Enjoying the Foods of Pelion

My recent sojourn to Pelion in Mainland Greece included a trip around the traditional villages and hiking around the beautiful region.  When visiting a country and region, what I enjoy the most is sampling the different foods on offer, and I wasn’t disappointed when I sampled the food of Pelion.  In this post my intention is to tempt you with the array of gastronomy found in Pelion, Greece.

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Meze at O Patis – Zagora

Some great food to eat in Greece and to share with friends, especially in the Pelion region, is meze. Meze is, to Eastern Europe and the Balkans, like tapas is to Spain: a selection of small dishes served to accompany alcoholic drinks.   In Greece, this alcoholic drink is usually tsipouro: a cloudy brandy style drink at 40-45% alcohol volume (no wonder food is served with it!).

One of our stops on our village tour of the region included lunch / meze at O Patsis.  It included delicious regional and locally sourced meat, vegetable and herb dishes – and tsipouro, as you can see!

O Patsis Meze in the Pelion region of Greece
O Patsis Meze – best eaten with tsipouro

Fish – with tsipouro – in Volos

Another dish we had the chance to eat with tsipouro is fish.  We visited the biggest town in the Pelion region – Volos, nestled just at the foot of the mountain, by the sea of the Pagasitikos Gulf – and sampled many fish dishes, including prawns, crab and other such delights, at Lepi restaurant and, of course, more tsipouro.

Selection of fish dishes and tsipouro at Lepi taverna in Volos
Selection of fish dishes and tsipouro at Lepi taverna in Volos

Award-winning gastronomy at Krista Hotel – Portaria – Pelion

Part of the Guest-Inn network of hotels, the Krista Gastronomy Hotel offers some of the best cuisine in the Pelion region.  All products are again locally sourced, with the vegetables grown in the hotel’s own gardens.  Specialities include:

  • Spetzofai (country sausages and peppers in a rich tomato sauce)
  • Sautéed wild greens with eggs
  • Falotyri (fresh creamy cheese)
  • Tsitsiravla (pickled wild turpentine shoots)
  • Trachana (fermented cracked wheat soup) with cheese or sausages
  • Boubari (oven-roasted sausages and potatoes)
Gastronomy at the Krista Hotel in Pelion
Gastronomy at the Krista Hotel in Pelion

As you can see, by the end of our two day trip, the Travel Bloggers Greece were not left hungry! The food of the Pelion region of Greece is, indeed, delicious.

Have you been to Pelion?  Have you ever tried any of the food mentioned here?  Would you like to?  Leave a Comment.

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