Meteora & Thessaly

The remains of a walled Neolithic settlement, where perhaps 250 people lived 7000 years ago, stand atop a low mound just north of the village of Dimini, 6km west of Volos. Follow the trail to the rear to see – and enter – a wonderful tholos (beehive-shaped tomb).

The tholos was constructed centuries later by the inhabitants of the larger Mycenaean settlement alongside. Identified, complete with a royal palace, as ancient Iolkos – the mythic starting point of Jason and his Argonauts – the settlement is still under excavation, and closed to visitors.

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1. Tsalapatas Brickworks Museum

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From 1926 until 1975, Tsalapatas Rooftile and Brickworks, 1.5km west of the port at the Old Town’s South Gate, formed part of the cultural fabric of Volos…

2. Volos Museum of the City


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3. Sesklo

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First inhabited before 6000 BC, and thus the oldest acropolis in Greece, this Neolithic site occupies a gently sloping hillside 14km west of Volos. Well…

4. Archaeological Museum

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Set behind a pretty rose garden, this excellent museum is just back from the seafront at the southeastern limit of Volos. As well as some amazing…

5. Theophilos Museum

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This inconspicuous and faded mansion in little Anakasia preserves fanciful and colourful murals by Theofilos Hatzimihail (1866–1934). A wandering self…

6. Museum of Folk Art

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7. Byzantine Art and Culture Museum

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8. Olive Museum of Pelion

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Set in an old stone mansion, very near Ano Gatzea’s station on the To Trenaki train line, this inviting little spot is dedicated to the olive and its oil…