Volos, Greece Cruise Port
Tucked into the Kolpos Volou (Pagasetic Gulf) around mid-point on the Greek mainland is the "new" cruise port of Volos, Greece. Located in the Thessaly region, Volos is well-known for hosting multiple athletic events, including the 2004 Olympic Games and European Athletic Championships. That's not its only connection to sport: You may recognize the name of one of the city's famous sons, Vangelis, as composing the award-winning music for the movie Chariots of Fire. While the port itself may be more modern, Volos has been around since ancient times, displaying artefacts from the Neolithic period and remains from the oldest acropolis in Greece (6000 B.C.). The city came to power later, becoming part of the Greek Kingdom in 1881. Today, Volos is a fascinating city combining old and new, with museums, restaurants, and outdoor activities to delight tourists. Here are some of our favorite experiences when cruising to Volos, Greece:
For history, start with the Athanasakeion Archaeological Museum of Volos, one of Greece's best small museums. Here's where you'll see archaeological wonders from the city's past, beautifully laid out. The helpful and friendly guides typically speak English, for those who want a more immersive experience.
There are several beaches in Volos – and it can get hot in the summer – such as Alykes Municipal Beach, close to the city; head further out, like the locals do, for beaches at Agria (about 20 minutes away), or Platanidia. About half an hour out is the popular Horefto Beach, a lovely sandy area with not too many crowds.
The striking Saint Nicolas Catherdral was built in 1928 on the foundations of an older church; its bell tower was actually built between 1886 and 1890. Even if you're not religious, it's a marvelous piece of architecture and art; since it's in the middle of the bustling part of the city, you're steps away from shopping and restaurants as well.
After shopping or museum-hopping, the peaceful Agiou Konstantinou Park is a great place to relax and people-watch, or stroll the promenade and gaze at the sea and the ships.