What’s so special about Volos?
Volos is one of the most beautiful and largest cities in the area of Thessaly which is in the center of Greece.
It is built near the site of ancient Iolcos which dominates the region of Magnesia from its position at the foot of Mount Pelion (which is the Centaurs mountain) overlooking the Pagasetic Gulf.
As you can already imagine it’s not only about the heavenly seas and adventurous mountains but the area’s mythical background that makes it so captivating.
The wealth of the area and its great history are reflected in the architectural structure of the city, which exudes confidence and nobility.
The public mansions, early 20th century museums, and historic churches make browsing Volos enjoyable.
The sea creates a wonderful coastal front with picturesque shops, among them the famous
Tsipouro restaurants, where you will enjoy traditional tsipouro and seafood delicacies.
Argonafton pedestrian and its passenger harbor on the west end, with spectacular views of the open sea, are the most popular meeting and promenade for city residents and visitors.
What To Do In Volos
There are different spots where you can do different activities such as fishing, rowing, and even swimming.
During the day, you can enjoy walking and jogging as the marina is a car-free place while during the night after watching the sunset, you can check out different café/bars where you can enjoy a fancy cocktail or any of your favorite beverages.
Being the third commercial port in Greece and a city popular among tourists, Volos has a good selection of luxury boutiques and brand retailers located on Ermou Street. Also, in Ermou Street you’ll come across Agios Nikolaos church where you’ll find all the coffee shops, bars, and restaurants. It is also well known for its alternative nightlife in the city.
Volos differs from other cities because of the adventurous mountain that lies in the background. Enjoy the fantastic view and trek on the kalderimi roads where you’ll see traditional stone houses afar from the city.
- Visit one of the oldest archeology museums in Thessaly, Greece where you can discover many exquisite findings from mid 20th century to modern archeological excavations. It includes artifacts from the Neolithic settlements of Dimini and Sesklo, the first Neolithic settlement of Europe as well as a wide variety of items from Ancient Greece.
- If you dislike walking you can always hire a bicycle since Volos has a big reputation as a bicycle-friendly city. Many groups organize bike rides and you can easily rent a bicycle to join them or discover the city by yourself.
Volos castle, in the present-day district of Palia, in the west of the city. It was a great shipbuilding center where galleys were built, carrying on Magnesia’s great maritime tradition.
- In a lovely corner of the city near the shore is the park of Agios Konstantinos. Laid out in 1920 by architect N. Kitsikis it provides recreation and a breath of cool air to residents and visitors.
- The Achilleio cinema, a place of living culture that has been able to stay open from 1925 up to this day. Built according to plans drawn up by the architect K. Argyris.
- The church of Agioi Konstantinos and Eleni overshadowing the waterfront in Volos. It is a piece of architecture, designed and built by the great engineer A. Zachos. Since its construction in 1936, the church has been a reference point in the city.
- Goritsa Hill located on the east side of Volos is just a short distance away. The hill stands about 200 meters above sea level and gives a spectacular view over the surrounding area. At the highest point of the hill stands the church of Zoodochos Pigis, whilst at the foot lays the so-called ‘Panagia Tripa of Goritsa’. It is said that the little church was a dedication for the birth of the Virgin Mary, built inside a natural cave that may have been a sacred place back in the olden times.
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