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The Coastal City of Volos

 

 
 

The city of Volos

Volos (Greek: Β?λος) is a coastal port city in Thessaly situated midway on the Greek mainland, about 330 kilometres (205 miles) north of Athens and 220 kilometres (137 miles) south of Thessaloniki. It is the capital of Magnesia prefecture and has a population of approximately 145,000. The modern city of Volos is built on the area of the ancient cities of Pagasae and Iolkos, which was the homeland of the mythological hero Jason, who sailed the ship “Argo” with his Argonauts in the quest to find the Golden Fleece. A replica of the Argo can today be seen in the main port of Volos and has been used in recreations of the ancient journey.

 

Or if you have a day or more to spare, it’s certainly worth hiring a car and exploring the beautiful villages of Mount Pelion that rise up behind Volos, or some of the beautiful beaches on the other side of the mountain such as Horefto, Agios Giannis, Milopotomos and many more. Even if you only have a few hours or spend your first or last evening in Volos, you would be encouraged to try the fare at one of the numerous, famous ‘tsipouradiko’ restaurants that line the seafront. Here you can sample delicious seafood dishes or ‘meze’ which are served with small bottles of ‘tsipouro’, a local version of ouzo but with a less intense aniseed flavour. The locals order only the bottles and the ‘meze’ are brought as an accompaniment. You never really know what you’ll get next but they never serve the same dish twice.

 

 


Why Sail from Volos?

In the past few years, Volos has grown steadily from a small base with a few professional charter yachts, to a major sailing hub for the Sporades islands, the gulf of Volos (Pagasitikos) and the northern part of Evia, the second largest island in Greece. The nearby airport at Anchealos now brings in charter flights from many European cities throughout the summer, including flights from Gatwick with Easyjet. An hour after your plane lands you can be boarding your yacht in Volos harbour. From there you can sail to beautiful anchorages in the clear, calm waters of the gulf within a few hours, such as Milina, Horto, Kottes in the south east of the gulf, or the small island of Paleo Trikeri, with two fabulous tavernas, or the idyllic fishing village of Aghia Kyriaki at the mouth of the gulf. Or you could explore the western side of the gulf, visiting Almiros, Anchealos and Amaliapolis. Only a short sail further as you leave the gulf and head out into the Aegean, you could spend your first night on the northern shores of Evia at a quite lively town called ‘Orei’. From there, whether you are sailing for one week or longer, you can sail east into the Sporades islands, the most famous of which is Skiathos, with her beautiful beaches; Skopelos, covered in churches and pine trees and still one of the most beautiful islands in Greece and then on towards Alonissos and the northern islands of the marine park, a protected area where you may catch a glimpse of dolphins, turtles and the endangered Mediterranean Monk Seal.

 One of the advantages of sailing from Volos is that each boat has its permanent mooring, with electricity and water on the quay, and there is so much to see and do in Volos itself.

Being on the mainland, Volos is easy to get to, and it's only a day-sail away from the islands. The area became especially popular after the release of the film/musical ‘Mamma Mia’ which was filmed around these islands. There's also plenty of opportunity to get off the beaten track, visiting uninhabited islands or isolated anchorages and spend the night under the stars, sail through a marine nature reserve or visit a remote monastery. Charter a boat here and you’ll soon be telling all your friends about the places you discovered!

The city is a major commercial port of mainland Greece in the Aegean sea (after Piraeus and Thessaloniki), with connection by ferry and hydrofoil to the nearby Sporades Islands, which include Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos. The island of Skyros also belongs to the group although it is further south and east, hence the name ‘Sporadic’ islands.

Ferries and flying dolphins operate daily connecting Volos to Magnesia islands, Sporades (SkiathosSkopelosAlonissos). Moreover, many cruise ships use the port of Volos as a destination. During the summers of 2015 and 2016, more than 100 cruises arrived in Volos, carrying more than 100.000 visitors.


Click here for Sailing Destinations from Volos.

 

Getting to Volos

By Air: International flights to Volos airport from many European cities.

http://www.thessalyairport.gr/en/flights-en-menu.html

From Athens:

·         By bus from Liosson bus station in central Athens. The trip takes about 4 hours with a 20 minute stop and departs approximately every 2 hours. (Tickets approx €25)

·         By train: There are several trains daily to Volos, although you need to change at Larissa (Fare approx 45 Euro)

·         By taxi/minivan: We can arrange transfers by taxi or minivan. The trip takes about 3.5 hours from the airport or your hotel directly to Volos port. (Taxi fare / 4 persons approx €280 / Minivan 8 persons €350)

From Thessaloniki:

·         By bus from Thessaloniki central bus station. The trip takes about 3 hours and departs approximately every 2 hours. (Tickets approx €20)

·         By train: There are several trains daily to Volos, although you need to change at Larissa. (Fare approx 30 Euro)

·         By taxi/minivan: We can arrange transfers by taxi or minivan. The trip takes about 2.5 hours from the airport or your hotel directly to Volos port. (Taxi fare / 4 persons approx €220 / Minivan 8 persons €300)

From Skiathos:

·         Ferries and hydrofoils daily between Volos and Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos.



 
 
 
 

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