VOLOS

Greece

Volos (Greek: Βόλος) is a coastal port city in Thessaly situated midway on the Greek mainland, about 326 kilometres (203 miles) north of Athens and 215 kilometres (134 miles) south of Thessaloniki. It is the capital of the Magnesia regional unit. Volos is the only outlet to the sea from Thessaly, the country's largest agricultural region. With a population of 144,449 (2011), it is an important industrial centre, while its port provides a bridge between Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

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introduction

Volos (Greek: Βόλος) is a coastal port city in Thessaly situated midway on the Greek mainland, about 326 kilometres (203 miles) north of Athens and 215 kilometres (134 miles) south of Thessaloniki. It is the capital of the Magnesia regional unit. Volos is the only outlet to the sea from Thessaly, the country's largest agricultural region. With a population of 144,449 (2011), it is an important industrial centre, while its port provides a bridge between Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Volos is the newest of the Greek port cities, with a large proportion of modern buildings erected following the catastrophic earthquakes of 1955. It includes the municipal units of Volos, Nea Ionia and Iolkos, as well as smaller suburban communities. The economy of the city is based on manufacturing, trade, services and tourism. Home to theUniversity of Thessaly, the city also offers facilities for conferences, exhibitions and major sporting, cultural and scientific events. Volos participated in the 2004 Olympic Games, and the city has since played host to other athletic events, such as the European Athletic Championships. Volos hosted the 7th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics from 27 July to 5 August 2013.

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POPULATION :• Municipality 144,449
• Municipal unit 118,707
FOUNDED : 
TIME ZONE :• Time zone EET (UTC+2)
• Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
LANGUAGE : Greek
RELIGION : Greek Orthodox
AREA :• Municipality 387.1 km2 (149.5 sq mi)
• Municipal unit 27.678 km2 (10.687 sq mi)
ELEVATION :Highest elevation 5 m (16 ft)
Lowest elevation 0 m (0 ft)
COORDINATES : 39°22′N 22°56′E
SEX RATIO : Male: 49.4%
 Female: 50.6%
ETHNIC :
AREA CODE : 24210
POSTAL CODE : 38x xx
DIALING CODE : +30 24210
WEBSITE :  www.volos-city.gr

Tourism

Volos (Greek: Βόλος) (Population: 144,449 ) is the 5th biggest city (and 3rd largest port) in Greece, situated in Thessaly, almost in the middle of the distance between Athens (326 km) and Thessaloniki (219 km). Volos is an industrial city with a large port - but there are a few hidden gems here that you might find as you pass through to islands or Pelion.

Volos is a candidate city for the European Capital of Culture in 2021.


Volos tourist office

Volos tourist office has plenty of useful information about Volos, plus a free town map, a free Volos travel guide and many more. Volos tourist office is located opposite the bus station in Palea district. Also you can visit via your browser www.ilikevolos.gr,volos and pelion online guide.

History

Antiquity

Modern Volos is built on the area of the ancient cities of Demetrias, Pagasae and Iolcos. Demetrias was established by Demetrius Poliorcetes, King of Macedon. Iolkos, Iolcos or Iolcus, was the homeland of mythological hero Jason, who boarded the ship Argo accompanied by the Argonauts and sailed in quest of the Golden Fleece to Colchis. To the west of Volos lie the Neolithic settlements of Dimini, with a ruined acropolis, walls, and two beehive tombs dating to between 4000-1200 BC, Sesklo, with the remains of the oldest acropolis in Greece (6000 BC), and also the foundations of a palace and mansions , among its most characteristic examples of Neolithic civilisation. Mycenaean settlements have also been discovered in Volos unearthing, at the Kastron of Palaia Hill, tablets bearing Mycenaean Greek inscriptions, written in Linear B.


Byzantine era

According to a Byzantine historian of the 14th century, Volos was known as "Golos" (Greek: "Γόλος"). The most widely accepted theory for the derivation of the city's name suggests that Volos is a corruption of the Mycenaean Iolkos, which had become distorted through the ages to become "Golkos", later "Golos", and subsequently "Volos". Others contend that the name originates with Folos, who according to myth was a wealthy landlord of the region. It was conquered by Stefan Dusan, was king of Serbia in 1348 and was managed for 25 years. Volos returned to Byzantine rule in 1373 but was conquered by Ottomans in 1393.


Ottoman era

The city marked a Southern border of Vilayet-i Rumeli-i Şarki in the Ottoman Empire, known then as "Golos". Since the early stages of the Greek Revolution, the provisional government of Greece claimed Volos as part of Greek national territory, but the Treaty of Constantinople (1832), which established a Greek independent state, set its northern boundary between Arta and Volos.


Modern Volos

Volos is a relatively new city, beginning its strongest growth in the mid-19th century.  The locality of its castle was previously known as Golos by Ottomans and locals, while Ano Volos was known as Gkolos.

After its incorporation into the Greek Kingdom from the Ottoman Empire in 1881, the town had a population of only 4,900, but grew rapidly in the next four decades as merchants, businessmen, craftsmen and sailors gravitated toward it from the surrounding area. In the 1920s a large influx of refugees to the settlement took place, especially from Ionia, but also from Pontus, Cappadocia and Eastern Thrace. In 1882, Andreas Syngros established the Privileged Bank of Epirus and Thessaly, which the National Bank of Greece acquired in 1899 after its founder's death. Volos was occupied by Ottomans on 8 May 1897, during the Greco Turkish War.

The city had a vibrant Jewish community in the early 20th century: from ca. 500 in 1896, it rose to ca. 2,000 in 1930, before falling drastically to 882 members in 1940, because of emigration to the great cities of Thessaloniki and Athens or abroad. During the Axis occupation of Greece, the prompt actions of the local chief rabbi, Moshe Pessach, and the Greek authorities, saved about 700 of the local Jewish community from deportation to the Nazi death camps.

Volos is also well known for its assortment of mezedes and a clear, alcoholic beverage known as tsipouro.

A street in a sister city, Rostov-on-Don, bears the name Улица Греческого Города Волос (Street of the Greek City of Volos), weaving through a mix of early 20th century buildings with characteristic inner yards, tiered balconies and open iron stairs that lend the old Rostov its characteristic Mediterranean look.

Climate

Volos, unlike other towns of the Thessalian plain, enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate with can-be-hot-but-bearable summers (though a little bit humid) and mild winters. Spring and Autumn are the best times to visit the city itself, Winter is the time to be on the Pelion mountain villages, and Summer should definitely be dedicated to the numerous beaches of the region on the Pagasetic gulf and the Aegean Sea.

Being privileged to be situated on the foothills of Mount Pelion, the mythical mountain of the centaurs, and bounded by Goritsa Hill to the Southeast, Volos sports nice weather all year long, with the sea and mountain breezes dominant in all city areas.

Climate data for Volos 

MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °C (°F)23.0
(73.4)
24.7
(76.5)
26.0
(78.8)
34.0
(93.2)
35.2
(95.4)
45.3
(113.5)
44.2
(111.6)
39.6
(103.3)
36.8
(98.2)
30.4
(86.7)
27.2
(81)
24.4
(75.9)
45.3
(113.5)
Average high °C (°F)11.3
(52.3)
12.9
(55.2)
15.0
(59)
19.4
(66.9)
24.0
(75.2)
28.5
(83.3)
31.0
(87.8)
30.6
(87.1)
27.0
(80.6)
21.7
(71.1)
17.3
(63.1)
13.2
(55.8)
21.0
(69.8)
Daily mean °C (°F)7.8
(46)
9.0
(48.2)
11.3
(52.3)
15.4
(59.7)
20.1
(68.2)
24.6
(76.3)
27.0
(80.6)
26.6
(79.9)
22.9
(73.2)
17.7
(63.9)
13.3
(55.9)
9.6
(49.3)
17.4
(63.3)
Average low °C (°F)4.5
(40.1)
5.4
(41.7)
7.3
(45.1)
10.5
(50.9)
14.9
(58.8)
19.0
(66.2)
21.3
(70.3)
21.2
(70.2)
17.9
(64.2)
13.6
(56.5)
9.8
(49.6)
6.3
(43.3)
12.6
(54.7)
Record low °C (°F)−8.2
(17.2)
−7.8
(18)
−3.2
(26.2)
1.8
(35.2)
6.2
(43.2)
11.6
(52.9)
14.0
(57.2)
14.8
(58.6)
9.2
(48.6)
1.4
(34.5)
0.6
(33.1)
−6.0
(21.2)
−8.2
(17.2)
              
Source: Meteovolos

Geography

Volos is the administrative centre of the Magnesia regional unit. Many of the city domains are separated through natural barricades, such as rivers.

Three main rivers/mountain torrents all rise from mount Pelion (with its peak at 1,610 metres (5,280 feet)), crossing the city to create a unique urban geography, before ending in the Pagasetic Gulf flowing west. The Anavros river, famous for Jason's pass, divides the Nea Demetriada district from the rest of the urban area. Krausidonas is the major river passing through the city, and constitutes the natural lung of the urbanized area of Volos, as well as the boundary between the major municipalities of the metropolitan city, the municipalities of Volos and Nea Ionia. Xirias (Ξηριάς), is the largest torrent of the metropolitan urban area of Volos, and passes through the Nea Ionia municipal area.

Economy

Volos is one of the most industrialized provincial cities of Greece, because of its strategic location between the largest population centers of the country (Athens- Thessaloníki) and its port. Industry is intensely specialized in steel production and manufacturing, and METKA has two large factories in the industrial area of Volos, while large factories of SIDENOR - a steel producer - operate in close proximity from the nearby city of Almyros. Hellenic Steel industry (Ελληνική Χαλυβουργία) also has production facilities in Volos, and AGET - Hraklis, a member of the Lafarge group, operates one of the largest cement facilities in the world (with capacity exceeding 7,000,000tn ) with its own private port, next to the city. Volos is also active in the research sector, hosting the CERETETH.

Subdivisions
City Centre (60,420)
  • Agios Nikolaos
  • Kallithea
  • Hiliadou
  • Oxygono
  • Agios Konstantinos
  • Agios Gerasimos
  • Agios Vasileios
  • Palia
  • Analipsi
  • Metamorfosi
  • Karagats
North (15,000)
  • Agia Paraskevi
  • Aerokampos
  • Agios Georgios

East (15,000)

  • Nea Dimitriada
North-West (33,000)
  • Nea Ionia
  • Melissatika

South-West (21,000)

  • Agii Anargyri
  • Neapoli
  • Alykes

Internet, Comunication

Internet

There are many internet cafes, mostly used for playing online games. Most cafes have free WiFi access, as does Public (on Ogl).


Post

  • Volos Post OfficeDimitriados Str.. Daily 08:00-20:00. Greek Post is the best way to send items, postcards etc abroad.

There are also courier services in Volos.

Prices in Volos

PRICES LIST - EUR

MARKET / SUPERMARKET

Milk1 liter€1.20
Tomatoes1 kg€1.30
Cheese0.5 kg€4.55
Apples1 kg€1.25
Oranges1 kg€0.95
Beer (domestic)0.5 l€1.00
Bottle of Wine1 bottle€6.00
Coca-Cola2 liters€1.70
Bread1 piece€0.82
Water1.5 l€0.50

PRICES LIST - EUR

RESTAURANTS

Dinner (Low-range)for 2€24.00
Dinner (Mid-range)for 2€38.00
Dinner (High-range)for 2€56.00
Mac Meal or similar1 meal€6.00
Water0.33 l€0.50
Cappuccino1 cup€2.75
Beer (Imported)0.33 l€3.30
Beer (domestic)0.5 l€3.30
Coca-Cola0.33 l€1.50
Coctail drink1 drink€8.00

PRICES LIST - EUR

ENTERTAINMENT

Cinema2 tickets€14.00
Gym1 month€35.00
Men’s Haircut1 haircut€8.50
Theatar2 tickets
Mobile (prepaid)1 min.€0.24
Pack of Marlboro1 pack€4.00

PRICES LIST - EUR

PERSONAL CARE

Antibiotics1 pack
Tampons32 pieces€7.00
Deodorant50 ml.€4.95
Shampoo400 ml.€5.60
Toilet paper4 rolls€1.35
Toothpaste1 tube€2.50

PRICES LIST - EUR

CLOTHES / SHOES

Jeans (Levis 501 or similar)€75.00
Dress summer (Zara, H&M)1€31.00
Sport shoes (Nike, Adidas)1€82.00
Leather shoes1€86.00

PRICES LIST - EUR

TRANSPORTATION

Gasoline1 liter€1.45
TaxiStart
Taxi1 km
Local Transport1 ticket€1.20

Tourist (Backpacker)  

55 € per day

Estimated cost per 1 day including:

  • meals in cheap restaurant
  • public transport
  • cheap hotel

Tourist (business/regular)  

145 € per day

Estimated cost per 1 day including:

  • mid-range meals and drinks
  • transportation
  • hotel

Transportation - Get In

Transportation - Get In

By plane

Volos Airport (VOL) is in Nea Anchialos, about 30 km SW from the city. Flyniki operates every Friday from May to October (Flights to/from Vienna with connections to Berlin,Hamburg, Dusseldorf,Nuremberg, and many more).Austrian' operates every Saturday from May to October (Flights to/from Vienna) Ryanair operates flights from April to October to/from Hahn. (Frankfurt), Bergamo (Milan), and Charleroi (Brussels) airport.Transavia operate to/from Amsterdam.

It also operates weekly charter flights during the summer, directly from Amsterdam, the UK and Germany.

There is a bus connecting airport and Volos Bus Station. Buses are waiting to pick up travelers after a plane lands. The cost from the airport to Volos Bus Station is 5 €. Travellers of charter flights are transferred to their accommodation by their tour agency.

If you have a car, the airport parking area charge 1€ p/h 6€ p/d 14€ p/w.

Transportation - Get In

By international bus

There are buses that originate in Serbia or Hungary and go to Volos, and also buses that start from Athens and stop on the highway close to Volos (at Velestino exit).

Transportation - Get In

By regional bus

Generally, intercity coaches ("KTEL" buses) (KTEL Volou) are by far the most convenient way to travel around Greece, as well as for intra-regional travelling. This is doubly true for travelling to Volos from Athens, where the train takes five hours or even more as opposed to four on the coach. With the train you have to change in Larissa, but the views you get along the way from the mountains is for tourists often worth a while.

There is frequent bus service from Athens Liossion Station to Volos about 15 times a day (cost is about €20), as well as from Thessaloniki bus terminal "Macedonia" to Volos about 10 times a day (about € 12). Volos is also connected with daily direct routes to Patras, Ioannina, Larissa, Trikala, Karditsa and to many more places in continental Greece via Larissa. Interurban Bus Terminal is opposite to "Volos info center" near the City Hall, the Railway Station and the Port, on a major hub. Note that if you buy the return ticket, it is cheaper than buying two separate tickets, though the return leg must be completed within one month.

Transportation - Get In

By Car

Trains (OSE) connect Volos to other cities in Greece via Larisa. Travelling with ordinary trains can be cheaper, although a little bit slower, whereas choosing a faster Intercity train will cost the same amount of money, or even more than a KTEL bus.

The train from Athens, whilst travelling through some of the most attractive parts of the country, takes approximately five hours and involves a change at Larissa - it's really not worth it! All the locals travel from Athens by intercity coaches. If you are travelling from Thessaloniki or elsewhere in the north, there's not much to choose between the coach and the train in terms of duration or cost. The train wins on comfort, with space to get up and move around.

Transportation - Get In

By ferry

There are ferry services to Skiathos, Skopelos, and Alonissos.


Transportation - Get Around

Transportation - Get Around

By bus

There are twelve bus lines going around the city (tickets cost €1.10 for inner city routes, whilst using inner city buses for close destinations outside Volos costs €1.50), detailed info in the regional bus terminal (called "Astiko KTEL"), directly adjacent to the Interurban Bus Terminal ("Yperastiko KTEL"). Details on buses, can be found online here

For going further away around Volos, you can use the Interurban Bus Terminal ("Yperastiko KTEL"). Details on buses, can be found online here

Transportation - Get Around

By Taxi

Taxis in Volos, as everywhere in Greece are comparably cheap. You should not pay more than € 7 if you hail a cab (silver colour) on the road to take you anywhere in the city. Note that taxi meters have two rates - rate 1 applies from 5am till midnight, and rate 2, the double rate, from midnight to 5am. Taxi fare fraud is rather rare but it could still happen, so make sure the rate is correct. If you feel you have been overcharged, ask for a receipt (they are obliged to give one) and take the plate number, then phone the tourist police to report the driver on 171. Expect to pay € 1 or € 2 extra if you take a taxi from the bus station, the train station or the port, and a surcharge if you call for a taxi service on demand. Note, also that the minimum charge is 3.39 euros. Groups of three or four could consider using a taxi to go sightseeing around Volos, Pelion [for example. It's more expensive but more comfortable, and in some cases quite cost-effective. Prices .

Transportation - Get Around

By bicycle

Most of Volos is quite flat, that makes it very easy for cycling, and a lot of locals do cycle. Especially the waterfront is the best area for cycling. Generally, cycling is a recommended way to move around. Volos recently has developed a network of bicycle lanes, however the lines are often blocked with parked cars and hardly anybody use them.

Transportation - Get Around

On foot

Several streets at the center of the town have been recently pedestrianized, mainly around Ermou Street and St. Nicolas church. Along the pedestrianized streets there are a lot of cafe places. The waterfront is also an excellent area for walking. When the weather is good it's packed with people walking around and enjoying the sun.

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Shopping

The main shopping district is along and around Ermou St.

English books can be bought at main bookstores:

  • PublicOgl 28 & I. Kontaratou 9,  +302421022904. Monday-Friday 09:00-21:00 Saturday 09:00-20:00. Ground floor has computers, cameras, phones etc, books are on the basement. The biggest bookstore in Volos

There is a good food market every Friday.

For washing your clothes:

  • Easywash - SelfServiceGlavani 90,  +306979019281. 8:00 - 24:00. Self service Laundry

Restaurants

As with the rest of Greece, the restaurants in Volos are far more varied than appears at first glance. In Greece, the so-called restaurants(eστιατόριο) usually serve hot food that has been prepared earlier in the day and kept warm in large dishes (better than it sounds!) Beyond that there's the local specialities, the tsipouradika restaurants (Τσιπουράδικα or Ουζερί) where seafood is served, and the tavernas (Ταβέρνα) where mostly meat dishes are served.

There are also psistaries (Ψησταριά) (Grill houses) where the main dish is grilled meat, and also souvlatzidika (Οβελιστήριο or Σουβλατζίδικο) where souvlaki are served. Psistaries serve mostly meat, salads and french fries. The meat usually is ordered by weight, and the price is per kilo also. One portion is 330gr of grilled meat. You'll be able to pick up a pitta gyros (Greek kebab) from any souvlatzidika, which are by far the cheapest option if you are on a budget, and don't mind gaining a few extra pounds (starts from 1.50 €).

People in Greece usually eats late in the evening (9pm - midnight), and so, during the day, most taverns, psistaries and restaurants are closed. However, tsipouradika and the ubiquitous Greek fast food restaurants are open all day long.


Soulvaki / fast food

  • O Dervisis (Ο Δερβίσης), Kazatzaki Nikoy 25a (Καζατζάκι Νίκου 25α με Γιάννη Δήμου),  2421 059913. 12:00 - 00:00. You have to taste the chips, soft and tasty.
  • Ntinos (Ντίνος), Analipseos 136,  +30 2421043840. Souvlaki. One of the cheapest pitta gyros in town, Gyros for 1.70€
  • Grego GrillAthinon. Fast Food, Souvlaki, the biggest portions for Gyros/Souvlaki in Volos. Open until late in the night. Gyros for 2,30€

Tsipouradika

Volos specializes in "Tsipouradika" (Greek Τσιπουράδικα) (also called "Ouzeri" (Greek Ουζερί)) where ("Tsipouro") (local Greek spirit) is served with a huge variety of mezes (small dishes of food, like tapas.) There are plenty of tsipouradika along the waterfront near the port, but the cheaper choices can be found in Nea Ionia and the best choices near Plateia Eleftherias. Most of tsiouradika have a fixed price for tsipouro with meze, the price may vary from 3€ - 3,5€ per 25cl, usually it's the same price in every tsipouradiko. The difference in price comes when ordering extra dishes. Meze vary from tsipouradiko to tsipouradiko also, some serve one meze per 25cl, while some in the center serve one meze per 50cl of tsipouro. Tsipouro is served in open bottles or closed bottles of 25cl, bottled is 0,5€ more expensive but the standard quality may be worth it. The 'correct' way (i.e. the way the locals do it, and therefore the cheapest way) to order in a tsipouradiko is to order a round of tsipouro bottles, and then the meze dishes will be brought along with the drinks - this will result in greater variety and cheaper prices! Generally, the larger the group that orders, the better the food.

  • Papadis (Παπαδής)Solonos 1 (Σόλωνος 1)+30 2421 029360.Tsipouradiko and seafood. At the waterfront. 25cl tsipouro with meze 3.5€, 25cl bottled tsipouro with meze 4,0€, serves 3 meze per 4x25cl.
  • MeZen (ΜεΖεν), Alonnisou 8 (Αλοννήσου 8),  +30 2421 020844. 12:00 - 00:00. Good gourmet food, difficult to find an empty table to sit.
  • I Yiota (Η Γιώτα), Krokiou (Κροκίου) 15,  694 707 4830. Popular among youngsters
  • To kochyli (Το κοχύλι), Makrigianni (Μακρυγιάννη) 64Α & Metamorphoseos (Μεταμορφώσεως),  2421052345
  • Ta filarakia (Τα Φιλαράκια), Antonopoulou (Αντωνοπούλου) 98-100.
  • Mimikos (Μιμίκος), Ferron (Φερών) 25 (Διπλά στο μουσείο της Πόλης του Βόλου).
  • Mpokos (Μπόκος), Meandrou (Μαιάνδρου) 143 & Ellispontou (Ελλησπόντου),  2421066683.

Grill house

  • Thraka (Θράκα), Borel (Μπόρελ) 8 (Παραλία Βόλου),  +30 24210 28370.
  • I kaftra (Η καύτρα), Kassaveti (Κασσαβέτη) 122 & Ethnikis Antistaseos (Εθν. Αντιστάσεως),  +30 24210 78537, 6937 173840.
  • I Voskopoula (Η Βοσκοπούλα), Thermopylon (Θερμοπυλών) 48,  +30 2421054206, e-mail:

Budget

  • Gea (Γαία) (Traditional Greek cuisine), Argonafton 15 (Αργοναυτών 15) (at the seafront near the port),  +30 2421034153. Cheap, traditional Greek restaurant. One of the best options if you want to try Greek cuisine.

Mid range

  • Lemonas LeonidasKaraiskaki 2, Volos 38222. Good food, good fish. Nice outdoor seating near the church €15pp will get you a good amount of food.
  • La Marimba (Mexican restaurant), Nikotsara St (Νικοτσάρα),  +30 2421071167. 8:30PM - 1:30AM. Closed on Monday. Romantic restaurant with a cosy courtyard with a lot of trees. Good Mexican food, albeit adjusted to the Greek palate, with considerably less spiciness! Great drinks - try their margaritas, or caipirinhas and mojitos. It might be a good idea to book ahead during the high season if you're hoping to eat here between 9pm and 11pm. Set menu around €15 per person.
  • Sogno di San (Italian restaurant), Ferron str (Φερρών), Palea district+30 2421032690. Italian style pizzas and pasta. (Evening only)
  • Plagios (Πλαγίως), Kontaratou 8,  +30 2421 021900. Greek flavours with a twenty-first century twist. Very tasty food, excitingly presented and in a stylish, yet unpretentious, restaurant. Avoid weekends if you want to avoid crowds - it gets very busy on Fri-Sun evenings, with people coming in for drinks as well as food. Starters around 5-7€, mains around 12-15€.

Sights & Landmarks

  • Archaeological site of Ancient DiminiDimini. Tues - Sun: 8.30AM - 4.30PM, Mon: closed.. Ancient Dimini was a neolithic village which has been excavated and uncovered. Of particular interest are the well preserved House N, where a pot was discovered beneath the floor with the burnt remains of a child (an ancient resident as opposed to a more recent one!) and theTombi grave, similar to that at Mycenae, which is buried deep into the ground near the fortified town, but with a caved in roof. Shade is sparse, so make sure to visit early in the morning. Adjacent to these ruins, and to be opened soon (although how long this has been the case is not said!) are some Mycenaean ruins, which include a large palace. These ruins, whilst not open yet, can be viewed from behind a limit, and are expected to be part of the as-of-yet-undiscovered ancient city of Iolkos, the home of Jason (of Argonaut fame!) There is an interesting audio guide tour available for free in both Greek and English. €2 per person, students free. Ticket includes free entry to archaeological site at Sesklo.
  • Archaeological site of Ancient SeskloSesklo (Take the road to Sesklo, then look for the turn-off to the left that goes down the hill before the start of Sesklo (it is signposted, but keep an eye open for them.). Sesklo is a more impressive site in terms of its location, but is less impressive in terms of the remains. It's far larger, and is perched on top of a hill from where it can see all around the local area. It was either a local trading partner, or the main rival to nearby Dimini. Archaeologists aren't sure. Worth a visit, but it's not as interesting as Dimini. €2 per person, students free - entrance included in tickets to Dimini (and vice versa.).
  • Athanasakeion Archaeological Museum of Volos1 Athanasaki St,   +30 24210 25285fax: +30 24210 28563, e-mail:. Open Tuesday - Sunday: 08:30 - 15:00. This is one of the best smaller museums in Greece and should on no account be missed. Full: €2, Reduced: €1; for free admission days see website.
  • Brickworks Museum N. & S. Tsalapata (Μουσείο Πλινθοκεραμοποιίας Ν. & Σ. Τσαλαπάτα),  +30 24210 29844. It is a rare example of surviving industrial plant in the Greek area. It belongs to the Network of Thematic Technological Museums of the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation (PIOP). The Brickworks Factory was founded in 1926 by brothers Tsalapata. The total area amounts to 22,000 sq.m. In this factory manufactured various types of bricks and tiles. It employed, on its peak operation, 250 people and the installed capacity in machinery reached 300 horsepower. The Brickworks Factory N. S. &. Tsalapata shut down to 1978. The grinders, presses, the koftires the clay tanks, wagons and furnace Hoffmann reconstruct the production process. 3€, reduced: 1,5€.
  • Volos Town Museum (Μουσείο της Πόλης του Βόλου), Φερών 17. A museum about Volos town history.
  • At first glance, Volos City Center doesn't seem particularly interesting for the traveller, but a walk in the town streets might change your first idea. Ermou street is a long paved road parallel to the promenade, Argonafton str, offering a wide variety of shops for any taste, plus a selection of "hidden" bars and cafes, especially around St.Nikolaos Square, the city cathedral, dedicated to patron saint of the sailors, St. Nicholas. There is a seaside park between the university "Papastratos building" and "Agios Konstantinos" church on the promenade.Anavros Park starts directly behind Agios Konstantinos and extends to the east all the way till Anavros beach, an open municipal strand, offering clearwater to the swimmer during the summer (and winter for the brave).

Museums & Galleries

  • Archaeological Museum of Volos
  • Volos Natural History Museum, Volos
  • Modern History Museum of Volos City
  • Thessaly Railway Museum, Railway Station of Volos
  • Tsalapatas, National Museum of Industrial History

Things to do


Swim

There are acceptable beaches towards the southern end of the city at Anavros. To get there, follow the coastal promenade south from Argonafton St or park in the roads behind the city hospital.

There is also Alykes municipal beach, a 5-minute-drive from the center to the southwest, in the more easygoing Alykes district of Volos, having cafes and bars offering sunbeds on the sand during late at night, where you can enjoy your cocktail and take a swim as well. The municipal beach in Alykes has an entrance fee of € 1 during the day, offering a lifeguard, showering facilities, clothes-changing chambers and a beach bar. You can easily go to Alykes with city bus (blue bus) number 6 from the city hall.

Most locals, however, head to beaches outside of the city on the other side of the giant cement works, to beaches at Agria (20 mins by bus), or Platanidia. You can easily go to Agria and Platanidia with city bus (blue bus) number 5 which starts from the Bus Station and passes through Iasonos and Polymeri str. Generally, the water is clearer and cleaner the further away from Volos' port.

If you do have a car and you want to go to a beach, it is well worth getting out of the city limits and beyond - some of the best beaches on the Greek mainland can be found on Pelion.


Cinema

There are several cinemas in Volos. Films are shown in original language with Greek subtitles, whereas cartoons are dubbed. In the summer make sure you get to one of the open air cinemas (Θερινό σινεμά).

  • Village cinemasGianitson (Γιαννιτσών) 29,   +30 2108108080. Four screens. €7.50 for an adult ticket.
  • Metaksourgio (Greek: Μεταξουργείο), Nikomedieas 2, Nea Ionia,   2421 028517. Every Friday at 21:30. Art movies. 2.00€.
  • Achillion (Greek: Αχίλλειον), Koumoundourou. Open infrequently.
  • Εxoraistiki (Εξωραϊστική), Dimitriados 263 (Opposite Argonauton park), 2421 030303, e-mail: . Evenings. Open only in the summer. Summer outdoor cinema. The only one in Volos. 5€.

Nightlife

Winter bars, pubs and clubs, usually close down during summer. Most of them have a different facility for the summer, usually by the sea. The most popular Coffee places are in Koumoundourou (Κουμουνδούρου) Str. and at the seafront. Another place which gathers a lot of people in the evening, mostly during the summer, is Palaia, near Krokiou (Κροκιού) Str.


Bars

  • PocoPicoKoumoundourou (Κουμουνδούρου). Tiny budget choice. Open all year round. Beer 3.0€, Spirits 5-6€.
  • Αββαείο (Abbey), N. Votsi,   +30 24210 33130. Huge variety of beers. Beer from 5€ to 12€, Spirits 7€. Serves food, nice mostly German dishes, food on the expensive side. Open all year round.
  • Balthassar, center. Huge variety of beers. Beer from 4€ to 12€, Spirits 7€. Has also 7 options for eating like pizza etc. Open all year round.
  • Brazil. Close to Agios Konstantinos church. Spacious, nice sea and Volos view. Beer 4€, Spirits 7€. Open all year round.
  • Cafe SantanErgatikou Kentrou 12,   +306980384693. Rock, Jazz, Blues Bar, one of the most famous bars in Greece. Has been around for almost 30 years and is known for its place in the Greek Rock History as most of the famous Greek rock singers have sometime played there, along with worldwide famous blues and jazz artists. Open all year round. Beer: 5.0€, Spirits:7.0€-10.0€.
  • PoshPapakyriazi (Παπακυριαζή) 38, Palea district. Electronic music. Beer 5€, Spirits 7€. Open all year round.
  • Lab Art. Friday & Saturday (22:00 - 06:00). Live rock music every Friday and Saturday. Open in the winter only.
  • IsalosParko Anavrou. Nice, classy coffee shop on the waterfront. Nicely decorated. €3-4 for a coffee.

Safety in Volos

 

Very High / 9.7

Safety (Walking alone - day)

Very High / 9.5

Safety (Walking alone - night)

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