heroic.
Today, Argalasti is still an important small town of Pelion, with remarkable neoclassical houses. Taking a walk through the village, you will be enchanted by the traditional atmosphere, the old houses and the unique character of the town's architecture. You can find elements of the antique as well as the Byzantine period here.
A masterpiece of architecture is the 45 meters high, made of marble tower of the Church of St. Apostles Peter and Paul with its remarkable tower clock from the 20th century. With its two Russian and one Swiss bell, it is a copy of the famous bell tower of the Agia Fotini in Smirni (Asia Minor).
Close to the church is the main square of the village, surrounded by centuries-old plane trees, which provide shade for both inhabitants and tourists. Along the neighboring streets are traditional and modern cafés, an eclectic selection of accommodation and dining options. In the summer months market takes place every Saturday. Local products and fruits and vegetables, but also various other items such as dishes, knives, clothes are sold there.
Definitely worth a visit is the house of Margaritis Dimadis, a member of the former secret liberation federation "Filiki Etaireia", as well as the recently renovated girls' school from the 20th century whose director was the scholar and poet Kostas Varnalis.
The special feature of Argalasti is its central location with access to the most beautiful beaches on the Pagasitic Gulf such as: Paou beach (5 km), Kalamaos and Lefokastro (9 km), and along the Aegean coast: the sandy beaches Potistika (15 km) and Paltsi (13 km).
In addition, the mountains that surround the place are pure natural beauty and ideal for hiking. In the surroundings of Argalasti you can admire the Pagasitic Gulf as well as picturesque places like Kalamos. The unique architecture of the craftsmen from Epirus and their stone art, which are especially found in the numerous stone arch bridges of Pelion, make this region a real highlight of Pelion.