The beaches in the wider area of Volos are among the best-loved in Greece. Thousands of visitors each year flock to the beaches of Agios Dimitrios, Anchialos, Alykes, Pigadia, and many others, which offer stunning scenery and many recreational facilities.
The coast of Magnesia has one of the mildest climates in the Mediterranean. Cool summers and exceptionally mild winters create ideal conditions for enjoying the sea during all seasons of the year.
The connection with the Sporades islands allows for a quick getaway to enchanting Alonissos, Skopelos or Skiathos, so the traveller can roam these exquisite islands, which are home to the National Marine Park of the Sporades, a refuge for rare birds and primarily for the Mediterranean monk seal monachus-monachus. Numerous companies rent small boats so the visitor can enjoy small, hidden beaches and secret sea caves. The sea caves at Veneto, the submerged city in Alonissos, Poseidon’s cave and many other sea emeralds await explorers. Sea trips are always accompanied by dolphins, a unique experience. The small islets in the Pagasetic Gulf are ideal fishing grounds and meeting points for spear fishermen.
Volos has numerous swimming and diving clubs; it also has historical sailing clubs. Important open sea sailing meetings are held and the spectacle of the glorious ships skimming gracefully over the water is truly impressive.
At the mouth of the River Anavros in Volos, and on neighbouring beaches, the visitor can enjoy sea sports, like water skiing and windsurfing.
From Pelion to the emerald shores
From Pelion one can reach some of the loveliest beaches in Greece, which look out either over the Pagasetic Gulf or over the endless blue of the Aegean Sea. The beaches of Magnesia are treasures indeed, with their crystal-clear emerald waters and abundance of lush-green vegetation.
Beyond the famous Tsangarada on Mount Pelion, descending towards the sea along a lush-green route, the visitor will find himself in Mylopotamos. It is probably the best-known beach in the area. The water is warm even in autumn. The huge, distinctive rock, sculpted by the power of the sea and the wind, is a true monument to nature.
A short distance also from Tsangarada lies the beach of Damouchari, a small aquatic retreat with white and pink pebbles. As the waves caress the shore, the pebbles seem to be singing. In actual fact some of the scenes in the well-known American movie ‘Mamma Mia!’ were filmed here.
The seaside village of Ai-Giannis is one of the most popular in the area. It lies just a short distance from Damouchari. The small cove of Ai Giannis has picturesque little tavernas and one can enjoy the view of the sea while tasting traditional seafood dishes.
The beach at Chorefto, with 2.5 kilometres of magnificent shoreline, is one of the loveliest and longest beaches in the whole of Greece. The route from Zagora is incredibly beautiful and is a prime example of the combination ‘mountain and sea’. Chorefto (meaning dancer) owes its charming name to the waves that appear to be dancing with the shore. If one wishes to enjoy ‘secret’ beaches, then Parisaina, Analipsi and Agioi Saranta are a must. All three beaches are only a stone’s throw from Chorefto.