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15 Best Things to Do in Volos (Greece)

Affectionately known as the City of the Argonauts, in Greek mythology, Volos was where Jason boarded the Argo on a quest for the Golden Fleece at Colchis.

As a nod to this ancient hero there’s a replica of an ancient Trireme ship berthed at the city’s port.

An industrial port city in modern times, Volos could also be the embarkation point for your own voyage, with ferries departing the city to the paradisiacal islands of Skopelos, Skiosos and Alonissos.

Volos has real history of its own at the Neolithic settlements of Dimini and Sesklo, more advanced than anywhere else in Greece 6,000 years ago.

The finds from these settlements are at the city’s Archaeological Museum.

A constant presence to the north is Mount Pelion, where you can drive to high-altitude villages in leafy forests, and the best beaches on mainland Greece.

Let’s explore the best things to do in Volos :

1. Athanasakeion Archaeological Museum of Volos

Athanasakeion Archaeological Museum of Volos

This museum has a payload of artefacts from the Geometric period, from 900-700 BC, a time associated with legends like the Trojan War and Jason and the Argonauts.

Many of the finds discovered at the Neolithic settlements of Dimini and Sesklo are here, like terracotta figurines, jewellery and stone tools.

Whole burials from the Mycenaean period have also been transferred to the museum, showing the skeleton and the offerings around it.

There are also Hellenistic funerary steles from Dimitriada, around the Pagasetic Gulf, that still have bright traces of paint, as well as reliefs from the early-Christian and Byzantine periods.

2. Tsalapatas Museum

Tsalapatas Museum

A token for Volos’ industrial development in the 20th century, the Tsalapatas Museum is in a roof tile and brickworks founded in the 1920s by Spyridon and Nikolaos Tsalapatas . At the height of production the factory churned out up to nine million tiles (Byzantine and French-style) and bricks of different sizes each year.

After the factory shut down in the 1970s its Hoffmann kiln, trolleys, compressors, clay silos, dryers and cutters were all kept on site, and the museum eventually opened in 2006. You’ll get to step inside the Hoffmann kiln, which used to bake 24 hours a day, stopping just twice; during Greece’s Nazi occupation and following an earthquake in 1955.

3. Dimini Archaeological Site

Dimini Archaeological Site

West of Volos are the ruins of a Neolithic village first occupied around 4800-4500 BC, with houses built from mud bricks on stone foundations.

Designed according to a social hierarchy around a central square, Dimini has a level of sophistication in its urban planning that isn’t seen at other settlements from this time.

Dimini’s residents also had an unusual amount of privacy in their homes, where cooking took place inside rather than outside, which had been the norm.

Each of the houses are also separated by walls, rarely found at other settlements from the Middle Neolithic.

During excavations at House N a ceramic pot was found with the remains of a child inside from a prehistoric burial.

Close by there’s a tholos (beehive) tomb from a later Mycenaean settlement.

4. Sesklo Archaeological Site

Sesklo Archaeological Site

If you’re hungry for more prehistoric archaeology after seeing Dimini, Sesklo is in the countryside a bit further west.

At Sesklo you’ll glimpse the Sesklo Civilisation, the first Neolithic culture in Europe, with the oldest fragments going back to between 7510 and 6190 BC. The site shines a light on people who lived off agriculture and animal husbandry and had advanced stone and obsidian tools, and pottery-making skills.

Beyond the historical meaning of the place, Sesklo is in a picturesque location, bordered by two streams on the Kastraki Hill with long-distance views of the countryside.

The settlement once occupied an area of 20 hectares and a population as large as 5,000, but burned down around the 5th millennium BC, after which only the hilltop or acropolis was inhabited.

5. Mount Pelion

View from Mount Pelion

At Volos you couldn’t be in a better place to travel the dreamlike landscapes of Mount Pelion.

This peak has 24 villages, which, like Portaria below, have unmistakeable “Pelian” houses made from green, blue or grey slate and with painted wooden window frames and doors.

You’ll be tempted to go on a driving expedition, past gorges, waterfalls and orchards growing plums and firiki, a small, oval apple that originated in Egypt.

Mount Pelion is steeped in Greek mythology, as the home of Chiron the Centaur and the place where Thetis and Peleus were wed, starting a chain of events that would lead to the Trojan War.

And if you’re willing to put in the miles, some of mainland Greece’s best beaches can be found on the Aegean under Pelion’s eastern slopes.

Hemmed by pine-topped cliffs, the beaches at Agioi Saranta and Mylopotamos are out of this world.

6. Portaria


An easy drive north of Volos will bring you to the lovable village of Portaria on the slopes of Mount Pelion.

Facing the Pagasetic Gulf at an elevation of 650 metres, Portaria, was founded around the Monastery of Panagia in the 1200s.

The village is wreathed in greenery, abounding with deciduous trees, orchards, gardens and flower pots on its streets.

On the slopes are mountain streams and waterfalls that are a spectacle after a little rain.

Also part of Portaria’s allure is its architecture, with noble mansions that have colourful window frames and doorways painted in the Pelian style.

Seek out the rustic wooden Monastery Church of Panagia Portarea, which has vivid frescoes from the 16th century.

7. Centaurs’ Path

Centaurs' Path

In Greek mythology Mount Pelion was the domain of the Chiron the Centaur, who was a tutor to heroes like Heracles, Achilles, Jason and Theseus.

With these tales in mind you can pick up the Centaurs’ Path up the slope from the village of Portaria, a short hike over mountain streams crossed by little wooden bridges on green slopes shrouded by beech, plane, chestnut, oak and maple trees.

Occasionally you’ll be able to look between the leaves and see the Pagasetic Gulf and Volos far below.

8. Pelion Railway

Pelion Railway

The narrow gauge line from Volos to Milies in South Pelion was laid in 1903 and operated up to 1971 when it was shut down as a cost saving measure.

But in 1996 the section from Ano Lechonia, ten kilometres east of Volos, to Milies started running as a heritage line.

There are services on weekends from mid-April to the end of October, and every day in July and August.

Travelling at a leisurely 20 km/h you’ll course through Pelion’s verdant landscapes of oak and olive trees, climbing to look across the Pagsetic Gulf.

The ride takes 90 minutes, and just before Milies station you cross the remarkable De Chirico Bridge: While the bridge itself is straight, the rails cross it on a curve.

You can take lunch in Milies and poke around the village, before catching the return train in the afternoon.

9. Anavros Park

Anavros Park, Volos

As you leave the Archaeological Museum you can go for a gentle walk along this seafront park.

In 1988 there was a sculpture symposium at Anavros Park and there’s a line of whimsical concrete and metallic pieces that resemble trees next to the water.

There’s also a skatepark here, and if you stay on the promenade and head east you’ll be at Anavros Beach.

This beach flies the Blue Flag, and has four cafes and restaurants in touching distance, so you have almost all you need for a few peaceful hours in the sun.

10. Alikes Beach


A few minutes by road southwest of the centre of Volos you’ll arrive at a long sandy beach in a laid-back area with bars and restaurants.

The beachfront at Alikes is divided by breakwaters, leaving transparent shallows where toddlers and unsteady swimmers will be able to wade and paddle with no danger.

Although rather narrow, the beach is filled with sun loungers and parasols, and some of the bars behind have waiter service.

You could also take a walk to the end of one of the breakwaters for a photograph of Mount Pelion across the Pagasetic Gulf.

11. Agiou Konstantinou Park

Volos University and Promenade

With dark rippling mountains on the horizon, the Pagasetic Gulf has the power to stop you in your tracks.

Luckily, just beside the University of Thessaly a short way from the port there’s a newly refurbished park with benches where you can revel in the views.

There are lawns, which are lush in autumn, winter and spring, and columns of pines, palms and deciduous trees.

On the water is a long, straight seafront promenade if you’d like to walk off lunch or take the prettiest route to the Archaeological Museum a couple of minutes away.

12. Hill of Goritsa

Hill of Goritsa

A natural boundary above the east side of Volos, the Hill of Goritsa crests at 200 metres.

One reason to make the climb is to see the whole of Volos, its bay, the Pagasetic Gulf and Mount Pelion in one view.

But there’s also ancient history up here.

In the 4th century BC Philip II of Macedon built a city for up to 5,000 inhabitants on this perch.

At that time there was a wall running along the ridge for almost three kilometres, watched by 33 towers.

At the highest point you can still see the ruins of the acropolis, while in a cave near the Church of Zoodochos Pigi the ancient inscription “Dios Milichiou” has been found in the rock, proof of the veneration of Zeus at the city.

13. Castle of Volos

Castle of Volos

In the old town in the western part of the city there’s evidence of a once mighty fortress.

The Castle of Volos was built on the Palaia Hill during the rule of Emperor Justinian in the middle of the 6th century AD. The castle was pulled down in 1889, but lengths of the eastern and western walls are still standing to a height of seven metres.

The sight isn’t much to look at now, but it deserves a few minutes when you come to the Tsalapatas Museum to picture what this building would have looked like in Justinian’s time.

14. Theofilos Museum of Anakasia

Up in the village of Anakasia, under five kilometre out of Volos is the Kontos House.

Three storeys high and dating to 1835, this Byzantine-style building is on a rectangular plan.

The house is special because of what’s inside: In the early 20th century the treasured folk artist Theophilos Hatzimihail decorated the house with colourful, naive frescoes of landscapes, battle scenes, wildlife, saints, mythological figures, flowers and herbs.

15. Tsipouradika


When it comes to dining Volos has its own way of doing things.

All around the city you’ll see Tsipouradika, which take their name from Thessaly’s regional drink, Tsipouro, a brandy made from pomace left over in wine presses.

Tsipouradika are a product of the 19th century, when industrial workers would need somewhere to spend their lunch hours as they were unable to return to their homes.

After the Greco-Turkish War in the early 1920s these establishments were cross-pollinated by refugees from Anatolia, who brought their own cuisine back with them.

As they did more than a hundred years ago, Tsipouradika have a cheerful atmosphere, with impromptu folk songs fuelled by shots of Tsipouro.

Most Tsipouradika are fish and seafood restaurants cooking up stuffed quid, fried shrimp with tomato sauce and feta, steamed mussels, bonito, anchovies, sardines, red mullet, pickarel, swordfish and grouper, all with fresh salad.

15 Best Things to Do in Volos (Greece):

  • Athanasakeion Archaeological Museum of Volos
  • Tsalapatas Museum
  • Dimini Archaeological Site
  • Sesklo Archaeological Site
  • Mount Pelion
  • Centaurs' Path
  • Pelion Railway
  • Anavros Park
  • Alikes Beach
  • Agiou Konstantinou Park
  • Hill of Goritsa
  • Castle of Volos
  • Theofilos Museum of Anakasia
  • Tsipouradika

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24 fun things to do in Volos Greece – gateway to the Pelion

The city of Volos in Northern Greece is a gateway for visitors heading to the beautiful mountain villages of the Pelion peninsula and the islands of Skiathos and Skopelos. But we found plenty of fun things to do in Volos that warrant a longer stop. From beaches and shopping to fascinating museums and street art, Volos makes a great city break destination. This university town has a relaxed vibe, with flat promenades that demand to be cycled and harbour front cafes to while away hours with a coffee.

Argonauts ship Volos Greece Photo

Set by the sea within the sheltered Pagasetic Gulf, Volos grew rapidly in the industrial boom of 19th century. It remains the main port of the fertile Thessaly region of Greece. Known as the City of the Argonauts , Greek legend has it that Volos was where Jason set off with his ship the Argo and crew of Argonauts to search for the Golden Fleece.

Fishing boats in Volos Greece Photo

You may spot a replica of the Argo ship in the harbour and you’ll certainly see it represented in sculptures and monuments around the city. Sailors love to stop in Volos on a tour of the northern Aegean. It makes a great place to people watch and admire the smart yachts lined up along the harbour front.

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My top 6 things to do in Volos

If you are short of time, here are my recommendations for the top things to do in Volos.

  • Explore the harbour front – whether you walk or cycle, there are luxury yachts to admire, endless coffee bars, promenades at sunset and shady parks on the stretch of harbour between the port and the beach.
  • Hire a bike to enjoy the cycling city of Volos with flat streets and seaside paths.
  • Try the Tsipouro – an anise flavoured spirit which is served with plates of mezes.
  • Check out some of the street art in Volos, with striking murals from Greece’s top urban artists.
  • Spend the day in Makrinitsa – balcony of the Pelion with amazing views over the city and sea.
  • Take the little train of Pelion from Ano Lekhonia up to the pretty mountain village of Milies.
Check out our guide to Pelion Greece – from the mountains to the sea!

University in Volos Greece Photo

1. Walk along the harbour front

Any visit to Volos starts with a walk along the harbour front. This port city boasts a strong industrial past and remains a thriving commercial port that serves Northern Greece. It’s also a sailing hub that attracts yachts to the protected harbour. From here boats leave to sail around the Sporades archipelago of Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonnisos.

volos tourist attractions

The harbour front divides into different sections, with the port at one end and the beach at the other. Between the port car park and the commercial port is a good place to look at yachts and see some smaller, traditional fishing boats.

From the port area where the ferries leave for the Sporades, you can wander down the promenade to find numerous cafes lining the seafront. By day this is a place to relax with a morning coffee, to shelter from the summer heat and watch the world go by.

volos tourist attractions

At the end of the cafes is the yellow University of Thessaly building set on the corner, where a small bridge will take you onto a long pier. Continue further to the shady, green St Konstantinos Park with the pretty church of Saints Konstantinos and Helenas at the end. Beyond this is the city beach, with a few nice beach bars where you can take a swim and relax.

Harbourside Volos Greece Photo

Stay at the elegant Domotel Xenia Volos that’s right on the beach in Volos

Walk along the harbour at dusk

As evening falls the harbour front becomes the place to take a walk in the cooler night air, admire the swanky yachts and meet friends for a drink or a meal. We can recommend the Achilleion bar on the seafront. It’s in a beautiful old building dating back to 1925 that was formerly a cinema and makes an elegant place to stop for an aperitif.

Harbourfront Volos Greece Photo

2. Walk the Kordoni (shoe lace) at sunset

While on your evening promenade, we can recommend crossing the foot bridge by the University of Thessaly building. Wander along this pier that’s known locally as the “Kordoni” which means shoe lace. At sunset the cool breezes ripple the water of the Pagasetic Gulf. Locals are out fishing and you can admire the yachts lined up along the pier and wonder where they have come from.

Harbour in Volos Greece Photo

Walk to the very end of the long pier and you may see a yacht coming into harbour after a day’s sailing,. Or look back to see the lights of the city and port as night offers some relief from the heat of the day.

3. Agios Konstantinos Park and Anavros Park

The stretch of harbour beyond the University of Thessaly building is backed by a pleasant green space named after Saint Konstantinos, whose church also sits overlooking the sea. This broad promenade makes a great place for cycling and the trees offer some cool shade to sit among the statues and sculptures. There are a number of seafront cafes to choose from at the park, to indulge in the unmissable Volos pass-time of morning coffee.

Anavros Park Volos in Greece Photo

Continuing past the church, you’ll walk through another green space, Anavros Park where there are some striking sculptures of the Greek Sculptor Philolaos Tloupas. The concrete orbs bounded by metal that shimmer in the sun, remain from the 1st International Sculpture Symposium that took place here in 1988.

Sculptures in Volos Greece Photo

4. Church of St Konstantinos & Eleni

The pretty church of St Konstantinos and Eleni on the quayside is worth a stop if it’s open, with marble pillars and painted frescoes covered in gold. The church in its present form was built in 1936 on the site of an earlier wooden church and makes a peaceful place to stop for reflection or to light a candle.

St Constantines & Helena Volos Greece Photo

5. Volos beaches

If you are looking for the beaches in Volos, the Anavros beach is the city’s main beach and offers plenty of relaxation and calm waters. Near the Domotel Xenia Volos Hotel is a small stretch of shingle beach with clear water, which seemed to be used mainly by guests of the hotel and a few locals.

On this stretch, we stopped for a drink at the stylish Isalos Beach Club, which has a wonderful setting overlooking the sea and some sunbeds and tables directly on the beach. This is the more pricy of the two beach bars here, the other coffee bar being Kyma Kafe which is set back a little above the beach.

Volos Greece Photo

Anavros Beach

Continue on through Anavros Park to the much larger Anavros beach , with sandy stretches and shallow water between protective stone piers. This is mainly a local’s beach with showers, changing cubicles and fixed sun umbrellas you can use for free, or bring your own chairs and umbrellas.

At the furthest end are several beach restaurants which seemed to be very popular and busy when we were there in summer. We found them a nice place to take lunch or dinner with the sand between your toes. One of the most popular is the Avra restaurant, which is one of the oldest seafood tavernas in Volos, serving traditional seafood dishes.

Beach in Volos Greece Photo

6. Hire Bikes in Volos

The stretch of harbour front that I’ve described is quite a long, albeit very pleasant walk, so you may like to hire bikes to get around while staying in Volos. We hired from a shop called Bike30 that’s close to Agios Konstantinos Park and I think the cost us a reasonable €8 per bike per day.

Since Volos is so flat and many of the city streets are either pedestrianised or one way, the city makes an excellent cycling destination. We used our bikes to cycle along the harbour front, which is free of cars, stopping at the different sites along the way, which would make a pleasant day’s cycling.

Cycling in Volos Greece Photo

Stay at the Hotel Aegli – conveniently situated near the port and center of Volos

Cycle to Alykes Beach

We also took the longer cycle ride along the coast to the beach at Alykes, along a dedicated cycle path that runs beside the busy main road and then veers off to follows the coast all the way to the beach. This was a really fun ride, although there’s a stretch of the cycle path that takes a short cut over a (not too steep) hill.

Take your time if you are there in the heat of the summer as we were. The cycle ride to Alykes beach takes 1-2 hours and then you can spend the time swimming and relaxing on the beach, where there are numerous cafes and bars.

Cycling in Volos Greece Photo

7. Alykes Beach near Volos

If you are looking for a day on the beach, Alykes (also spelt Alikes) at Nees Pagases is the most easily accessible from Volos. It’s on the western side of the Pagasetic Gulf and a 15 minute drive or 1 hour cycle ride from Volos with plenty of parking along the beach road and in local car parks.

The beach is very long and sandy between stone piers that help prevent erosion. The water here is calm and shallow, so it’s ideal for families. In the summer months watch out for small jellyfish that get swept towards the beaches especially after windy weather. They give a mild sting, so pack your antihistamine cream.

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An authentic Greek beach resort

If you want to experience a real Greek resort that’s not too marked by international tourism, you’ll find it at Alykes. This small resort offers numerous holiday apartments and beach bars. In summer the beach is pretty much covered with sun beds that you may need to rent. Otherwise can use them for free so long as you are buying drinks and snacks at the beach bar that runs them.

Be aware that in the summer months and especially at weekends, the resort can be very busy and crowded. However, you can find quieter spots at either end of the main beach area.

I hesitate to recommend one beach bar over another. There are plenty that range from super trendy to the traditional family run beach restaurants and ouzo bars, so it’s best to see what suits your taste.

volos tourist attractions

Stay at the budget Hotel Argo in the centre of Volos

8. Street art in Volos

I was surprised to spot some street art murals as we explored Volos. On investigating further we realised that there’s a whole outdoor art gallery waiting to be discovered. Much of it is due to projects by Urban Act , an organisation that promotes street art and organises mural festivals in Athens and other locations around Greece.

Street art in Volos Greece Photo

Many of the artists that I had seen on our Street Art tour in Athens such as Same84 and Kez, had also worked on murals in Volos. Some of them are around the port area, others on schools, apartments or other public buildings.

volos tourist attractions

The murals tend to be spread throughout the city, so unfortunately you can’t see all the street art in one area. I recommend hiring a car or bike or just keeping your eyes open as you are sightseeing. You can download a map of the street art in Volos from the Urban Act website or pick up a printed map from the Volos Info Centre opposite the bus station and use it to locate the murals.

Street art in Volos Greece Photo

9. Shopping in Volos

While you’re in the centre of Volos I should mention that as one of the major cities of Greece, Volos has some great shopping for fashion and clothing. If you are taking the ferry to the Sporades archipelago or planning a tour of the Pelion peninsula, this is the place to shop for the latest styles to wear on your holiday.

Since much of the central area is pedestrianised, it’s a pleasure to wander around and window-shop for the latest Greek fashions. Along the main street of Dimitriados running parallel to the harbour there are lots of high street stores. On the side streets that lead off from the Cathedral square of Agios Nikolaos are plenty more independent and mainstream clothes stores.

Shopping hours in Greece tend to be mainly in the morning from around 9am to 2pm, when the shops will close for an extended lunch break. They often open again around 6pm for a few hours to take advantage of people strolling around in the evening. Opening hours may vary and most shops in Volos are closed on Sundays all day and on the Monday and Wednesday evenings.

Shopping in Volos Greece Photo

10. St Nicholas Cathedral in Volos

In the heart of Volos is the square with Agios Nikolaos or St Nicholas Metropolitan Cathedral which is surrounded by streets of shops, restaurants and bars. It’s a landmark of the city and worth a look for the beautiful frescoes and peaceful atmosphere among the bustle of the streets nearby.

The church is relatively new, being built in the 1920s on the site of an earlier church that burned down in the 1890s. This square is a pleasant place to stroll in the evening, with coffee bars set in the pedestrianised streets surrounding the cathedral and children playing in the square.

Cathedral in Volos Greece Photo

11. Tsipouradika – traditional seafood restaurants

If you’re a food lover, one of the most fun things to do in Volos is try the Tsipouro , which is a local speciality. Although there are ouzo bars all over Greece, Tsipouro is a slightly different anise flavoured spirit, derived from distilled grapes rather than the grain normally used for Ouzo.

In bars it comes in small individual bottles, and is offered with or without the anise or liquorice flavour. The anise version will go a milky white when you add some water to the glass before you drink.

Tsiporou in Volos Greece Photo

In the Ouzeries or Tsipouradika bars of Volos, Tsipouro is always served with a Mezedes , small plates of appetisers such as grilled fish, fried courgette balls or aubergine dips. The system is that you pay for each individual bottle of Tsipouro and then get a small dish of food included in the price.

Dishes are brought out from the kitchen gradually as they are ready. So if you want 6 dishes to share, then order 6 Tsipouro and even if you don’t drink them all, you can take the small bottles home. The custom of Tsipouro is said to have originated with the workers in the port and factories. Since they did not always have time to get home at lunchtime, they needed some small dishes of food to sustain them.

At the recommendation of my friend Anastasia of Natbeestravel who met us in Volos, we tried our Tsipouro at a Papadis (3 Solonis) on the harbour front and tried an excellent spread of delicious seafood Mezedes .

Tsiporou in Volos Greece Photo

12. Palea district – old town for bars & restaurants

One of the best places for nightlife in Volos is the Palia district or Old Town, which comes alive in the evening with bars and restaurants. If you walk around in the daytime, you’ll be forgiven for wondering what the fuss is about, since the area appears scruffy and run down with not too many old buildings.

volos tourist attractions

The restaurants are situated on pedestrianised streets on either side of the busy Grigoriou Lampraki that leads out of town. They are tucked behind the commercial port area and in the roads close to the train station. Although the buildings don’t look especially old or notable in any way, this is the first place that the city of Volos was developed around the port with the old castle that guarded the entrance to town.

Head to the Palea district to wander around in the evening and choose a place to eat from the many restaurants and Tsipouradika that you’ll find here.

Port of Volos Greece Photo

13. Old Train Station of Volos

Although most of the restaurants are closed during the day, the Palia district is still worth a wander around for the museums and old city walls that are located there. At the same time, take a look at the attractive old station of Volos that was built in 1884 in the style of a traditional northern Greek building, with ornate woodwork and painted decoration.

This was once the starting point for a train service that connected the mountain villages of the Pelion with the busy metropolis of Volos. The journey would previously have taken days by donkey. Now the remains of this train service can be experienced in the “Little Train of Pelion” running from Ano Lekhonia to the mountain village of Milies.

You can also take the train to other parts of the Thessaly region and to Athens from here. However, it’s not a direct line, and the coach is faster. On the other side of the tracks from the main station building is a station yard filled with old locomotives, although the gate was locked and we couldn’t see a way to see them close up.

Station in Volos Greece Photo

14. Old Castle Walls

Near the brickworks museum are the remains of the old castle walls of Volos. It’s worth a pause to read the interpretive boards that explain the history. The castle was built in the 6th century on the high ground which had a good view over both the port of Volos and the hinterland of Thessaly.

Providing protection from the raids that came from the sea, the fortified castle enclosure stretched over several blocks. But most of the 7 metre high walls were destroyed in 1889, although those that remain have been restored in recent years.

Old castle walls in Volos Greece Photo

15. Tsalapatas museum – the old rooftiles and brickworks factory

To discover more about the industrial history of Volos, visit the Tsalapatas Museum housed in the old Rooftiles and Brickworks factory in the Palea district. The factory was founded in the 1920s by the brothers Nikolaos and Spyridon Tsalapatas. It rode the wave of growing industrialisation in Volos which created a high demand for building materials.

The brickworks operated until the 1950s when the earthquake of 1956 and flooding from the river nearby caused a decline. More recently it was restored as a museum and opened in 2006, run by the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation.

Within the factory complex you can follow the production process through the clay silos, trolleys, grinding mills, cutters and engines, with plenty of information boards in English. My favourite part of the visit was to walk inside the Hoffman Kiln. The kiln burned 24 hours a day to fire the bricks and clay roof tiles, which are now stacked inside the domed brick kiln.

Brickworks Museum in Volos Greece Photo

16. Museum of the City of Volos

In the same Palea district, close to the Tsalapatas Museum is the Museum of the City of Volos . It’s worth a visit to understand more of the history of this area. The museum is housed in the old Papadou tobacco warehouse built in the 1920s and is a beautifully renovated and laid out modern museum.

Volos City Museum galleries on three floors trace the history of Volos through its rapid industrialisation and urbanisation in the early 19th century to its transformation into a modern city of leisure and commerce.

Old photographs and papers from the past century show how Volos fared during its occupation by Germans in WW2. Other displays show how the railway opened up the city, how it has been a magnet for immigration and trade and how modern tourism and leisure activities such as cycling have developed.

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17. Archaeological Museum of Volos

At the other end of town, just behind Anavros park, sits the Athanasakio Archaeological museum of Volos . The museum, which was built in 1909 in neoclassical style, houses finds from the many archaeological sites that surround Volos and the wider Thessaly region. There are representations of Neolithic graves and settlements from the region, as well as ceramic pots and artefacts.

I loved looking at the delicate golden necklaces from Ancient Greek times and wondering about the persons who wore them. Curvaceous clay figurines are on display that were perhaps fertility symbols or offerings to the gods.

Archaeological museum in Volos Greece Photo

18. Folklore Museum of Kitsos Makris

One museum that we would have liked to visit, but was unfortunately closed is the Folklore Museum of Kitsos Makris, which belongs to the University of Thessaly. It’s located in the backstreets a few blocks away from the Archaeological Museum. The elegant traditional house was built in the 1950s although it looks much older.

It makes an incongruous contrast to the modern, concrete apartment blocks that surround it. The museum houses the collections of books, artwork and frescoes of Kitsos Makris, a scholar and collector of folk art. Notable are the beautiful paintings by local folk artist Theofilos, the murals of Pagonides and the works of painter N. Christopoulos.

Folklore museum in Volos Greece Photo

Volos Tourist information

If you are in the Palia Old Town area or arriving at the bus station, be sure to stop at the Volos Info centre which is on the west side of town and easy to access by car. The information centre has lots of useful information about things to do in Volos and the Pelion region. Multi-lingual staff can help with leaflets, free city maps and guides that give you all the highlights of the region.

Tourist information in Volos in Greece Photo

More things to see close to Volos

There are still more interesting things to see close to Volos, but you’ll need a hire car, bicycle, take a guided tour or use public transport to reach them. While you don’t need a car to explore the city of Volos itself, I recommend hiring a car to visit the beautiful Pelion peninsula and add some of these other places to your itinerary.

19. Little train of Pelion

It’s a fun day out to take the Little Train of Pelion up to the mountain villages of Ano Gatzea and Milies. Despite being on most lists of things to do in Volos, the train starts at Ano Lekhonia Station, which is a 25 minute drive from downtown Volos or can be accessed by taking the local bus in the direction of Kala Nera.

Little Railway of Pelion Greece Photo

The vintage train is part of the route that was built in the 1890s and once ran all the way to Volos, connecting the mountain villages of the Pelion with the metropolis. The narrow gauge steam train takes you through the gorges and forests of the Pelion, with a brief stop at the small village of Ano Gatzea where you may just have time for a drink in a cafe.

The old bridges of the Pelion train

Then it continues over the stone arches of Kalorama bridge and the metal De Chirico bridge with views over the sea and surrounding countryside, before arriving at the large mountain village of Milies. A steep walk up cobbled paths will bring you to the shady square of the village centre. Here you can sit for a drink at one of the cafes and visit the beautiful church and the museum if open.

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On arrival at Milies station, passengers have the novelty of helping to turn the train around on its turntable, before the train continues on the return journey a few hours later. The Pelion train operates on weekends and leaves at 10am, returning in the afternoon, so it makes a full day’s excursion. You can buy tickets at the station ticket office for either direction, but in high season it may be best to pre-book in advance on the Trainose website .

Railway Bridege Miles Pelion Greece Photo

Unfortunately the train was not running while we were there, so as an alternative we hiked up the path from Kala Nera to Argireika and then walking along the railway track to Milies. It was a wonderful walk with views over the countryside and sea, although very hot as we were there in June!

20. Makrinitsa – balcony of Mount Pelion

Another great day out is to visit the mountain village of Makrinitsa, which has a beautiful location set on the mountainside high above Volos. It’s a 35 minute drive via the nearby village of Portaria or you can take the KTEA bus to Portaria – Makrinitsa which runs several times through the day.

Makrinitsa Pelion Greece Photo

Makrinitsa is known as the Balcony of Pelion and when you get up there you can see why, with stunning views over the city and Pagasetic Gulf. There’s a parking area at the entrance to the village as you arrive from Portaria. Parking is limited so I’d arrive early, take the bus, or stay a night in the village as we did at the lovely Hotel Selina Centavrus , which has its own parking garage.

Selina Centravus Hotel Makrinitsa

Enjoy views over Volos from Hotel Selina Centavrus Pelion in the mountain village of Makrinitsa

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Stroll up the old cobbled street to the main square, which is surrounded by traditional mansions, with their stone tiled roofs and painted window decorations, set on the side of the steep hill. A typical house of the Pelion has three floors. The lower two floors are made of stone with small windows to keep you cosy in winter and an upper floor made of wood with more windows is mainly used in summer.

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Relax in the main square of Makrinitsa

The main square is a charming location to sit under the shady plane trees for a drink or lunch and there are numerous restaurants in the town to have something to eat. We also took a look around the Byzantine Museum in the main square which houses beautiful icons and religious paintings collected from churches and monasteries in the area.

We visited many other mountain villages of the Pelion during our trip but Makrinitsa is the largest, most beautiful and most accessible from Volos, so if you only have time to visit one, it should be this one.

Makrinitsa Pelion Greece Photo

Stay at boutique Hotel Selina Centavrus Pelion in charming Makrinitsa

21. Kontos house – Theofilos museum of Anakasia

If you are driving up from Volos to Portaria or Makrinitsa, it’s worth stopping half way up the mountain at the Kontos House. It’s also known as the Theofilos Museum, and is tucked away in the village streets of Anakasia. This traditional 3 story house was built in the 19th century and its interiors are covered with paintings by the folk artist Theofilos Hatzimihail, who was a friend of the owner.

The 16 frescoes are beautiful examples of folk art, inspired by scenes from the Greek wars of independence and the gods of ancient Greek history. Theofilos was a talented folk artist who wandered around Volos and the Pelion for years at the end of the 19th century. He scraped a living by painting shops and interiors, was an eccentric lover of dressing up and inspired by Greek heroic past.

Kontos House in Pelion Photo:

Unfortunately I was not able to photograph the frescoes as photography is not allowed inside the house, but they are very beautiful and the house has also been preserved to show the traditional interiors of the 19th century. The Museum is free to visit, but best to check if it’s open before you make a special trip.

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Stay at the charming Kritsa Gastronomy Hotel situated on the central square of Portaria 

22. Dimini archaeological site

There are a number of archaeological sites around Volos and we drove the short distance to the west of the city to visit Dimini. The ongoing excavations there have uncovered a Neolithic settlement, set on a low hill with easy views towards the sea, which was the most likely source attack.

You can walk around the low stone walls that trace the buildings of the settlement, with interpretation signs to explain the life and society that lived here. Any finds of ceramics or jewellery from this and other nearby sites are now housed in the Archaeological Museum in Volos.

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The Mycean Tholos tombs

My favourite part of the visit was walking into the beehive shaped Mycean Tholos tomb which was constructed after the Neolithic settlement had been abandoned and would have been the resting place for a king or very important person.

The Tholos tomb within the main site is open to the sky, since its roof had long since fallen in. A short walk down the road is a second tomb which is intact. This was locked up but the curator kindly came to open it for us. It was truly impressive walking inside to experience the full height of the tomb.

If you are interested in archaeology and history, there are further archaeological sites near Volos that can be visited at Sesklo and the ancient city of Demetrias.

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24. Drive out to Agria

If you’d like to explore a bit more of life in the Pelion, head out of Volos to the pretty seaside town of Agria, which is just a 20 minutes drive along the coast. The picturesque harbour is lined with fishing boats and traditional tavernas and we stayed there for a few nights after visiting Volos to explore more of the Pelion.

Agria Pelion Greece Photo

It’s a favourite place for locals from Volos to visit in the evening, to have dinner at one of the many of the restaurants lining the seafront and watch the sunset. There are numerous places to choose from but we had some delicious seafood at the Mastrali fish restaurant followed by an ice cream at the excellent Boukis ice cream shop next door.

Agria Pelion Greece Photo

Hotels in Volos

There are numerous hotels in and around Volos which make an ideal base to explore the city for a few days. The ones that we recommend for a pleasant break in Volos are;

Hotel Aegli Volos – contemporary hotel in Volos

Hotel Aegli is a mid range hotel right on the harbour front and close to the bus station, train station and port (useful if you are connecting with the ferries to the Sporades). Two neo-classical buildings from the beginning of the 19th century, combine to enclose a glass covered central atrium.

Aegli Hotel Volos

The 72 rooms and suites are contemporary in style, with views over the harbour and a buffet breakfast on offer. This would be an excellent choice of hotel for a city break in Volos if you want somewhere that’s stylish but very central.

Domotel Xenia Volos – 5 star resort hotel in Volos

We passed the large 5 star Domotel Xenia Volos hotel on our way to the beach in Volos. While Volos is not really a resort town, this is the closest thing you’ll get to a resort style hotel within the city. The hotel is located right on the seafront with views towards the Pagasetic Gulf, pleasant gardens and swimming pools, a spa and large car park.

Domotel Xenia Volos

You are just a short walk from the harbour front, shopping and restaurants of Volos and this would be an excellent choice of hotel for those who like to combine relaxation with sightseeing. It’s also ideal for families, with pools, beach and lots of facilities.

Stay at the elegant 5 star Domotel Xenia Volos

Hotel Argo – budget hotel in Volos

If you need a centrally located budget hotel, perhaps just for one night before taking the ferry, try Hotel Argo . It’s in the centre of town and walking distance to everything, with a 24 hour reception and helpful staff. The rooms are small but clean and comfortable.

If you’d like to explore more of the Pelion or stay a little further outside of Volos we recommend:

Selina Centavrus Pelion – boutique hotel in Makrinitsa

We stayed a couple of nights and really enjoyed our time Selina Centavrus Pelion in Makrinitsa. This boutique hotel is part of a small international group that aims to appeal to nomadic travellers and digital nomads. It offers a community and local connections as well as a great place to stay for a holiday. The decor here is stylish and contemporary, but with lots of reference in the wall murals and accessories to local crafts and traditions.

Selina Centravus Hotel Makrinitsa

The hotel is made up of a collection of adjoining traditional houses, with its own parking garages. A short walk up the steep path above the hotel takes you to the central square of Makrinitsa. An excellent, healthy breakfast is on offer and the hotels also organises regular activities for their guests. Makrinitsa is a 35 minute drive from Volos so this makes a good second base to explore more of the Pelion.

Enjoy boutique Hotel Selina Centavrus Pelion in charming Makrinitsa

Kritsa Gastronomy Hotel – charming hotel in Portaria

Kritsa Gastronomy Hotel is a charming, small hotel in the shady square in the centre of Portaria, which is a good alternative village to stay instead of Makrinitsa. The village is a 30 minute drive up the mountain from Volos, so this would make a good base to explore some of the Pelion villages, once you have seen the sites of Volos.

Kritsa Gastronomy Hotel

The rooms are traditional and comfortable, but the hotel has a strong reputation for its local cuisine and also has a car park nearby, which is a big benefit since parking can be tight in the mountain villages. Even if you don’t stay here, we can highly recommend it as a stop for lunch or dinner to taste some regional dishes.

Map of Volos and the Pelion peninsula

You can find all the places mentioned in this article in this handy map of Volos and the Pelion .

Things to do in Volos and The Pelion Greece

How long should I stay in Volos?

I would recommend at least 2 full days to explore Volos, to see the main sites and soak up the atmosphere of the harbour and square. For exploring the city itself you don’t need a car. Indeed it’s quite difficult to park in the centre of Volos, although residential areas have free parking.

You may like to hire a car and take a third day to explore some of the areas that are close to the city, such as Makrinitsa, Alykes beach or the archaeological sites. All can be reached by public transport or by hiring a bike.

After spending 2-3 days in Volos, we highly recommend you add some additional days to explore other places in the beautiful Pelion peninsula. Alternatively, take the ferry to the Sporades islands of Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonnisos.

Harbour in Volos Greece Photo

How to get to Volos

Flights – there is an airport at Volos which is mainly used for summer charter flights. If you can get a direct flight from the UK or other European location, perhaps for a 7 day break, you could spend some of the time in Volos and the rest exploring other parts of the Pelion peninsula. Alternative airports in Greece are Athens (4 hours by bus) or Thessaloniki (3 hours by bus).

Bus – assuming you are already in mainland Greece, bus is probably the best way to reach Volos. We took the inter-city bus from Athens, which runs several times a day and takes 4 hours, with a rest stop at the service station at the halfway point. The inter-city bus from Thessaloniki to Volos also runs regularly and takes around 3 hours. Both buses can be booked online in advance at the KTEL website or tickets can be bought on the day at the bus station. Look out for the buses that run direct which are the quickest.

Train – you can also travel to Volos from Athens by train and from other towns within the region of Thessaly. Because the train does not go direct to Athens, but requires a change, the journey is longer and also a bit more expensive.

Ferry – Volos is linked with numerous ferries from the Sporades islands and there is an international airport on Skiathos, so this is an alternative way to reach Volos, especially if you want to combine city sightseeing with island beaches. Ferries between Volos and the Sporades islands are operated by Hellenic Seaways, Anes Ferries and Aegean Flying Dolphins .

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Barbara Compton

Friday 27th of August 2021

Excellent - but worth also visiting the markets - separate fruit and vegetable and clothes markets - Wednesdays and Fridays

Heather Cowper

@Barbara Thanks for the tip - we did manage to catch the organic farmer's market on Saturday with lots of lovely local fruit.

Wednesday 18th of August 2021

Heather this is such a great article! As a Volotian, I reckon you couldn't have described my city better or include more information about the city and its surroundings than you already did. Definitely sending this link, from now and onwards, to anyone asking me about holidaying to Volos.

Anastasia x

Thanks Anastasia, it was great to have you show us around Volos

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Aerial view of Volos city, the capital of the Magnesia regional unit. View from Pelion mountain

Situated between Athens and Thessaloniki , combining heavenly sea and adventurous mountains as a gateway to Mount Pelion (the Centaurs mountain), and serving as the first step to the Sporades islands, Volos is a destination worth visiting. This picturesque city has an ancient history as the mythic home of Jason and the Argonauts and there are a few hidden gems here that you might find as you pass through to the islands or Pelion. Here is our roundup of what to do in Greek island Volos.

Walk seaside.

Sprawling around the coastline of the Pagasetic Gulf, Volos has a long coastline to walk along. The marina spans from the ferry harbor to the University of Thessaly, and the shore continues even further, giving place to activities such as fishing, rowing and swimming. The marina is a car-free place, which means a lot of pedestrians walk there day and night and it is home to a lot of events such as concerts. Walk, run or enjoy the scenery or watch the sunset as fishing and sailing boats come and go.

Sunset at the port of Volos city

Shop and take a coffee break in the city center

Ermou Street in Volos

Discover the tsipouradiko tradition

If this city is renowned for something, its tsipouro . Tsipouradika are restaurants that serve tsipouro (a distilled spirit similar to raki ) combined with mezes , which are delicious dishes ranging which include fresh fish and shrimps to salads and dips. Open at every time of the day you will see tsipouradika everywhere, as it is a tradition for the locals to go at least once a week. Most of the people will go to sea-side tsipouradika , though those in the know will adventure to the small streets.

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Drink a cocktail at the Volonaki

Named after the neighborhood of Kolonaki in Athens and the most trending place in the center of Volos, Volonaki is formed by two pedestrian roads (Kontaratou and Koumoundourou) which intersect and form the core of Volos’ nightlife – Athens style. Here, modern bars have the finest mixologists and cocktails in Volos. If you want fuzz, action and bar-hopping you only have to choose between them.

Eat at Palia

Palia is the old part of the town, famous for having the finest restaurants – which range from traditional taverns to modern cuisine – and also the most unique nightlife. Eat, drink and dance in the old part of town, as behind the name hides the most innovative neighbourhood. If a new vibe comes into town, you will first hear it here.

Saint Constantine and Helen church, Volos, Thessaly, Greece

Plan a road trip to Mount Pelion

A dynamic seaside city, Volos differs from the other cities because of the adventurous mountain that lies in the background. Home to many traditional villages, Mount Pelion is a sought after destination among Greeks (especially Athenians) and foreigners that want to live their Greek myth. Here, you can drink a coffee gazing at the fantastic view, trek on the kalderimi roads and enjoy the traditional stone houses all at short distance from the city.

Aerial view of Volos city, the capital of the Magnesia regional unit. View from Pelion mountain

Visit the archeology museum

One of the oldest museums in Greece, the archeology museum of Volos houses many exquisite finds from early 20th-century to modern archaeological excavations in Thessaly. Exhibits on display include artefacts 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.

Archaeological Museum of Volos, Thessaly, Greece

Rent a bike

How can you visit a city that is flat, full of pedestrian roads, walkable from side to side and with breathtaking views? But of course by bicycle. Volos has a big reputation as a bicycle-friendly city, and the bikes in Volos number more than the people. There are many groups that organize bike rides and you can easily rent a bicycle to join them or discover the city by yourself.

Cyclists gathering

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10 Things to See and Do in Volos, Greece

Volos, situated 205 miles north of Athens and 137 miles south of Thessaloniki, is one of Greece’s most popular cities, combining a prominent port, a lively seafront, ancient archeological sites, and access to the Pelion Mountain range, the home of the mythical centaur. If you are looking for a diverse place to visit on mainland Greece , Volos should be at the top of your list.

Here are 10 of the top things to see and do in Volos:

1. light a candle at the church of agioi konstantinos and eleni.

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As a port city, the waterfront dominates Volos, and the Church of Agioi Konstantinos and Eleni, built in 1936 by the renowned architect Aristotle Zachos, is an attraction and reference point for the area. Beyond its impressive architecture, this church is unique due to its colorful imagery of the saints adorned with colored pebbles. Go inside and light a candle to take in the full experience.

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2. Travel Back in Time at the Athanasakeion Archaeological Museum


This museum has six halls filled with ancient objects and artifacts going back over 3,000 years. Beyond the household items, jewelry, and agricultural objects, the museum features clay statuettes and items from the end of the Greek Dark Ages, a time of heroic events like Jason’s Argonaut Expedition and the Trojan War. If this wasn’t enough to intrigue you, the museum also has entire tombs transported from the archaeological sites where they were discovered. Stop into the Athanasakeion Archaeological Museum to be transported back in time.

3. Take a Ride on the Pelion Railway

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Volos is the gateway to the Pelion Peninsula, and the Pelion Railway is the perfect vehicle to get a taste of the Pelion Mountain range. The Pelion Railway is a tiny four-car train that covers nine miles from outside Volos ending in the mountain village of Milies. Since the train never goes faster than 12.4 miles per hour, it is easy to take in all the lush natural beauty of the route. Stop in Milies for a taverna lunch and take in the breathtaking views of Pagasetic Gulf. The 90-minute railway trip offers you an easy and memorable adventure.

4. Walk the Centaur’s Path in Portaria


The Centaur’s Path is a short hiking path in Portaria village located about 6 miles from Volos. The gentle trail is less than a mile long, taking about 40 minutes to complete, and offers you another magical window into the natural beauty of the area. According to Greek mythology, Volos and the surrounding area was home to the centaurs, half-human half-horse creatures with mystical powers. The Centaur’s Path is marked with red circles on stones making it easy to follow. For those wanting a more strenuous hike, there are nearby paths that offer longer options branching out to the surrounding villages.

5. Relax on the Beach


Being on the mainland doesn’t mean you can’t have a Greek beach experience and greater Volos has some of the best beaches in Greece. Alykes is a popular choice for central Volos with sunbeds, watersports, bars, tavernas, and other amenities along the sandy shores. If you want to explore the surrounding areas, Anchialos Beach and Pigadia Beach are just two of the many options you’ll find.

6. Sip Tsipouro at a Local Tsipouradika


Volos is fondly referred to as the Capital of Tsipouro and drinking this powerful Greek spirit is almost an art form in the region. With a population of under 200,000 people. Volos is home to over 600 “tsipouradika,” taverna-style restaurants featuring tsipouro and tasty mezedes (side dishes). Tsipouro is strong, consisting of between 40% to 45% alcohol. Part of the tsipouradika experience is you usually don’t need to order food, it comes automatically with each round of tsipouro. Have an enjoyable afternoon relaxing at a Volos tsipouradika.

7. Take in the View at Hill of Goritsa


For a memorable view, make sure to go to the top of the Hill of Goritsa on the east side of Volos. This tiny natural hill is about 650 feet above sea level and at the top, you will find the church of Zoodochos Pigi. On the outside wall that encloses the church, you’ll find a natural cave with the inscription “Dios Milochiou” which scholars say points to the worship of Zeus in the region. Take a walk to the top and enjoy the breathtaking view of Volos.

8. Visit the Ruins of the Volos Castle

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Located in the old town district of Palia, these castle ruins are part of a Byzantine settlement that was fortified in the 6th century during the reign of Emperor Justinian. Most of the castle was destroyed in 1889, but some parts of the walls on the eastern and western sides stand at a height of 23 feet. Don’t expect a full castle but spend a few minutes exploring the ruins.

9. See an Ancient Civilization at the Archaeological Site of Dimini


Three miles outside of Volos, the Dimini site provides us with one of the most complete pictures of a Neolithic settlement available. This well-organized, 25-acre Neolithic settlement has ruins going back to the 5th Century B.C. and is believed to have been home to a thriving and sophisticated stone age community with a rich social culture. Visit Dimini to experience how an ancient civilization lived.

10. See Modern Sculptures at Anavros Park


While Volos offers you ancient history, it provides a modern edge too, and you’ll find contemporary modern sculptures at the Anavros Park, an easy walk from the Archaeological Museum. Originating in 1988 at the International Sculpture Meeting, this seaside walkway display is filled with outdoor sculptures designed by both Greek and foreign artists.

Volos has a lot to offer and while these are my top recommendations, there is even more to see and do. From Volos you can island-hop to many of the Sporades islands including Skiathos, Skopelos, and Alonissos.

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Volos is the capital of the Magnesia region of ancient Thessaly. This coastal city, tucked away on the coast of the Pagasetic Gulf, is Greece’s third largest port and features an industrial heritage to match. In 1955, an earthquake destroyed much of the city but today there are still a lot of things to do in Volos with its rich history, mythology, and there is a wealth of nature to explore right on its doorstep. As well as a plenty of local food to sample and nearby beaches to discover, Volos is also considered the gateway to Mount Pelion – the homeland of Centaurs.

How to get to Volos

Athens to volos.

Nea Anchialos Airport is located 40 kilometres from Volos and it takes around 30 minutes to drive from there into the centre of town. There are not usually flights from Athens but rather from international destinations like London, Munich and Dusseldorf. There are often seasonal connections between Crete with Sky Express too.

From Athens, the main options are either by road or rail.

Drive time from Athens is 3-4 hours depending on any stops – we highly recommend the Thermopylae Battle site and the nearby hot springs. It’s an easy drive on modern highways, with some tolls.

Buses to Volos leave several times a day from Liosia Station on the corner of Sekeri and Zachou Streets. The journey takes about 4 hours. 

Private tours and cruises to Volos

If you’re pressed for time and would like to see more of the wonders of the Mainland there are some good tours that include Volos.

The Oh My Goddess tour is operated by Globus and covers Athens, Delphi, Galaxidi, Volos and Thermopylae over 8 days, including accommodation, Guides, meals and transport.

Another excellent tour that focuses on locations nearby is Walking the Pelion , a self-guided hiking trip that takes in several incredible destinations on the Pelion Peninsula, including Tasgarada and Volos, before ending in Portaria. Again this includes accommodation and meals as well as route maps and luggage transfer.

Where to stay in Volos

There are a number of great hotels in Volos, that are really tremendous value too compared to so many cities in Europe.

Domotel Xenia Volos is the premier 5star hotel in the city and is located right on the waterfront, with its own beach. The hotel has a fantastic day spa, huge swimming pool and is a short walk into the shops and restaurants in town.

A few blocks back from the harbour is the unusually named δ193 which has spacious modern rooms at very reasonable prices.

If you’re looking for a self-catering option that can sleep 5 people then this 2-bedroom apartment is right in the centre of town and has 2 bathrooms.

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Things to do in Volos

The museum of the city of volos.

Located inside a former tobacco warehouse in the Palia district, this polished museum offers up an insight into the story of the city of Volos.

The structure itself was originally built in 1920, but astoundingly includes part of the city’s old walls in its courtyard. The well-curated museum leads visitors through the story of Volos, from the Byzantines through the turbulent 19th century to the modern day.

The ground floor showcases exhibitions that change throughout the year, while the second floor chronologically lays out the development of the city.

A particularly interesting part covers the 1923 population exchange between Greece and Turkey. There’s also an onsite coffee shop for refreshments.  

Open: Tuesday – Sunday 10:30 – 13:30 Wednesday & Friday 18: 00-21: 00 Cost: General admission 2 € Group ticket (over 5 persons) 1€ Guided tours 1€ per person

Further reading – see Official Website

Saint Konstantinos Park

Saint Konstantinos Park is the main green space in Volos and can be found nestled along the waterfront next to the University of Thessaly.

This is a relaxed place to enjoy a stroll with the locals; there’s plenty of space to wander, trees shading the paths, and benches to perch on. The atmosphere is vibrant, with many students from the adjacent university spending time unwinding in this park.

Saint Konstantinos Park is also a good venue to watch a sunset. Several nearby cafes are open late into the evening, providing a spot to regroup before seeking out something for dinner.  

Visit Lake Karla

Around a 40-minute drive outside Volos proper, Lake Karla is an ideal opportunity to explore the natural world within striking distance of the city.

Situated 60-80 meters (200-260 feet) above sea level, Lake Karla was originally a natural lake that was drained for farming and later re-established.

Along with stunning views, several trails to hike, and some good birding opportunities, a visit to Lake Karla also provides an interesting insight into rural life in Greece.  

In addition, the area is hardly touched by tourism, which makes it a pleasant break from the hustle and bustle of the city.

According to Greek mythology, the god Apollo was married on the shores of the lake and is the place where the Argonauts set out on their journey to find the golden fleece.  


Neolithic Settlement of Dimini

You’re never too far from ancient history in Greece and the same goes for Volos.

In this instance, what remains of a Neolithic settlement discovered in the late 19th century can be found a mere 15-minute drive west of the city. The site was continuously occupied from the Neolithic period (around 4300 to 2000 BC) through the Mycenaean era (around 1750 to 1050 BC).

This well-preserved village is a compelling place to explore, where visitors can learn about how the residents of this ancient place lived, thanks to many artifacts of the Dimini culture on display. With excavations ongoing, there are yet more secrets to discover at the site.  

The Entomological Museum

This more off-the-beaten-track destination in Volos is the only one of its kind in Greece – a museum dedicated to insects, that is.

It’s also the largest of its kind in the Balkans region. Opened in 1987, Volos’ very own Entomological Museum was masterminded by Athanasios Koutroubas, a professor of agriculture.

Today the museum contains 35,000 different variations of insect species, many of which are unique or rare. The diversity of the entomological specimens collected here spans the globe from the Amazon Rainforest to Southeast Asia.

One of the most impressive exhibits is that of the Lepidoptera, which features over 10,000 different sub-species of butterflies and moths, including the world’s largest butterfly, Thysania agrippina , boasting a wingspan of 40 centimeters.

Open: By Appointment Only ( phone 2421 048556)

The Athanasakio Archeological Museum

To explore the ancient past of Volos, the Athanasakio Archeological Museum is the place to go.

Set inside a Neoclassical building completed in 1909, the museum was funded by Alexis Athanassaki, who was from the nearby village of Portaria. It is one of the oldest Museums in Greece.

Inside, the museum features eight different exhibition spaces which host collections that have been found in the Thessaly region as well as elsewhere in the ancient Greek world. Exhibits include a Neolithic haul, a gold jewelry collection, and a number of coins from ancient Thessaly. You will find the museum located along the seafront in Anavros Park.

The Church of Saints Constantine and Helena

Dedicated to the Roman Emperor Constantine – the first to convert to Christianity – and his mother, Helena, this picturesque church is situated right on the waterfront, on the site where an ancient stone iconostasis (a wall inscribed with Christian iconography) was found.

This was considered evidence of the existence of an older church that may have stood on the same spot.  

Subsequently, a church, in the form of a small wooden chapel, was built here in 1898. When this could no longer cope with the number of parishioners wishing to use it, the current church was built in the early 20th century by architect Aristides Zachos; the first service was held here in 1936.

It’s a stone structure, in Romanesque style complete with a tall tower, and features columns, archways, frescoes, and mosaics within.

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Street Art in Volos

You may be surprised to learn that Volos has a number of examples of street art scattered around its streets.

Many of the pieces are the outcome of an organisation or collective called Urban Act, which is known for its enormous colourful murals in cities across the country. There’s even a city art festival organised by Urban Act to celebrate the murals in Volos.

Exploring the street art by yourself is not too difficult; much of it is located by the port area, but there are a number of different pieces located on the sides of apartment blocks and schools. Not all of the artworks are in one area, so it may not be possible to see them all in a day.

However, there is a downloadable map of the murals in Volos so you can follow along and discover some of the most famous pieces. It’s also possible to pick up a physical map of the murals at the Volos Information Centre, located near the bus station.  

The Roof tile and Brickworks Museum

This interesting museum is the place to go to understand more about the development of the city of Volos in the 20th century.

It’s actually set inside a former brickworks, an industrial site that played a key role in shaping the modern centre of the city. Throughout its life, the factory produced different types of roof tiles and brickworks, for everything from Byzantine-style to Marseille-type roof tiles.  

In its heyday, the factory would make up to nine million tiles every year. In 1995, long after the factory fell into disuse, it was listed by the Greek Culture Ministry and transformed into the informative museum it is today. Visitors can learn about the production of bricks and roof tiles, see the machinery involved, and get an insight into the lives of those who worked there.  

Opening Hours: March 1 to October 15 daily (except Tuesdays) 10 am to 6 pm. October 16 to February 29 10 am to 5 pm.

Cost: Standard entrance €4, Concession €2

Free admission: Please, see  here . Days of free admission: May 18th (International Museum Day) June 5th (World Environment Day) Last weekend in September (European Heritage Days)

Saint Nicholas Metropolitan Cathedral

Saint Nicholas Metropolitan Cathedral can be found in the heart of Volos.

Though relatively new (it was built in the 1920s), the cathedral is nonetheless impressive and is situated on the site of an older structure that sadly burned down in the 1890s. It is a classic Byzantine-style church, complete with curves, domes, and prominent brickwork, while the inside is a feast for the eyes with colourful frescoes and gilded altarpieces.

Overall this is a tranquil place to escape from the busy streets of Volos. Stay for a while and you’ll see people coming in and out, lighting candles, and saying prayers in silence, surrounded by stained glass windows.  

One of Volos’ attractions lies not in the city itself, but instead almost in the middle of its harbour.

Situated at the end of a one-kilometre-long breakwater called the kordonia by locals (meaning “lace”), which is essentially an extension of the waterside promenade, the Faros or lighthouse stands stoic all by itself, safely beckoning boats into the harbour.

Although it’s an attractive place for a stroll in the daytime, it’s a particularly pleasant place to explore on a warm evening, just after sunset has painted the dusky colours.

The illuminated walkway leads all the way to the lighthouse where you can see the city behind you glowing in the night, backed by mountains.  

The Sculptures of Philolaus

Situated in Anavros Park, along the seafront, are a collection of alien-looking sculptures by Philolaos Tloupas.

The Greek sculptor was well-known internationally and during his lifetime he influenced sculpting by combining architectural and organic elements to create his idiosyncratic style.

Sadly, Philolaos passed away in 2010, but his work remains. In Volos, his striking sculptures feel wholly natural as they erupt from the ground, yet they are like nothing else in the city, looking almost like creatures from alternative mythology. Against the sea, they look positively primordial.

Sample tsipouro

For those who are interested in trying the local liquor of Volos, tsipouro cannot be missed.

This aniseed-flavored alcoholic drink has long been the traditional beverage in this port city. Locals love to enjoy a tipple of tsipouro , so much so that there are over 600 tsipouradika , bars dedicated entirely to tsipouro and the bar snacks that go with it. Specifically, tsipouro is made from the pomace (pulpy residue) of grapes left over from wine production.

The legend behind its origin has it that, in the 14th century, the monks of Mount Athos in Macedonia were the first to attempt to make the first concoction of tsipouro from grape pomace.

In tsipouradika you can sample the drink either straight, with a few ice cubes, or with a dash of water. It is perfectly paired with local food, namely seafood meze. One of the most famous bars of this kind in Volos is called Mezen, featuring a great atmosphere and outdoor seating.

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Volos Train Station

Explore the Pelion

The Pelion (aka Pilio) peninsula lies to the East of Volos in the region of Thessaly and covers an area of over 200kms in size.

Its highest point is Mount Pelion at 1624 meters and there are numerous walks and hikes you can do across the peninsula covering incredible landscapes with waterfalls, sweeping views, and more.

In Greek mythology, the Pelion is where the Gods of Olympus had their summer holidays. It is the land of the centaurs, the most famous of which, Chiron, trained heroes like Hercules, Jason, and Achilles.

The peninsula is covered in large forests of beech and chestnut trees and is therefore a popular destination in Autumn. It is also home to a number of excellent ski resorts and the mountain villages in winter attract many Athenians looking for cozy log fires and fresh mountain air.

It’s also a popular summer destination with many stunning beaches along the east coast filled with natural coves and caves. A great spot to explore by Sea Kayak .

A lot of people base themselves in Volos and explore the Pelion on day trips, or we highly recommend staying a few days or weeks!

These are some of the many highlights of the area: 

Walk the Centaur’s Path

Half-human, half-horse, Centaurs are one of the more well-known creatures from Greek mythology.

These hybrid beings apparently used to have a home on Mount Pelion, not too far from Volos. In celebration of the centaurs and the region in which they are supposed to have lived – namely, the woodlands of the mountain – the Centaur’s Path leads from the village of Portaria, passing through some stunning scenery along the way.

Winding through a natural landscape, a mix of caves, trees, and waterfalls, the path is well-trodden and signposted. It takes around 40 minutes to complete the loop; it’s suitable for families, too.

Ride the Train of Pelion

Connecting the city of Volos to the town of Mileai on Mount Pelion, this narrow gauge railway is an extension of a line that once operated in the Thessaly region, connecting the villages in the area.

Designed by Italian engineer Evaristo de Chirico, construction on the railway – popularly known as Moutzouris (“smudgy”) – began in 1894. It was a masterpiece of railway engineering at the time, with many stone bridges, archways, and tunnels needed for the mountainous route.

In its heyday, the steam train was essential to the development of the villages in the area and was used to transport important goods as well as people.  

The Pelion railway fell into decline over the years as the roads began to take over and World War II put a stop to free movement.

In 2009, this portion of the railway opened once more for tourists to enjoy. With a speed of just 20 kph, a pleasant ride on the Pelion train takes visitors chugging through mountain valleys, hugging the side of cliffs, and allowing you to stop off at villages along the way for lunch at traditional eateries.

Tickets: Contact the Hellenic Train Office at Volos Railway Station 

Cost: single trip 10€ and return 18€ for adults or 6€ and 10€ for children 4 to 12yo.

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This village is one of the most popular on the Peninsula. It is very quaint and oozes local charm with big shady trees surrounding a beautiful town square and numerous cafes, tavernas, and small hotels. One of the Plane Trees in the village is estimated to be over one thousand years old!

Tsagkarada also has great views out over the sea, and in fact, was once located on the shore but moved up the mountain to protect the villagers from pirates.

Damouchari and Mama Mia

In 2007 parts of the Hollywood Blockbuster movie Mama Mia were filmed in the beautiful bay of Damouchari on the east coast of the Pelion.

The main scene shot here was the ‘Dancing Queen’ scene where Meryl Streep and her two friends lead the local women into a beachside song and dance routine around the Bay.

Today people still come to visit the small village and adjoining beach just for this reason, usually in conjunction with a visit to nearby Skopelos island where most of the film was shot.

It’s also a very nice place to spend a few days or weeks. There are only a few small hotels here but they are all rather exceptional as is the food at their tavernas.

Upper Kissos Valley Walk

This beautiful hike takes you 45 minutes south from the town of Kissos to the springs and waterfalls of Tympanos.

The scenery is quite stunning with verdant beech forests and beautiful wildflowers if visiting in Spring. A part of the hike involves narrow ravines and a small tunnel but you are rewarded with a swim in the cool natural pools at the end.

Katafidi Waterfall

A short but steep hike from the village of Byzitsa. There is a car park on the road and the waterfall tends to run in the rainy months ( not summer).

Pelion Ski Centre

This ski resort is located on Mount Pelion at Agriolefkes. It is usually open between November and April and has four downhill ski slopes, one for beginners, one for cross-country, and two for more advanced skiers. There are five lifts in operation, including one for children.

The resort includes a Chalet that offers accommodation and food and drinks, a Hotel, a ski school, equipment rental, an observatory, and 3 car parks.

Open November through March 9 am to 4 pm. 

Located 50kms south of Volos towards the end of the Pelion Peninsula is the beautiful coastal village of Milina.

This is a popular tourist destination and there are a number of excellent hotels and tavernas in the area. Across from the town is the islet of Alatas where the Monastery of Agias Saranta played an important role in the revolution of 1821 against the Ottomans.

The islet of Prasouda is also nearby. These two islets provide excellent boating opportunities and are popular day trips by locals and visitors alike.

The sunsets in Milina are also quite magical.

There are many wonderful beaches in the Pelion, some say some of the best in Greece. With verdant green forests spilling down to crystal clear water, with few tourists or developments it is easy to find your own private beach on your visit.

Some of the best beaches are:

Paralia Karnagio

This beach is only 20 minute’s drive south of Volos and one of the closest to the city. It’s a small beach wrapped around a protected cove that has a couple of good bars and tavernas.

The beach bars here offer free sunbeds and there is a lifeguard on duty in summer.

Agios Ioannis Beach

This is the busiest and most popular beach on the Pelion. It is well organized with plenty of parking, sunbeds, and umbrellas for hire and a number of apartments and rooms for rent as well as tavernas, cafes, and shops.

There are really three beaches here joined together – Ai Giannis, Papa Nero, and Plaka.

It is situated on the east coast of the peninsula, about 44kms from Volos and 80 minutes over the mountain.

Agii Saranta

20 minutes north of Agios Ioannis is Paralia Agii Saranta, a beautiful, wide, azure blue beach with lots of trees and shade and a good taverna and three beach bars – Monk, Sarande , and Casablanca . The water is absolutely pristine and the beach is a combination of sand and small white pebbles.

There is a paved road leading down to the beach where you can park but it can get popular in summer so plan to visit early if possible.

Paralia Fakistra

Located just south of Agios Ioannis Fakistra is a pretty, rocky cove with crystal clear water but it can get wind affected when the Meltemi is blowing.  The sea cave of Panagia Megalomata is a popular hiking attraction to the north.

There are no facilities here.

Chorefto Beach

 This is another big, organized beach on the east coast, north of Agios Ioannis. It has a long, sandy beach with lots of sunbeds and umbrellas to rent and lots of trees at the back where free camping is allowed.

It’s very family-friendly and there is plenty of parking available.

A hidden gem on the east coast, this beach is a bit hard to find but well worth the effort.

Drive to St. George’s House Hotel (also a nice place to stay) and head down the unpaved road to the left.

The beach has no facilities and it can be popular with naturalists so be warned!

Pantazi Ammos Beach

This beach is much photographed but actually quite remote. There are no tavernas or facilities so be sure to pack plenty of water.


A very popular beach in summer and it can be hard to get a park or a sunbed. The water is very clear and it’s obvious why it is so popular.

There are several good tavernas nearby and some holiday accommodations too.

Just south of Milopotamos is Limnionas, just as nice but much less crowded in summer.

No bars or facilities and you’ll need to leave your car up on the road and hike down the trail unless you have a 4wd.

Labinou Beach

Just south of Limnionas is Labinou, a very small, secluded beach with clear water and natural reefs. Great for snorkeling.

You will need to take your own mat and umbrellas but there is a very good little taverna – Tabernaki , on the road, where you will park your car. A little slice of heaven.

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Take a Tour of Volos City

  • The pedestrianised Argonauts Way , where you will see the sculpture titled Argo (by the harbour), created by the artist Nikolas, one of the city landmarks. You can also see the modern-day Argo, the ship which was built as an exact copy of its legendary ancient counterpart, one that roamed the Greek seas and beyond, some 3,500 years ago; it’s a feat of shipbuilding by all means, which will offer a thrill to all visitors, especially history lovers.
  • The beautiful Papastratos building (1926) for its special architectural style. Today it houses the administrative services and a number of Schools of the University of Thessaly.
  • Palia quarter, in the west city section; it is estimated that it has been inhabited continuously since 3000 BC and that the location matches the site of ancient Iolkos. Take a tour of the Roman Baths , the ruins of the castle (mid-6th c. A.D.), the Ottoman powder magazine (1600), the Agion Theodoron square , and the former Tsalapata factory (1925) which now houses the Rooftile and Brickworks Museum.
  • The tree-shaded Rigas Feraios square – the city’s largest one – where the impressive Town Hall and the building of the Municipal Theatre are located. The theatre has the largest scene among the Balkan countries.
  • The extensive Agios Konstantinos park named after the church situated in it, and Anavros park where you can visit the open-air exhibition of sculptures.
  • Achilleion theatre (1925), an impressive neoclassical building, designed by architect K. Argyris.
  • The green Goritsa hill, with the 1892 church of Panagia (Virgin Mary) built on the top; the location will provide you with a panoramic view of Volos and Panagia Trypa church built inside a cave, by the sea.

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What to Do in Volos Greece in 3 Days: Itinerary + Guide

This image shows the most recognisable part of Volos, Greece: the seaside promenade. In the foreground, we can see the Kordoni bridge. In the background, beyond the sea, we can see the iconic Papastratos building. We believe that this is a very characteristic shot of the city. This is why we chose to use it as the featured image for our article: What to do in Volos Greece in 3 days: Itinerary & Guide.

Last updated on April 24th, 2024 at 02:46 pm

Volos is one of our favourite cities in Greece so this post is all about showing you what to do in Volos and how to plan an unforgettable trip to one of the country’s best-kept secrets.

The main reason why we love Volos is its diversity. A lively university city with an utterly romantic seafront, Volos is the ideal destination for a city break. However, Volos is also the perfect base from where to explore stunning Pelion. The latter is yet another of the most diverse areas in Greece as it boasts fantastic beaches and gorgeous villages on the mountains alike.

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This image was shot at the seaside promenade at sunset. There are people walking along the seafront promenade. In the background, a gorgeous sunset above the port of the city.

How to Get There and Around

Volos lies about 330km north of Athens and 210km south of Thessaloniki. Public buses connect Volos to both cities as well as many other destinations. Volos is also connected to many European cities (e.g. London, Amsterdam, Vienna etc) by direct flights. For more information on Volos International Airport check out the official website here .

Once in Volos, you can get to most or all of the places we include in this itinerary by means of public transport. However, keep in mind that buses don’t run frequently on all routes so this could mess up your schedule big time.

The best way to explore Volos and Pelion is by car. Driving gives you absolute freedom not only to plan an itinerary that suits your needs but also to stick to it. If you’re flying to Volos airport, find the best car rental deals here .

That said, keep in mind that driving in Pelion involves hairpin turns, roads with no lights and narrow mountain passes which can get really foggy.

This photo was shot from Makrinitsa village. It shows the view to the city of Volos and the sea beyond.

What to Do in Volos in 3 Days: The Essential Itinerary

Volos is a really inviting city with an easy-going ambience. It is a very special destination with an inescapable air of intellectuality. We are never bored of this place. Similarly, Pelion is perfect for either a short or long vacation all year round.

In the summer, Pelion boasts some of the best beaches in Greece. In winter, the most adventurous can enjoy skiing on the slopes of Pelion Mountain while everyone can take in the beauty of the most gorgeous traditional villages.

This guide focuses on the city of Volos but we also made sure we included some highlights of Pelion. So, here’s our ultimate 3-day itinerary. It includes a little bit of everything and it is suited to all seasons.

Day 1: Pelion Train & Volos

Pelion train.

For us, the ultimate highlight of any trip to Volos and Pelion is the narrow gauge Pelion Train or trenaki (little train) as locals affectionately call it. The 60cm gauge line is one of the narrowest in the world and it offers the opportunity for an amazing half day trip from Volos.

The train runs on a historical railway line operating since 1896 on the route from the city of Volos to Milies Village. Nowadays, the train only covers the part of the route between Ano Lechonia railway station to Milies. The vintage train runs every weekend, on bank holidays and on selected dates. Check out the 2020 schedule here .

This image shows the vintage Pelion Train at Ano Gatzea station. The locomotive is red and black in colour while the railcars are brown.

The vintage Pelion Train starts its 90′ journey from Ano Lechonia at 10:00 in the morning. It huffs and puffs its way to Milies through the gorgeous Mount Pelion. All along its journey, the train travels among lush greenery while offering superb views of the sea below.

The train makes only one stop at Ano Gatzea Village for about 15′. There is a café at the station but the best way to spend your time in Ano Gatzea is by paying a short visit to the nearby The Olive Museum .

This photo shows the facade of the Olive Museum in Ano Gatzea. The museum is housed in a traditional stone building.

Apart from the exceptional natural scenery, riding the Pelion Train is also a unique way to marvel at architectural wonders along the way. The most striking of these are the five-arched stone bridge of Kalorema and the superb De Chirico Bridge .

This photo shows Kalorema Bridge amid lush greenery. The picture was shot from on board the Pelion train.

De Chirico Bridge

If you are fan of modern art, you’ve probably heard of Giorgio de Chirico, the famous Italian artist and writer. What you might not know, though, is that Giorgio was born in Volos because his father, Evaristo, was the chief engineer for the construction of this very railway we are talking about.

Probably the most impressive site on the entire route is named after Evaristo de Chirico. Just before the train arrives at the station in Milies, it crosses a bridge with a unique feature. Although the bridge itself is straight, the railway tracks on it are actually curved. This is the De Chirico Bridge and crossing it either on board the train or on foot is fascinating.

This image shows the Pelion Train crossing the De Chirico Bridge. The iron bridge is straight but the wooden rail tracks are curved. People on board the train look out of the windows and take pictures.

Once the train arrives at Milies, don’t rush to leave the tiny and super cute station or you’ll miss a unique spectacle. Everyone gathers around to watch as people of all ages literally give a hand to help the train’s locomotive turn around on a circular platform in order to start its journey back to Ano Lechonia. It’s quite something!

The train arrives at Milies at about 11:35 and it leaves for Ano Lechonia at 15:00. Three hours is more than enough time to explore the enchanting village of Milies.

This photo shows the locomotive of the vintage Pelion Train on the turntable. It is ready to be turned to the opposite direction so that it starts its journey back to Volos. There are many people looking and taking photos.

The walk from the railway station to the heart of the village is quite uphill but the ambience is rewarding. Stone paths, traditional houses, small streams and the occasional super-friendly goat make this a stroll to remember.

This image shows a stone path in Milies. There is also a gorgeous yet abandoned stone house.

The village’s main square is absolutely beautiful and home to one of the most interesting and special churches we have seen in Greece. The interior of St Taxiarchis & All Saints Church boasts vivid frescoes that have remained almost intact throughout the centuries.

This photo shows the interior of St Taxiarchis & All Saints Church. There are many very well preserved frescoes on the walls which deppict saints in vivid colours.

The most astonishing wall painting of all, though, is the one bearing the 12 signs of the zodiac, which is quite an unusual theme for a church. St Taxiarchis & All Saints Church is considered an acoustic marvel and a rare example of architecture and engineering of the time.

At the square, you can also find a few traditional taverns for a quick lunch break. There, we recommend trying Greek Bean Soup (Fasolada), one of the best vegetarian delicacies in Greece .

While in Milies, it is also worth visiting the Folklore Museum and the historical Public Library . Last but not least, Milies is home to one of our favourite cafés in Greece. Anna Na Ena Milo may lack in views, as it is located on the main road rather than the quaint square, but it’s a cosy haven offering delicious homemade treats served by its super kind and smiling staff.

This photo shows the facade of the Public Library in Milies. The building is a typical example of the traditional architecture of Pelion.

Volos Beachfront

Once back from this unique experience on board the trenaki of Pelion, it’s time to explore the charms of the city of Volos itself. And where best to start this journey than the utterly romantic beachfront?

The sea has played an important part in the history of Volos throughout the centuries. It was from Volos Port that Jason set off with his Argonauts on a quest to find the Golden Fleece on board the famous Argo , a replica of which adorns the port of Volos to this day. The only outlet to the sea for the entire Thessaly region, Volos Port is nowadays the third largest cargo port in Greece.

This image shows the replica of Argo, a wooden ancient style boat that is tied near Volos Port.

Starting from the port, Volos boasts a wonderful seaside promenade lined with cafés, restaurants and shops, some of which are housed in splendid neoclassical buildings. From an architectural point of view, though, the jewel of the promenade is the imposing building of the University of Thessaly . The latter was originally a warehouse of the Papastratos Tobacco Company.

This image shows the iconic Papastratos Building. It is an imposing yellow colour with 2 white stripes.

Another thing we love to do every time we visit Volos is to walk along the 1 kilometre-long jetty. Its length has earned it the nickname Kordoni (string). A stroll along the entire length of the Kordoni offers the unique opportunity to look at the city from a totally different perspective.

This photo shows the small bridge that marks the beginning of the long Kordoni walk.

The Church of St Constantine and Helen and the adjacent St Constantine Park seem to be the finishing line of this splendid promenade. But, no, there’s more.

This is an image of St Constantine church at sunset. The church is at the seafront. There are many people standing outside the church.

The seaside promenade continues up to Anavros Park with its strange-looking sculptures of Philolaos . The Athanasakeion Archaeological Museum of Volos is also nearby, whereas the walk officially ends on Anavros Beach . Make sure you are there just in time for sunset. Choose a spot on the sand and get ready for a magical golden hour.

This image shows the strange-looking sculptures of Philolaos at Anavros Park. In the background, the sea and a gorgeous sunset.

Day 2: Makrinitsa & Volos

By far the most popular of all the villages that dot Pelion Mountain is Makrinitsa. Not only because it is a fine example of traditional local architecture but also because it’s just a 30-minute drive from downtown Volos. A word of caution. Start early if you are visiting during the weekend. Makrinitsa can get really crowded and its small parking lot fills up fast.

The best thing to do at the balcony of Mount Pelion , as Makrinitsa is often called, is to take your time strolling around the beautiful traditional settlement with its gorgeous cobblestone paths, running streams and the utterly picturesque main square.

This image shows the main square of Makrinitsa from a different angle. There are tables with checkered tablecloths and nobody to be seen around.

If you fall in love with the ambience of this tiny Greek village with its superb views of the city below and the sea beyond and decide that you would like to spend a night there, Makrinitsa abounds in traditional guesthouses . Don’t miss the chance to drop by Café Theofilos for a cup of Greek coffee or a shot of local tsipouro . This traditional coffee shop is home to a fresco painted by the famous Greek painter Theofilos himself.

The Tsalapatas Rooftile and Brickworks Museum

After taking in the charms of Makrinitsa, it’s time to head back to Volos. Visiting the Tsalapatas Rooftile and Brickworks Museum is one of the top things to do in Volos. Fascinating for children and adults alike, the Tsalapatas Museum is a rare example of a surviving industrial complex in Greece. The museum is housed in a former rooftile and brickworks factory and it aims to showcase the industrial heritage of the city of Volos.

This is a panoramic shot of the exterior of The Tsalapatas Rooftiles & Brickworks Museum.

Palia District

The Tsalapatas Museum is situated in the district of Palia or Palea (Old Ones) in Volos. Therefore, it’s quite convenient to end your day there. The Palia district is perhaps the most exciting part of the city. As its name suggests, this area is one of the oldest ones in Volos.

The Palia neighbourhood enjoys an inescapable air of nostalgia. In the evening, the area is the most vibrant place to be in the city with locals staying up until late at its tasteful and top-quality bars and restaurants.

This image shows a pedestrianised street at Palia District in Volos at noon. The street looks absolutely calm, almost deserted because it is in the evening that this area comes to life. If you are wondering what to do in Volos at night, Palia is the place to be.

Day 3: Explore South Pelion

Having checked out the best things to do in Volos, we believe that the third and last day on this itinerary should be reserved for a mini road trip to some lesser-known but beyond-words picturesque villages in Pelion.

Agios Georgios Nileias

This is one of the prettiest hidden gems in Mount Pelion. Built on two slopes, the village is set within lush greenery and offers unique views of the sea. Enjoy your morning or afternoon coffee at one of the traditional coffee shops at the square before heading to your next destination.

This image shows the main square of Agios Georgios Nileias. There are many tables with checkered tablecloths.

Of all the Pelion villages we’ve ever been to, Pinakates is the one we like the most. In terms of architectural value, Pinakates is the best-preserved village in Pelion in the sense that it has retained its traditional character intact. The main square is literally enchanting as it is dominated by a 500-year-old plane tree and a gorgeous marble fountain.

However, wandering around the village’s kalderimia (cobblestone paths) feels somewhat sad at times. Many buildings bear scars of neglect and one can only imagine how splendid Pinakates must have looked like in older times. Before the village lost its people to the comforts and lifestyle of bigger towns.

This image shows the main square at Pinakates Village. There are many tables with checkered tableclothes under the shade of an enormous plane tree. At the right hand side, there is a beautiful marble fountain.

Vyzitsa is yet another village we absolutely love. Its gorgeous architecture alongside the surrounding natural beauty is irresistible. Vyzitsa is home to some of the most impressive stone mansions in Pelion while relaxing at its main square is one of the best things to do in Pelion.

This is an image of the main square in Vyzitsa, Pelion at dusk. There are tables with checkered tablecloths under a huge plane tree. Maria and a couple of other people wander around the square.

Kato Gatzea

After spending the day driving from one mountain village to the other, there is no better way to end this road trip than visiting a tranquil and picturesque seaside town as well. Kato Gatzea is one of those places which, without having any special attractions to visit or unique things to do, wins one’s heart over with its laid-back ambience and calmness.

The tiny settlement boasts a quaint seafront with a handful of traditional restaurants and pastry shops which are frequented mostly by locals. Don’t be surprised if by the end of the evening, you’ll feel as if you have been visiting old friends rather than just having dinner at a random tavern somewhere in Greece.

This picture shows the seaside promenade in Kato Gatzea.

Where to Stay in Volos: Chroma Pelion Villas

Volos and Pelion in general are incredibly diverse. But we’ve said that already. Accommodation options in the area are equally diverse. From city hotels to guesthouses in the mountains or villas by the sea, the list of options is endless.

However, as far as this itinerary is concerned, the best place to stay in order to explore the area at a leisurely pace is Chroma Pelion Villas in Kato Gatzea. The complex comprises six independent villas which share a common area with a fantastic pool.

This is a photo of Katerina smiling at the camera from inside the pool at Chroma Pelion Villas.

We stayed at the White Villa and we loved it. Apart from being an impeccably clean and outstandingly comfortable villa, it also felt incredibly homelike. With all the necessary amenities and top-quality linen and furniture, the White Villa felt like home from the moment we crossed its doorstep.

This image shows Katerina and Maria sitting at the living room in the villa having breakfast and chatting.

We could go on and on about the comforts and facilities of the villa. Yet we decided to stop right here and focus on what we REALLY loved about Chroma Pelion Villas instead. Any guesses? Well, it was the people behind the business. The people who own and run the villas.

Four people whose friendship started in their University years and went strong for decades on end decided to create this little heaven on earth in Kato Gatzea in order to welcome their clients in the only way they know: as friends.

That’s exactly how they welcomed us and we’ll never forget their unique hospitality. The latter is not a given because Greece is the so-called land of hospitality and all. Genuine hospitality is quite rare. Yet for Christos and his friends, it comes as naturally as the leaves to a tree.

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This is a photo of Maria reading a book in her all white bedroom at Chroma Pelion Villas.

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The traditional tsipouradika.

The word tsipouradiko (plural: tsipouradika ) comes from tsipouro , the alcoholic drink which is typical of many regions in Greece but, primarily, of Thessaly. Although many Greek cities claim to have tsipouradika of their own, this phenomenon is traditionally, historically and undoubtedly unique to Volos.

The birth of this kind of establishments dates back to 1922. It was then that refugees from Smyrna sought refuge in Greek cities after the devastating catastrophe of their homeland. In Volos, the refugees settled in a district called Nea Ionia.

Back in those difficult times of poverty and social exclusion, it was customary for the male refugee population to have a drink after a day of hard work or, even worse, a day of futile search for work. Nothing was cheaper than tsipouro . Yet nothing was stronger either. So tsipouro was never served on its own. A small meze plate always came alongside the iconic 25ml miniature bottle.

Nowadays, tsipouradika are not limited to a single population group but are cherished by everyone: locals and visitors alike. For the sake of the latter, let us share a tsipouradika 101 here: DON’T ORDER FOOD.

When you visit a tsipouradiko , just order your drink of choice ( tsipouro , wine or beer, but, come on now, you’re in Volos, try local tsipouro – as long as you don’t have to drive afterwards) and the food will come along. Since it will most definitely consist of seafood dishes we recommend that you state right from the start if you are vegan or vegetarian.

The most authentic tsipouradika are still in their birthplace in Nea Ionia. They are not at all fancy. Some of them may even seem sketchy at first. Yet a place like Tampakis , for instance, is a unique experience in its own right. That said, for a more tourist-friendly option in Nea Ionia opt for Bokos instead.

At Palia , To Filaraki is a great tsipouradiko . There are many good options, albeit trendier and modernised, in downtown Volos as well, like Kritamo . Try to avoid the tsipouradika that line the beachfront. They are overpriced and they serve by far the least appetizing food of all.

Volos Street Food: The (in)famous Peynirli

If you are familiar with Turkish food , then you must know pide , the delicious boat-shaped, pizza-like treat that we Greeks like to call peynirli . The city of Volos boasts the best peynirli in Greece and you can try it at many fast food restaurants across the city. According to locals, you will find the best peynirli at Rainbow .

Minerva Café 

Even if you don’t do anything else we suggest in this guide, you MUST do this. Have dessert at Minerva Café . The historical café  at the promenade opened its doors in 1935. Ever since then, it has been creating precious memories for generations upon generations of locals and visitors alike.

The vintage café  is so much more than just another popular coffee shop. It’s the history of the city itself. Once you sit at one of its tables, you can’t help but feel that time knows no limit and it makes no difference if the calendar reads 2020 or 1935.

The number 1 reason to visit the café , however, is dessert. Specifically, the superb pasta fournou (oven pastry) and the decadent Chicago ice cream. Don’t leave Volos without trying both and you can thank us later. If you can handle a strong coffee, wash your dessert down with a glass of iconic frappé .

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This is a close up of 2 Chicago ice-creams and one oven pastry on a table at Minerva cafe. Both desserts are huge and they are served and presented in 80s style.

Bonus Tip: Cycling in Volos

Unlike the rest of Greece, which is one of the most bike-unfriendly countries worldwide, Volos has a long tradition of cycling. If you can overlook the awful fact that cars may or may not be parked on cycle tracks, you can enjoy an overall very pleasant bike ride in the totally flat city of Volos.

This is a photo of the seafront promenade in Volos. There is a bicycle in the foreground.

So, did we manage to give you a clear picture of what to do in Volos and convince you to plan a trip to one of our country’s best-kept secrets? Let us know in the comments!

Disclosure:  We were hosted by Trainose and Chroma Pelion Villas, yet, as always, all opinions are our own.

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I’ve been to Volos twice and have visited some of the places you mentioned. Thank you for the other recommendations. I can’t wait to explore them when I visit Volos again. Σασ ευχαριστώ πολύ!

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You’re so very welcome, Emma! Thank you for such a sweet comment!

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Wow, what a relaxing and amazing place to stay! I love the food options and the swimming area! Riding a bike also looks like a good idea!

Hey Victoria, thanks so much for your comment! We’re glad you liked our recommendations and hope you’ll get to visit Volos and Pelion soon!

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Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for writing this wonderful article! You’ve just gave me a lot of ideas on what to do while I visit your beautiful country again.

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Tourist’s guide to Volos, Greece: overview and attractions

Volos ( Greece ) is the 5th largest city and the 3rd largest port in the country, as well as the administrative center of the community of the same name. Its area is approaching 28,000 km², and the population is 100,000 people.

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This very lively and dynamically developing city has a very favorable location – between Athens (362 km) and Thessaloniki (215 km). Volos stands on the coast of Pagasitikos Gulf (Aegean Sea) at the foot of Mount Pelion (Centaur Land): from the north side of the city, magnificent views of the green mountain slopes open, and from the south to the blue sea expanses.

The city does not look at all characteristic of Greece. Firstly, on its territory there are a lot of modern buildings, most of which appeared on the site of the destroyed by the catastrophic earthquake of 1955. Secondly, it has been successfully transformed for hiking, with many intersecting stone-paved streets.

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Volos has the status of an industrial city, but at the same time, it is also a fairly popular tourist center with a well-developed infrastructure. Tourists are waiting for a wide selection of hotels and apartments, excellent beaches, a variety of entertainment and attractions.

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The most interesting sights of the city

There are many attractions here, in this article you will find a description of only the most significant and popular.

Important! Going alone to Greece, to the city of Volos, you can take advantage of the rather extensive base of the tourist information center. It is located opposite the central city bus station ( and operates according to the following schedule:
  • in April – October: every day from 8:00 to 21:00;
  • in November – March: Monday – Saturday from 8:00 to 20:00, Sunday from 8:00 to 15:30.

Volos has a very beautiful promenade, one of the best in Greece. This is the favorite place for evening walks not only among tourists, but also among residents. However, there is never a rush of crowds.

Embankment in Volos

It is interesting to walk along the promenade, the attention is constantly attracted by a variety of monuments and beautiful buildings, considered local attractions. Opposite the impressive building of the former Papastratos tobacco factory, there is a Cordoni breakwater, through which you can walk to the water itself. The Argo monument, which is the symbol of Volos, is installed on the promenade. The neoclassical building of the National Bank of Greece and the Achillion cinema also attract attention. And also small palm trees that resemble huge pineapples grow everywhere.

In addition to architectural attractions, on the promenade there are many pastry shops, restaurants, cafe bars. Particularly noteworthy are the small atmospheric taverns, also a kind of local attractions:

  • mesopolies that specialize in traditional meze snacks for Greece (they are fish, meat, vegetable);
  • tsipuradiko, in which they cook fish and seafood dishes, and they are served with tsipuro – a strong alcoholic drink made from grapes (simply put, this is a type of moonshine).

Embankment in Volos, Greece

It takes a little more than an hour to walk the entire promenade – from the railway station to the small city park of Anavros and the beach. The streets adjacent to the embankment are also quite interesting – you can always feel how life in the city is seething.

Tourists note! Even in the summer in the city, especially on the waterfront, it is quite windy, so you should definitely take warm clothes with you.

Archaeological Museum of Volos, Greece

The Archaeological Museum of Volos in Greece is a particularly outstanding attraction, because it is included in the top ten museums in the country.

It is located in Anavros Park, which ends with the promenade.

The museum occupies a pretty pretty one-story building in the neoclassical style. Its total area is about 870 m², 7 halls are equipped in it, 1 of them is reserved for temporary exhibitions.

The exhibits presented here tell about the historical development of Thessaly and prehistoric Greece. Most visitors gather in the hall with jewelry and household items that were found during excavations in Dimini and Sesklo (the oldest settlements in Europe).

Archaeological Museum, Greece

  • Exact address: 1 Athanassaki, Volos 382 22, Greece.
  • This attraction works from Thursday to Sunday from 8:30 to 15:00.
  • Entrance ticket costs only 2 €.

On the picturesque promenade there is another famous attraction: the Orthodox Church of Saints Constantine and Helena. Address: 1 Stratigou Plastira Nikolaou, Volos 382 22, Greece.

Church of Saints Constantine and Helena, Greece

This shrine was built from 1927 to 1936, and on the place where it was erected, there used to be a small wooden church.

The Church of Saints Constantine and Helena is a grandiose, imposing stone construction with a high bell tower. The interior is very rich, the walls are painted with magnificent frescoes depicting biblical scenes. The main relics are particles of the Holy Cross, as well as particles of the relics of Saints Constantine and Helena, stored in a silver crab.

Museum of Roofing and Brickwork, Greece

Not so far from the city center – a taxi ride will take a few minutes – is located one of the best industrial museums in Greece, “The Rooftile and Brickworks Museum N. & S. Tsalapatas. ”

Many tourists who visited there are surprised to note that they did not even expect that an exhibition with such exhibits could be so interesting. In their opinion, a walk through the local halls was a pleasant deviation from the pots and statues customary for Greek museums. The only regrets were expressed that it was impossible to buy bricks as a gift and as a memory of visiting this unusual Volos landmark.

  • The museum is located at: Notia Pyli, Volos 383 34, Greece.
  • It works from Wednesday to Friday, from 10:00 to 18:00.

The choice of hotels, the cost of living

The city of Volos offers an extensive selection of housing for every taste and budget. Hotels of any “star”, private apartments and villas, campsites, hotel complexes – all this is present.

Hotel in Volos, Greece

It should be borne in mind that geographically, Volos includes many small settlements located within a radius of 20 km. Accordingly, all the options for accommodating tourists there are also related to Volos.

In the city itself, most of the hotels are equipped for businessmen, although there are also resort ones. Hotels are concentrated mainly in the central part of Volos and in the promenade area.

In summer, the average cost of a double room in 5 * hotels is about 175 €, in 3 * hotels a double room can be rented for 65 – 150 €.

How to get to Volos

Although Volos is on the list of the best tourist cities in Greece, it is almost impossible to get there directly from Europe, and there is no need to talk about the CIS countries. As a rule, you first need to get to one of the largest cities in Greece (Athens, Thessaloniki, Larisa), and from there get to Volos by bus, train or plane.

Buses in Volos, Greece

Volos Intercity Bus Station is located on Grigoriou Lambraki Street, next to the City Hall. Buses from Athens, Larisa, Thessaloniki, as well as buses of suburban routes come here.

In Athens, from Athens station, approximately every 1.5-2 hours, from 07:00 to 22:00, buses of the KTEL Magnesias transport company leave. The trip to them to Volos takes 3 hours 45 minutes, a ticket costs 30 €.

From Thessaloniki, buses to Volos leave from the Macedonia bus station. There are about 10 flights a day, the ticket price is about 12 €.

In Volos, the railway station is located a little to the west of Riga Fereou Square (Pl. Riga Fereou), it is very close to the bus station.

It’s not very convenient to travel from Athens by train: there are no direct flights, you need to change trains in Larisa, because of which the trip time increases to 5 hours.

From Thessaloniki, the time of such a trip also increases significantly.

Airport in Volos, Greece

There is also an airport in Volos, it is 25 km from the city. Shuttle buses regularly run from the airport to the Volos bus station, which cost 5 €.

The number of destinations in which air travel is not too large, but you can choose something. For example, Hellas Airlines planes fly from Athens and Thessaloniki to Volos. Also, other airlines are engaged in transportation from some European countries. On the Nea Aghialos National Airport website you can find out all flights to Volos (Greece).

All prices on the page are for April 2019.

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    Visit the archeology museum. One of the oldest museums in Greece, the archeology museum of Volos houses many exquisite finds from early 20th-century to modern archaeological excavations in Thessaly. Exhibits on display include artefacts from the neolithic settlements of Dimini and Sesklo, the first neolithic settlement of Europe, as well as a ...

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    4. The Rooftile and Brickworks Museum N. & S. Tsalapatas. 118. Speciality Museums. The Museum is housed in the old Rooftile and Brickworks Factory of Nikolaos and Spyridon Tsalapatas, in Volos (Thessaly). It presents daily life in the factory, as well as all the production stages of different types of bricks and tiles.

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    Here are 10 of the top things to see and do in Volos: 1. Light a Candle at the Church of Agioi Konstantinos and Eleni. ©iStock/Valery Bocman. As a port city, the waterfront dominates Volos, and the Church of Agioi Konstantinos and Eleni, built in 1936 by the renowned architect Aristotle Zachos, is an attraction and reference point for the area.


    One of Volos' attractions lies not in the city itself, but instead almost in the middle of its harbour. Situated at the end of a one-kilometre-long breakwater called the kordonia by locals ... This is a popular tourist destination and there are a number of excellent hotels and tavernas in the area. Across from the town is the islet of Alatas ...

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    Goritsa Hill. 10. Ancient Ruins. By 90vladb. It is best to start your walk on the west side of the hill. Plenty of parking spots near National Stadium of Volos... 9. Ieros Naos Agiou Nikolaou. 4.

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    Volos is one of the largest and most beautiful Greek cities, located at the centre of the country, with a port that is among the busiest in Greece. Built at the innermost point of the Pagasetic Gulf, it lies at the foot of Mt. Pelion, where the fresh and salty sea breeze is mixed with the scented mountain air of the homeland of the mythical ...

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    4. The Rooftile and Brickworks Museum N. & S. Tsalapatas. 118. Speciality Museums. The Museum is housed in the old Rooftile and Brickworks Factory of Nikolaos and Spyridon Tsalapatas, in Volos (Thessaly). It presents daily life in the factory, as well as all the production stages of different types of bricks and tiles.

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    Volos lies about 330km north of Athens and 210km south of Thessaloniki. Public buses connect Volos to both cities as well as many other destinations. Volos is also connected to many European cities (e.g. London, Amsterdam, Vienna etc) by direct flights. For more information on Volos International Airport check out the official website here.

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    Volos has the status of an industrial city, but at the same time, it is also a fairly popular tourist center with a well-developed infrastructure. Tourists are waiting for a wide selection of hotels and apartments, excellent beaches, a variety of entertainment and attractions.

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    Volos, Greece. There are enough things to do in Volos to keep you occupied for a couple of days at least. The city is best enjoyed as a stopping point as part of a wider Greece itinerary.. Alternatively, it can act as a rest stop en route to the Pelion villages, or the islands of Skopelos, Skiathos, Skyra, and Alonissos.You could easily spend as much as a couple of weeks based in Volos.

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    4. The Rooftile and Brickworks Museum N. & S. Tsalapatas. 118. Speciality Museums. The Museum is housed in the old Rooftile and Brickworks Factory of Nikolaos and Spyridon Tsalapatas, in Volos (Thessaly). It presents daily life in the factory, as well as all the production stages of different types of bricks and tiles.

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    4. The Rooftile and Brickworks Museum N. & S. Tsalapatas. 118. Speciality Museums. The Museum is housed in the old Rooftile and Brickworks Factory of Nikolaos and Spyridon Tsalapatas, in Volos (Thessaly). It presents daily life in the factory, as well as all the production stages of different types of bricks and tiles.

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    We've made the ultimate tourist map of Volos, Greece for travelers! Check out Volos's top things to do, attractions, restaurants, and major transportation hubs all in one interactive map. Visiting Volos? See our Volos Trip Planner. How to use the map. Use this interactive map to plan your trip before and while in Volos.