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Welcome to Volos!
 ATTRACTIONS
 
The Pier: It’s not exactly an attraction. However it’s a very distinctive area of the city, due to the numerous and famous taverns, where the local tsipouro is served, as well as for the luxurious cafes. Starting from the port and through the Argonafton Street you can reach the park of Agios Konstantinos and from there you can continue through the coastal route towards the park of Anavros. Through this route, you will be able to see four very important pro-earthquake buildings that remained intact after the catastrophical earthquake of 1955. These are the neoclassical building of Aegli, the Bank of Greece, the theater Achilleion and the Papastratou building. There you will also see a small arched bridge, which connects the pier with the breakwater, having as a background the lovely beach of Volos.
The train station: From the most picturesque train stations in Greece. The spectacular building was established in 1882 based on the designs of Evaristo de Chirico and today is hosts the interesting Railroad Museum of Thessaly. It’s located in Palaia quarter, where authentic, picturesque images of old Volos are still preserved.
Athanasakeio Archeological Museum – Anavros Park: One of the oldest museums in Greece (1909) is hosted in a beautiful neoclassical building with a lovely garden. Findings from Ancient Dimitriada (3rd century BC), the Neolithic settlements of Sesklo and Dimini, as well as rare golden jewelry, coins and artifacts from various Thessalic archeological sites are in display in its seven halls. Across from the museum, visitors will see the park of Anavros, where there is a reenactment of Neolithic residences in natural size, as well as a permanent collection of contemporary sculptures.
Multifunctional space Tsalapata: In the renovated facilities of the historic brick and tile factory Tsalapata you will find a modern multifunctional space that includes an industrial museum, craft workshops, stores with local products, a library, a movie theater, a restaurant, an ouzo tavern, events rooms etc.
Archeological sites of Dimini, Sesklo: Two major archeological sites of the Neolithic era (5800 – 5400 BC), about 5 and 14 kilometers from Volos, that you shouldn’t miss! The findings might not impress at a first glance, but it’s extremely interesting to see how well are preserved, as cultural remnants of thousands of years.
Train Volos – Milies: The railway line that connected Pelion with Volos from 1903 until 1971 is a masterpiece that decorates the western slopes of the mountain. The historical train was also known as “mountzouris” (since it was a coal-fired steam locomotive). It was designed by Evaristo de Chirico. The mere 60 centimeters wide rail glides through the olive groves and the ravines, through double, triple and quadruple arched bridges and tunnels. Since 1996, the line reopened for sightseeing purposes, only during the summer months.
 
ROUTES
 
Volos has a very interesting geographical position in the center of Greece, by the sea and near the mountains of Olympus and Pindos. It’s a city with numerous options for lovely routes. Besides Pelion, visitors can drive to the nearby famous villages, but also to: Meteora (Kalambaka 147km), Southern Pindos (Elati Trikalon 178 km), Lake Plastira Agrafon (141 km), Tempi Valley (78 km), Platamonas Castle (101 km), Olympus (Litohoro Pierias 121 km) and Thessaloniki (217 km).
 
Western or Central, East and Southern Pelion
The villages of Pelion don’t need any special introduction. They are widely known for their distinctive architecture, their rich vegetation (chestnuts, beeches, oaks, lindens, fruits, olive trees and Mediterranean tree species), the unique combination of mountain and sea and finally their amazing traditional guesthouses. These villages, located on the western part of the mountain, overlooking Pagasitikos Gulf and Volos, constitute Western or Central Pelion (Portartia, Makrinitsa, Hania, Vyzitsa, Milies etc.), while the villages of the eastern part, overlooking the Aegean Sea, constitute the area of Eastern Pelion.
 
To access Western Pelion you either need to follow the “Pelion” signs within Volos, go through Ano Poli and reach the villages of Portaria – Makrynitsa – Hania, or you can continue by the coast, following the signs to Argalasti and Tsagkarada and reach Agria in about 7 km. From there you will find signs in various crossroads that will lead you to the semi-mountainous villages of Western Pelion (Agios Georgios Nileias, Pinakates, Vyzitsa, Milies etc.). Distances can vary depending on the destination. For example, Portatia is 12 km away, Agios Georgios Nilias 22 km and Milies 27 km.
 
To reach Eastern Pelion you need to follow the coastal road towards Milies and then follow the signs for Kalamaki-Lampinou. You are now in Eastern Pelion, which according to many is the most beautiful part. You will go through Xourihti, be amazed by the natural beauty of Tsagkarada, swim in Agios Ioannis and the exotic Damouhari, ski in the ski center (Agriolefkes location, altitude 1500 m.) and walk in Kissos and Zagora. All this, through the exceptional aromas of the wet forest, the famous flower cultivations and having the Aegean Sea and the islands of Sporades as a background. Alternatively, you can access the area through the road that goes to Western Pelion and continue after Hania to Anilio, Makrirahi, Zagora and Horefto. 
 
Southern Pelion has a Mediterranean landscape, with pine trees and lovely beaches, and it’s mostly recommended for summer holidays or road trips. You can reach this area by driving in the coastal roads, after the villages of Kato Gatzea, Kala Nera and towards Afetes – Argalasti. Around the area and with the help of a map and the signs, you will see numerous scattered coastal villages in the Southern Pelion.
 
ROAD TIPS
    Volos is a heavily populated city and parking is difficult in the commercial center, as well as in the port. Traffic is heavy during most of the day and night.
    In the northern axis of Pelion (Ano Poli – Portartia – Hania - Zagora), the mountainous roads are pretty wide, with adequate markings and tar. However the rest of the road network is not very well maintained, it’s old, narrow and with many tricky turns. Thus, it requires a very careful and defensive driving. 


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