Playground of the Gods
Discover the beauty of Volos and Mount Pelion
The City of Volos
Volos is one of the most beautiful cities in Greece and is the capital of the county of Magnesia. With a population of over 200,000 the city is a thriving one that has much to offer visitors. It is a city steeped in history and played an important role in the development of Magnesia and Thessaly as a whole throughout the years.
The city of located approximately halfway between Athens in the south and Thessaloniki in the north. Athens is 325 km from Volos while Thessaloniki is slightly closer at 216 km. Both have international airports and are the most popular destinations for visitors flying to this part of Greece. From each airport, you can easily travel by road and reach Volos in just a few hours.
The port of Volos, which is one of the largest in Greece, offers ferry connections to the islands of the Sporades, which include Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos. These islands are actually part of the county of Magnesia. The city also has rail and national bus connections with destinations all over Greece.
There are lots of things to do and experience in Volos. One thing that every visitor to Volos should do is to stop at one of the delightful “tripouradika” and enjoy a selection of fish tidbits and tsipouro – a famous drink. There are lots of these around the harbor of Volos and they are usually open throughout the day.
Another stop you should make is to the Athanassakio Archaeological Museum, which dates back to 1907 and where you can see a huge selection of exhibits and artifacts from the Paleolithic and Neolithic eras that were discovered at the prehistoric sites of Sesklo and Dimini. You will also see a range of other exhibits including jewellery, pottery and coins from other regions in Thessaly as well as the rest of Greece.
Volos is really a lovely city to visit and experience, as well as being the gateway to the magical Pelion peninsula. Our holiday villa is located in Alykes, just 5km from Volos, so you will be perfectly positioned to venture out and spend some time in Volos, as well as continue onwards towards the stunning Pelion peninsula.
Mount Pelion is an area of exceptional natural beauty and is a place that provides the perfect holiday destination for those who enjoy nature and the outdoors. Located on the eastern side of Central Greece the Pelion peninsula combined mountain and sea, green and blue and creates a very beautiful settings for your year round holidays.
There are lots of beautiful locations all over the peninsula that are ideal for visiting during your holidays. As well as the Blue Flag resort of Alykes where our holiday villa is located, you can head to the city of Volos, and head up Mount Pelion and visit the traditional villages of Makrinitsa and Portaria. These two villages are amongst the most popular in Pelion and provide you with a very authentic and traditional experience.
Makrinitsa has some stunning views where you can enjoy a truly panoramic view of Volos and Pagasitic Gulf. From Portaria you can continue northwards passing through the village of Hania, and then onto the north-east coast of the Peninsula. Here you will find the famous village of Tsagarada and Zagora, as well as some exceptional beaches where you can enjoy swimming in the cool blue waters of the Aegean.
In addition to the mountainous villages of Pelion, you can take a wonderful drive along the coast of the Pagasitic Gulf and pass through a number of beautiful villages such as Agria, Kato Gatzea, Kala Nera and Afissos. You can then continue towards the south, which is a very beautiful part of the peninsula, and visit some traditional villages such as Argalasti and Lafkos, as well as some beautiful coastal towns such as Platanias, Milina, Horto and Mikro.
Pelion really is a place that needs to be explored to be fully appreciated. You can find beauty and hidden gems on all corners, and the only limit to your experience is how far out you venture.
There are lots of walking routes that you can follow to enjoy the natural beauty of the area, as well as the famous Pelion steam train that operates between the villages and Milies and Agria, where you can enjoy a unique train journey around the mountain. Pelion is a holiday destination for all seasons, and whenever you visit, you will have a truly special time.