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Milies

The Municipality of Milies lies on Mount Pelion in Greece, in an area surrounded by mountains. 84% of the population work as farmers, 4,5% are employed in the traditional small crafts sector and 11% work in tourism.

Milies, one of the most picturesque villages on Mt. Pelion, is located only 28 km from Volos, the capital of the prefecture. The village has played a vital role in the history of Magnesia and of Greece as a whole. It is notable for its famous library, the ‘School of Milies’ and for being the terminus of the narrow Pelion Railway, which carried people and goods from 1895 to 1971 up and down Mt. Pelion and thus made a vital contribution to the rapid development of the region.

Folkloric interest has always been high here, hence a Local Folklore Museum was set up in the 1980s, which has a wide collection regarding traditional crafts characteristic of the village. There is also a pottery and ceramics museum in Anetopoulos, that introduces two centuries of the art of ceramics in the area.

Traditional crafts, which, among others, include wood-processing, stone-processing, saddle making still make up for a large part of the village's inhabitants' living and involve a high proportion of women employed as well. However, as most of the artisans work in small workshops or as SMEs, they are facing more and more difficulties and are in need of new tools and methods to create a safer and stronger economic basis for their activities. Thus the Municipality sees it as an important task, that besides tourism (the most important basis of the local economy nowadays, which is in a large part built on local folklore), local small crafts should be revived and strengthened economically.

 
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