Pouri is located exactly above Zagora, panorama icon on the Northeast side of Pelion at a distance of 50km from Volos. Pouri is well known as ‘the balcony of the Aegean’ in the exact same way as Makrinitsa panorama icon is known as ‘the balcony of the Pagasitikos Gulf’ as the village not only looks alike, but is also hanging from the edges of the slopes of the mountain.
The tree covered stone paved square is divided into three different levels. The first part of the square is covered by a striking plane tree and has a cafeteria or ‘tsipouro’, a place where the village gather to catch up with their news and have a tsipouro or coffee.

The second has a huge lilac tree and the third, reached by 30 wide steps, leads to the church of Agios Dimitrios with the amazing bell tower.
Finally there is the spectacularly impressive view that the height of this unique square offers. From here you can see to the Sporades islands, across an endless blue and turquoise plane, as if you were viewing from an airplane.

The surrounding nature is wild and filled with chestnuts and plane trees but also multi colored from the array of flowers consisting of or hydrangeas, gardenias and camellias which all thrive in Pelion.
There are many winters when the snow can reach up to two meters painting an incredible picture to lift any spectators’ spirits.
Here, in past times, the trades of shipping, silk production and fabric making flourished along with the local produce of apples, potatoes, wine, chestnuts and charcoal.

The name of the village probably came from the word ‘poros’, the first part of word for ‘porolithos’, which is a limestone.
The name evolved through time with different spellings, from Poori, to Pori and eventually became Pouri, justifiably as throughout the village limestone is everywhere, which in the local dialect is ‘pouri’. According to another opinion, the name was taken from the Pouri penisual, or ‘Laghni’. On old French maps the name ‘Cape Pouri’ has been found from the largest limestone that  exists in the area. In those years the settlement started from the nearest seaside location.
"Cape Porion" has been founded, from the large ‘limestone’ rocks in the area. At that time the settlement started from the nearby seaside location and rose up to the position that it is now. Of course, the word ‘poros’ has other meanings such as small opening, from which someone or something can pass through, even a part of the river, alongside which people and animals passed.
Something like this has happened to this village, as it comes close to the banks and it joins a small bridge.
In the middle of the road, which runs from Zagora to Pouri, you can find the ‘summer’ stream. The water falls from a height of around 100m and creates the largest waterfall in Pelion. Here too you can find the springs of Lagonikas and the arched bridges of Diakoumis and Poros which are also very interesting to see.
Very close to Pouri you will find the beautiful beaches of Elitsa and Ovrios.

Elitsas is at a distance of 3km from the village of Pouri and has easy access to the beach, though there is no infrastructure there. The beach is made up of large stones that continue into the sea as well. The beach is ideal for snorkeling. Above the rocky beach you can visit the small church of St Panton with the sea just a few meters from the entrance.

Ovrios beach is ideal for swimming and relaxing and is surrounded by a beautiful and natural environment.  It is a sandy beach with large stones and trees and is also great for camping freely, with, again, no infrastructure whatsoever. Very close you can find the small gorge with running water as well as the stone bridge of Diakoumis.


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