Attractions In Magnesia (Pelion)

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Afetes Church & Bridges
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

A little village with some 400 residents, Afetes has a great view of the Pegasitic Gulf. Noteworthy are the central square with the church of Agios Ioannis Prodromos (St. John the Forerunner) built by Demos Zoupaniotis from Epirus, known for its stonemasons. Note the mansions and arched bridges of the area too.

Aghios Ioannis Prodromos, Afetes
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

The church of St. John the Forerunner in this small village of 430 people lies on the main square. It is considered a work of art created by the skilled workman Demos Zoupaniotis from Epirus. Also note the old mansions and the three stone arched bridges of the area.

Agios Nikolaos in Kanalia, Lake Karla
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

The old village of Kanalia has the Byzantine church of Agios Nikolaos with notable frescoes from the 13th and 17th centuries is also remarkable. The hill of Agios Athanassios has remains of a temple by the same name. Ruins of three fortresses are also there.

Almyros monasteries & church
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

In Almyros, you can visit the church of Agios Nikolaos, as well as the nearby monasteries of Ano Xenia and Kato Xenia.

Anavros Park
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Anavros Park offers a wonderful walk by the sea featuring an aquarium and many sculptures done by well-known Greek and foreign artists. It emerged from the 1st international Sculpture Meeting in 1988. The nearby stream of Anavros was mentioned in Homer’s epic.

Ancient Alos at Kefalosi, Almyros
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

On the plain between Mount Othrys and Chalkodonio lie remains of the Hellenistic town of Alos. Findings such as vessels, tools, jewellery and remains of houses attest to the importance of this city once upon a time.

Ancient Pyrassos
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Νea Anchialos is now built where ancient Pyrassos stood, a town with a temple of Demeter. Pyrassos changed its name to Fthiotides Thivaes before the Christian Era. The region was inhabited since prehistoric times. The citadel of ancient Pyrassos lies on a pine-clad hill.

Ano & Kato Monasteries of Xenia
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Near the Pagasitikos Gulf at the foot of Mount Chlomos and in the Othrys mountain range, the Monasteries of Ano Xenia and Kato Xenia attract crowds of pilgrims from the whole region and beyond. One was established by monks, the other by nuns.

Argalasti bridges, church & mansions
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

This village boasts haunting neoclassical mansions, as well as the church of the apostles Peter and Paul. It has a great marble belfry, two Russian bells and a Swiss clock, similar to another in Smyrna. The region’s bridges are also impressive, in the past accessed by stone paths (Kalderimia).

Cathedral Church of Agios Nikolaos, Volos
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

The Metropolitan (Cathedral) Church of Volos was completed in 1934 with an old belfry in the courtyard from 1884, a notable accomplishment by Italian sculptor I. Previsan.

Caves of Ipnon
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Remains of the ancient city of Ipnon lie near Horefto, a seaside village in Pelio. A sailboat can take you to the old Migela (Mitzela) and the old impressive caves at the ancient city of Ipnon.

Centre for Wild Orchids in North Pelion
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

If you’re into studying nature, you’re going to love this gem of a place. The Centre for Research and Protection of Wild Orchids in Northern Pelion was established in 2012 and lies in the old school of the village of Kerasia, not far from Lake Karla.

Church of Aghia Triada, Volos
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

This Byzantine-style church in Anavros, next to the Achilopoulio Hospital, took six years to build and was inaugurated in 1954. The original murals on the inside by the painter G. Gounaropoulos (1890-1977) are worthy of note.

Church of Apostles Peter & Paul, Argalasti
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Agii Apostoli Petrou and Pavlou, in Greek, featurs a 3-part basilica from 1886 and a stunning marble belfry from 1913 designed by the architect Perpignan, plus two Russian bells and a Swiss clock. The belfry was modelled after that of Agia Fotini in Smyrne. Note also the area’s stone bridges.

Dimini Archaeological Site
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

The site of Dimini, located some 15km from Volos, is an important Late Neolithic settlement. There’s a Mycenaean tomb of the area’s Mycenaean and many other unique and interesting finds.

Evaggelismos Theotokou, Nea Ionia, Volos
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Northwest of Volos in the Xirokampos valley, Nea Ionia has a church of Evaggelismos Theotokou (Annunciation of Virgin Mary) and Metropolis (cathedral) with the park, Statue of Liberty and bas-reliefs referring to the tragedy of Asia Minor and the bust of Chryssopotamos, Archbishop of Smyrna.

Fortress remains at Lavkos
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

On the Aegean coast near where supposedly the last ships of Xerxes’ fleet retreated to after their defeat by the Greek fleet at the Cape Artemissio of Evia in 480BC, there are the remains of a fortress.

Fthiotides Thebes, Nea Anchialos
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Excavations here have uncovered many important monuments and structures from the Late Roman to Early Christian years. Remains include the basilica of Bishop Peter and the Martyrium Basilica both dating from the 4th – 6th century.

Hellinomouseion, Zagora
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Zagora is known for its silk and textiles, which merchants sent out on ‘Zagoras ships’ across the Mediterranean and Black Sea. The village has great mansions and the Hellinomouseion building founded in 1702, an old school of language, science, philosophy, etc. Noteworthy too is the Public Library of Zagora.

Holy Trinity Church, Trikeri
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

This church has a large basilica built in the 18th century, featuring magnificent frescoes. Its chancel is one of the best examples of wood carving from 1739. If you contact the municipality, a hospitable villager will unveil the church’s treasures for you to see.

Kissos
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Archaeologists here have found the remains of an ancient fortress in the region,
while locals had found ancient tombs with coins in the past. All the evidence points to a Roman settlement.

Kouri forest near Almyros
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

The Kouri forest is an important part of Almyros with its huge oak trees. It is a unique European forest in a plain about 1 km northwest of Almyros and 500 meters from Efxinoupoli. The forest is divided into two parts. The first part hosts a Municipal Pavilion, a church, hunter’s kiosk, playground and sport facilities. The second part across 700 square kilometres features a walkable forest, three artificial lakes, a Folklore Museum and wild animals roaming free such as wild sheep, deer, ducks and other birds. In 1993 a train around the lakes was revitalized and covers a distance of 660 meters. The church of Agios Nikolaos from 1902 is another interesting site worth a visit.

Lafkos bakery
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

In the area of Sipiada, this little town has 1000 people and used to be a trade centre. It played an important role during the Revolution of 1821 and then the German occupation. The bakery shop dates from 1911 and was designed by Evaristo de Chirico.

Lake Karla
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Lake Karla, between the prefectures of Larissa and Magnesia, was one of biggest in Greece and the most important in Thessaly, existing since ancient times. The lake supported numerous species of fish and birds and also thousands of inhabitants that lived around it. It was drained in 1962 to make cultivable land, an experiment that didn’t work well for many reasons. A reservoir with brackish water created in 1989 in part of the drained lake. It is used for irrigation, migratory or non-migratory birds wintering here, recreation, educational and scientific aims. As the land turned out not to be as arable as expected, and with the support of EU funding, Lake Karla has been regenerated. The repercussions on the biodiversity of the area are expected to be positive, and you can read more about it here.

Lighthouses of Magnesia
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

There are two stone lighthouses on the mainland and three on the Sporades islands (Skopelos, Psathoura and Skiathos). The first, lighthouse of Trikeri was built in the farthest edge of the peninsula of Magnesia, in cape Kavoulia, by the French Company of Ottoman Lighthouses in 1854 with local materials. The nine-meter tower was built in 1918 for operating the rotatating light with petrol. It was supplied with electricity in 1979 and in 1995 it became automatic. The lighthouse of Argironissos which belongs to the Municipality of Pteleos, was built in 1899 on the eastern edge of the island. It operated on petrol initially but during the Second World War it remained closed and started functioning again in 1944. Recently it became automatic, powered by solar energy.

Mansions of Trikeri
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Old three-storey manor houses, which are decorated with carven ceilings and doors with colourful loopholes and frescos. The historic manor houses of Vriniotis-Fortounas, Koumpourelos, Kritikos, Vogiatzis and Koutmanis are characterized by carved ceilings, doors and frescoes.

Mikrothevaes
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Mikrothevaes was named after the ancient city by the same name. Excavations have revealed ruins on the hill 7 km southwest of the city. Fortified walls of the 4th century BC, an ancient temple, a theatre and an arcade have also been uncovered. The area is related to Pyrassos, later called Fthiotides Thivaes.

Milies School
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

A picturesque village only 28 km from Volos, Milies has a historic school built in 1770. The words “psychis akos” (cure for the soul) are inscribed over the doorway, reminds us of the building’s hisotry. The rich Library of the School had about 10,000 volumes at one time, most of which were lost during distasters.

Monastery of Aghia Triada, Sourpi
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

The town of Sourpi has remains from the Byzantine Era, at Damtsa, around the temple of Aghios Dimitrios. You can visit the monastery of Aghia Triada, the guardhouses and the prehistoric settlement.

Monastery of Panagia Lampidona, Lampinou
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

This is a great example of folk architecture created by created by Demos Zoupaniotis and decorated with sculptures by Milios. The monastery was last renovated in 1796. It is dedicated to a sailor rescued at sea after praying to Virgin Mary who supposedly shone a light to guide the ship and its crew to safety.

Mount Mavrovouni
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Mount Mavrovouni lies between Mount Ossa (Kissavos) and Pelion across an area of 390,000 square kilometers. Mount Othrys (1,760 meters) lies in the southwest part of Magnesia separating it from Fthiotida. It is distinguished for its abrupt ravines, and is1,300 meters in height with Gerakovouni (1,726 meters) being the tallest point in all of Magnesia. The gorges, gullies, mineral spring water and caves offer a paradise of discovery and hiking. Mount Goura across 7000 hectares is an area with steep ravines in the western part of Mount Othrys where stock-breeding, pasture lands and open forests abound, but so does hunting.

Mount Pelion
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Lying between the Aegean Sea and the Pegasitic Gulf, the Pelion mountain range is stunning in its nature and beauty against a backdrop of sea and sand. Its highest peak is Pourianos Stavros at 1624 meters.

Nees Pagases & Dimitriada, near Volos
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

The aqueduct of ancient Dimitriada, an ancient theatre, remains of the wall and temple can be found at this location. Remains of ancient Amfanes and the sanctuary of Apollo can also be seen at the hill of Soros.

Old mill of Agia Kyriaki, Trikeri
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

A footpath that begins at the central square of the village leads to Agia Kyriaki and guides the visitor to the remains of the old mill. In the central square, note the stone pillar under the plane tree from 1797. Within 10 minutes from Geroplina stands the Trikeri lighthouse.

Pammegistoi Taxiarches Monastery, Aghios Giorgios Nileia
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Dating from 1538 and built over an older church from 1309, this complex has a remarkable wood-carved iconostasis that is considered to be very important. The monastery lies in the area of Aghios Georgios of Nileia, 21 km away from Volos at an altitude of 600 meters.

Pammegistoi Taxiarches, Milies
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

This historic church was renovated in 1741 employing unique artistic techniques and featuring remarkable post-Byzantine religious paintings. You can also visit the village’s first formal school and its rich library.

Panagia Tripa of Goritsa
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

This Church of the Birth of Virgin Mary is built into a cavern in the foothills of Goritsa. It was established in 1892 and a larger church was built in 1950 in front of the cavern.

Promahonas, Goritsa Hill, near Volos
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

From the 4th century BC during the reign of Philip II, there are remains of a fortified city associated with others such as Iolkos, Orminio and Dimitriada. Promahonas has a fortification with a stone wall which once had 33 towers, a citadel and 5 reservoirs. Also see tombs, quarries and cave of Milihios Zeus.

Railway Station & Statue of Athena, Volos
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Built in 1884, the railway station is noted for its aesthetics and it hosts a museum related to the history of the railway. At the entrance stands a marble statue of the goddess Athena created in 1884 by the Italian sculptor I. Previsan. In the lower part there’s an embossed bust of King George I.

Sesklo Archaeological Site
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

One of the main Neolithic settlements in all of Europe, the settlement on Kastraki hill was inhabited from the 4th millennium B.C. to the mid 7th century. It covered an area of 100,000 m2 in the Neolithic period. Stone foundations of houses are still visible. Pottery and tools were found here too. Worth a visit!

Silk factory & mansions of Ano Lechonia
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

In Ano Lehonia, the tower Kokosli dating from 1875 is of interest. Visit also the first silk processing factory and the neoclassical mansions of Hatzikyriakis and Kassiopoulos which are of special architectural merit.

Small train of Pelion (Mountzouris)
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

The once famous steam train of 1895, known as Mountzouris, is up and running once again! Today in goes from Lehonia to the town of Milies and was considered a technical marvel in its days passing over seven stone bridges and one metal bridge. Much of it the supporting infrastructure was designed by Italian engineer Evaristo de Chirico, whose son, Giorgio di Chirico was the famous surrealist painter and often included the train and its stations in his paintings.

Sourpi
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

While the origins of the town of Sourpi date back to 1018 during the Byzantine Era, there is evidence of a prehistoric settlement.

Sourpi Marsh & Wetland, Almyros
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Around 55 km southwest of Volos lies Sourpi with 2,200 inhabitants. Its foundation dates back ito 1018 and the Damtsa Byzantine settlement near there, not far from the temple of Aghios Dimitrios.

The Church of Agios Konstantinos and Helen, Volos
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Built in 1936, this church at the end of the sea front and in the park by the same name are a reflection of recent classical architecture in the city.

The Episkopi of Ano Volos
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Visit the church of Virgin Mary on the hill of Episkopi in a lovely setting with a wonderful view of the city and the Pegasitic Gulf. This is a historic and very important religious monument.

Wells of Trikeri
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

A cobblestone route joins Trikeri with Kottes takes you through olive groves that passes and old water wells. According to the myth, fairies used to live in these wells and the waters were enchanted. Young ladies who looked in there could foresee their fate regarding their future mate.

Wine Festival, Nea Anchialos
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

In Nea Anchialos there is a wine festival in late August and the beginning of September. Wine is offered free of charge by Demetra wine producers, the local agricultural association.

WWII monument of Drakeia
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Drakeia boasted a school in 1760, and before that residents dealt with sericulture, farming and woodcarving. The slated central square of the village is the oldest in Pelio and hosts the monument in memory of the 114 people from Drakeia that were executed by the Nazi occupation army.

Zoodochos Pigi Monastery, Prasouda island
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Now mostly deserted the island of Prasouda has a beautiful Byzantine monastery in an idyllic location. Take a sea taxi from Alogoporos on the beach to reach the island.

Ancient Alos at Kefalosi, Almyros
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

On the plain between Mount Othrys and Chalkodonio lie remains of the Hellenistic town of Alos. Findings such as vessels, tools, jewellery and remains of houses attest to the importance of this city once upon a time.

Ancient Pyrassos
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Νea Anchialos is now built where ancient Pyrassos stood, a town with a temple of Demeter. Pyrassos changed its name to Fthiotides Thivaes before the Christian Era. The region was inhabited since prehistoric times. The citadel of ancient Pyrassos lies on a pine-clad hill.

Caves of Ipnon
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Remains of the ancient city of Ipnon lie near Horefto, a seaside village in Pelio. A sailboat can take you to the old Migela (Mitzela) and the old impressive caves at the ancient city of Ipnon.

Dimini Archaeological Site
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

The site of Dimini, located some 15km from Volos, is an important Late Neolithic settlement. There’s a Mycenaean tomb of the area’s Mycenaean and many other unique and interesting finds.

Fortress remains at Lavkos
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

On the Aegean coast near where supposedly the last ships of Xerxes’ fleet retreated to after their defeat by the Greek fleet at the Cape Artemissio of Evia in 480BC, there are the remains of a fortress.

Fthiotides Thebes, Nea Anchialos
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Excavations here have uncovered many important monuments and structures from the Late Roman to Early Christian years. Remains include the basilica of Bishop Peter and the Martyrium Basilica both dating from the 4th – 6th century.

Kissos
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Archaeologists here have found the remains of an ancient fortress in the region,
while locals had found ancient tombs with coins in the past. All the evidence points to a Roman settlement.

Mikrothevaes
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Mikrothevaes was named after the ancient city by the same name. Excavations have revealed ruins on the hill 7 km southwest of the city. Fortified walls of the 4th century BC, an ancient temple, a theatre and an arcade have also been uncovered. The area is related to Pyrassos, later called Fthiotides Thivaes.

Nees Pagases & Dimitriada, near Volos
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

The aqueduct of ancient Dimitriada, an ancient theatre, remains of the wall and temple can be found at this location. Remains of ancient Amfanes and the sanctuary of Apollo can also be seen at the hill of Soros.

Promahonas, Goritsa Hill, near Volos
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

From the 4th century BC during the reign of Philip II, there are remains of a fortified city associated with others such as Iolkos, Orminio and Dimitriada. Promahonas has a fortification with a stone wall which once had 33 towers, a citadel and 5 reservoirs. Also see tombs, quarries and cave of Milihios Zeus.

Sesklo Archaeological Site
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

One of the main Neolithic settlements in all of Europe, the settlement on Kastraki hill was inhabited from the 4th millennium B.C. to the mid 7th century. It covered an area of 100,000 m2 in the Neolithic period. Stone foundations of houses are still visible. Pottery and tools were found here too. Worth a visit!

Sourpi
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

While the origins of the town of Sourpi date back to 1018 during the Byzantine Era, there is evidence of a prehistoric settlement.

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Aghios Ioannis Prodromos, Afetes
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

The church of St. John the Forerunner in this small village of 430 people lies on the main square. It is considered a work of art created by the skilled workman Demos Zoupaniotis from Epirus. Also note the old mansions and the three stone arched bridges of the area.

Agios Nikolaos in Kanalia, Lake Karla
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

The old village of Kanalia has the Byzantine church of Agios Nikolaos with notable frescoes from the 13th and 17th centuries is also remarkable. The hill of Agios Athanassios has remains of a temple by the same name. Ruins of three fortresses are also there.

Almyros monasteries & church
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

In Almyros, you can visit the church of Agios Nikolaos, as well as the nearby monasteries of Ano Xenia and Kato Xenia.

Ano & Kato Monasteries of Xenia
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Near the Pagasitikos Gulf at the foot of Mount Chlomos and in the Othrys mountain range, the Monasteries of Ano Xenia and Kato Xenia attract crowds of pilgrims from the whole region and beyond. One was established by monks, the other by nuns.

Cathedral Church of Agios Nikolaos, Volos
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

The Metropolitan (Cathedral) Church of Volos was completed in 1934 with an old belfry in the courtyard from 1884, a notable accomplishment by Italian sculptor I. Previsan.

Church of Aghia Triada, Volos
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

This Byzantine-style church in Anavros, next to the Achilopoulio Hospital, took six years to build and was inaugurated in 1954. The original murals on the inside by the painter G. Gounaropoulos (1890-1977) are worthy of note.

Church of Apostles Peter & Paul, Argalasti
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Agii Apostoli Petrou and Pavlou, in Greek, featurs a 3-part basilica from 1886 and a stunning marble belfry from 1913 designed by the architect Perpignan, plus two Russian bells and a Swiss clock. The belfry was modelled after that of Agia Fotini in Smyrne. Note also the area’s stone bridges.

Evaggelismos Theotokou, Nea Ionia, Volos
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Northwest of Volos in the Xirokampos valley, Nea Ionia has a church of Evaggelismos Theotokou (Annunciation of Virgin Mary) and Metropolis (cathedral) with the park, Statue of Liberty and bas-reliefs referring to the tragedy of Asia Minor and the bust of Chryssopotamos, Archbishop of Smyrna.

Holy Trinity Church, Trikeri
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

This church has a large basilica built in the 18th century, featuring magnificent frescoes. Its chancel is one of the best examples of wood carving from 1739. If you contact the municipality, a hospitable villager will unveil the church’s treasures for you to see.

Monastery of Aghia Triada, Sourpi
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

The town of Sourpi has remains from the Byzantine Era, at Damtsa, around the temple of Aghios Dimitrios. You can visit the monastery of Aghia Triada, the guardhouses and the prehistoric settlement.

Monastery of Panagia Lampidona, Lampinou
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

This is a great example of folk architecture created by created by Demos Zoupaniotis and decorated with sculptures by Milios. The monastery was last renovated in 1796. It is dedicated to a sailor rescued at sea after praying to Virgin Mary who supposedly shone a light to guide the ship and its crew to safety.

Pammegistoi Taxiarches Monastery, Aghios Giorgios Nileia
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Dating from 1538 and built over an older church from 1309, this complex has a remarkable wood-carved iconostasis that is considered to be very important. The monastery lies in the area of Aghios Georgios of Nileia, 21 km away from Volos at an altitude of 600 meters.

Pammegistoi Taxiarches, Milies
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

This historic church was renovated in 1741 employing unique artistic techniques and featuring remarkable post-Byzantine religious paintings. You can also visit the village’s first formal school and its rich library.

Panagia Tripa of Goritsa
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

This Church of the Birth of Virgin Mary is built into a cavern in the foothills of Goritsa. It was established in 1892 and a larger church was built in 1950 in front of the cavern.

The Church of Agios Konstantinos and Helen, Volos
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Built in 1936, this church at the end of the sea front and in the park by the same name are a reflection of recent classical architecture in the city.

The Episkopi of Ano Volos
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Visit the church of Virgin Mary on the hill of Episkopi in a lovely setting with a wonderful view of the city and the Pegasitic Gulf. This is a historic and very important religious monument.

Zoodochos Pigi Monastery, Prasouda island
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Now mostly deserted the island of Prasouda has a beautiful Byzantine monastery in an idyllic location. Take a sea taxi from Alogoporos on the beach to reach the island.

Afetes Church & Bridges
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

A little village with some 400 residents, Afetes has a great view of the Pegasitic Gulf. Noteworthy are the central square with the church of Agios Ioannis Prodromos (St. John the Forerunner) built by Demos Zoupaniotis from Epirus, known for its stonemasons. Note the mansions and arched bridges of the area too.

Anavros Park
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Anavros Park offers a wonderful walk by the sea featuring an aquarium and many sculptures done by well-known Greek and foreign artists. It emerged from the 1st international Sculpture Meeting in 1988. The nearby stream of Anavros was mentioned in Homer’s epic.

Argalasti bridges, church & mansions
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

This village boasts haunting neoclassical mansions, as well as the church of the apostles Peter and Paul. It has a great marble belfry, two Russian bells and a Swiss clock, similar to another in Smyrna. The region’s bridges are also impressive, in the past accessed by stone paths (Kalderimia).

Hellinomouseion, Zagora
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Zagora is known for its silk and textiles, which merchants sent out on ‘Zagoras ships’ across the Mediterranean and Black Sea. The village has great mansions and the Hellinomouseion building founded in 1702, an old school of language, science, philosophy, etc. Noteworthy too is the Public Library of Zagora.

Lafkos bakery
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

In the area of Sipiada, this little town has 1000 people and used to be a trade centre. It played an important role during the Revolution of 1821 and then the German occupation. The bakery shop dates from 1911 and was designed by Evaristo de Chirico.

Lighthouses of Magnesia
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

There are two stone lighthouses on the mainland and three on the Sporades islands (Skopelos, Psathoura and Skiathos). The first, lighthouse of Trikeri was built in the farthest edge of the peninsula of Magnesia, in cape Kavoulia, by the French Company of Ottoman Lighthouses in 1854 with local materials. The nine-meter tower was built in 1918 for operating the rotatating light with petrol. It was supplied with electricity in 1979 and in 1995 it became automatic. The lighthouse of Argironissos which belongs to the Municipality of Pteleos, was built in 1899 on the eastern edge of the island. It operated on petrol initially but during the Second World War it remained closed and started functioning again in 1944. Recently it became automatic, powered by solar energy.

Mansions of Trikeri
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Old three-storey manor houses, which are decorated with carven ceilings and doors with colourful loopholes and frescos. The historic manor houses of Vriniotis-Fortounas, Koumpourelos, Kritikos, Vogiatzis and Koutmanis are characterized by carved ceilings, doors and frescoes.

Milies School
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

A picturesque village only 28 km from Volos, Milies has a historic school built in 1770. The words “psychis akos” (cure for the soul) are inscribed over the doorway, reminds us of the building’s hisotry. The rich Library of the School had about 10,000 volumes at one time, most of which were lost during distasters.

Old mill of Agia Kyriaki, Trikeri
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

A footpath that begins at the central square of the village leads to Agia Kyriaki and guides the visitor to the remains of the old mill. In the central square, note the stone pillar under the plane tree from 1797. Within 10 minutes from Geroplina stands the Trikeri lighthouse.

Railway Station & Statue of Athena, Volos
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Built in 1884, the railway station is noted for its aesthetics and it hosts a museum related to the history of the railway. At the entrance stands a marble statue of the goddess Athena created in 1884 by the Italian sculptor I. Previsan. In the lower part there’s an embossed bust of King George I.

Silk factory & mansions of Ano Lechonia
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

In Ano Lehonia, the tower Kokosli dating from 1875 is of interest. Visit also the first silk processing factory and the neoclassical mansions of Hatzikyriakis and Kassiopoulos which are of special architectural merit.

Small train of Pelion (Mountzouris)
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

The once famous steam train of 1895, known as Mountzouris, is up and running once again! Today in goes from Lehonia to the town of Milies and was considered a technical marvel in its days passing over seven stone bridges and one metal bridge. Much of it the supporting infrastructure was designed by Italian engineer Evaristo de Chirico, whose son, Giorgio di Chirico was the famous surrealist painter and often included the train and its stations in his paintings.

Wells of Trikeri
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

A cobblestone route joins Trikeri with Kottes takes you through olive groves that passes and old water wells. According to the myth, fairies used to live in these wells and the waters were enchanted. Young ladies who looked in there could foresee their fate regarding their future mate.

WWII monument of Drakeia
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Drakeia boasted a school in 1760, and before that residents dealt with sericulture, farming and woodcarving. The slated central square of the village is the oldest in Pelio and hosts the monument in memory of the 114 people from Drakeia that were executed by the Nazi occupation army.

Centre for Wild Orchids in North Pelion
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

If you’re into studying nature, you’re going to love this gem of a place. The Centre for Research and Protection of Wild Orchids in Northern Pelion was established in 2012 and lies in the old school of the village of Kerasia, not far from Lake Karla.

Hellinomouseion, Zagora
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Zagora is known for its silk and textiles, which merchants sent out on ‘Zagoras ships’ across the Mediterranean and Black Sea. The village has great mansions and the Hellinomouseion building founded in 1702, an old school of language, science, philosophy, etc. Noteworthy too is the Public Library of Zagora.

Railway Station & Statue of Athena, Volos
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Built in 1884, the railway station is noted for its aesthetics and it hosts a museum related to the history of the railway. At the entrance stands a marble statue of the goddess Athena created in 1884 by the Italian sculptor I. Previsan. In the lower part there’s an embossed bust of King George I.

Centre for Wild Orchids in North Pelion
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

If you’re into studying nature, you’re going to love this gem of a place. The Centre for Research and Protection of Wild Orchids in Northern Pelion was established in 2012 and lies in the old school of the village of Kerasia, not far from Lake Karla.

Kouri forest near Almyros
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

The Kouri forest is an important part of Almyros with its huge oak trees. It is a unique European forest in a plain about 1 km northwest of Almyros and 500 meters from Efxinoupoli. The forest is divided into two parts. The first part hosts a Municipal Pavilion, a church, hunter’s kiosk, playground and sport facilities. The second part across 700 square kilometres features a walkable forest, three artificial lakes, a Folklore Museum and wild animals roaming free such as wild sheep, deer, ducks and other birds. In 1993 a train around the lakes was revitalized and covers a distance of 660 meters. The church of Agios Nikolaos from 1902 is another interesting site worth a visit.

Lake Karla
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Lake Karla, between the prefectures of Larissa and Magnesia, was one of biggest in Greece and the most important in Thessaly, existing since ancient times. The lake supported numerous species of fish and birds and also thousands of inhabitants that lived around it. It was drained in 1962 to make cultivable land, an experiment that didn’t work well for many reasons. A reservoir with brackish water created in 1989 in part of the drained lake. It is used for irrigation, migratory or non-migratory birds wintering here, recreation, educational and scientific aims. As the land turned out not to be as arable as expected, and with the support of EU funding, Lake Karla has been regenerated. The repercussions on the biodiversity of the area are expected to be positive, and you can read more about it here.

Mount Mavrovouni
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Mount Mavrovouni lies between Mount Ossa (Kissavos) and Pelion across an area of 390,000 square kilometers. Mount Othrys (1,760 meters) lies in the southwest part of Magnesia separating it from Fthiotida. It is distinguished for its abrupt ravines, and is1,300 meters in height with Gerakovouni (1,726 meters) being the tallest point in all of Magnesia. The gorges, gullies, mineral spring water and caves offer a paradise of discovery and hiking. Mount Goura across 7000 hectares is an area with steep ravines in the western part of Mount Othrys where stock-breeding, pasture lands and open forests abound, but so does hunting.

Mount Pelion
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Lying between the Aegean Sea and the Pegasitic Gulf, the Pelion mountain range is stunning in its nature and beauty against a backdrop of sea and sand. Its highest peak is Pourianos Stavros at 1624 meters.

Sourpi Marsh & Wetland, Almyros
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Around 55 km southwest of Volos lies Sourpi with 2,200 inhabitants. Its foundation dates back ito 1018 and the Damtsa Byzantine settlement near there, not far from the temple of Aghios Dimitrios.

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Agios Nikolaos in Kanalia, Lake Karla
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

The old village of Kanalia has the Byzantine church of Agios Nikolaos with notable frescoes from the 13th and 17th centuries is also remarkable. The hill of Agios Athanassios has remains of a temple by the same name. Ruins of three fortresses are also there.

Anavros Park
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Anavros Park offers a wonderful walk by the sea featuring an aquarium and many sculptures done by well-known Greek and foreign artists. It emerged from the 1st international Sculpture Meeting in 1988. The nearby stream of Anavros was mentioned in Homer’s epic.

Ancient Alos at Kefalosi, Almyros
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

On the plain between Mount Othrys and Chalkodonio lie remains of the Hellenistic town of Alos. Findings such as vessels, tools, jewellery and remains of houses attest to the importance of this city once upon a time.

Fthiotides Thebes, Nea Anchialos
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Excavations here have uncovered many important monuments and structures from the Late Roman to Early Christian years. Remains include the basilica of Bishop Peter and the Martyrium Basilica both dating from the 4th – 6th century.

Kouri forest near Almyros
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

The Kouri forest is an important part of Almyros with its huge oak trees. It is a unique European forest in a plain about 1 km northwest of Almyros and 500 meters from Efxinoupoli. The forest is divided into two parts. The first part hosts a Municipal Pavilion, a church, hunter’s kiosk, playground and sport facilities. The second part across 700 square kilometres features a walkable forest, three artificial lakes, a Folklore Museum and wild animals roaming free such as wild sheep, deer, ducks and other birds. In 1993 a train around the lakes was revitalized and covers a distance of 660 meters. The church of Agios Nikolaos from 1902 is another interesting site worth a visit.

Lafkos bakery
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

In the area of Sipiada, this little town has 1000 people and used to be a trade centre. It played an important role during the Revolution of 1821 and then the German occupation. The bakery shop dates from 1911 and was designed by Evaristo de Chirico.

Mansions of Trikeri
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Old three-storey manor houses, which are decorated with carven ceilings and doors with colourful loopholes and frescos. The historic manor houses of Vriniotis-Fortounas, Koumpourelos, Kritikos, Vogiatzis and Koutmanis are characterized by carved ceilings, doors and frescoes.

Monastery of Panagia Lampidona, Lampinou
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

This is a great example of folk architecture created by created by Demos Zoupaniotis and decorated with sculptures by Milios. The monastery was last renovated in 1796. It is dedicated to a sailor rescued at sea after praying to Virgin Mary who supposedly shone a light to guide the ship and its crew to safety.

Mount Pelion
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Lying between the Aegean Sea and the Pegasitic Gulf, the Pelion mountain range is stunning in its nature and beauty against a backdrop of sea and sand. Its highest peak is Pourianos Stavros at 1624 meters.

Railway Station & Statue of Athena, Volos
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Built in 1884, the railway station is noted for its aesthetics and it hosts a museum related to the history of the railway. At the entrance stands a marble statue of the goddess Athena created in 1884 by the Italian sculptor I. Previsan. In the lower part there’s an embossed bust of King George I.

Sesklo Archaeological Site
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

One of the main Neolithic settlements in all of Europe, the settlement on Kastraki hill was inhabited from the 4th millennium B.C. to the mid 7th century. It covered an area of 100,000 m2 in the Neolithic period. Stone foundations of houses are still visible. Pottery and tools were found here too. Worth a visit!

Small train of Pelion (Mountzouris)
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

The once famous steam train of 1895, known as Mountzouris, is up and running once again! Today in goes from Lehonia to the town of Milies and was considered a technical marvel in its days passing over seven stone bridges and one metal bridge. Much of it the supporting infrastructure was designed by Italian engineer Evaristo de Chirico, whose son, Giorgio di Chirico was the famous surrealist painter and often included the train and its stations in his paintings.

The Church of Agios Konstantinos and Helen, Volos
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Built in 1936, this church at the end of the sea front and in the park by the same name are a reflection of recent classical architecture in the city.

Wine Festival, Nea Anchialos
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

In Nea Anchialos there is a wine festival in late August and the beginning of September. Wine is offered free of charge by Demetra wine producers, the local agricultural association.

WWII monument of Drakeia
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

Drakeia boasted a school in 1760, and before that residents dealt with sericulture, farming and woodcarving. The slated central square of the village is the oldest in Pelio and hosts the monument in memory of the 114 people from Drakeia that were executed by the Nazi occupation army.

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Wine Festival, Nea Anchialos
Thessaly & Sporades / Magnesia (Pelion)

In Nea Anchialos there is a wine festival in late August and the beginning of September. Wine is offered free of charge by Demetra wine producers, the local agricultural association.