Volos Palace Hotel
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... then a coach to Volos which is where we are tonight. It is 29 degrees which is a welcome surprise for us.
We trudged from the coach station to the hotel and I was sweating so much that I had sweat on the top lip, you know your sweating when the top lip is wet. After a lovely meal tonight and a cheeky vino we are settling down for a quiet night before our ferry tomorrow. This Island is hard to get to this time of year but I believe it to ...
“Happy is the man, I thought, who, before dying, has the good fortune to sail the Aegean sea.”
Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek
Volos is a coastal port city in Thessaly situated midway on the Greek mainland, about 203 miles north of Athens and 134 miles south of Thessaloniki. It is the capital of the Magnesia regional unit. Volos is the only outlet to the sea from Thessaly, the ...
... village of Makrynitsa which
was a 40 minute climbing mountain drive. It was very pretty and
quaint with wonderful huge plane and chestnut trees but the view of
Volos Bay was patchy through the mist and clouds which cleared a bit
later in the day after we left. In spite of the weather, it was an
awesome view of the bay. The economy here can't be suffering too
much as the city had plenty of fancy shops and ...
... Greek) but showed us what bus we needed. We bought tickets and sat outside to wait for us bus. As we sat waiting, we realized maybe we shouldn't take the bus since no one seemed to speak English and we weren't sure how to get back. So we decided to just explore Volos, and less then an hour later we had seen the whole city.
Volos is is a very small city. We walked along the water where they had rows of restaurants/café, which was pretty much the ...
... We climbed quite steeply up a windy road with hairpin bends, to our first stop, the village of Makrinitsa 4700 feet above sea level on the side of Mt Pelion. In the village square is a plane tree which dominates the Taverna (Tabepna Greek spelling) and is around 500 years old.We sat and had coffee and local cake which was complementary, then a walk around the village and viewed a nice little church which would hold about 20 people. On the walk back I bought a walking stick for ...