Among the 24 villages of Pelion, is Lafkos, a charming traditional village of south Pelion, with great view towards its port village, Milina and the Pagasetic Gulf. It is 46km away from Volos through Metochi or 57km if coming through Chorto and Milina. A place that mesmerizes the visitor maintaining its traditional character with the stone buildings, the old mansions, the cobbled streets, the traditional fountains and combining flawlessly mountain with sea.
The village was build between the 15th and 16th century by captain Stergios Basdekis. It had great economic prosperity during the Ottoman period and has a long tradition in arts and literature. Today, along with Promyri and Milina, form the municipality of Sipiados which name derives from the myth of Thetis and Pelias. To mythology lovers, the myth is well known : Thetis, wanting to avoid Pelias who had fallen in love with her , turned into a squid (Sipia). However Pelias made her love him in the cape of Sipiados and so the mythical Achiles was born.
During your stay, wander through the charming neighborhoods along the scenic cobbled streets (kalderimi), and admire the beautiful mansions with their neoclassical influences before resting in the spacious paved square. There you will have the opportunity to enjoy the shade from the tall plane trees and have lunch or dinner in one of the taverns. In the square is the church of Panagia (Virgin Mary) dedicated to the Birth of Virgin Mary, it features a bell tower and is a three aisled basilica, it is celebrated annually with a fair on the 8-10 September as well as the day before and on the day celebrating Agia Paraskevi (Holy Friday) on the 25th and 26th of July. Next to it, is the Fampeio Museum of Art where you will discover exquisite sculptures from white Pelion marble made by local painter and sculptor Thanassis Fampas.
Another place of interest is the Radio museum “Antonis Tavanis” hosted in a two floor neoclassical mansion of 1890. It features a great collection of rare and valuable radiophones from all over the world, donated by the German philhellene Wilfred Shoeps.
Take some time and go to the monastery of Agios Athanassios located north of the village in the area called “Kotikia”, an area with lush vegetation. The monastery was build in 1795 at the expense of Stergios Basdekis in a place where once was owned by the Taxiarches monastery of Agios Georgios Nileias. It is build by the famous craftsman Dimitris Zipaniotis and has been characterized as a historic monument. Distinctive are the interior stone reliefs from the sculptor Miliou and also the old Christian remains. In the monastery of Agios Athanassios a fair is held on the eve 1st May and 2nd May next day. The feast takes place just beyond the monastery on the Eve and around the site of an old threshing floor just the next day. This festival calendar is transferred if it coincides with the days of Lent or Easter
Finally another religious monument worth visiting is the chapel of Agia Paraskevi located in the homonymous district from where you can admire the spectacular views to the village, Milina and Pagasetic Gulf.