Sheltered by the Pelion Peninsula and nestled in a pocket bay of the Pagasitikos Gulf, Volos is a natural harbor that acts as a bridge to the Pelion or Sporades region. A modern port that emerged out of ancient city Iolkos (affiliated with the Argonaut heroes), one can expect a juxtaposition of newer architecture against nostalgic neighborhoods. The combination of sea breeze and Mt. Pelion’s shadow casts a light-hearted aura over the city.
Indulge in long lunch breaks to make the most of the traditional spread; artichokes, seasoned cuttlefish, pepper served sausages and mini dishes weigh down the table. Pair it with Volos’ signature tsipouro, schnapps-like firewater, for an extra kick. Cozy restaurants line the waterfront Kordoni promenade, whereas cobblestoned Ermou, Kontaratou and Ogl streets are the pulse of Volos, featuring lively clusters of coffee, food and live music. To meld with the local community, take a stroll from Argonauts Avenue’s western port to reach the symbolic statue of Argo; a modern imitation of an ancient ship.
In fact, Volos is made for walking – stunning novelty buildings and neo-classical architecture extend from city center to the port and environs. There is also a network of cycle lanes for those seeking a speedier tour. Keep an eye out for Volos Castle, which was once a massive shipbuilding center. Elaborate Church of Agioi Konstantinos and Eleni rival the Byzantine-styled Agia Triada, while Goritsa Hill rises east of Volos to offer a nature-filled view. Historians may turn their attention to west of Volos, where important archaeological sites of Sesklo and Dimini hold remnants of ancient and prehistoric settlements.
Aim to visit on the months of April, May and October for a solid combination of mild weather averaging 23℃ and little rain fall. Temperatures spike in the summer to reach 31℃, although it is matched with high wind speeds.