Horto - on the Pelion peninsula


The Pelion peninsula in Thessaly, central Greece, is midway between Athens and Thessaloniki and is one of the most naturally beautiful regions in Greece. It combines the grandeur and wooded slopes of Mount Pelion (1,610m) with a stunning coastline, wrapping its arm around part of the Aegean to enclose the Pagasitic Gulf.

Horto (in Greek: XOPTO, is also spelled Horton and Hortos) is a tiny, picturesque seaside village on the shores of the Gulf with a population of about 150. It has been home to the Angelinis Hadjinikou Foundation since its inception in 1984 and draws an important part of its support from the village itself and from the sparsely populated hinterland of South Pelion with about 10,000 people.

However, the Foundation has always looked outwards, well beyond Pelion, and draws its influences and inspiration from much further afield. This broader national and international outlook will remain a central feature of the Foundation in the years ahead.

The area

The lush vegetation blends with the azure of the peaceful sea in a harmonious whole and provides an ideal setting in which everyone: music- lovers, musicians and amateur musicians, can get together in a friendly atmosphere and exchange views and ideas connected with the common effort to preserve and develop the basic values of human civilisation.

Let us not forget that it was here, on Mt. Pelion that, according to mythology, Chiron the Centaur taught and that education flourished in one of its most attractive and substantial forms. There is no doubt that the natural beauty and

luxuriousness of the site contribute to the creation of a climate propitious to the definition and strengthening of the important values of life and to the clearer realization of the need for man to return to a truly rare and humanistic spirituality.

So far Pelion has managed to avoid the complete destruction by exploitation that tourism has brought about, but this situation is now in danger of changing.

Meetings and cultural events in the peaceful environment of Horto far from the noise and stresses of the city allow one to concentrate happily and fruitfully on the topics under discussion.

Travel advice

Travelling by airplane:

You can arrive at the international airports of Athens or Thessaloniki, then take a public bus to Volos and from Volos take a taxi (or a local bus) to Horton

Athens - Horton: 357 km / Thessaloniki - Horton: 290 km

Alternatively, you can get by plane to the nearby island of Skiathos. Transfer from Skiathos to Horton by boat is very easy.

Travelling by bus:

Bus connections from Athens / Thessaloniki to Volos: www.ktelvolou.gr

Thessaloniki - Volos = 2.5 hours (€ 20)

Athens - Volos = 4.5 hours (€ 30)

Volos bus station +30-24210-33253

Taxi service Volos +30-24210-52222

Travelling by car:

You can take the ferryboat from Ancona / Italy and get either to Igoumenitsa or to Patras.

The routes to Horton are very picturesque.

Travelling by train:

Train connections from Athens / Thessaloniki or Larissa to Volos: http://www.trainose.gr

Volos railway station +30-24210-24056