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3.5 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating

By Cruise Critic Staff

Port of Volos

Few cruise ships call at Volos, though it is the third largest port in Greece. When you disembark, you'll see the cranes and shipping containers of an industrial port, rather than shops, ATM's and other passenger necessities. But don't be put off. Once you get away from the docks, you'll find that this dynamic city -- which lies between the wooded slopes of Mount Pelion and the Gulf of Pagasitikos, 326 km from Athens and 215 km from Thessaloniki -- offers plenty to do on a day ashore.

About Volos


Pro

The Meteora Monastery, set high on a sandstone cliff, is a dazzling thing to see

Con

You'll need to take a taxi to get to any nearby beaches

Bottom Line

Don't miss the monastery, and be sure to stop in a fish taverna (Volos is famous for 'em) for some just-caught seafood


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Downtown Volos is a conveniently short shuttle bus ride from your arrival point. You'll find interesting museums and churches, an array of shops, and a pretty, yacht-lined waterfront with plenty of al fresco restaurants serving traditional Greek dishes. Do as the locals do, and take a volta-- a leisurely stroll -- after your meal to walk off dinner along the quayside. In the surrounding areas, picturesque mountain villages offer scenic views and local products, while centuries-old monasteries perch atop rocky outcroppings. And, if that doesn't appeal, you can always head to a nearby beach for a relaxing day in the sun.

Where You're Docked

First impressions of Volos are not luxurious. The small and rather makeshift-looking passenger terminal contains nothing more than port police and agent offices with very few traveler conveniences, such as ATM's or Internet cafes.

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.

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.

Language

The locals speak Greek among themselves, but English is also widely spoken.

Shopping

You can pick up Greek icons painted on wood -- using pretty shades of azure, scarlet and gold -- from around 20 euros in the downtown antique shops.