When walking around Pelion
, on many places you will see souvenirs and magnets in the shape of a train or depicting a train. This is the Moutzouris steam train - a main tourist attraction of the peninsula, running on the narrow gauge line which connects Ano Lechonia
with the traditional mountainous village of Milies.
As a last stop of the train before it turns back, Milies is familiar to tourists but it is not the only reason to visit it. It is one of the largest villages in this part of Pelion, with preserved old houses and traditional architecture, surrounded by lots of greenery and water springs which provide fresh air even in the hottest days. Everything in Milies is terrace-built on the slopes of a hill with the railway station at the lowest part and the plateia at the highest one, so the walking distance between both is around 15 minutes, via a cobbled path winding among the houses. If you are not willing to visit the railway station, you can park around the plateia (square) and the church with the clock tower - there are a few restaurants and small shops with souvenirs. This part of Milies also has panoramic view of the sea, including from the square.
Being in the middle of Pelion and near a crossroad, Milies has good road connection with the east, west and south part of the peninsula. The closest beaches are Kala Nera
on the east coast and they can be reached within 15 minutes drive. Most of the hotels and guesthouses in Milies follow the typical for the region style and look like old mansions turned into boutique accommodation options, combing the old atmosphere with contemporary facilities and luxury.