Magnesia ... the land of Centaurs and Argonauts
Magnesia, region of central Greece, combines green mountains and blue sea, offering guests the opportunity to enjoy the twenty-four villages of Pelion and the emerald beaches of three islands, cosmopolitan SKIATHOS, traditional SKOPELOS and the "ecological" island of ALONNISOS.
According to Greek mythology, the Centaurs lived in Mount Pelion, while Jason began his journey from Volos, the Ancient Iolkos, with the famous ship "ARGO" in search of the Golden Fleece.
The hospitality of local people and the modern tourist facilities, such as hotels, apartments, traditional houses, campings, sports centers, recreation centers, etc., provide visitor with a comfortable and safe stay and guarantee unique moments of relaxation and entertainment.
A good connection with Greece and the rest of Europe annihilates distance. With Volos as a base, tourists can organise excursions to Meteora, Plastiras lake and the area of Larisa.
Volos .... the smile of Magnesia
Nea Ionia ..... in the heart of sport
|Volos - University||Nea Ionia - Panthessaliko Stadium|
The journey in Magnesia begins from Volos and Nea Ionia. Large, modern and dynamic urban center, in one of the most beautiful areas of Greece. Choose to stay in one of the many comfortable hotels and accept the challenge to explore the region.
Visit the Archaeological Museum of Volos, the Neolithic settlements of Sesklo and Dimini, the Giorgio de Chirico Art Center, the Kitsos Makris Folklore Center, the famous "house with the rose" of the painter Chrisoula Zogia. Take some time from your shopping in the centre of Volos or Nea Ionia and enjoy a coffee or a drink at one of the numerous cafes.
Nea Ionia, a modern sports city welcomes you to exercise at Panthessaliko stadium, at Vasdekeio Sports Center, at the indoor swimming pool. Take the opportunity to taste the famous raki and the fine local cuisine. The night entertainment in pubs, restaurants, taverns, bars is a pleasant daily habit.
The most romantic can enjoy a stroll on the beach and a horse-drawn carriage ride or travel on beautiful music trips offered by the Municipal Orchestra at the city Theater.
Volos and Nea Ionia will captivate you at first site.
Pelion ....... window to the Aegean
|Pelion - Mourtias||Pelion - Agioi Saranta|
A dense network of roads lead to the villages of Pelion, but you can start your tour on the mountain of Centaurs with the legendary "mountzouris", one of the few steam trains left today and enjoy the unique trip from Ano Lechonia to Milies. If you like hiking, select one of the twenty-nine paved trails through streams, apple-trees, plane-trees, chestnuts and it is certain that nature will fascinate you. The more adventurous try horseriding or mountain biking. Admire the unique architecture of Pelion mansions, buy local products and popular craft items. In picturesque cafes enjoy traditionally home-made spoon sweet and let your eyes embrace the Aegean.
Spring and May Day in Pelion. Easter celebration at the monastery of Taxiarches, revelling at the festival in Trikeri, music concerts and events.
Winter and skiing at Chania, delicious spetzofai dish and local red wine around the fireplace.
Summertime and diving in the clear blue waters of the Aegean or Pagasitikos Gulf, water sports and endless hours of relaxation and entertainment. Mylopotamos, Agioi Saranda, Horefto, Agios Ioannis, Fakistra, Paltsi, Damouchari, Potistika, Afissos, Gatzea, Kala Nera, Milina, Platanidia ... pebble or sand, organized beaches or isolated ones, the variety will satisfy even the most demanding tourist.
A scent of automn with a mood of exploration. Makrinitsa, Portaria, Vizitsa, Milies, Tsagkarada, Argalasti Zagora, Chania ...
Whatever season you choose, Pelion is always ready to welcome you.
Magnesia unexplored ...
|Axilleio||Velestino – Monument of Rigas Velestinlis|
With Almyros as a base, visit Kouri forest, the Monastery of Panagia Xenia, and continue with climbing on Mount Othris. Enjoy swimming in the crystal clear beaches of Nea Anchialos, Pteleos, Achillio, Amaliapolis and from Nies village organize your small getaways to Pagasitikos and the islands of Sporades.
A countersuggestion are the villages of the Thessalian plain. Visit the birthplace of Rigas Velestinlis and the museum of agricultural tools in the Municipality of Feres. Admire rare species of birds in the wetlands of Lake Karla and Ano Kerasia or swim at the picturesque village of Kamari.
Wine Festival, Night Fishing and local festivals will make your nights unforgettable.
Skiathos ....... dream on the wave
|Skiathos - View of the Harbour||Skiathos - Lalaria|
Beautiful and idyllic Skiathos, the island with the sixty magical beaches, was one of the first "paradises" on earth discovered among Sporades islands. One and a half hour by hydrofoil from Volos, is today one of the most cosmopolitan Greek islands, maintaining its traditional charm and architectural heritage.
Modern infrastructure gives the opportunity for high quality vacation.
Visit Bourtzi Castle, the imposing ancient monasteries, the house of Papadiamantis, the famous contemporary Greek writer. The crowded beaches, tavernas, bars and clubs will satisfy even the most demanding tourist.
On the beaches, water sports are a unique experience. Koukounaries, one of the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean, Lalaria, Kanapitsa, Megali Ammos, Banana, Mandraki, Troulos will fascinate you.
Skopelos ...... green on the Aegean blue
Green, monuments, culture, traditional villages, sea and people coexist harmoniously in one of the most beautiful islands of the Aegean. Skopelos is known for its three hundred and sixty churches, the unique architecture of the houses, the idyllic landscapes and impressive traditional female costumes.
Through wooded trails, discover its magical beaches Stafilos, Loutraki, Agnontas, Milia, Panormos, Glossa, Limnonari. Walk around the narrow streets of the old town, buy plums of excellent quality and taste the delicious Skopelos pies.
The Folk Art Museum, the International Center of Photography and the folk traditions still maintained by locals attract thousands of Greek and foreign visitors.
Skopelos knows how to keep its secrets. Take the opportunity to discover them.
Alonissos .... an ecological paradise
|Alonissos - Agios Dimitrios||Alonissos - National Marine Park|
Verdant, peaceful, with unique flora and fauna, Alonissos is an ideal holiday destination in a natural environment that was carefully protected and brought out by its inhabitants. The "old city" will charm you. Walk along the cobbled paths and discover the wonder herbs that grow in the island's soil, making it known since antiquity. Following this tradition, Alonissos is host to the headquarters of the International Academy of Classical Homeopathy.
Try lobster spaghetti with local wine and "chamali", the traditional sweet of the island. Discover its beautiful beaches, Chrisi Milia, Kokkinokastro, Tziortzi Gialos, Votsi, Steni Vala, Marpounta, Agios Dimitrios. Try a trip to the sea caves and swim in the crystal clear waters.
The boat is the most convenient and appealing way to explore the Marine Park, the Desert islands, the sunken city, Psathoura, the island of Kyra Panagia or Planitis bay. A unique experience that will be unforgettable.
ALTERNATIVE TOURISM IN MAGNESIA
Magnesia of yesterday and today, so mysterious and interesting.
Magnesia acquaints tourists both with the ancient and modern civilization.
Achilles, Jason, the Argonauts, the Centaurs, Admetus and Alcestis, Stafylos are just a few of the figures from Greek mythology that lived in the region.
The ancient theater of Demetrias, the museums, the neolithic settlements of Sesklo and Dimini, the archaeological sites of Fthiotides Thebes and Pherae, the sites that according to sources hosted ancient Selinounta, Peparithos and Ikos, the undiscovered shipwrecks, the national marine park, the wonderful Byzantine and post-Byzantine churches attract tourists from all over the world.
These combined with the famous local products of Magnesia (olive oil, apples, wine, chestnuts, cherries, plums, herbs, spoon sweets etc), the customs of the region (traditional marriage of Pelion, Maides, the dancing traditional custom symbolizing the rebirth of nature, folk festivals), the contemporary art activities-Symphony Orchestra, Volos Municipal Theatre, Music Theatre, Estoudiantina, International Photography Center of Skopelos, concerts, festivals, exhibitions and other artistic events-, enrich your tour with a variety of interests.
Holidays and sports close to nature
Throughout the year, Magnesia gives the opportunity for a number of exciting outdoor activities that will satisfy lovers of nature and adventure.
A developing dense network of hiking trails and cobbled roads, offers the enjoyment of discovering hidden and unknown to many routes of exceptional beauty.
The trip with the traditional steam train of Pelion, powered by coal and travelling from Lechonia to Milies and back is a thrilling experience.
With the blue of Pagasitikos Gulf and the Aegean as a background, the activity during spring and summertime is transferred to the numerous beaches of the area. Sailing and water sports such as skiing, windsurfing, canoeing - kayaking, parasailing, diving, fishing, are only some of the options offered. Activities such as horseback riding, mountain biking, climbing, mountaineering, archery, shooting, 4x4 routes, aeromodelling, paragliding will excite you.
The ecotourism routes, the agritourism, the visits to monasteries and churches scattered around the county, the acquaintance with the local traditional cuisine, the manners and customs of the region, the countless cultural events (theatre plays, concerts, folk festivals), but most of all the unique hospitality of local people make Magnesia a very popular destination.