This ancient mountain of Pelion, full of lush forests, traditional settlements, cobblestone paths, old churches and magnificent beaches, is a paradise for those who wish to combine their holiday with outdoor activities. Tsagarada in particular is strategically located an equal distance from the sea and the deep forest.

The AMANITA Guesthouse takes advantage of its location in Tsagarada and its proximity to a network of trails to organise a number of activities, depending on the season.

Trekking

trekkingMt Pelion is a mecca for hikers, as the proximity of the mountains and the sea and the verdant surroundings with the majestic trees and ancient paths offer a number of routes of varying difficulty suitable for all ages.
The area around the AMANITA Guesthouse is ideal for trekking amid the magnificent natural environment, no matter what the season.

Mushroom hunting

mushroom-foray-tnAt the AMANITA Guesthouse, we love wild mushrooms, and we would like to introduce our guests to their secrets. We lead a mushroom hunt with a gastronomic conclusion. On theme weekends focusing on mushrooms, we will introduce you to penny buns, black porcini, parasol mushrooms, and Caesar's mushrooms, as well as the inedible varieties, or "crazy mushrooms".

During these mushroom forays, we hike up the mountain Pelion and into the chestnut and beech forest to hunt around under the trees and shrubs for mushrooms so we can identify and photograph as many species as possible. We fill our baskets with the edible kinds and enjoy them back at the Guesthouse along with a glass of local wine or tsipouro (the local spirit). 

Looking for edible greens, herbs, berries and nuts

spring goodiesFrom spring through autumn, Mt Pelion is full of indigenous and cultivated gastronomic treasures: tender shoots (black bryony, wild asparagus, ferns, terebinth), edible wild greens, aromatic herbs (oregano, sage), therapeutic flowers (St John's wort, elderberry), cherries, sour cherries, wild raspberries, plums, greengages, apples, pears, quince, grapes, persimmons, walnuts and chestnuts.

At the AMANITA Guesthouse, Tsagarada, we jump at the chance to teach our guests about collecting and using these tasty treasures. We make sure to gather them on our treks and walks and use them as part of our breakfast fare.

Other activities in the area

Also available in Tsagarada and the surrounding the AMANITA Guesthouse area:

  • Hikking: 'Hike away in Pelion' organizes trekking with guide.
  • Kayak: 'Pelion secrets' offers guided sea kayak or SUP trips starting from the old port of Damouchari.
  • Mountain biking: there are special routes marked out for experienced mountain bikers, such as one from Tsangarada to the chapel of Agios Athanasios, returning through the Taxiarches area.You can rent mountain bikes from 'Bike or Hike'.
  • Horseback riding: an experienced guide in the area offers rides on horseback. Horse riding excursions are provided by 'IFOM' at Koropi, Milies area.
  • Wineries: Patistis family is running an organic vineyard in the Argalasti area. To arrange a visit  in the winery call at 003024230 54353
  • Climbing: special climbing sites have been established in Mylopotamos beach and other areas.
  • Canyoning: exceptional routes through the Mylopotamos and Fakistra gorges.'Mountain Escapes' orginizes canyoning excursions in the area.

Experiential Activities

In ΑΜAΝΙΤΑ, we offer you experiential activities, which present you the primal botanological tradition of Pelio and associate it with the contemporary use of herbs in treatment & cooking.

The programs, which will be available from April 20 to October 10 2016, are the following:

Herb garden program: Getting to know the herbs & the botanological tradition of Pelio.
Duration: 1,5 hour
Location: Amanita Perivoli (organic garden)
Description: A visit to the Amanita herb garden, a tour in the garden and the herb and spice cultivation. A presentation of the perennial tradition of botanotherapy in Pelio and the use of herbs in cooking. Basic principles of herbal preparations. Tasting botanical teas & assortments.
Cost: 15 euro/person
Minimum number of participants: 4 persons

Herb walk program: Getting to know the herbs, the botanological tradition of Pelio and & herb walk.
Duration: 2 – 2.5 hours
Location: Amanita Perivoli (organic garden) and the paths of Tsagkarada.
Description: A visit to Amanita garden, a garden tour, a visit in the herb and spice cultivation. A presentation of the perennial tradition of botanotherapy in Pelio and the use of herbs in cooking. Botanological walk including the identification and presentation of wild herbs & seasonal pharmaceutical plants. Return to Amanita and presentation of the basic principles of herbal preparations. Tasting botanical teas & assortments.
Cost: 25 euro/person
Minimum number of participants: 7 persons.

Culinary herbs program: Presentation of the usage of herbs and plants in the forgotten culinary tradition of Pelio.

Duration: 4 hours
Location: Amanita Perivoli (organic garden)
Description: a visit in Amanita garden, a tour in the garden and the cultivation of herbs & spices. Presentation of the use of herbs and spices in the local cuisine. Preparation of simple recipes of Pelio with herbs and spices. Plain meal with the foods we prepared and local wine.
Cost: 48 euro/person
Minimum number of participants: 5 persons.

Looking for the orchids of Pelio

During the last decade, when we walk along the paths and the forest of our favorite mountain looking for mushrooms, sprouts, herbs and forest fruit, we often cross paths with orchids, the princesses of the floral kingdom.

Orchids are very diverse; sometimes they are tall and lonely, sometimes they are short and in groups, sometimes bear flowers of many colors, sometimes bear only white or green one-colored flowers, sometimes have two or three flowers, sometimes are seen with a plethora of flowers in a bush, sometimes have bright green leaves near the ground, sometimes are bare like colorful asparagus, sometimes ….

What do the orchids, the supermodels of nature, need? It’s plain and simple: they need us to notice them and take their pictures. Love comes when looking at the photos later! Orchid, just like every jealous lover, demands for exclusivity. Taking a walk to search for and take pictures of orchids: from April till July.

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Testimonials

'All in all, the great attention to detail plus the courtesy and hospitality of the host put me in mind of experiences I have had in Japan - a country where if you have visited you will undoubtedly have experienced service of the highest standards.' Lord_Coper, London, UK

‘Views were wonderful, location was unbeatable, a special and surprising breakfast and generous hosts.’ Yonit_Harel , Tel Aviv, Israel

Address

  • Tsangarada, Pelion
    37012 Greece

Contact info

  • (+30) 24260 49707
  • (+30) 694 5878672
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