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Istanbul to Athens - Azamara Journey

Volos, Greece

sunny 87 °F

After getting underway, we enjoyed a sunset on our Veranda and enjoyed a fine dinner at Prime C - the Steak House specialty restaurant. Bill had a wonderfully cooked filet and I had a perfect veal tenderloin. The specialty restaurants are sold out every night, so making reservations early in the voyage is essential.

Our stop today was at Volos, Greece. Volos is a coastal port city in Thessaly situated midway on the Greek mainland, about 326 kilometres (203 miles) north of Athens and 215 kilometres (134 miles) south of Thessaloniki. It is the capital of the Magnesia regional unit. Volos is the only outlet to the sea from Thessaly, the country's largest agricultural region. With a population of 144,449 (2011), it is an important industrial centre, while its port provides a bridge between Europe, the Middle East and Asia.The urban area counts 150,009 inhabitants with an area of 496.6 km2.

Volos is the newest of the Greek port cities, with a large proportion of modern buildings erected following the catastrophic earthquakes of 1955. It includes the municipal units of Volos, Nea Ionia and Iolkos, as well as smaller suburban communities. The economy of the city is based on manufacturing, trade, services and tourism. Home to the University of Thessaly, the city also offers facilities for conferences, exhibitions and major sporting, cultural and scientific events.

The major shore excursion is to the Meteora Monastaries - an 8 hour adventure. The Metéora, lit. "middle of the sky", "suspended in the air" or "in the heavens above" is one of the largest and most important complexes of Greek Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. The six monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece.

As jet lag finally caught up to us, we decided to just stay on board today and nap and read. It was well worth it! The town of Volos is not that picturesque and was an easy pass for us.


Posted by rpickett 07:46 Archived in Greece Tagged volos

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