Mountain Pelio or Pilio
Visit Mt.Pelion. Throughout the passage of the Pelio has been a very attractive place for visitors. The rich mythology that accompanies it, its cultural tradition, its architectural character and its incomparable natural beauty are elements that fascinate travellers. Whether a mere tourist, merchant or artist, visitors to Pelion yield to its enchantment: the people here, from generation to generation, have respected the environment and as builders they have shown sensitivity and established their settlements taking such great care to achieve beauty: the villages of Pelion are beautiful because the tradition of the craftsmen who handed down a finished, integral style of dwelling is apparent, they are beautiful because its setllements are in proportion to the landscape, they are beautiful because the craftsmen had a natural understanding of light. On the other hand this natural environment won't let anyone down. The Aegean full of boats that cleave the sea in every direction - a privillige of the sea since of Pelion where you encounter the last gardens of Eden. The calm Pagasitic Gulf on the western side of the mountain full of picturesque fishing villages teeming with olive trees, offers unique moments of peace and quiet. Pelion itself, with its constantly changing landscape, sometimes wild, sometimes tranquil, its vegetation and its cobbled paths that criss-cross it, is a unique place. This very place that has been mentioned by Homer and many other poets up until the present day for its charm, is at any moment ready to give birth to a fairy tale when you travel from one end of it to the other.
Name: Pelion Mountain
Attraction Type: Mountain, Beaches, Ski, Warefall
Location: Outside Volos city
Pictures in the web: Pelion Mountain
First Photo: Makrinitsa in Pelion Mountain
The Aegean beaches
The vegetation of Pilion reaches right down to the waves of the Aegean Sea and crowns beautiful beaches suitable for water sports and night life. Horefto, Agi Saranta, Pouri, Agios Ioannis, Papa Nero, Fakistra, Milopotamos, Labinou, Potostika, Paltsi, Katigiorgis, Platania, are just a few of these beaches.
There is a fantastic little island at the exit of Pagassitikos gulf, named PYTHOU, near Trikeri cape. You can hire all necessary hardware from Volos (if you are trained in diving) and follow an all-day scuba excursion by boat. There are over 20 different places for diving arround the small island. It's an unforgetable experiance! Novices can take lessons on diving.
NOTICE Scuba diving in Greece is allowed only in a specific list of places, mainly for protecting marine antiquities. Underwater fishing is allowed only without air-bottles, but on your own breath.
Visit the archaelogical sites near Volos :
- The prehistoric settlement of Dimini (6,5 km) dating from 4000-1200BC.
- Sesklo (13 km), with the remains of the oldest Acropolis in Greece (6000 BC).
- Dimitrias (4 km), ancient city from the 3th century BC.
On sunday the entrance is free.
Volos, a unigue city
" Volos city"
Volos City - Information
Photo: Volos, the beach road
Municipality: Municipality of Volos
Municipality of Volos: 82.439 (2001)
Volos & N.Ionia: 119.470 (2001)
Area Code: 24210
Distance From Athens: 325 km
Airport: Nea Achialos
Volos stretches on the north side of Pagasitikos Bay. Il is said to be the starting point for charming small trips around the province of Magnesia, being an industrial and commercial centre for many years it has numerous facilities to offer. The amanities of Pagasitikos bay combined with the scenic and culinary plearures of Pelion, really attract visitors. In the main of town there are both lovely newly constucted houses and old ones, presenting the history of the place which is dated to prehistoring times according to research. Excavations have uncovered precious findings which are kept in the local museum. Amongst other, there are the 'epitimbies stiles of Dimitiados' that are vividly painted and represent original and authentic paintings of the times. In Volos museum, visitors have the opportunity to admire the great selection of prehistoric findings such as: ceramics, pottery, clays statues, stone implements and weapons. Exhibits from the classical and Roman period are also on display. It is worth seeing the remains of the old city of Dimitriados in Pagases, some 6 km outside of Volos.
Apart from the impressive exhibits found in this town there are excellent places to visit. There is a huge green park lying across the harbour where you can go for strolls by the sea. There are great sculptures by famous artists in the middle of the park. Two local picture galleries are of great interest. There is plenty to see in thecolourful churches of Ayios Konstantinos, Metamorfosis and Ayios Nikolaos with their beautiful icons and impressive wall paintings and mosaic on the floor.
With car from Volos city to go:
Argalasti 40.5km, Vizitsa 31.0km, Zagora 47.0km, Makrinitsa 16.6km, Milies 28.0km, Milopotamos 59.0km, Portaria 13.6km, Tsagarada 47.0 km, Hania 20.0km, Horefto 55.0km, Agios Ioannis 55.0km, Labinou 44.0km, Milina 50.0km, Mouresi 50.0km, Xinovrisi 47.2km, Trikeri 85.0km, airport N.Aghialos 26.0km.
See also my web sites in virtualtourist
about Oros Pilio, about Skopelos Island, about Skiathos Island, about Alonissos Island
" Magnesia and Mountain Pelion"
From the cultural point of view Volos has an excellent range of entertainment to offer. The local theatre always has concerts of jazz music, guitar, classical concerts, great performance, painting exhibitions and danccing shows. In the daytime cheerful resturants and tavernas compete for your time with shops, the museum and the parks. Volos is particularly known for its 'tsipouradika', small charming places set in a marine enviroment, where you sip the local 'tsipouro' and taste the delicious 'mezedes'.
" Prefecture of Magnesia"
There are up to 300 'tsipouradika' spread throughout the town and along the harbour, serving fresh fish and a great variety of shellfish. At night, clubs and discotheques bring a lovely atmosphere to the city.The prefecture of Magnesia, which is a part of the greater district of Thessalia, is located on the southeastern part of the district. Additionally, it borders with the prefecture of Larissa on the north and the west and the prefecture of Fthiotida on the southwestern part, while on the eastern side there is the Aegean Sea and on the southern side the Pagasitikos gulf. Moreover, the prefecture of Magnesia has 198.550 inhabitants