History of Volos

Volos area, ancient Magnesia, is among the first areas to have been inhabited in Greece. The Settlements found in the nearby villages of Sesclo and Dimini date back to the 7th millennium B.C., while the cultural presence in the area is constant till present times.
The archeological research at the place has brought to light about forty Neolithic settlements (7th-8th millennium B.C.), several of which continued their activities over the Bronze Age (3000-1500 B.C.). The research has highlighted characteristic ceramic scriptures, bone and stone tools, as well as items made of obsidian coming from Milos. In the Mycenaean period the foundation of Iolkos is set, an important financial and spiritual center of the area, directly connected to the glorious myth of Argonautic Expedition. In 293/92 B.C., the king of Macedonia Demetrios the Sieger founded in the peninsula presently called Pefkakia, the city of Demetrias. Demetrias continued to be prosperous even at the time of Roman capture. Along with Fthiotides Thives, set in present New Achialos, was one of the most important centers of Paleochristian and Byzantine Thessaly, being at the same time the outlet of the inner land to the sea. At the end of the 6th century, due to Slav raids, Fthiotides Thives was abandoned while Demetrias people sought shelter at the hill of Saint Theodore in Palia, where a walled settlement from Justinian’s time existed (551 A.D.). In the following centuries the city lost its significance. During Turkish possession, the economic and spiritual activity of the area was transferred to Pillion, which was favored by the status of privileges the Ottoman conquerors had granted. Since the 17th century and till the Revolution of 1821, Pillion developed in one of the most important industrial and spiritual centers of Greece. The modern city of Volos started building outside the old castle soon after 1830. The favorable geographic position, thanks to the port, contributed to its development as the economic center of Thessaly. After the Russian-Turkish War of 1877 and in the conference of Constantinople (1881), Thessaly was granted to the newly born Greek State and on the 2nd November 1881, the Greek Army entered the city of Volos.






A.Folklore Center of Kitsos Makris
Tel: 24210 37119


B. Archeological museum of Volos
Tel: 24210 25285

Archeological sites


A. Archeological site of Demetrias settlement


B. Archeological site of Goritsa settlement


C. Archeological site of Sesclo settlement


D.  Archeological site of Dimini settlement


E.  Archeological site of Feres


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Traditional dishes

Local tastes of Volos-Pillion: spetsofai, cheese bread, olive bread, sweets, tsipouro.


Except the city of Volos, the visitor will get to meet many picturesque villages, each one special for its natural beauty. In Northwesterrn Pillion, Makrinitsa is, 17km outside Volos. Half an hour’s drive and an enjoyable walk through the narrow alley will bring the visitor to the central square where a panoramic view of Volos is expecting him to admire at a depth of 600m. In western Pillion the village Milies is where one can start his sight with the small train of Pillion. In northeastern Pillion, the villages Tsagarada and Zagora are, known for their choices of natural paths. Tsagarada is on the northeastern slopes of the mountain at an altitude of 500m. You will have an excellent view of the Aegean from such height.


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 1. Makrinitsa
 2. Train in Milies
 3. Beach in Pilio

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