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Magnesia the Ideal Destination

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Magnesia

The prefecture of Magnesia occupies the east side of Thessaly, encompassing the peninsula of the same name that ends in cape Trikeri and encloses the Pagasitikos Gulf in its embrace. Among the fairest regions in Greece, Magnesia, crowned by striking Mt. Pelion, probably owes its name to the Magnetes tribes that inhabited the area in prehistoric times.

The prefecture each year is attracting a rapidly increasing number of tourists, whose needs are met by an updated, well-developed infrastructure. The multitude of archaeological sites, the charming beaches, the hospitality of the locals and above all ravishing Mount Pelion with its picturesque villages literally engraved on its slopes, guarantee unforgettable vacations.

Volos (326 km. from Athens, 215 km. from Thessaloniki) is the capital and economic centre of the prefecture. Thanks to its privileged position at the foot of Mt. Pelion on the Pagasitikos Gulf, it is used as a base for the visitors to its coastal areas, wooded slopes and green valleys.

It was from here, the site of legendary Iolkos, that Argo set off with Jason and the Argonauts for the distant shores of the Black Sea in quest of the Golden Fleece. Founded in the mid 19th century, modern Volos, with 71.000 inhabitants, is a cheerful, lively town, soundly laid out with pleasant broad streets.

The waterfront is an ideal spot for a stroll. A modern coastal avenue bustling with life, it is lined with pastry shops, cafes and restaurants. From the suburb of Ano Volos, built up the slopes of Pelion, the Pagasitikos Gulf and the town below take on another dimension.

Volos harbour is particularly active. It is the main export centre of Thessaly and the scene of much commercial and passenger traffic bound for the Sporades islands and the great ports of the Mediterranean.

Pine trees, oaks, firs, wild olive trees, chestnut trees and a myriad of shrubs and plants, most of them with therapeutic properties, cover the mountains of Magnesia. Modern hotels and guesthouses, renovated traditional houses and well-equipped camping grounds are available throughout the area providing for a relaxed and enjoyable stay in one of Greece’s most picturesque environments.

The prefecture has a very good road system, rail network and boat connections that link it with the rest of Greece.

Magnesia

Magnesia

Magnesia

Magnesia