Why go to Volos?
The Meteora Monastery, set high on a sandstone cliff, is a dazzling thing to see
You'll need to take a taxi to get to any nearby beaches
Don't miss the monastery, and be sure to stop in a fish taverna (Volos is famous for 'em) for some just-caught seafood
Volos Cruise Port Facilities?
Don't bother. If you're not heading off on a tour, get into town as quickly as you can.
Good to Know?
If your cab runs on a meter, check that the driver is using the Number One rate, used during the day, and not the Number Two, which applies at night and is roughly twice as expensive. If there is any dispute, get a receipt -- the driver has to give one on request, by law -- and say you'll call the tourist police to check it out by dialing 171 on a local phone.
On Foot: The one-mile walk from the dock to the beginning of the waterfront promenade will take about 20 minutes but will seem interminable in the searing summer heat, which can reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
By Shuttle: For about $5 each way, ships will offer shuttle buses that will take you to the main harbor.
By Taxi: Well-regulated taxi drivers are happy to negotiate fees for tours of the city and trips to Makrynitsa, a pretty village about 15 miles away. They usually quote about 70 euros per cab, but you should pay no more than 50 if you negotiate. Don't pay more than 4 euros per person to get to the seafront, or you might as well take the shuttle.
Currency & Best Way to Get Money?
Local currency is the euro, and you'll find plenty of banks with ATM machines near the marina area. For the closest locations, walk one street inland to Iasonos Street, which runs parallel to the waterfront. For the latest exchange rates, check www.oanda.com or www.xe.com.