Damouchari, is the only natural harbor on the east Pelion coast. That is why our village always had significant importance for the area, serving as a port. It was established by the Venetians during the Medieval times, when Venice was ruling almost all Mediterranean sea and coast. They built a castle (ruins of which are still existing) as supply station and protection against the pirates. The name of Damouchari comes from them. It is said, that the Venetian sailors, on their way to Damouhari’s safe castle, were praying to the Virgin Mary for protection from the dangers, spelling: “Dammi (italian) Hari (greek)”, which means “Give me grace”.
The landscape is formed by two twin bays, on the roots of a green mountain slope: “Palia Damouhari” (old Damouchari) on the south, where is the beach, and the Port on the north, where old buildings are located. Between the two coves there is a hill with ruins of an old venetian castle; and behind, Mount Pelion stands impressive, with jungle and thick forest within walking distance.
Thanks to the important role of Damouchari in the past, all main historical paths of Pelion are passing through the village. Some of the most popular hiking routes of Pelion are starting from here, like the impressive long mule-track to Tsagarada (recommended by all Pelion guides), and the two coastal paths: to Fakistra beach (on the south) and to Agios Ioannis (on the north).
Pelion or Pilio
Pelion is known through mythology as the mountain of Centaurus (halfman/halfhorse). Today it has become one of the best places to visit all year round with no mass tourism. Picturesque beaches, traditional villages, local products, museums and a winter ski resort are some of the best you can explore in the country.
Ηiking, usually in stone paths (“kalderimia”) of Pelion is a real treat after the hiker walks in wooded surroundings where water is present everywhere and in small distances we encounter elegant and well-preserved villages. Most routes have certainly enough height difference due to the sudden formation of the mountain, but that’s part of the pleasure of walking, we usually follow the paths from above downwards to reach the beautiful beaches for a swim.