Situated on the eastern side of the verdant slopes of Mount Pelion, 53 kilometres from Volos panorama icon and at an altitude of 350m, the village of Anilio is picturesquely located amongst the apple, chestnut and walnut trees. It is the first village you reach in the Mouresi district travelling from Hania and the last If you approach from the south-eastern route through Kala Nera panorama icon and Miliespanorama icon in the Zagora-Mouresi district.

Hidden behind the ridge of the mountain, Anilio (Sunless) was most likely was named from the fact that in winter it was almost untouched by the sun, a great asset in summer.
The village, said to have been founded by the Metsovites (Epirus, Greece) who moved to Pelion; has a small picturesque square that houses the church of Ayos Athanasios and is well worth a visit. It’s a great ecclesiastical monument, with one of the best baroque, carved Iconostasions on Mount Pelion and an impressive bishop’s throne and pulpit. In the area, there are also several well-known monasteries that flourished, such as the Panayia ton Eisodion, Ayios Haralambos, the Elevation of the Holy Cross and the Holy Trinity, as featured in Pagonis’s hagiography.

According to local tradition the lower part of the village was once the ancient city of Achilleion founded by the Homeric Achilles, and the Centaur Chiron lived in a cave on the sandy beach of Banikas.

Anilio has well appointed accommodation for visitors to choose from and is famous for the women’s co-operative, which promotes local and traditional products.

Within close proximity are the beaches of Eastern Pelion, such as Ayia Saranda, Banikas, Ayios Yianis panorama icon and Papa Nero. panorama icon The nearest beach, Plaka, panorama icon is an easy fifteen minute drive down a dirt road.

In July, the festival of the Prophet Elias takes place in the village.


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