When one thinks of a holiday in Greece, sunny beaches and whitewashed houses on Greek islands spring to mind. But Greece is great for winter too. The winter on the Greek mainland and islands offers picturesque traditional villages, glorious winter hiking trails and uncluttered ancients sites. The Greek cities are at their best too. The mild weather of Athens and Thessaloniki make them an ideal winter escape. A visit to Volos can be combined with vacation in Pelion and the carnival in Patras is renowned throughout Europe. In a series of articles about winter destinations in Greece on the Family Goes Out blog I have listed my favorite family winter destinations.
I had the chance to visit one of these destinations in the weekend of 28th January 2017. To celebrate the two year anniversary of Travel Bloggers Greece, the first professional blogger network organisation in Greece, Family Goes Out was invited to Tsagarada in Pelion. I had been to Pelion in the winter for hiking many years ago. It was great to be back, this time with TBG and Spyrou Philoxenia, the destination specialist on Pelion.
Hotel Aglaída Apartments
Our hosts during this Pelion TBG anniversary weekend was Hotel Aglaída Apartments. This hotel is located near the village of Tsagarada on Mount Pelion on the eastern part of Pelion overlooking the Aegean Sea. The apartments are build in Pelion architecture against the mountain and look like a traditional village instead of a hotel. All apartments face the sea and offer stunning views. I much enjoyed walking around the facility and spending time in the sitting area of the lobby. Besides a spacious reception/ lobby with a bar there is a separate breakfast hall with a breakfast buffet. The rich breakfast buffet served several traditional dishes such as Trahanas soup and cheese pie. Not everything is traditional in Aglaida apartments: Check out the beautiful art in – and around the hotel. The objects are created by the native architect and sculptor Anthony Tavanis. Your kids will love the modern version of the Centaur at the reception entrance.
The family rooms in Hotel Aglaída Apartments are very spacious and have a separate sitting area with TV and a fireplace. The small kitchenette is equipped with a stove and a medium size refrigerator. Dish washing soap was available upon arrival. All apartments have air conditioning and a central heating system. There is plenty of space to store your clothes/luggage. I found the traditional wooden furniture beautiful in my room. I felt that I was in staying in someone ‘s home and not in a hotel. For summer there is a large outdoor swimming pool overlooking the sea and mountains. The hotel is member of the Pelion Union. This is a unique cooperation of businesses in the area that offer their guests special offers and privileges. This means for example that you can have a meal or do an activity somewhere else and get a discount via this cooperation. I will write more about everything there is to do and to see in Pelion and where to eat in a separate blog post.
I believe that the hotel Aglaida apartments is very suitable for families. There are no cars inside the premises, there is plenty of space to play and walk. There are baby chairs available in the breakfast area and the lobby is great for playing board games,watching tv and relaxing family time. The pool area is safe for small children, there is a small kids pool and a fence around the pool area. One of the best features of the hotel; it is very quiet at Hotel Aglaída Apartments. The fresh air and the silence made me have a great sleep at night. Don’t forget to look up at the stars in the evening, they are amazing!
**I was a guests of hotel Aglaida Appartments. As always, all thoughts and opinions remain our own**
Celeste Tat is an expat living in Greece for 20+ years of which 16 years in Athens. She is the mother of 2 young children and always searching for family friendly activities and vacation destinations. She is the creator of Family Experiences Blog and the exclusive Blogger and Community Manager for Family Goes Out in Greece.