Saturday, 18 October 2014

Volos ...

One good thing about going over to the mainland, is visiting Volos ...

'Volos (Greek: Βόλος) is a coastal port city in Thessaly situated midway on the Greek mainland, about 326 kilometres (203 miles) north of Athens and 215 kilometres (134 miles) south of Thessaloniki. 

It is the capital of the Magnesia regional unit. Volos is the only outlet to the sea from Thessaly, the country's largest agricultural region. 

Volos is the homeland of mythological hero Jason, who boarded the ship Argo accompanied by the Argonauts, and sailed in quest of the Golden Fleece to Colchis'

I like the city, its my favourite of the big three, it has all the things you miss from living on an island, and its as cheap as chips. It has plenty of shops and well stocked supermarkets. A great cafe society on the waterfront, even in the middle of winter.

Apparently the average coffee consumption per person is 1.3kg per year - In Greece its 5.5kg - In Volos its probably a little more than that ...

It also has great seafood, sold direct from the boats to the customer every morning. Something sadly missing here.

'Built at the innermost point of the Pagasetic Gulf and at the foot of Mount Pilio or Pelion (the land of the Centaurs), Volos is the third largest of Greece's major commercial ports (after Piraeus and Thessaloniki), with traffic by ferry and hydrofoil to the nearby Sporades Islands, which include Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos'

Now Thessaly also happens to be the home of Tsipouro, the drink of Northern Greece. So if the Pagestetic Gulf is on your doorstep, and its full of fish (Dolphins too the other day, leaping out of the water)

You have great fresh seafood on your doorstep, then you also have an excellent location for great meze's too. So having hit the shops, with a whislestop visit to Lidl & Jumbo, loaded down with bags, and an hour to spare. The Skiathian dragged SWMBO into an ouzeria, for some well earned, 'mid travel' R&R ...

Lunch: Grilled fish steak, Smoked mackerel salad. A potato salad, Two tsipouros, Bread and a litre of water, Just after the photo above was taken they delivered a plate of octopus, So the lunch for two as shown above was 'quite expensive' a 'grand total' of €10.50! 

We could have missed the ferry home because of it, and the waiter chased us along the harbour, to give us a box of eight pipping hot freshly cooked honeyballs - the 'complementary desert' for the ferry trip home ...

Now tell me you do not fancy a trip either to, or via Volos ...


  1. Well I was having a good weekend until I read this - thanks Skiathian! Do you not realise that I cope by feeling sorry for you, SWMBO and Junior being cut off from civilisation when I am not on the island??? Keep up the good work!

    1. My first time on the mainland, in about 18 months. I know some who have been here for years. We did the express bus to Athens, and had a lift back.

  2. You make it sound so easy but I'm sure that it wasn't. Maybe another 18 months before you go again? Or will you be tempted now you've seen the vast array of fresh fish available?