Makrinitsa is a traditional style village on the slopes of Pelion
, 12 km from the city of Volos
. It is known as the "balcony of Mount Pelion" because it is built on a high location and overlooks the entire gulf of Volos. All the houses are built amphiteatrically one above the other so almost each of them can offer such a view.
The village is popular among tourists all year round although not by the sea. All buildings have preserved their authentic architecture and even the hotels are not called hotels but include the word "archontiko" in their names (meaning "mansion" in Greek). The streets in the central part of Makrinitsa are cobbled and pedestrian only. There is a small municipal parking place where you should leave your car and proceed on foot. The street leading to the small village square is full of tiny stores selling souvenirs, local herbs and liqueurs, and most of all, handmade hilopites (dried egg pasta with various taste and color). On the square, under the thick shade of high trees you will find a couple of tavernas and cafes.