If you stay at Guesthouse Amanita in Pelion during the mushroom seasons (mid-September until mid-November, as well as the month of June), owner Filaretos Psimenos may take you for walks through the forests to hunt for wild mushrooms. He is passionate, and very knowledgeable on the subject and will point out which ones are delicacies and which ones are to be avoided. Those that fall in the first category are prepared and served as an aperitif in the evening. During spring and summer, you can ask him to show you around his extensive herbal garden or take you for mountain walks to find wild herbs, and there are herbal tea tasting sessions too. But you don’t have to share any of Filaretos passions to enjoy vacations at this charming little bed and breakfast on a mountain slope on the Pelion peninsula. It’s an inviting place to stay, with five cosy bedrooms (plus a family apartment in the garden house) and two small sitting rooms. Inside, it is not overly decorated, but with wooden floors, walls painted in soft colours and nice traditional furniture everything looks warm and appealing. The garden is a small paradise with over 50 species of fruit trees and far-reaching views over the sea. The sea and some gorgeous, wild beaches are a short drive away, and the mountain trails are everywhere. Amanita is a wonderful guesthouse for weekend breaks and longer holidays any time of the year.
I was taken by the wonderfully quiet location on the mountain slope, the fantastic views, the nice garden and the cosy bedrooms of Guesthouse Amanita. The area is great for walking holidays. No matter what time of the year you go, pack some sturdy shoes.
Unless you don’t shy away from walking a few kilometers, you will have to get into your car to get to the local restaurants, shops and beaches.
1 small double room
1 double room
1 room for up to 3 persons with fireplace
2 suites for up to 4 persons with fireplace
1 apartment for up to 4 persons with one bedroom, a living room with open kitchen, fireplace
Prices for two persons from 60 Euro per night, breakfast and taxes included. For a full overview of the room rates of Guesthouse Amanita, please contact Filaretos and Marianna.
En-suite bathroom (shower)
Television with DVD player (only for playing DVDs – there is no reception of TV channels)
Fireplace (except in the double rooms)
Two sitting rooms, one with a fireplace
Small library (Greek books only)
DVD library (500 DVDs to choose from)
Mushroom hunting (in season)
Guided herb tours and walks
A breakfast of mostly local products is served between 8.30 am and noon. You will be served thick slices of dark, home-baked bread, delicious marmalades made from fruits collected from the garden, local honey, homemade cheese pies, and freshly picked fruits. For your other meals you have a choice of good Greek restaurants in Tsangarada and other villages in Pelion (ask at the guesthouse which ones are best) but there is none at easy walking distance.
Children are welcome at Guesthouse Amanita. The apartment is particularly convenient for families with children of all ages, but there are also some rooms/suites that parents can share with one or two children that are at least three years old. In the summer families with children will enjoy the beaches which are only a short drive away, and throughout the year there are lots of other activities families will enjoy doing together, such as walking, hiking, horseback riding and, if your kids are a bit older, mountain biking, canyoning and even rock climbing.
Let Filaretos take you on mushroom hunts in the forest (in June and from mid-September until mid-November). He will explain to you which ones are edible, and back at the guesthouse, and teach you the best ways to transform your finds into delicious appetisers.
Walking and Hiking
Explore the forests and mountains any time of the year. Follow footpaths and kalderimis (18th century cobbled mule tracks), and find arched stone bridges, waterfalls, historical villages and beautiful nature. Filaretos can also take you for walks to collect wild herbs.
The small but gorgeous Fakistra Beach is only 3 km away (five minutes by car plus five more minutes on foot, on a steep path), while Mylopotamos, one of the best beaches of Pelion, is 4 km from the guesthouse. If you don’t mind driving a bit further, you will find several more unspoilt and beautiful beaches.
There are some great possibilities for outdoor activities in the area of Tsangarada, including canyoning (best early and late summer), rock climbing and sea kayaking. Horse riding can be arranged at an equestrian club situated between Milies and Kala Nera. For beginners, there are relaxed one-three hour tours, and experienced horseback riders can sign up for tours of up to six hours. During the winter, and you go skiing for the day at the winter sports centre of Chania, roughly 20 km from the guesthouse. It tends to get rather busy on weekends, but on weekdays, the slopes, with a sea view (!), will be yours.
Pelion is famous for its fertile soils and rich plant life. Filaretos can show you around his amazing herb garden, and in Tsangarada you can also visit the “Serpentine Garden” of German Doris Schlepper, to see rare sub-tropical trees, old species of plants and roses, and some great garden art as well!
Guesthouse Amanita is in a very quiet spot on a mountain slope in the Tsangarada area on Pelion, roughly halfway between the square of Agia Paraskevi (with its famous 1000-year-old plane tree) and Fakistras beach. The area is great for walking – nature is extremely beautiful in every season. There are several fantastic wild beaches not too far away. Fakistras is just five minutes’ drive away; others are a bit further.
From Volos, there are two ways to drive to Tsangarada. They are roughly the same in distance, and both are beautiful drives, so I recommend you go one way on your way over, and the other when you leave. The first way is to drive through the centre of Volos with the sea on your right hand and then follow the coastal road from Volos in the direction of Agria. Drive along the coastal road for about 20 km and continue following signs for Neohori and Tsangarada. (Alternatively, if you come this way, you take a left in Ano Lehonia and follow signs for Agios Georgios. You will pass through some of Pelion’s most beautiful villages: Agios Georgios, Pinakates, Vyzitsa and Milies, until you catch up again with the main road towards Tsangarada.) Tsangarada consists of four small communities. Amanita is between Agia Paraskevi and the sea, and it is signposted (you turn right) from the main road.
The other way to go from Volos is to follow signs for Portaria and Hania from Volos. There’s a new road that connects Hania, via the ski centre of Agriolefkes, directly with the village of Kissos. (The road used to stop at the parking of the ski centre – now you keep on driving from there.) Keep following the signs for Tsangarada, and turn left at Agia Paraskevi.
Our stay at Amanita was just perfect, exactly what we expected and even more thanks to the kindness and care of Filaretos, its delicious wife Marianna and their enthusiastic son, Nikos.
We were more than satisfied, Amanita met all our expectations. We enjoyed our stay there very much. It is even hard to think of a detail we could possibly complain about.
We stayed in the beautiful , spacious, full of light Aegean suite with a comfortable bed and a nice little functional bathroom perfectly clean).
Filareto’s breakfast cannot be forgotten : generous, rich, tasty and even organic ! I hope you tasted his specialities, such as the omelette with chanterelles and especially his green tomatoes’ jam! Not to speak about the juicy reine-claudes from his orchard.
But most of all, we enjoyed the warm and interesting exchanges we had with this absolutely charming couple.
Amanita is charming guesthouse with a soul, perfectly well thought and managed, located in the beautiful region of Pelion region that offers so many different, strong and colourful landscapes, from the beaches of the blue Aegean Sea, the mountain with its huge variety of trees and their green tones, the pink and blue omnipresent hydrangeas. Also impressive were the several sometimes century-old plane trees in the squares next to the churches!
By the way, Filaretos showed us a typical Pelion way of picking up mushrooms, extremely unusual… (ask him next time you talk to him or even better ask him to show you, you won’t believe it). Well, while looking for mushrooms, guess what, we found dozens of wild strawberries… and had them with the yoghurt for breakfast on the next day. A tasteful unique experience!
To cut the long… story short, we enjoyed our stay at Amanita VERY MUCH and very much hope to be able to visit Filaretos and his family again.
We can only recommend their Amanita, a real success!
Valerie and Tassilo H.T.