The capital of Magnesia prefecture or the “gate” to Pelion, as Volos is also known, is a modern city, which has developed lately an interesting tourist profile. Volos with its unique charm and special ambience is a destination that has many to offer, as it is located in between the Pagasitikos Gulf and the imposing mount Pelion.
One full day will be enough for you to get to know the seaside city of Magnesia, walk along its waterfront lined with tsipouradika and cafes and wander around its crowded pedestrian streets, making frequent stops in its well established haunts.
The pedestrianized seaside Argonafton avenue, which has the port in its western edge and offers an amazing view towards the open sea, is the most popular spot to start a walk for both the locals and the visitors. The main commercial pedestrian street, the interesting buildings, the public mansions, the industrial installations dating back to the early 20th century and the historic churches will make your wanderings in the city extremely pleasurable.
Some of Volos’ most interesting landmarks are the market, the old city with the neoclassic buildings and Volos’ castle that was constructed in the mid-6th century AD. In the east side of the city you will see Garitsa hill with the church of Zoodochos Pigi on top. From there you will have a panoramic view over the city and the port.
Of course you should not miss the opportunity to drink the famous tsipouro, accompanied by the proper meze in Nea Ionia, the place where the favourite habit of both locals and visitors originated and is nowadays a reference point for Volos.
If you want to dive into culture during your short break you should make a stop at the interesting City Museum of Volos (17, Feron street, tel. +30 24210 29878), which is house in the former Papantos tobacco warehouse at Palea. You should also pay a visit to the Tsalapatas Multi-Purpose Venue (Giannitson & Lachana Street, tel. +30 24210 24855). The old N. & S. Tsalapatas Rooftile and Brickworks factory set in a green environment with the old castle at the background was transformed into a multi-purpose venue which focuses on culture and entertainment. Inside the Tsalapatas Multi-Purpose Venue you can visit also the Rooftile and Brickworks Museum N. & S. Tsalapatas which offers you a great opportunity to get to know the significant industrial history of the city (tel. +30 24210 29844).