Cruise Port Atlas | Volos (Meteora), Greece Day Trips | Attractions

Volos (Meteora), Greece Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Volos: Voyages to Antiquity, Azamara Club Cruises, Oceania, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, Silversea, Cunard, Holland America, Princess, MSC Cruises

Key Attractions: Volos Waterfront, Archaeological Museum, Municipal Museum, Agios Ioannis Beach, Mylopotamos Beach, Lefokastro Beach, Meteora Monasteries, Makrinitsa, Folk Art Museum, Portaria

Antibes from the air

Attractions in Volos

Cruise Berth to St. Constantine Church / Promenade - 2.4 KM, 6 minutes
Cruise Berth to Archaeological Museum - 3.3 KM, 8 minutes
Cruise Berth to Dimini - 6.6 KM, 11 minutes
Cruise Berth to Sesklo - 16 KM, 22 minutes

Link to Full-Page Google Map

Volos is not an old city, though ruins in the immediate vicinity date back to the earliest habitation of the Balkan peninsula. Modern Volos was established in the 19th century and much of the city was destroyed by an earthquake in 1955, so most of the buildings of the city have been built since then. The waterfront is popular with locals and tourists, with cafes and bars up and down the quay. The Volos Archaeological Museum features artifacts from as far back as the Bronze Age and the Municipal Museum in the town hall features the work of modern Greek artists. St. Contantine Church is a beautiful 20th century building at the end of the promenade. Two archaeological sites not far outside the city offer Mycenean era ruins. Dimini is the smaller but better developed. Sesklo is large, offers beautiful views but has not been excavated significantly.

Photo by Roman Klementschitz

Archeaological and Cultural Museums   Beautiful Waterfront area   Greek Cuisine  

Uneven surfaces and hills    Somewhat Wheelchair Accessible

Pelion Beaches

Port to Agios Ioannis - 56 KM, 70 minutes
Port to Mylopotamos - 53 KM, 80 minutes
Port to Lefokastro - 30 KM, 50 minutes

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The best beaches of the Pelion Peninsula are situated on the eastern shore across the mountain range from Volos. These are among the most popular and scenic beaches of the Greek mainland with fine white sands and a backdrop of rich green mountain slopes. The ride to these beaches takes about an hour and a half and features a ride over the mountains of the peninsula, including wonderful views of the region. The most popular beaches is Agios Ioannis and Mylopotamos. These can be crowded during in the high season. Easier to reach beaches include Lefokastro on the Western coast of the Peninsula.

Photo of Agios Ioannis Beach by Holger Casselman

     

Varied Walking    No Wheelchair Accessibility

Sandstone Monoliths in Meteora

Meteora

Volos to Meteora - 166 Km, 2.5 hours
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Located near Kalabaka, Meteora literally means suspended in mid-air, which is probably the best way to describe this sublime merging of geological drama and religious spirituality. The amazingly imposing rocks of Meteora were formed about 60 million years ago and evidence dates human presence there as far back as 50,000 years. Christian monks probably started moving to the area around the 12th Century, but it was not until the 14th Century that these precariously perched monasteries began to emerge, By this time, older forms of one-man ascetic hermitages had given way to, more organized groups of monks, who formed orders and proceeded with the seemingly impossible task of constructing buildings on these steep and nearly inaccessible peaks.

Typically, each monastery would include a church, cloistered living quarters or cells, a refectory, a library and in some cases, a treasury. For many centuries, travelers and monks had to be hauled up to these remote sanctuaries in a basket or net at the end of a rope. Of the six monasteries still active today, Great Meteoron and Varlaam are the two largest and most visited. Volos provides the easiest coastal access from eastern Greece.

Byzantine Architecture   History   Greenery   Incredible Views and Vistas   Pillar-like Mountains   UNESCO World Heritage Site  

Strenuous Walking    Not Wheelchair Accessible

Mikranitsa overlooks Volos

>Pelion Villages

Port to Makrinitsa - 11 Km, 22 minutes
Port to Portaria - 13 Km, 25 minutes
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The Pelion Peninsula is a mountainous region with hillside villages overlooking the sea. These villages feature a unique, rustic style of stone and wooden architecture. The most famous of the villages is Makrinitsa, sometimes called Volos' balcony because it overlooks the harbor from far above and has incredible views. Not much farther away is Portaria. There are 18 popular villages, some more developed for tourism than others. Town squares, local craft stores, cafes, and small local churches are typical highlights of the villages. Makrinitsa also has a Folk Art Museum.

Stone homes and buildings with wooden ornamentation   Mountainside villages...many with views of the sea   Local Pelion cuisine  

Difficult Walking    Not Wheelchair Accessible

Photo of Makrinitsa

Interests Key:

Art Architecture Beach Children Wild Animals Local Cuisine Flora Gardens-Parks Geology

Diving UNESCO Views Wine Dance Music Shopping History Hiking

Walking & Wheelchair Accessibility:

No Walking Easy Walking Normal Walking Difficult Walking Accessible Limited Not Accessible