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Volos Pilion Skiathos Skopelos Alonnisos

Magnesia Year-round tourism

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>>>>>>> Contents 1. Volos The town, its history, economy and culture......................7

2. Pilion Mountainous Pilion ...............................................................................12 The Aegean beaches .........................................................................18 Pagasitikos gulf ......................................................................................20 Places of worship..................................................................................22 The people and their culture.......................................................24

3. Skiathos The cosmopolitan island ................................................................30 The beaches ..............................................................................................34 Places of worship..................................................................................36

4. Skopelos A spot of green in a sea of blue ...............................................38 The beaches ..............................................................................................40 Places of worship..................................................................................42 The people and their occupations .........................................44

5. Alonnisos An ecological paradise.....................................................................46 The people and their occupations .........................................49 The beaches ..............................................................................................50 The marine park......................................................................................52

6. N. Anchialos, Almyros, Amaliapolis, Pteleos The unknown face of Magnesia ................................................54

7. Sports and activities ...............................................................................................................................58

8. Traditional cuisine and products ...............................................................................................................................62

9. Mapp and ggeneral information ...............................................................................................................................64


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>>>>>>> Magnesia The land of the Argonauts and the Centaurs

Magnesia: A blessed land, where legend, beauty and history merge. It was named aft f er the ancient ft Magnetes and acquired fame very early on. It is from here that Jason, in search of the Golden Fleece, set sail for the faraway Colchis in his ship the Argo. Old Pilion, as Shakespeare describes it, was the home of the Centaurs and the wise Cheiron, who legend has it was the teacher of all the semigods and heroes and taught Asclepius the art of medicine. With the unsurpassed advantages aff f orded by its ff history,

culture,

hospitality

and

tourist

infrastructure, Magnesia remains unrivalled. Pilion, the Sporades, the fishing villages in the Pagasitikos Gulf, f the homeland of Rigas Feraios, the f, dozens of beaches, its Ski Resort, the opportunity to do both water and winter sports and the alternative forms of tourism available make Magnesia the destination of thousands of travellers each year. Visitors can easily and conveniently access Magnesia using any means of transportation, which is made possible by its propitious location at the centre of Greece. The Skiathos and Nea Anchialos Airports are the gates that link Magnesia to the rest of the world. At the same time, the port of Volos links Europe and the Balkans with Asia and North Africa.

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>>>>>>>>>>> Volos

The Volos waterfront

Volos, a town washed by the Pagasitikos Gulf and shaded by Pilion with its bej e ewelled villages. ej A large, modern and dynamic Hellenic town which Lady Luck smiled upon and placed in one of the most beautiful corners of Greece. The town, with the third largest port in Greece, is growing dynamically and is one of the loveliest towns in Greece, enchanting its visitors from the very first moment. Volos is one of the four cities in Greece which played host, with unqualified success, to the premilitary rounds of the football events in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Volos by night

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Volos and Pilion

The Achilleion, a historical cinema on the waterfront 8


The symphony orchestra of Volos

Economic

traces of

development

permanent

meets cultural

human

blossoming

settlement in

and spiritual

the region. The archaeological site at Sesklo

creativity in a

modern town that succeeded in

Volos is the home of one of the country's

combining the neo-classic and the

most important archaeological museums,

modern and looks to the future with

as well as the Kitsos Makris Folklore

respect for the past.

Centre, the house of the painter H. Zogias in Anakasia, the Kontou Residence (Theophilou Museum) and the

Art was introduced to Volos at the

Museum of Folk Art and History

end of the 19th century, in the

of Pilion (former Topali

form of the great folk

mansion) in Makrinitsa.

painter Theophilos, and continued with another

The University of Thessaly

great painter, Giorgio De

is also based in Volos.

Chirico, son of the president of the Thessalian railways, Tsipouro and mezedes

Evaristo De Chirico, who built

The journey into Magnesia

the famous little train of Pilion. Music

begins at Volos, enchanting thousands of

education was also cultivated and has

visitors each year and satisfying all their

demonstrated remarkable growth.

desires: many comfortable hotels, nightlife and numerous opportunities to

The significant neolithic settlements of

sample the renowned tsipouro and

Dimini and

delectable

Sesklo are

seafood.

only a short distance from Volos. These are The Archaeological museum of Volos

the first

The Kitsos Makris Folklore Centre

A Mycenaean vaulted tomb at Dimini 9


>>>>>>>>>>> Pilion A unique blend of sea and mountain

Tzasteni

Pilion, the mountain of the Centaurs, was chosen by the twelve gods of Olympus as a summer residence. Today, thousands of tourists choose to explore it all year round. The mountain is synonymous to days of rest and entertainment. All forms of alternative tourism are available: horse riding, g mountain biking, g, g hiking, g, g g, mountain climbing, g diving, g, g sailing and g, fishing. The beauty and magic of the Centaurs' mountain lives on throughout the year. Here visitors can sample the renowned preserves, taste the delicious apples, pears and cherries and inhale the enchanting fragrance of the gardenia. Makrinitsa

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Pilion >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Mountainous Pilion

The monastery known as Iera Moni Aghias Triadas at Gatzea

Archetypal villages adorn the slopes of Pilion. They are built on a densely-forested region covered with a variety of flora, with abundant waters springing up everywhere. The villages of Pilion are easily accessed via a good road network, as well as footpaths and cobbled streets, a true delight for hiking fans. Luxury guest houses and rooms available for rental with all the comforts make for unforgettable vacations. Just a few kilometres from the waters of the Aegean and the Pagasitikos, the Pilion Ski Resort caters for snow-white holidays.

Portaria square 12


Aghios Vlassis. In the background, Agria.

A mansion in Vyzitsa 13


A square at Zagora

Aghios Georgios in Nileia 14


T o main roads lead Tw

continues to eastern Pilion.

travellers from the town of

Most of the villages are

Volos to the Pilion massif.

found in western Pilion:

Inside a room of a traditional guest house in Portaria

Aghios Onoufrios, Anakasia, Alli Meria,

The first heads east and, aft f er passing through the villages on the ft

Stagiates, Katochori, Portaria, Makrinitsa,

Pagasitikos along the coast, ascends to

Agria, Drakeia, Chania, Aghios Laurentios, Kato Lechonia, Ano Lechonia,

the southern part of Pilion and

Aghios Vlassis, Aghios

ends up at Trikeri.

Georgios, Pinakates,

The same road branches off f nearby ff

Kala Nera, Vyzitsa,

Neochori and heads to

Milies, Afetes and Neochori.

eastern Pilion, ending at Pouri. Painting from a mansion at Aghios Georgios in Nileia

In southern Pilion we have

Syki, Argalasti, Xynovrisi, Metochi, Lafkos,

Heading north-east from Volos, the second road leads

Promyri, Platanias,

to Chania (1200

Lyri, Kastri,

metres altitude)

Katigiorgis, Milina

and from there

and Trikeri.

Bas-relief of stone from a home in Kissos

Stone bridge at Tsagkarada

Traditional houses of Pilion 15


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The little train of Pilion

The train station in Agria

On our journey in eastern Pilion we

of Ano Gatzea, Aghia Triada, Aghios

encounter Kalamaki, Lambinou, Xourichti,

Athanassios in Pinakates, the village of

T agkarada, Mouresi, Kissos, Aghios Ts

Argyreika in Vyzitsa and terminates its

Demetrios, Anilio, Makryrachi, Zagora

route at Milies.

and Pouri, while in northern Pilio there are the villages of Glafyres, Kato Kerasia, Ano Kerasia, Kanalia, Veneto and Keramidi.

For 76 years, from 1895 to 1971, the little train of Pilion climbed up Pilion, transporting people and goods, and played a

A train with a history, the little train of Pilion crosses one of the

decisive role in the region's rapid development.

most scenic regions of Europe.

It begins its journey at Lechonia and

It was built by the Italian engineer

passes through olive groves, chugging

Evaristo De Chirico, father of the famous

along and whistling on its way up the

painter Giorgio De Chirico.

mountain. It makes stops at the stations

Mouresiou Square

Neochoriou Square 17


Pilion >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The Aegean Beaches

Kastri

The vegetation of Pilion reaches right down to the waves of the Aegean Sea and crowns beautiful beaches suitable for water sports and night life that ... leaves no room for boredom. Choreft f o, Aghii Saranta, Pouri, Ai Yiannis, Papa Nero, Fakistra, ft Mylopotamos, Lambinou, Potistika, Paltsi, Katigiorgis, Platanias are just a few of these beaches. Azure waters and dark green vegetation: a perfect combination for exquisite vacations.

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Ai Yiannis

Choreft fo ft

Paltsi

Fakistra Mylopotamos


Pilion >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Pagasitikos Gulf

The island of Trikeri

A calm sea, the sea of the Pagasitikos Gulf is ideal for family vacations. Agria, Malaki, Kato Gatzea, Kala Nera, Koropi, Afissos, Lefokastro, Kalamos, Chorto, Milina and to the west, Nea Anchialos, Mitzela, Nies and Achilleio are all golden beaches with a wide variety of hotels and rooms to rent. The picturesque tavernas on the seashores of the Pagasitikos cannot but attract those who consider themselves good food lovers.

Milina 20


Kala Nera

Afissos 21


Pilion >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Places of Worship

Next to the maj a estic old mansions, there are many churches, aj country chapels and monasteries that invite travellers to light a candle and also admire the magnificent architecture. The mountain's steep footpaths and cobbled roads lead to places of worship from another era: chapels and old monasteries with exquisite iconostases, valuable relics and priceless Post-Byzantine icons. In the churches of Pilion, under the mesmerising light of the candles, the world takes on a diff f erent aspect, loses its ff common, everyday countenance and is uplift f ed. ft

The church known as Aghios Stefanos at Tsagkarada

The monastery known as Moni Taxiarchon, at Aghios Georgios in Nileia 22

Aghia Marina in Kissos


The monastery known as Moni Flamouriou

The Taxiarchon church in Milies 23


Pilion >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The People and their Culture

The "Maides" in Makrinitsa

Pilion is rich in folk tradition, which has been left f untouched ft by time and tourist development. The folk artist Theophilos, some of whose works are housed at the Kontou Residence in Anakasia, which is now a museum, expressively depicted the life of the inhabitants of Pilion.

The Theophilou Museum

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Traditional dance Young lady in traditional costume at Trikeri


Fishermen at Trikeri

The "Maides",

Cultivations

the May-Day

indicative of

tradition in

the life and

Makrinitsa

culture of the

that originates

people who

Cobbled road at Neochori

from the ancient worship of trees and

live on "the mountain that is the pride of

plants, or the Pilion Weddings, are all a

mountains".

reminder of a captivating history that repeats itself, f each time enchanting f,

In this exceptional and abundant natural

those who observe or take part.

environment, apiarists continue the tradition of the region which was blessed

The imposing mansions in the

with the scents and flora of the

lovely mountain villages,

mountain and produces a

the skilfully-

heavenly honey.

constructed cobbled streets, the stone

Boats continue to sail

fountains and arched

along the coasts of the

bridges are all elements of a

Traditional costumes of Pilion

Pagasitikos and the Aegean,

rich tradition of distinctive forms of folk

as they did in the distant past, returning

architecture.

with the day's catch.

Olive trees are mainly cultivated in the

In the isolated and wild corners of Pilion,

central and southern part of Pilion and

from the sea right up to its peaks nature

bear their blessed fruit, a commodity of

has been generous, endowing the region

inestimable value for the region's

with a beauty that has always marked

inhabitants.

the life of the

The cultivation of

inhabitants and

apple and other

provides magical

fruit trees in

moments to

eastern Pilion

those who visit it.

has developed and contributes significantly to the local economy. Apiarist Gathering the olives

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>>>>>> Sporades Skiathos Skopelos Alonnisos

A tourist's paradise, the Northern Sporades are only a short distance from Volos. The cosmopolitan Skiathos, the lush-green Skopelos and Alonnisos with its unique flora and fauna and the Marine Park, are the destination of thousands of tourists each year. Accessed easily by sea and air (via the Skiathos airport), the Northern Sporades, with its wonderful sea, will always be the holiday destination of choice.

Lalaria (Skiathos), the Panaghia chapel (Skopelos), Ai-Dimitris Beach (Alonnisos)

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Skiathos >>>>>>>>>>>> The Cosmopolitan Island

A panoramic view of the town

More than 60 beaches adorn Skiathos,

town of Skiathos abandoned their home,

the homeland of Alexadros

which since antiquity had been the hub of

Papadiamantis, the renowned Greek

the island, and built a new capital at the

writer.

northern part of the island on a high rock next to the sea, known as Kastro.

Skiathos is only 2.4 miles from the

Aft f er the Greek War of Independence, ft the town of Skiathos once

coast of southern Pilion and 4

more became the island's

miles from Skopelos.

capital. It is 48 square kilometres in In front of the town of

area, 12 kilometres long and 9 kilometres wide.

An ouzeri in the town of Skiathos

Skiathos lies Bourtzi, a verdant hill on a small peninsula.

The southern part of the island has

Bourtzi is the home of the Cultural Centre

undergone large-scale tourist

of the Municipality of Skiathos, which

development, while the northern side

holds cultural events during the year and

remains natural and unexplored.

particularly in summer under the title “A Dream on the Waves�.

In the 14th century, the inhabitants of the

Skiathos Port 30


The lake at Koukounaries 32


Located at the centre of the town of

the discerning tourist, while the

Skiathos, the house of the eminent

substantial growth of tourism has not

Modern Greek writer Alexandros

deprived the island of its architectural

Papadiamantis is looked up by many

heritage.

visitors to the island. The much-frequented, high society Presenting a modern countenance and

beaches, the tavernas, bars and clubs

quite a number of comfortable tourist

satisfy each and every taste.

units, from luxury hotels to rooms

Water sports along the island's coasts

available for rental, Skiathos is ideal for

are an unforgettable experience.

The home of Papadiamantis

Modern hotel 33


Skiathos >>>>>>>>>>>> The Beaches

Banana (Krassas)

Just a few of the places worth visiting are Megali Ammos, Troulos, Banana, Tz T anerias, Sklithri, Aghia Paraskevi, Marathias, Mandraki, Elias, Aselinos, Kechrias, Limenaria, Ts T oungrias, Vasilias Beach, Achladia, Kanapitsa, Kalamaki and the beaches of Kolios, Lalaria and Vromolimnos. Koukounaries, the most famous beach on the island, has been named the third best beach in the Mediterranean. Skiathos provides high quality comforts for intense yet peaceful cosmopolitan vacations.

Mandraki

Aghia Paraskevi 34

Kechria

Megalos Tsoungrias Koukounaries


Skiathos >>>>>>>>>>>> Places of Worship

The citadel

The churches and monasteries on the island played an important role in its history and culture. The inhabitants of Skiathos continue to visit these places on feast days, according to the island's religious traditions. The Trion Ierarchon Church is the diocese of the island. It is a three-aisled basilica which was built in 1846. The miracle icon of the Virgin Mary discovered in 1650, known as the Icon of the Panaghia Eikonistra, is kept in this church. The monastery known as the Moni Evangelistrias, which was founded in 1704 by Athonite monks, is renowned for the role it played during the years of the Greek War of Independence.

The monastery known as Moni Panaghias Eikonistras

The Trion Ierarchon Church 36

The iconostasis at the Moni Evangelistrias


The Moni Evangelistrias (above), the dome of the Moni Kechria (below) 37


Skopelos >>>>>>>>>>>> A Spot of Green in a Sea of Blue

Known as the island of forests, Skopelos

Milia, Aghios Yiannis, Perivoli, Limnonari,

is truly that, as 80% of it is clad in pine

Kastani, Glysteri, Loutraki, Mourtias and

forests that end in bays, ports and

Armenopetra are some of the wonderful

beaches of untold beauty.

beaches on the island of Skopelos.

An island with fertile soil, it has maintained its productive nature and is famous for its wine, one of the finest in Greece.

Hotels and rooms available for rental make for a comfortable stay in many areas of the island and satisfy even the most demanding of

Panormos, Staphylos, Agnontas, Elios,

Klima - Elios 38

visitors.

Traditional residence in the town


The town of Skopelos has

The Skopelos Folklore

preserved its island colour,

Museum, where artefacts

with its white-washed

representative of the

houses and picturesque

island's folk tradition have

cobbled roads.

The town (chora) of Skopelos

found shelter, not only aims to promote the historical

The old town of Skopelos

culture of Skopelos but also

has been proclaimed a listed

to create a cultural centre

traditional settlement and is

worthy of its traditions and

part of the national cultural

history.

heritage. The Skopelos Centre of Photography

The Skopelos Centre of

On the western end of the

Photography opened its

island lies Glossa, with its

doors in 1996, its obj b ective bj

many country chapels and

being to organise the

the beautiful seaport named

summer Photography

Loutraki, which is one of the

Festival, but also holds

places most frequented by

The Folklore Museum

events in Skopelos and the rest of Greece all year round.

tourists. Skiathos and Pilion are visible from Glossa. Here, visitors can also enj n oy nj

The Sentoukia, the unique

unforgettable sunsets.

ancient sculpted tombs, are found on Mount Karya. The archaeological site at Sentoukia

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Skopelos >>>>>>>>>>>> The Beaches

Perivoli Beach

The coasts in the northern and eastern part of Skopelos are rocky, while in the south and west the slopes form the magnificent verdant beaches of the island. The most beautiful beaches are concentrated in the south: Agnontas, Staphylos, Panormos, Elios and Milia are the most widely known, but there are many more beaches “enfolded� in pine-forest green.

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Staphylos

Antrines

Panormos

Agnontas


Kastani

Klima 41


Skopelos >>>>>>>>>>>> Places of Worship

The iconostasis at the church of Aghios Nikolaos

There are 360 places of worship on the island: churches, country chapels and monasteries. More than 100 are concentrated in the town of Skopelos. The monasteries of Ai-Yiannis, Aghios Riginos, Timios Prodromos, Ta T xiarches with its Byzantine chapel, Aghia Barbara and Evangelismos, from where the town of Skopelos resembles a picture postcard, are just some of these places.

The convent known as Iera Moni Prodromou

The monastery known as Iera Moni Aghias Barbaras 42

The chapel of Profitis Ilias


The monastery known as Iera Moni Evangelistrias

The iconostasis of the Iera Moni Evangelistrias 43


Skopelos >>>>>>>>>>>> The People and their Occupations

Skopelos is a fertile island with abundant waters and large cultivated expanses. Trees bearing olives, plums, chestnuts, figs, pears, cherries, lemons and oranges, products that contribute to the local economy, thrive here. Research conducted on the island's history in the last few decades has brought to light a large number of artisans and folk artists whose presence and activities had contributed significantly to the creation of the island's unique character and are directly linked to its history. Naturally, the tourist industry is the islanders' basic and most important occupation.

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Drying plums

Making the almond confection known as amygdalota at the Women’s Agrotourism Co-operative of Glossa 45


Alonnisos >>>>>>>>>>>> An Ecological Paradise

The Alonnisos Port

Calm is an inherent feature of Alonnisos,

the opportunity to get involved in

one of the first islands in the Aegean to

alternative activities in the island's

be inhabited. The island's old capital has

scenic natural environment all year round

found new life in the last few years.

(hiking, g fishing, g, g sailing, g, g visits to the g, islands in the Marine Park, etc.).

Now renovated, the aged houses of Palia (Old) Alonnisos never fail to

Alonnisos is the perfect place from which to head for

intrigue visitors, while a The amygdalota of Alonnisos

nature-friendly tourism has

the National Marine Park,

sprouted in the dozens of cobbled

where one may encounter the protected

footpaths and on the island's beaches.

species Monachus Monachus which lives in the caves of the island within the Park.

Visitors to the island of Alonnisos have

Traditional architecture of Alonnisos 46


Palia Alonnisos

Footpath in Alonnisos 48


The International Academy of Homeopathy

The

The old

International

terraces of

Academy of

Alonnisos, once

Classical

covered in

Homeopathy

vineyards,

is based in

today are

A chapel near Palia Alonnisos s

Alonnisos. It was founded by

clad with olive trees and plants and trees

G. Vythoulkas and is open in the summer

bearing fruit and vegetables. This has led

season.

to the revival of the old, traditional drystone walls.

The island has long since been a land rich in flora and fauna. Skeletons of

Even though the area surrounding the

rhinoceros, ponies and deers have been

island is believed to have the greatest abundance of fish in the Aegean,

found on Cape Kokkinokastro, while a sunken ancient city

fishing has never been

around the islet of Vrachos

popular on the island.

provides irrefutable proof

One explanation provided by historians is the fear of

of the island's great history.

pirates that kept the locals far Alonnisos' economy is chiefly

Fisherman with lobsters

from the sea. Today, however,

based on tourism, followed by agriculture

quite a number of families live off f ff

and fishing.

the sea.

Following a period during which

The fishermen of Alonnisos have

agriculture was abandoned in Palia

established a co-operative and market

Alonnisos, agricultural production has

their fish themselves.

once more started to grow.

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Alonnisos >>>>>>>>>> The Beaches

Votsi

The north-western part of the island is rugged, while in the south-west one encounters magnificent beaches. Votsi, Steni Vala, Kalamakia, Chrysi Milia, Mikros Mourtias, Megalos Mourtias, Vrysitsa, Kokkinokastro, Marpounta, Aghios Demetrios and Dj D ordj d i Yialos are only some of the dj beaches on the island that exhibit the grandeur of the Aegean. Patitiri, the island's port, and Votsi, which have practically met to form one town, are where most of the islanders live.

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Megali Ammos

Steni Vala

Kokkinokastro

Marpounta


Aghios Demetrios

D ordj Dj d i Yialos dj 51


Alonnisos >>>>>>>>>>>> The Marine Park

Beach at Psathoura

They are referred to as desert islands,

close, enj n oy the exceptional natural nj

yet are full of life, being the ideal habitat

environment of the Park and, if fortunate,

of rare flora and fauna.

encounter a Mediterranean seal, naturally always adhering to the restrictions enforced.

They are located next to Alonnisos and form the

A visit to the Marine Park

core of the Marine Park.

from Alonnisos is easily

They are Peristera, Dyo Monastery at Kyra-Panaghia

Adelphi, Kyra-Panaghia,

achieved as day trips to the

Skantzoura,

Erimonisa

Yioura, Piperi and

(Desert Islands)

Psathoura.

are organised continually.

The island of

The boat trip to

Piperi is at the

Psathoura, the

centre of the

monastery of

Marine Park and

Kyra-Panaghia or

it is forbidden to

the bay of

approach it.

Planitis,

Nevertheless,

accompanied by

visitors can get

dolphins, is an

to know the

unforgettable

region from up

experience.

Traditional olive oil press at Kyra-Panaghia 52

The sunken city at Psathoura


Dolphin and Mediterranean seal at the Alonnisos Marine Park 53


>>>> Nea Anchialos Almyros Amaliapolis Pteleos Achilleio The Unknown Face of Magnesia

Amaliapolis

Nea Anchialos

It is in the western part of Magnesia, a region with a rich history that goes back for centuries, that we encounter Velestino, Nea Anchialos, Almyros, Amaliapolis, Pteleos and Achilleion.

The archaeological site at Nea Anchialos

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Velestino, the

and a notable

homeland of

Archaeological

Rigas Feraios, is

Museum that

a short distance

exhibits

from Volos and is

archaeological

one of the most

treasures from

important

Phthiotic Thebes,

municipalities of

Pyrasos, Alos

Magnesia.

and other sites in the Almyros

Cascades at Othry

The town has been built on the

region. The

Enacting the Crucifixion n

fertile plain, the

site of the ancient Feres, a town which

age-old Crocion Field and the

took part in the Troj o an War. oj

Athamantion Field have plentiful traces of an important ancient civilisation.

One of the loveliest small towns South of Almyros, at the foot

in Magnesia, Nea Anchialos is built where the Homeric

of Othrys, we encounter

Pyrasos once flourished.

Pteleos with its medieval castle at the coast of

Many artefacts dating from

Pigadi.

the Neolithc Period (6000 5000 BC) have been found. Its

Winery at Nea Anchialos

eff f icient tourist infrastructure ff

In a scenic bay on the

has made it a favourite among tourists.

Pagasitikos Gulf, f further south from f,

It is also renowned for its fine wine from

Almyros, the picturesque Amaliapolis,

the famous winery of the Nea Anchialos

also known as Nea Mitzela, was built by

Co-operative known as Dimitra.

the refugees of the old Mitzela in Pilion, which was destroyed. Amaliapolis was

Approximately thirty-five kilometres from

named aft f er the first queen of Greece, ft

Volos, in the middle of a fertile plain and

Amalia, who had built her country

shaded by Mount Othrys, lies Almyros.

mansion there.

It is an area with rich cultural tradition

Achilleion 56

The Museum of Almyros


View from the citadel at Pigadi in Pteleos

The monastery known as Moni Xenias 57


Magnesia >>>>>>>>>>> Sports and Activities

In Magnesia, the tourist season lasts all year round. Visitors to Magnesia can enj n oy nj winter sports on the snowy ski slopes of Pilion or a dip in the sea of the Aegean or Pagasitikos in the summer.

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The Ski Resort of Pilion 59


All water and

not to mention

mountain

the water

sports are

sports.

honoured in

Diving, g surfing, g, g g,

Magnesia.

water-skiing and

Playing in the

parachuting, g g,

snow at

available on

Agriolefkes,

many

skiing down

organised

the slopes of the Pilion Ski Resort, mountain climbing, g hiking up g,

beaches in Magnesia reward those who are fans of the sea.

the trails and walking along cobbled roads and horse riding on the lush green slopes of Pilion are only some of the activities recommended to visitors,

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On the beaches of Magnesia, vacations are transformed into endless fun and games in the sea.


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Magnesia >>>>>>>>>>>>> Traditional Cuisine and Products

The abundance in nature makes for

all conceal age-old gastronomic secrets

abundance in the gastronomic delights

within them. At the coast, fresh fish are in

of Magnesia.

high demand, while at fish tavernas, seafood and tsipouro, a

The apples, pears and

drink treasured by the

cherries of Pilion are

locals, are a great

renowned as are all the

temptation.

fruit produced in Magnesia.

Traditional tyropitta from Skopelos and spetzofai from Pilion

Besides, it is a common

secret that Magnesia is not only known

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Besides the thousands of olive trees

for its unparalleled beauty but also for the

grown, the land provides tasty fruit that

delectable taste of its traditional dishes,

excites the palate.

the sweet flavour and scent of its fruit

The traditional dishes, ranging from the

and the unique way in which the wide

spetzofai of Pilion to the pies of Skopelos,

variety of preserves are prepared.


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>>>>>>>>>>>> Map of the Prefecture of Magnesia

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>>>>>>>>>>>> Useful Information

**International calling code far Greece: (+30)

Prefecture of Magnesia Committee for Tourism Promotion (N.E.T.Âś.): Tel.: 24210-75.341, Tel./Fax: 24210-70.932 e-mails: netp@otenet.gr & info@magnesia-tourism.gr Website: http://www.magnesia-tourism.gr Tourism Directory of Thessaly Region (E.O.T.): Tel.: 24210-37.417, 24210-36.233, 24210-23.500, Fax: 24210-24.750 e-mail: pereotth@otenet.gr Chamber of Magnesia: Tel.: 24210-23271, 24210-23.766, Fax: 24210-31.211 e-mail: info@c-magnesia.gr Website: http://www.c-magnesia.gr Municipalities & Communities Municipality or Community Seat Agria Municipality Agria Aisonia Municipality Dimini Alonnisos Municipality Alonnisos Almyros Municipality Almyros Argalasti Municipality Argalasti Artemis Municipality Ano Lechonia Afetes Municipality Neochori Volos Municipality Volos

Distances* 7,4 km 5,3 km 87,0 nm 35,0 km 40,5 km 11,7 km 35,0 km -

Zagora Municipality Iolkos Municipality Karla Municipality Milies Municipality Mouressi Municipality

Zagora Anakasia Stefanovikio Milies Tsangarada

47,0 km 5,0 km 28,0 km 28,0 km 55,0 km

N. Anchialos Municipality Nea Ionia Municipality Portaria Municipality Pteleos Municipality Sipiada Municipality Skiathos Municipality Skopelos Municipality Sourpi Municipality Ferres Municipality Anavra Community Keramidi Community Makrinitsa Community Trikeri Community

Nea Anchialos Nea Ionia Portaria Pteleos Lafkos Skiathos Skopelos Sourpi Velestino Anavra Keramidi Makrinitsa Trikeri

19,0 km 2,0 km 13,6 km 60,0 km 56,4 km 41,0 nm 60,0 nm 51,0 km 20,5 km 72,0 km 43,5 km 16,2 km 87,0 km

Telephone** 24280-92.352 24213-53.601 24240-65.555 24220-29.203 24230-54.219 24280-93.249 24230-55.450 24210-30.930 24210-82361/2 24260-22.520 24213-53.522 24253-50.100 24230-86.204 24260-31.205 24260-49.238 24283-50.303 24210-91.305 24283-50.100 24220-41.227 24233-50.417 24270-22.022 24240-22.205 24220-31.201 24253-50.200 22320-91.210 24280-73.752 24280-99.140 24230-91.100

Facsimile 24280-91.388 24213-53.611 24240-65.207 24220-23.068 24230-54.444 24280-86.995 24230-55.069 24210-30.940 24210-82.363 24260-23.128 24213-53.503 24253-50.111 24230-86.892 24260-31.204 24260-49.793 24280-78.715 24210-68.448 24283-50.102 24220-41.861 24230-66.040 24270-23.150 24240-22.230 24220-31.688 24250-22.870 22320-91.030 24280-74.178 24280-99.140 24230-91.223

* Distances have been measured from the prefecture's capital, Volos. All distances are stated in kilometres, excepting those for Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonnisos, which are stated in nautical miles.

Tourist Police Volos, Tel.: 24210-76.987, Tel./Fax: 24210-39.065 Skiathos, Tel.: 24270-23.172 Archaeological Sites, Museums & Sights Volos Archaeological Museum, Tel.: 24210-76.455 Almyros Archaeological Museum, Tel.: 24220-21.326 Archaeological Site of Nea Anchialos, Tel.: 24280-77.057, 24280-76.468 Archaeological Site of Dimini, Tel.: 24210-85.960 Archaeological Site of Sesklo, Tel.: 24210-95.255 Archaeological site of Dimitriados Palace, Tel.: 24210-88.091 Kitsos Makris Folklore Museum, Tel.: 24210-37.119 Kontou Residence in Anakasia (Theophilos Museum), Tel.: 24210-47.340, 24210-36.987 Museum of Folk, Art and History of Pelion at Makrinitsa (former Topali mansion), Tel.: 24280-99.505 Chrissoula Zoyia Art Gallery, Tel.: 24210-39.644, 24210-21.664 Museum-Home of Papadiamantis, Tel.: 24270-23.843 Folklore Museum of Skopelos, Tel.: 24240-23.494 Skopelos Centre of Photography, Tel.: 24240-24.121, 24240-29.144 Historical and Folklore Museum of Alonnisos, Tel.: 24240-66.250 Mom/Association for the Study and Protection of the Mediterranean Seal, Tel.: 24240-66.350, 210-52.22.888 66


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Accommodation ñ Magnesia Association of Hoteliers, Tel.: 24210-20.273, Fax: 24210-20.618, e-mail: info@travel-pelion.gr Website: http://www.travel-pelion.gr ñ Skiathos Association of Hoteliers, Tel./Fax: 24270-24.240, Tel.: 24270-49.390 Website: http://www.skiathoshotels.g. ñ Skopelos Association of Hoteliers, Tel.: 24240-23.210, 24240-22.709, Fax: 24240-22.954 Website: http://www.skopeloshotels.net ñ Alonnisos Association of Hoteliers, Tel.: 24240-65.160, Fax: 24240-65.161 ñ Magnesia Room Rental Association, Tel.: 24280-93.260, TeI./Fax: 24280-94.559 ñ Skiathos Room Rental Association, Tel.: 24270-22.990, 24270-22.460, Fax: 24270-23.852 ñ Skiathos Room Rental Association “DIAS”, Tel./Fax: 24270-21.488 ñ Skopelos Room Rental Association, TeI./Fax: 24240-24.567 Website: http:/www.skopelosrooms.com ñ Alonnisos Room Rental Association, Tel.: 24240-66.188, Fax: 24240-65.577 ñ Association of Tourist accomodation proprietors and businesses-Thessaly, Tel.: 24210-22.934, 24280-92339, Fax: 24210-76.044, 24280-92.082 ñ Southern Pelion Tourism Businesses Association, Tel./Fax: 24230-71.230, Website: www.southpelion.com ñ Camp sites: KOUKOUNARIES (Koukounaries-Skiathos) Tel.: 24270-49.250, 210-88.17.983. ARGO (Horto Argalasti), Tel.: 24230-54.143/4, 24210-41.039. HELLAS (Kato Gatzea), Tel.: 24230-22.267/8, 24230-22.286. KASTRI (Platanias), Tel.: 24230-71.209, 24230-71.360. LOUISA (Platanias), Tel.: 24230-71.572, 24210-42.456 OLIZON (Milina), Tel.: 24230-65.236, 24230-65.600. PAPA NERO (Anilio-Mouressi), Tel.: 24260-31.319, 2426032.159, 24260-31.205. SIKIA (Kato Gatzea), Tel.: 24230-22.279, 24230-22.081 Transport Info f rmation fo Volos Intercity Bus Station (KTE§), Tel.: 24210-33254, 24210-25527, Fax: 24210-25248 Olympic Airlines, Athens: Tel.: 210-96.66.666, 80.111.44.444. Volos: Tel.: 24210-20.910, 24210-24.910, Fax: 24210-20.912 Skiathos: Tel.: 24270-22.049, 24270-22.229, 24270-22.200 Nea Anchialos Airport, Tel.: 24280-76.886 Skiathos Airport, Tel.: 24270-22.945, 24270-23.300, 24270-22.049, 24270-22.200, 24270-22.229, Fax: 24270-22.948. Volos Port Authority, Tel.: 24210-28.888, 24210-38.888, Fax: 24210-20.115 Skiathos Port, Tel.: 24270-22.017, Fax: 24270-23.720 Skopelos Port, Tel.: 24240-22.180, Fax: 24240-22.377 Glossa Port (Skopelos), TeI./Fax: 24240-33.033 Alonnisos Port, TeI./Fax: 24240-65.595 Agios Konstantinos Port Authority, Tel.: 22350-31.759, Tel./Fax: 22350-33.759 Volos Ferry Boats/ Flying Dolphins, Tel.: 24210-21.626, 24210-31.059, 24210-31.060, 24210-23.415 Volos Railway Station (O™E), Tel.: 24210-28.555, 24210-24.056, Tel./ Fax: 24210-23.519 Volos Taxi, Tel.: 24210-27.777, 24210-37.880/3. . Skiathos Taxi, Tel.: 24270-24.461 Medical Care Volos Hospital, Tel.: 24210-94.200/9, 166 (emergency) Almyros Medical Centre, Tel.: 24220-22.222 Velestino Medical Centre, Tel.: 24250-22.222 Zagora Medical Centre, Tel.: 24260-22.222 Argalasti Medical Centre, Tel.: 24230-22.222 Skiathos Medical Centre, Tel.: 24270-22.222 Skopelos Medical Centre, Tel.: 24240-22.222 Alonnisos Regional Clinic of Patitiri, Tel.: 24240-65.208 Alternative Tourism Information: ñ Prefecture of Magnesia, Committee for Tourism Promotion (N.E.T.¶.), Tel.: 24210-75.341, TeI./Fax: 24210-70.932, e-mails: info@magnesia-tourism.gr & netp@otenet.gr ñ Prefecture of Magnesia - Development Company SA (AN.E.M.), Tel.: 24210-92.600/2, Tel./Fax: 24210-92.620, e-mail: anem@anem.gr ñ “AGRIOLEFKES”, Pilion Ski Resort, Tel.: 24280-74.048 How to get to Volos Byy air to the Nea Anchialos Airport, then by road from Nea Anchialos to Volos in 20 min. Byy air to the Skiathos Airport, then from Skiathos to Volos by steamship in 2 hours and 30 min., or by flying dolphin in 1 hour and 30 min. Byy road from the borders: Eyzoni to Volos: 280 km., Eidomeni to Volos: 320 km. Byy ferryy boat from abroad to the ports of Igoumenitsa and Patras and from there by road. Distance in Kilometers: 360 Km from Igoumenitsa to Volos, 300 Km from Patras to Volos. Byy air via the Athens and Thessaloniki airports and from there by road or rail. From Athens to Volos by Intercity bus (KTE§) in 4 hours (324 km). From Thessaloniki to Volos byy Intercityy bus (KTE§) in 2 hours and 30 min. (216 km). From Athens to Volos byy rail (Intercity Coach) in 4 hours and 30 min. From Thessaloniki to Volos byy rail in 3 hours and 30 min. Consulates Dutch Consulate, Tel.: 24210-37.714. French Consulate, Tel.: 24210-88.114, 24210-88.914, Fax: 24210-88.138 PREFECTURE OF MAGNESIA COMMIlTEE FOR TOURISM PROMOTION (N.E.T.¶.) ADDRESS: DIOIKITIRIO, 380 01 VOLOS - GREECE Tel.: 24210-75.341, TeI./Fax: 24210-70.932 e-mails: info@magnesia-tourism.gr & netp@otenet.gr Website: http://www.magnesia-tourism.gr

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