AERIKO Cafe Bar -Portaria: Unique Location, Good Service, “A Must Stop”
Well, the name given to this beautiful Café bar “Aeriko” in Greek has two meanings. It means ‘aerial’ from the sounds and winds, but also a fairy figure. The truth is that the unique beauty of the location is breathtaking and there is no way to pass by and not want to stop for a drink or come here to enjoy this magic spot. I guess with the name given the owners think of it as the ‘secret place’ where fairies and pixies live. Watch out for a magice spell!
LOCATION: The Café bar is located on the main road of Portaria on the way to Makrinitsa. It is in an exquisite and relaxed location overlooking the imposing city of Volos and the slopes of Mount Pelion.
ATMOSPHERE: Since it is summer we sat outside in the beautiful garden surrounded by plane and aspen trees and a vine arbour. The interior is warm and cozy with the typical architecture of the area, traditional wood furnishings and classic décor. The relaxing lounge with the imposing fireplace is ideal for winters’ cold nights. Candles and beautiful sitting corners call for romantic moments under the sounds of pleasant soft music.
SERVICE: Prompt and impeccable.
CATALOGUE: The catalogue includes coffee/tea, fresh juice, desserts, snacks and beverages.
We came out here to chill after the walk we had to the Path of Centaurs and we had some coffee and a refreshing local drink made of cherries. We were surrounded mostly by local youngsters which have turned this spot out here to be one of the most popular café bars in Portaria. I have the feeling that no matter how many times you come here, each time will be different depending on the time of day or night and the weather conditions.
Try the homemade delicious desserts, cakes and ice cream. Have a cocktail or warm yourself up with a hot chocolate drink or a cup of coffee.
I am sure you won’t be disappointed.
- Beer Tasting
Agna..Di Cafe DiVino: Trendy, Exquisite Desserts and Snacks –Worth a Try
There is no way not to come across this amazing new Café bar if you are in the area of Tsagkarada. The property belongs to the same family running the tavern Agnanti and it is located on the other side of the road opposite Aleka’s Hotel.
STAFF & SERVICE: Efficient. The people running the business are great and we did not have to wait long to be served.
We dropped by for a Cup of Coffee and a dessert and we found a seat outside under the huge plane tree. It was nice and cool sitting outside and the ambience inviting.
INTERIOR: Nice and smart with a touch of glamour and style.
COFFEE & DRINKS: There are several types of coffee ranking from €2.00 to €3.50. A regular drink costs €7.00 and the special ones €9.00. Cocktails are at €10 and Beers start from €3.00 (Stella Artois Draft) €5 the bigger. There are other types of beer though rated at €6.00.
WINES: There is a variety of wines and depending on the quality and brand the price differs.
BREAKFAST: Guests should know that they can come here and enjoy the type of breakfast they wish. The cost starts from €14 pp (breakfast for the hungry ones or for adults) and there is breakfast for children at €10pp.
You can get a sandwich for €2.50 though and some coffee as a cheaper alternative!
PASTA + SALAD: Pasta dishes are always popular. The price starts from €9.00 to €14.00, and Salads rank between €8.00 and €9.00. Highly recommended is the Spaghetti with eggplant, feta cheese and oregano. -€10.00.
DESSERT: I highly recommend the traditional Ravani sweet for €4.00. This is what we actually had here with an ice cream topping. The portion was big I can say. Judging from what we had at the tavern Agnanti some days earlier, desserts, pies, pastas or anything we had were of exceptional quality and taste, so why not here since they are the same people behind the business.
For all the above reasons, if you happen to be in the area, do drop by and give it a try. I am sure you will be back.
Dress Code: Smartly
- Wine Tasting
- Beer Tasting
The Lost Unicorn Restaurant: Gourmet Dining next to Nature!
Is it possible to find gourmet dishes in a traditional mountain village restaurant?
The answer is yes, and besides that, the Lost Unicorn is highly recommended for a romantic outing, a special celebration, or simply a normal dinner out.
LOCATION: The hotel and restaurant are right behind the Church of Agia Paraskevi in Tsagkarada and the day we were here the Church was celebrating. For people who wish to have a snack, the coffee shop of the Unicorn Hotel serves snacks and coffee at the grounds where the church is by the main square.
GARDEN: We had our dinner outside at the magical flower-filled terrace decorated with all kinds of colourful plants, nice light pots and a fountain. There are romantic hideaway corners to sit if you wish for a more romantic ambience. The gardens are surrounded by lush vegetation. The huge branches of the perennial plane trees of the square extend up to the garden of the restaurant and it is really like an earthly paradise out here.
CUISINE: Portions are big and everything we had was of exceptional taste and presentation. It is obvious that fresh ingredients and virgin olive oil are used in the kitchen because the taste of everything was super.
THE MENU: Out of the 4 starters we had the Roast Sweet Red Pepper with Feta cheese €8.00. (All starters cost the same) I can still remember the taste and colours of this dish!
The mixed salad we had with pear and walnut dressing made the salad flavorsome and mouthwatering. It was superb. Salads rank between €6.00 -€9.00.
MAIN COURSE: The list of the main course is tempting with dishes ranking from €12.00 – 18.50. The latter and most expensive one is the Fillet Steak with Cream & Wild Mushroom Sauce.
We however had the Confit of Duck with caramelized onions & Orange. I loved every bite and it was exquisite. It is highly recommended and it costs €14.00.
My husband had the Slow-roast Lamb with garlic, rosemary & red wine gravy for €16.00. The lamb was tender and juicy –I could probably call it a gastronomical delight!
DESSERT: Speaking of dessert, well… get ready for a taste of heaven.
We had a sweet delight (ravani) in syrup topped by a ball of ice cream, and a very tasty cheese cake.
I found the restaurant superb in every way, and I recommend it for all the above reasons.
Dress Code: Dress smartly.
- Food and Dining
- Luxury Travel
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
1990 Bar Restaurant (Villa) Portaria: Good Value for Money, Delicious Tastes
The ex-home of Metaxa’s family and the creator of the Greek Metaxa Cognac, houses today the 1990 restaurant. It is new and totally renovated and belongs to the owners of the Portaria Hotel and SPA which is right opposite the main entrance of the hotel.
Being so close to Volos just 12 km away, it is very popular to locals. Both the hotel and this beautiful restaurant are located in the higher part of Portaria in an exquisite location.
SPECIAL OCCASSIONS: There is ample of space to park cars and it usually opens to cover special occasions like professional events and business lunches, banquets, wedding venues, children’s (themed) parties, BBQ, and gala events.
INTERIOR/COURTYARD: The interior has a cozy and warm ambience while outside the highlight of the beautiful cobblestoned yard are the two perennial plane trees. The materials used to furnish and decorate the interiors is wood and stone, and I can tell they blend harmoniously with the round environment.
BAR: The Bar has a minimalistic contemporary style with discreet lighting to cover the needs of the demanding guest.
CUISINE: It offers local and traditional tastes of the Mediterranean and the Greek cuisine.
MENU: The variety of Salads and Appetizers is tempting and they rank from €4.50 to €7.50
The Grilled variety ranks from €7.50 to €13.50. A friend of ours had the Pork and Veal chops dipped in spicy tomato sauce and it was yummy! -€7.50.
DISHES FOR TWO: A more economic option are “The Dishes for Two”. It is an alternative for those who don’t want to spend much but still want to dine out. Try the lamp in the oven with herbs of Pelion for €15.50 or the other amazing dish -the Osso-buco Veal for €17.50. Both are exquisite.
I highly recommend the restaurant for all the above reasons.
Dress Code: Dress smart.
- Food and Dining
Watching the ever changing light on the water as the evening drew in. Every night was different..
The locals would wander down to take in the view and sit and contemplate life in general. We would often chat to one or other of the locals whilst enjoying the evening light.
Dress Code: It did get quite cool when the sun had gone. Definitely a sweatshirt or cardi.
Also insect repellent as there were plenty of biting things about.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Family Travel
I Synaxi Ton Theon: Gods' Gathering at Makrynitsa
Literally meaning "The Gathering of Gods", this awesomely beautiful cafe-bar is my favourite spot at Makrynitsa village. The view from the windows towards the town of Volos and the scenery of the forest is really rewarding. Relax, enjoy the great coffee and listen to the great music. There's also a cute smaller lounge on the lower floor.In case you can't find space in the main lounge, try it.
Dress Code: Pay attention to what the sign at the entrance says:
"If you are a god, you are welcome. If you aren't, dare it!"
In other words, you're always welcome. Dress casually!
- Skiing and Boarding
- Hiking and Walking
Scala bar...: The ultimate night spot
A stone house turned into a bar with excellent music. Popular among locals and tourists alike.
Dress Code: Casual