The ninth part of LPT connects important settlement of Argalasti to the coastal settlement of Platanias. The path crosses Lafkos, a former commercial center area of Southern Pelion.


The route is downhill as a whole and very enjoyable. Lafkos can be a perfect place for rest and reorganization, since it’s located halfway and offers several facilities.

The first section of the trail follows the old cobbled path Argalasti – Lafkos. The route was originally a wide and well-built mule-track, but today it’s a dirt road for most of its length. Cross Lafkos and then follow the earth path descending towards the monastery of Agios Spiridon. Soon, enter the verdant valley called Mousges and reach the coastal settlement Platanias, where many accommodation facilities are available, even off-season.


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Difficulty
Moderate

Route type
Two-way

Hiking time
5h


  • Length

    14,2 χλμ

  • Equivalent length

    18,3 χλμ

  • Elevation gain

    251μ

  • Descent

    504μ

  • Maximum altitude

    377μ

  • Minimum altitude

  • Drinking water


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SETTLEMENTS

Lafkos

A large village, built between the 15th and the 16th century, at an elevation of 310m. Its special geographical location offers an impressive view to Pagasitikos bay, to Alatas islet and even to the distant settlement of Trikeri.  The historical coffee shop (kafeneio) of Forlidas, built in 1785, gives us an unforgettable experience and a joyful atmosphere of the everyday routine of the locals. Scholars and artists used to patronize this individualistic spot, enjoying the natural and architectural beauty of the area.

On the other side of the square, the old school building hosts a small museum named Fambeio, in honor of the local artist Thanasis Fambas. The fine collection of paintings and sculptures upgrades our visit while another surprising spot worth to visit is the neighboring museum of Radio art. The numerous mansions and the cobbled alleys as well as the monumental fountains make Lafkos a unique destination. Here, like in all of the picturesque villages of Pelion, the visitor gets impressed by the carefully built stone houses, some with tiled roofs and other with stone slabs, are depicting the traditional architectural techniques of the area. Today, Lafkos is a quite lively, central place offering many accommodation facilities.

Platanias

It’s a scenic fishing village which serves as the seaport of the mountainous settlement of Promyri. Built on the mild slopes of olives groves and along the coast, it looks like a fine amphitheater.  Its charming port is a favorite destination for both the professional and the amateur fishermen. The most interesting historical site of the area is the monastery of Agios Spiridonas, which hosts magnificent Christian icons.

Tips

Get drinking water at the center of Argalasti, the shops at Lafkos and at the fountain just before Lafkos. There is a fountain a bit upstream (Vrysi stou Randi) at the downhill part towards Platanias.

Warnings

The biggest part of the trail, especially the section Argalasti-Lafkos, is exposed to the direct sunlight. Avoid hiking in the middle of the summer days, when the temperature is very high.