The City of Volos may not at first appear to be very interesting to tourists, but it holds many surprises. Located in the heart of ancient Greece, it is surrounded by communities and historic sites that are as old as 6000 years.
The Port of Volos’ suburban areas climb the slopes of mythical Mount Pelion. Many will argue that the Mount Pelion peninsula is one of Greece’s most beautiful areas. It offers many of the best beaches you’ll find in Greece, and the mountain is covered with vegetation and hiking trails to delight the most militant nature-lovers. In the winter, the mountain offers some great skiing. Visitors to the mountain villages of Portaria and Makrynitsa will find that Mount Pelion and Volos offer some of the best mezedes available in Greece. If hiking and drinking ouzo aren’t your style, you’ll find four wonderful seaside resorts (Agios Ioannis, Platanias, Potistika, and Agia Kiryaki) on the Pelion peninsula.
About five minutes from the Port of Volos is the Alykes municipal beach. The beach offers lifeguards, showers, and changing facilities and a beach bar. The beach is also lined with cafes and bars where you can enjoy the beach late into the night.
Within the Port of Volos is the Athanasakeion Archaeological Museum of Volos, one of Greece’s best small museums with exhibitions of artifacts covering the area’s long history from the Neolithic period to more recent (ancient Greek!) cultures. Visitors interested in history will swoon over the many ancient archaeological sites in the area, including Sesklo, Demetrias, the Demetrias Aqueduct, and Goritsa Hill.
Travelers who want to visit the Port of Volos and Mount Pelion by sea can find a list of cruises by searching for “Volos” on the Cruise Compete website.