5 things to see and do in Volos, Greece
Do you plan to stop by the city of Volos? It’s the sixth largest city in Greece. If so, then make sure you have a few things planned to do while there. Here’s 5 things to see and do in Volos, Greece.
1. Visit Paralia Limnionas
If you have or will rent a car while in Volos, one place on your visit list should be Paralia (Beach) Limnionas.
Hidden on the eastern side of Mount Pelion, the mountain known in mythology as home to the Centaurs, Limnionas is a lovely sand and pebble beach. It’s pretty much secluded and there’s not sun loungers or parasols — it’s unorganised, so remember to bring all that you need with you. During the time I was there, there were only eight others — all locals and including myself.
From Volos, if you’re driving, it will take about an hour and a half depending on the time of day. Driving on Pelion is a great feat as it’s very steep with a lot of winding roads. When you’re driving through some of the villages, the route can become narrow with sharp turns.
The views are spectacular! You can find little places to stop for a photo, but make sure the area is clear as around most of Pelion, there’s no barriers at the mountain edge. Be careful.
2. Take a ride or watch the Little Train of Pelion
If you have time and can spare pretty much a full day, take a train ride to Mount Pelion on the Little Train of Pelion.
The train trip is only available at the weekends. The trains departure point is from Ano Lechonia. You can drive there and leave your car at the station as there’s parking. Or you can take the bus, the Lekhonia-Platanidia line. The train leaves at the same time, 10am and makes its way to the village of Milee. It does make one pit-stop along the way at Ano Gatzea.
Although it was the end of the season, the train was popular and there were no tickets available for the weekend I was there. It was a last minute decision on my part (shock horror, right), but I went to meet the train on its return from Milee anyway as I really wanted to see it. Next time I’m in Volos, I will book well in advance!
For more information, visit the Trainose website.
3. Visit a traditional tsipouradiko
In Greece, there are places called tsipouradiko which you must visit. A tsipouradiko is usually a small bar or restaurant that serves tsipouro – a popular Greek spirit drink (you may also have heard of Ouzo another popular drink). When you order a tsipouro, you get little meze dishes that accompany it for free. The dishes can be a mix of fish, vegetable, cheese or meat dishes.
For my tsipouradiko, I stopped by Mezén. It’s a lovely little place and clearly very popular as it was quite busy. I grabbed a table outside. It’s one of the traditional tsipouradiko that the locals go. There are many others to visit but if you prefer a true local vibe abs less of a tourist one, stop by Mezen. It’s open most days from lunchtime until late in the evening.
If you’re in Thessaloniki, you’ll also find a Mezén there too.
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4. Have a break at Myrtillo Cafe
All day coffee bar, Myrtillo Cafe can be found only a 15 minute drive from Volos town centre.
Myrtillo offers fresh smoothies, made with 100% natural fruits and no added sugar. There’s six to choose from — I picked ‘Yellow Sunrise’ which had mango, peach and pineapple. If you like your green smoothie blends, they have the ‘Green Freak’ smoothie with Spinach, carrot, orange and pineapple.
Aside from fresh and cool named smoothies, you can make your own croissants — not literally, but choose your topping or filling. Can you tell what I picked..?
There’s plenty of places to sit inside but sitting outside on one of the terraced areas is best. Myrtillo is known for its views and it certainly doesn’t disappoint! What an amazing vista!
It’s not far from Volos city centre – approximately a 15-minute drive away. There are also buses you can take there from the main bus station in Volos.
5. Grab breakfast at Achilleion Fouagie
Stopping by the popular Achililieon Fouagfie is great — if you can find a seat. It was really busy when I went and from locals I heard it’s always like that. As it’s recommended by many, that means it can get very busy.
Once you’re able to actually find a place, trying to get some service can also be tricky and take a little while. It took a while for me to get one of the three people I flagged to come and finally take for my order.
I ordered a peach fruit juice with ice and an omelette with cheese, smoked chicken, peppers and tomatoes. It was nice and light but filling.