Built at the foot of Mount Pelion in Pagassitikos Bay, Volos is one of the largest and most beautiful Greek cities. It is an important commercial and financial center and has the third biggest port of the country. It also enjoys a position among the best city travel destinations, as it has excellent tourist infrastracture (hotels, rooms for rent, guest houses, taverns, activities etc).
The city of Volos harmoniously combines the old with the modern, has many attractions, it is culturaly developed and is ideal for intense fun as well. It is also set at the perfect location, between sea and mountain. The visitor can easily reach the beaches of Pagasitikos or visit the mountainous villages of Pelion and the ski center.
The strictly constructed residential blocks make it easy for tourists to wander around the city. The streets pararell and perpendicular to the beach are offered for walking and shopping, while the old neighborhood is perfect for a time travel. It is full of monuments from the prehistoric time to the modern, such as parts of the Byzantine walling, steam and gunpower from the Ottoman period, workshops and residences of the 19th century and many more.
If we should gather Volos' most characteristic sights in a list, we should definitely include the Papastratos building, which nowdays houses University Offices but used to be a tobacco warehouse, the church of Agios Konstantinos, the bronze effigy of Argo at the Port Authorities Gate, the traditional building of the Town Hall and the Art Center "Giorgio de Ghirico".
If you've never tasted "tsipouro", the Greek alcoholic drink (that resembles a little bit to the famous ouzo), get ready to discover it at its best! Volos is famous for the traditional "tsipouradika" that serve delicious fish appetizers and traditional cuisine accompanied by the strong flavoured drink. Not only locals, but also the foreigners tend to make it a daily habit! That's why these taverns are always full of happy people! The city also has numerous pubs, bars, clubs and music halls and enjoys its fame as the perfect city for nights out!
The city of Volos is by no doubt the jewel of Pagassitikos Gulf. It's a totally charming town you should visit during your holiday in Greece. And that's something easy to do, if you consider that it's between the two largest urban centers, 320 km away from Athens and 219 km from Thessaloniki, which means it's almost in the middle of the country.
Visit the Archaeological Museum of Volos where excellent findings from the prehistoric era are housed. It's also worth seeing the Church of Agia Triada, the Metropolis of Agios Nikolaos, the Entomological Museum which is one of the best in Balkans, the Printing Museum of the newspaper "Thessaly" and the Railway Museum.
At the Anavros park you'll see representative samples of the modern sculpture.
Sesklo is a famous region, at a short distance from the city of Volos, with one of the most important prehistoric settlements in Greece. The excavations have brought to light the remains of a palace and a castle from around the 7th millenium B.C.
The Art Center "Giorgio de Chiricco" is the place where thematic exhibitions take place, while there is also an interesting permanent collection.Being very close to the sea and the mountain gives the chance to the visitors to explore a large area with incredible natural beauties. You can organise excursions to the mountainous villages of Pelion, visit the ski center or spend time on outdoor activities, or travel to the coastal settlements of Pagassitikos Gulf and swim at beautiful beaches.
From the port of Volos you can easily access the islands of Sporades complex (Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos).
Don't miss to taste "tsipouro", the Greek alcoholic drink. It reminds a little bit of "ouzo" that you might be more familiar with. Enjoy it in one of the traditional taverns that operate near the port of Volos, along with delicious Greek dishes and fresh fish appetizers.
Volos is 324 km far from Athens and 216km far from Thessaloniki. You can reach it by car by the national road Patras - Athens - Thessaloniki (E75) or by the national road E92 from Igoumenitsa to Larissa and then to Volos.
You can use the bus that connects all main cities with Volos, while there are train itineraries on daily basis from the railway stations of Thessaloniki, Patras and Athens to Volos.
Port Authorities in Volos: +30 24210 24758, 28888
- Volos Bus Station: +30 24210 33253 / 25527
- Athens Bus Station: +30 210 8317186
- Thessaloniki Bus Station: +30 2310 543087
- Patras Bus Station: +30 2610 222164
- Volos Train Station: +30 24210 28555 / 24056
- Athens Train Station: +30 210 5240646
- Thessaloniki Train Station: +30 2310 517517
- Volos Port Authorities: +30 24210 28888
- "Flying Dolphins" Seacraft: +30 24210 39786 / 39787
Police in Volos: +30 24210 72400-4
Bus Station in Volos: +30 24210 32353-4
General Hospital in Volos: +30 24210 27531
Railway in Volos: +30 24210 28555
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PelionMount Pelion is the summer residence of the gods of Olympus and the mythical land of the Centaurs. The rich diversity of beautiful landscapes offers both mountainous and seaside resorts, some of them nested on the slopes of Pelion close to the ski center and some located among olive groves, fruit orchards,...3
VolosVolos is the major commercial and industrial center of Magnesia and Thessaly. It is a lively city that has developed a remarkable tourist infrastructure with many hotels and taverns. One of the most interesting attractions of Volos is the market and the old part of the city with neoclassical buildings.
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