Learn about traveling to Volos, Greece, and the Pelion Peninsula as the Amateur Traveler talks to Heather Cowper of HeatherOnHerTravels.com about her recent visit to this picturesque region of Greece.
“I think mainland Greece is really underestimated,” Heather said. For travelers, many people go to Athens, of course, the amazing cultural places there. Then they tend to go to the islands with beautiful beaches during the summer break. But. Pelion offers a little bit of everything great about Greece in one place. A very authentic place. It’s a place where Greeks tend to go, but maybe not widely visited by the UK or the US, so you’ll have a more authentic experience there.”
“And the great thing about it is that you get this variety. Since it is a peninsula, you have two coasts. One overlooks the Pagasetic Bay, an inland body of water with beautiful small fishing villages. On the other side, you have magnificent beaches and rocky coves. You also have a mountainous ridge running down the middle. There are small mountain villages where you can sit and it can be a little cooler, you can be in a shady place with a sea view. So you get a kind of Northern mountain Greece and coastal Greece in one place.”
Heather starts us in the city of Volos in the Pagasetic Gulf. It is a flat city where you can cycle along the coast. There are a few good museums like the Archaeological Museum and the Tsalapatas Museum, an old brickwork. You can also go up to the Dimini Archaeological site, the ruins of a Neolithic village founded between 4500-4800 BC.
Then it’s time to explore the Pelion Peninsula. Heather recommends two-day trips from Volos. The first is “Mt. A drive to the village of Makrinitsa, the “balcony of Pelion”. It has a great view of Volos. From there you can walk along the “Centaurs’ Path” to nearby Portaria. The second day trip takes the narrow-gauge Pelion Train to the mountains.
Heather recommends splitting your time between the fishing villages of the west and the sandy beaches and rocky coves of the east for the rest of your week. First they stayed in Afissos. From there they explored mountain villages and also took a ferry to Trikeri.
The view on the east coast may be familiar to fans of the movie Mamma Mia. This is where most of the movie’s outdoor scenes were shot.
After exploring the Pelion Peninsula, if you have more time, you can take a side trip to the island of Skopelos, where you will find more Mamma Mia views, ancient tombs known as the Pirate Tombs on the “Green and Blue” island.
Explore Athens, of course, but then head to a lesser-known part of Greece. Find things to do in Volos, Greece, and the Pelion Peninsula.
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