We went on a 10 day sailing cruise to the Sporades. The company does shorter packages - a week to Evia and even day trips in summer (I think). The boat was totally beautiful - all wooden and inside it was like something from a film set. She is a historic boat and the owners Marios (who's Greek) and Charlotte (who's English) have restored her. We stayed in rooms at night - Trkieri Monastery, which is a must (albeit a little spartan compared to most hotels) and some lovely rooms in Patateri which is the main town on Alonissos. The seas round Alinissos are warmer (and cleaner) than my bath and this extraordinary turquoise blue - you look out of the boat and you can see down for ever. We even had doplhins playing in the bow wave - apparently they recognise local boats that are fun to play with! One day some of the other passengers put a fishing line over the stern and caught a tuna - and we all had tuna steak for lunch!
Directions: Book in advance - they leave from Kala Nera, Volos and Milina
Phone: 0030 6978641924
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Sailing and Boating
These are amazing, working monastaries perched on the top of rugged crags and columns of rock.
The road from Volos to the Meteora is a long coach ride ---but it is worth the effort!
Fitness level needed is moderate because there are places to get your breath. However, if you need a buggy or walking aids then this may not be the best place for you.
The monks used to be winched up, in a netted basket, to the monastatries. These days life is far easier for them!
Enjoy lots of photos of life in the past at the nearby Hotel Meteora.
The views are breath-taking and a lot of the information given to us by our guide was fascinating. A good camera is a must!
Look out for the black and white photos of Costas Balafas ---name from my friend, Mandi Millen. Thanks!
Would I go again? YES!
The ancient Greek Mythology talks about a ship mission from Iolkos (ancient Volos) to Kolhida (Krimaia of the Black Sea), organised by the hero Jason, who took with him the best and strongest men of Greece. The name of the ship was "Argo", and the legent is still alive in the people's memory. You will find the figure of "Argo" everywhere: sketches, drawings, models... But you will find also a real ship, sailing in the sea, constructed according to the ancient traditional materials and methods.
Directions: Somewhere in the port of Volos, you have to ask about it!
Visit the National Marine Park of Alonissos island. It is a protected sea area of high beauty, habitat of many rare species, mainly the Mediterranean seal, and an underwater museum of shipwrecks! Visitors can dive there under special rules. Information available from the Port Authorities, the National Tourist Organization (EOT) or the Prefecture of Magnissia.
Directions: Boats can take you there, starting from Thessaloniki or Volos or from the east coast villages of Pilion.
- Diving and Snorkeling
- National/State Park
Visit the Folklor Centre "Kitsos Makris", a museum that belongs to the University of Thessaly.
It comprises the complete personal collection of professor Kitsos Makris: 4,000 books, 4,000 photos, 2,500 slides, many paintings, handicrafts etc and among them there are 25 paintings of the famous greek popular painter Theofilos. See my TRAVELOGUE about Theofilos.
Directions: On the crossroad Anthimou Gazi str and K. Makri str.
- Arts and Culture
- Museum Visits
Rent a car and drive to the monasteries at Meteora.
The monasteries are built on the top of steep rocks. The scenery is beautifull and some of the monasteries can be visited.
More pics in the travelogue on our Greece page
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.
An organized beach front cafe, serves coffee and cocktails all day and night long. The service is excellent as well as the scenery. The waters are crystal clear.
Address: Alonaki Beach, Nea Anchialos Volos
Directions: Alonaki Beach
Visit the Archaeological Museum of Volos. There are findings dated 6,000 years BC ! Look for some photos of the findings in my Travelogue.
Address: Easy to find, just ask for it.
Directions: To the east part of the city.
- Museum Visits
Great natural beauty. If you drive up north from Volos you reach the sacred mountain Olympos. It is a paradise for hikers and nature lovers.
Address: Rent a car and drive north from Volos.
A nice museum, with artefacts from the Dimini and Sesklo sites, dating from the neolithic culture. But also with art from later date. The building is dating from 1907.
Address: Eastern site of the city.
Octopus being tenderized before selling it to the local restaurants
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