Many Pilion villages overlook this thriving and attractive port town from a great height. Volos itself has plenty of shops, hotels and restaurants. Its liveliest scene is the mile-long dockside stretch of smart cafes and restaurants overlooking the yacht moorings and the stunning view of the Pagasitic Gulf beyond. Since Volos was transformed from a declining port to a university town several years ago, the place has a new coat of paint. Smart hotels are sprouting everywhere. The baroque gem of a railway station is a source of civic pride. Volos is about four hours by rail from Athens, changing at Larissa, except for an evening train which goes direct. This means you can arrive at dinnertime, walk to the Poseidon taverna on the waterfront and order a succulent fish and seafood pikilia (variety dish) washed down with the local tsipouro, an aniseed spirit similar to ouzo but with more body. That, and the magic mountain looming behind, will keep you returning to Volos time and again.
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According to myth, when Jason embarked on his quest for the Golden Fleece of Colchis, he invited all the heroes of his time to accompany him on his great voyage. The ship was built by Argus, hence the name Argo.
According to one version of the myth, in the 14th century BC, the Acheans of Magnesia laid claims to the sea for their livelihood. But they had to find an exit towards the Black Sea in the North. Owing to the strong Bosporus winds (blowing towards the Aegean) they needed a ship with more oars than the usual 30. This explains the invention of the 50-oared penteconter whose archetype was the mythical Argo.
The history begins at the decade of 20’s, when the ‘tsipouradika’ were few and the productions of traditional alcohol drink “tsipouro” was being at small quantities. Then it was when the 25ari (small bottle 0,25ml of tsipouro drink) was established with accompany of appetizers, mostly seaffod, such as octopus, crawfishes and mony other tastes.
The tradition says that refuges from Asia Minor brought with them the habit of tsipouro drink, accompanied with seafood appetizers. In our days, every different tsipouro should be accompanied with different appetizer. This is a traditional ceremony which maintained years ago. The 25ari is a small bottle with tsipouro for a small glass.
Tsipouradika can be found in every corner of Volos city, so the visitor can seat at one of the many tsipouradika of the town and simply enjoy tsipouro drink and the appetizers proposed and served. It is worth to visit Tsipouradika and feel the special atmosphere that have.
The former Papastratos tobacco warehouses at the seafront of Volos accommodate two sections of the University of Thessaly and two congress-appointed halls.
AGIOS KONSTANTINOS AND ELENI CHURCH
The church of Agios (St.) Konstantinos was built in 1936 having been designed by the architect Aristotle Zahos. The elaborate architecture combined to its dominant position right at the seafront of Volos make the church a reference point of the modern city.
AGIOS KONSTANTINOS PARK
It is the former King George the1st Square at the seafront of Volos. Its transformation into a pleasure ground in the 1920s was based on plans by the architect N. Kitsikis.
NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE
It was built in 1930 in neoclassic style, a characteristic of the public buildings of the period.
The movie theatre Achilleon was built in 1925, designed by the architect K. Argyris. It is still being in operation today.
AGIOS NICHOLAOS CHURCH
The Metropolitan Temple of the city, the first of the three churches designed by Ar. Zahos in Volos, was completed in 1934. The old bell tower, made by the Italian sculptor Previsan in 1884, is still standing in the churchyard.
THE SMALL TRAIN OF PELION
The legendary ‘Moutzouris’ sets off on its glamorous journeys through Pelion in 1895. The Italian engineer Evaristo De Chirico had designed the line which was then considered a technological achievement, still being on service today, for trips from Lehonia to the Railway Station of Milees!
VOLOS RAILWAY STATION
The Railway Station building was built in 1884, according to the aesthetics of foreign architects working for the Thessalian railways at the time. Its shape remains virtually unchanged through time. A museum with rare material from the railway history of that time is functioning on the railway floor.
STATUE OF ATHENA AT THE RAILWAY STATION OF VOLOS
White marble with details perfectly carved. Made in 1884 by the Italian sculptor G. Previsan and laid there on the occasion of the Thessalian Railway inauguration.
The neoclassical building of the Municipal Conservatory of Volos was founded around 1885 and the National Bank of Greece has been operating there since 1900.
ART CENTER GIORGIO DE CHIRICO
It stands next to the Municipal Conservatory building. It accommodates the Alekos K. Damtsas museum where periodical exhibitions and Municipal Collection work selections are hosted.
VOLOS CITY HALL
Built in 1970, after designs by the architect Dimitris Pikionis, who harmonized the style of Volos City Hall with the rest of the architecture of Pelion.
Take a stroll by the seafront of Volos. Several cafes, tavernas will relax you pleasantly!
The Goritsa hill stands at the east side of Volos city and it constitutes a slight natural elevation of an altitude of 200 meters. The chapel of Our Lady, the Life-Containing Fount stands at the top of this hill.
The prehistoric settlement of Sesklo had developed on the hill of “Kastraki”, next to the village of today’s Sesklo, about 8 kilometers west of Volos. The settlement is one of the oldest discovered in Europe; it had been inhabited for the first time during the middle of the 7th millennium. Excavations at the site discovered a Neolithic settlement, which had been developing in size during the 5th millennium, consisting of small houses and narrow streets that often form circuses or squares. Tel: 24210-85960. Open every day. Summertime: 8:30 – 15:00 Wintertime: 8:30 – 15:00 closed on Mondays. Automatic sightseeing tour guide system in Greek and English.
The Neolithic settlement of Dimini sits at the northwestern skirts of today’s Dimini, 5 kilometers from Volos. It had been inhabited at the end of the 5th millennium till the end of the Copper age. The architectonic ruins spread on the hill give us the idea of an organized Neolithic community, presenting a unique architectonic element: six stone enclosures, built in pairs, surrounding the settlement. A significant Mycenaean settlement was discovered in 1980, on the southeast of the hill where the Neolithic relics had been found. This city, according to the latest theory, is Iolcos, Jason’s birthplace. Tel: 24210-85960. Open every day. Summertime: 8:30-15:00 Wintertime: 8:30-15:00 closed on Mondays. Automatic sightseeing tour guide system in Greek and English.
The ancient city of Dimitrias, one of the biggest cities of the Ancient Times, occupies the wide area at the south of Volos bay, opposite to the city of nowadays. It had been the capital of the Macedonian state for some time having been founded by Demetrios, the Besieger, in 294 BC. Among the most important buildings found and excavated, the most outstanding are the ancient theatre, the palace, the basilica of Damokrateia and the relics of the roman aqueduct, known as ‘the teeth’. Tel: 24210-88091. Open: 8:30-14:30 Monday to Friday
NEA (New) AGHIALOS (FTHIOTIDES THEBES)
Fthiotides Thebes, one of the most significant centers of Early Christian Eastern Roman Thessaly, was developed at the area where today’s city of Nea Aghialos spreads out. The most important findings of the area are extant parts of early Christian churches, chronologically dated around the 5th and 6th centuries AD. Tel: 24280-76468 & 24280-77057. Open every day 7:30-15:00.
The Holy Trinity is an Eastern Roman style chapel which stands next to the Achillopouleio Hospital of Volos. Its construction began in 1948. It was dedicated on October 1954. In the inside, there are wall paintings of Our Lady Broader than the Heavens, Agioi Anargiroi, Kosmas and Damianos etc.
The museum, one of the most significant Greek museums of a prototypal layout, a donation by Alexios Athanasakis, was built in1909. Neolithic findings from the settlements of Sesklo and Dimini are exposed in its rooms, clay figurines, geometric period utensils from the castle of Volos, from Pefkakia, Neapoli and the greater Thessalian territory, classical sculptures, rare articulated figurines, relieves of the Alexander of Dimitrias period. For further information, tel: 24210-25285 and 24210-24134. Open all year 8:00 to 15:00 (closed on Mondays)
THESSALIAN RAILWAY MUSEUM at Volos Railway Station
The Railway Museum of Thessaly is accommodated on the first floor of the Railway Station building, an exhibition of heirlooms and rich railway and documentation material. A unique variety of small items is exhibited at the premises of the museum, as well as rare old photos, uniforms, telegraphs, 19th century wooden booking offices, tools, station clocks, horographs, primitive measuring instruments. Tel: 24210-23424 open Monday to Friday, 7:30 to 14:30 on appointment.
ALEKOS K. DAMTSAS MUSEUM – GIORGIO DE CHIRICO ART CENTER
The Giorgio De Chirico Art Center was named after the great Italian painter, who was born in Greece. The permanent exhibition of the Alexandros Damtsas collection is spread on the three floors of the building, consisting of almost five hundred paintings from all the significant schools of our century. Volos, 3 Metamorfoseos st. Tel: 24210-31701, open: 10:00 to 13:00, closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
FOLKLORE CENTER KITSOS MAKRIS
The Kitsos Makris Folklore Center is accommodated at Kistos Makris 38 Street, the folklorist’s home; it belongs to the University of Thessalia. It includes the researcher’s folkloric collection with its unique exhibits, his library of 4.000 volumes and his archive consisting of 2.500 transparencies and 4.000 photos of treasures of our tradition not preserved today. Tel: 24210-37119 Monday to Friday. Open 8:30 to 12:30, all year. Sundays 10:00 to 14:00. Tour guide Mrs. Makri.
CHRYSOULA ZOGIA MUSEUM and PAINTINGS GALLERY
The red house at the corner of the streets Vlahava and Gazi, known to the citizens of Volos as the “House with the rose”, functions as a museum and a gallery of paintings by the painter Chrysoula Zogia. Open on Sundays 10:00 to 13:00 and on Wednesdays on appointment, Tel: 24210-39644
TYPOGRAPHICAL MUSEUM OF THESSALIA NEWSPAPER
The museum of the longest-lived Greek regional newspaper constantly published since 1898, is a unique typographic museum. A hundred years of everyday history and technology are accommodated in 350 square meters of the newspaper’s* establishments at the Volos Industrial Area. Photo: Thessalia Newspaper Archive 19th century Linotypes, pressers, trimmers, press components, composition tables, 40 display windows of historical front pages and the oldest archive in Greece, consisting of more than 1.000.000 pages.
Volos Industrial Area, tel: 24210-95751 and 24210-95752 (tour only on appointment).
ATHANASIOS KOUTROUBAS ENTOMOLOGICAL MUSEUM
The Volos entomological museum of Dr. Athanasios Koutroumpas, PhD in Agronomics is unique in Greece and one of the best in the Balkan area. Today its collection consists of 35.000 insects of various classifications, mostly Lepidoptera, that belong to more than 10.000 species, subspecies and races. Rare or unique samples can be found among them, such as the S. American Thysania agrippina, the biggest butterfly in the world, having a wing span of 37 to 40 cm. Visit only on appointment, tel: 24210-60601 mornings and 24210-48556 afternoons.
The Kontos house in Anakasia is one of the most significant new monuments of the area, as it is the only mansion in Pelion where a complete painting plan is preserved. Τhe painter, Theofilos Hatzimichael himself started the painting decoration of the house in 1912. The upper zone has 14 big paintings of themes taken from the Greek Revolution. He painted four Olympian gods at the narrow side of the room, a big landscape of Anakasia on the blind wall, Makrinitsa and Portaria at the back. Anakasia, Ttel: 24210-47340 and 24210-49151. Open all year 8:00 to 15:00 (closed on Mondays).
PELION MUSEUM OF FOLKLORE AND HISTORY
The Pelion Museum of Folklore and History is accommodated at the Topalis mansion. It was built in 1844 and it stands at the central part of Makrinitsa, a little lower than the square. It is a three storey mansion, a representative example of classic architecture of Pelion.
The folklore collection consists of more than 1500 exhibits today. Tel: 24280-99505 Open every day, 10:00 to 17:00 during the winter, 10:00 to 14:00 and 18:00 to 21:00 during the summer. Closed on Mondays.
SCULPTOR NICHOLAS VISUAL ARTS MUSEUM
The museum is accommodated at the first floor of the community establishment of the important sculptor Nicholas birthplace, great Agios Georgios of Pelion; it consists of some of his most representative works. It accommodates 22 of the artist’s sculptures, most of which are made of bronze, all full- body, with the exception of the head of Christ, and nine which are in supernatural dimensions. Ai Giorgis Pelion, tel: 24280-93100. Between 11/5 – 7/11 open 10:00 to17:00, closed on Tuesdays. Between 8/11-10/5, open every weekend.
LOCAL MUSEUM OF PELION MILEES
It is accommodated at the first floor of the Milees City hall. Its exhibits are historical and folkloric evidence of the cultural tradition of the village. Milees, City Hall, tel: 24230-86602. Between 16/9 to 14/6, open 10:00 to14:00 (weekends and holidays open 10:00 to 17:00) Between 15/6 to 15/9, open 10:00 to 14:00 and 18:00 to 21:00 (weekends and holidays open 10:00 to 17:00)
ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF ALMYROS
The Archeological Museum of Almyros is a neoclassical building founded in 1910. It became operational in 1925. After going through many adventures, it became operational again having been renovated in 1998. Archeological Museum of Almyros, 48 Athinon st., tel: 2422021326. Open 8:30 to 15:00, closed on Mondays.
ACHILLEON SEA MUSEUM
The Municipality of Pteleos founded the Achilleon Sea Museum in 2003 aiming at drawing the public’s attention to matters of the sea environment. Papastergiou became the core of these collections; the museum is continuously enriched with shells and other exhibits from all over the world. Achilleon, Municipality of Pteleos, tel: 2422041227, open every day during the summer 10.00 to 13.00 (closed on Mondays), 14.00 to 21.00, and 10.00 to 14.00 on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays during the winter.
Port Authority Tel: +30 24210 38888
Railway Station Tel: +30 24210 24056, 39723
Intercity Buses Tel: +30 24210 33253
Airport Tel: +30 24280 76886
Hospital Tel: +30 24210 94200, 27531
Tourist Police Tel: +30 24210 76987, 72421
Tourist Information Center Τel & Fax: +30 24210 30930, 24210 30940
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