The village of Kato Lechonia shares a border with Agria. Yet they deeply differ from one another in terms of economy, the village layout, and lifestyle. That’s how Mt Pelion is. Diverse, unique, and unexpected. Agria, at one time a fishing village, today has become a tourist resort. In contrast, Lechonia has always relied on agriculture for its livelihood.
The entrance to the village is marked by the Vrychonas Bridge, the first concrete railroad bridge constructed in Greece (1902). The little train of Pelion passed through the Vrychonas Bridge for almost seven decades. Thereafter, the bridge was crossed by the blue local bus No5 which transported students and locals to and from Volos. Today, a new modern bridge connects Agria with Lechonia.
According to the locals, the name of the village derives from the Greek word “lechona” meaning “has recently given birth”. Indeed, the village continuously produces a variety of agricultural goods including fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Throughout the year local farmers sell their goods at small roadside stands; olives, tangerines, cherries, apricots, pears, peaches, and every vegetable one can imagine, all fresh, crispy and aromatic like the good old days. Before you continue your trip east on Mt Pelion take a moment to stop at Kato Lechonia. The aromas, color and flavor of the local fruit will stay in your memory for a long time.