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Magnesia combines mythology with history, cultural tradition and amazing nature.  The unique beauty of the area derives from the shining sun, the calm of the Pagasitikos Gulf beaches, the wildness of the Aegean Sea beaches, the island cluster of Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos, the spectacular fertile mountain Pelion with its picturesque villages.

According to mythology, Pelion was the summer resort for the Gods of Olympus and the home of the Centaurs.  Volos is also known as the starting point for the mythical expedition of Jason and the Argonauts.

The region has been inhabited from the prehistorical ages.  The archaeological remains of the Stone Age in Sesklo (7000 B.C.) and Dimini (5000 B.C.) , the Mycenaean findings in the Old Town and Pefkakia, the famous ‘Iolkos' are all historical monuments of worldwide interest.

Tourism is the main occupation in the region, but another important source of income is the cultivation of fruit and flowers.

what to buy
  • Olive oil
  • Olives from Argalasti
  • Honey and royal jelly
  • Apples from Zagora
  • Tsipouro (drink made from distilled grape marc)
  • Tsitsiravla (type of pickled wild green)
  • Spoon sweets and jams
  • Liqueurs made from fruit
  • Hilopites and trahana (types of pasta)
  • Chestnuts and walnuts
  • Dried figs
  • Flowers in pots
  • Herbs, spices and teas
what to see
  • The town of Volos with its beautiful port and the pedestrianised promenade.
  • The archaeological museum
  • Giorgio de Chirico Art Centre
  • The old industrial buildings
  • The Mycenaean archaeological site of Dimini
  • Sesklo
  • The ancient town of Dimitriada
  • The Pelion villages: Zagora, Portaria, Makrinitsa, Milies, Mouresi, Damouhari, Trikeri, Chania, Tsagkarada
what to taste

The region is full of trees with olives, walnuts, plums, chestnuts, pears, cherries, lemons, oranges and grapes.  Mountain Pelion is famous for its apples, pears, cherries, peaches and chestnuts, and its spoon sweets.

Volos and Nea Ionia have hundreds of tsipouradika (traditional restaurant that serves tsipouro with food).  Each karafe of tsipouro is accompanied by a small plate of food; the more you drink, the more plates arrive at your table – a typical example of Greek ‘meze'.  For example you may try fresh fish, seafood, grilled octopus and squid, mussels, salads, cheeses, etc.

When in the villages in Pelion don't forget to try spetzofai (local sausage cooked in tomato sauce with peppers), fasolada (bean soup), mushrooms, tsitsiravla (type of pickled wild green), spaghetti with langoustine.


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