A few words about Zagora

Zagora is the largest populated village of Pelion. It has 2,800 inhabitants and is built amphitheatrically in the NE of its slopes, at an altitude of approximately 450-550 meters.

It is the seat of the Municipality of Zagora-Mouresi and includes the following villages: Zagora, Makryrachi, Puri, Agios Dimitrios, Anilio, Kissos, Tsagarada, Xorichti. The Municipality of Zagora – Mouresi is divided into 2 “municipal units”, which correspond to the 2 merged municipalities. Each municipal unit is divided into “communities”, which correspond to the departments of the abolished municipalities. The current local communities of the Municipality were autonomous communities and municipalities before the implementation of the Kapodistrias program.

The economy of Zagora is mainly based on the cultivation of apples, the collection and marketing of which is done, almost entirely, by the Agricultural Cooperative of Zagora, one of the first cooperatives in Greece.

The development of tourism in Zagora and the surrounding villages and settlements is slow and steady, with several modern tourist units taking the lead in this effort.

The mountain of Pelion

The beautiful mountain of Pelion and especially the villages on its eastern side are said to have been inhabited since mythical times. Historically, the names of the main cities or villages are also known, the positions of which were marked by the younger ones based on the remains of fortresses or information from ancient historical writers. Most, if not all, of the villages located on the eastern side of Pelion were originally coastal and the villagers were engaged in shipping and farming a small radius of land that extended to the higher points of the Mountain. However, these were often the target of pirates, so the inhabitants were forced to move away and move higher, with particular preference in areas that were close to monasteries. This is how the largest village of Pelion, Zagora, was created!

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