Charter Yachts Volos: Why Sail from Volos?
In the past few years, Volos has grown steadily from a small yacht-charter base with a few professional charter yachts, to a major sailing hub for the Sporades islands, the gulf of Volos (Pagasitikos) and the northern part of Evia, the second largest island in Greece. The nearby airport at Anchealos now brings in charter flights from many European cities throughout the summer, including flights from Gatwick with Easyjet. An hour after your plane lands you can be boarding your yacht in Volos harbour. From there you can set sail to beautiful anchorages in the clear, calm waters of the gulf within a few hours, such as Milina, Horto, Kottes in the south east of the gulf, or the small island of Paleo Trikeri, with two fabulous tavernas, or the idyllic fishing village of Aghia Kyriaki at the mouth of the gulf. Or you could explore the western side of the gulf, visiting Almiros, Anchealos and Amaliapolis.
Only a short sail further as you leave the gulf and head out into the Aegean, you could spend your first night on the northern shores of Evia at a quite lively town called ‘Orei’. From there, whether you are sailing for one week or longer, you can sail east into the Sporades islands, the most famous of which is Skiathos, with her beautiful beaches; Skopelos, covered in churches and pine trees and still one of the most beautiful islands in Greece and then on towards Alonissos and the northern islands of the marine park, a protected area where you may catch a glimpse of dolphins, turtles and the endangered Mediterranean Monk Seal. The island of Skyros also belongs to the group although it is further south and east, hence the name ‘Sporadic’ islands.
One of the advantages of charter yachts Volos is that each boat has its permanent mooring, with electricity and water on the quay, and there is so much to see and do in Volos itself. Being on the mainland, Volos is easy to get to, and it’s only a day-sail away from the islands. The area became especially popular after the release of the film/musical ‘Mamma Mia’ which was filmed around these islands. There’s also plenty of opportunity to get off the beaten track, visiting uninhabited islands or isolated anchorages and spend the night under the stars, sail through a marine nature reserve or visit a remote monastery. Charter a boat here and you’ll soon be telling all your friends about the places you discovered!
The City of Volos
Volos, is a captivating city that seamlessly combines rich history, natural beauty, and modern urban life. Located on the eastern coast, it boasts a stunning waterfront along the Pagasetic Gulf, where visitors can enjoy leisurely walks, relax at cafes, and take in breathtaking views. With a fascinating past, Volos was a prominent member of the ancient Thessalian League and remnants of its glory can be explored at the Archaeological Museum. The modern city is built on the area of the ancient cities of Pagasae and Iolkos, which was the homeland of the mythological hero Jason, who sailed the ship “Argo” with his Argonauts in the quest to find the Golden Fleece. A replica of the Argo can today be seen in the main port of Volos and has been used in recreations of the ancient journey.
Volos is a vibrant cultural center, hosting festivals celebrating music, dance, and local gastronomy. Its shopping districts offer a variety of boutiques and traditional markets, while the nightlife scene is bustling with bars, clubs, and tavernas. Whether seeking a relaxing evening by the sea or a vibrant night out, Volos provides a social scene that appeals to all; it is a city that effortlessly blends history, natural wonders, and modern amenities, leaving a lasting impression on all who visit.
Volos holds a strategic position as a starting point for your sailing adventure. It’s easily accessible, making it convenient for travellers to reach. As a dynamic and cosmopolitan city, Volos offers all the amenities and provisions you might need before embarking on your journey. But what sets Volos apart is its unique blend of elements – it’s a city defined not only by its proximity to the islands and their sandy beaches but also by the majestic Mount Pelion that stands as a backdrop. This means you have access to both island escapades and mountain thrills
The Pagasetic gulf and the Sporades
Anchorages and Bays: There are plenty of wonderful spots to drop anchor in the Sporades. These islands have been really well-preserved, keeping their natural beauty intact. By kicking off your journey in Volos, you not only get to experience the magic of the Sporades but also have the chance to explore the gorgeous Pagasetic Gulf. This means even more opportunities to discover charming anchorages and hidden bays along the coast which are less known and more isolated.
Snorkeling Adventures: The Sporades islands and the Pagasetic Gulf provide a captivating underwater world for snorkeling enthusiasts. The crystal-clear waters unveil a vibrant marine ecosystem, with colorful fish, unique rock formations, and even the possibility of encountering friendly dolphins. Islands like Alonissos, known for its marine park, offer exceptional snorkeling opportunities. Exploring the hidden coves and bays will reveal secluded spots where you can immerse yourself in the wonders of the underwater realm.
Hiking in Mount Pelion – The Mythical Domain of the Centaurs: When you venture into Mount Pelion’s hiking routes and trails, you’re stepping into a mythical realm that’s steeped in history and natural beauty. The region boasts a diverse range of trails, from easy walks to more challenging routes. Wander through enchanting forests, traverse ancient cobblestone paths, and take in breathtaking vistas that overlook both the Aegean Sea and the Pagasetic Gulf. The captivating scenery is sure to make your hiking experiences unforgettable. Don’t forget to explore the picturesque villages that dot the mountainside, each with its own unique character and charm.
If you have a day or more to spare, it’s certainly worth hiring a car and exploring the beautiful villages of Mount Pelion that rise up behind Volos, or some of the beautiful beaches on the other side of the mountain such as Horefto, Agios Giannis, Milopotomos and many more.
“SEA CULTURE AND FOOD”
Even if you only have a few hours or spend your first or last evening in Volos, you would be encouraged to try the fare at one of the numerous, famous ‘tsipouradiko’ restaurants that line the seafront. Here you can sample delicious seafood dishes or ‘meze’ which are served with small bottles of ‘tsipouro’, a local version of ouzo but with a less intense aniseed flavour. The locals order only the bottles and the ‘meze’ are brought as an accompaniment. You never really know what you’ll get next but they never serve the same dish twice.
The Guardian newspaper named Volos one of the BEST Coastal Cities in Europe. Read the article here.
Getting to Volos