Venue

Time and Location

June 26 – June 28, 2014 

Vocational Training Center of University of Thessaly (KEK)

Gianniston & Lahana, Tsalapatas Complex 

The city of Volos

Volos is the capital of Magnesia that belongs to the region of Thessaly situated in the center of Greece, almost equally spaced from Athens and Thessaloniki. The Prefecture of Magnesia includes the Northern Sporades island cluster formed by the islands of Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonnissos, as well as other smaller islets that constitute the Northern Sporades National Marine Park, where the “Monachus Monachus” seal lives and reproduces.
The climate in Volos is Mediterranean with dry hot summers and mild winters. The average temperature in June is approximately 28oC,
the relative humidity drops to the comfortable 40% three days out of four. Precipitation is not likely around that period, historically occurring in less than 20% of days.
Half of the Prefecture’s terrain is mountainous. Spread along the Pagasitic Gulf, beautiful Pelion and its numerous picturesque villages, a mountain resonating with legends and traditions, was considered to be the summer residence of the Olympian Gods.
The region of Magnesia was inhabited from the Neolithic Period, as indicated by findings at Sesklo and Dimini. Today, Volos is one of the largest cities in Greece and a major port with modern buildings, an excellent layout and a bustling economic, commercial, touristic and cultural life. 
The University of Thessaly contributes to the cultural life of Volos. The University of Thessaly was founded in 1984. In order to serve the needs of the region of Thessaly, the first Departments that were established at the University were based on agricultural, educational and technological sciences. The current academic structure of the University of Thessaly offers undergraduate and postgraduate studies in humanities, agricultural sciences, engineering and health sciences
For more information on Magnesia: www.magnesia.gr 
For more information on Volos: www.volos-city.gr  

How to get to Volos

There are several ways to get to the city of Volos, most of them being a combination of public transport means. The simpler and more beneficial way to come to Volos is to get a direct a flight to Athens, spend a couple of days on sightseeing in Athens, and then use public transport from Athens to Volos as indicated below. You may also wish to allocate a day or two for a tour around Volos to visit the superb surrounding area of unique natural beauty at Pelion, the home of the Centaurs.

Fly directly to Volos

The Nea Anchialos National airport is a small military airport around half an hour drive from the city of Volos located 27km south-west from the city. It serves several destinations such as: Amsterdam, Charleroi, Frankfurt, Geneva, London, Manchester, Milan, Paris and Vienna. 

Airlines using the Nea Anchialos National airport include: Airliner, Austrian Airlines, FlyNiki, Germania Airlines, Monarch, Regional Airlines, Ryanair, Small Planet, Transavia and Transavia France.

From the airport to the city, you may use the public service managed by KTEL buses or take a taxi. 
For more information on the airport: www.volosairport.gr/en  
For more information on KTEL: ktelvolou.gr/en/home

Via Athens

The Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport is located 27 km east of the city of Athens. A large number of European and International carriers fly direct into Athens. The airport has excellent public transit connections to the city.
From the airport you may use:
  • Metro service that will cost you €8
  • Bus service that will cost you €5
  • Taxi that may cost you up to €35 during the day and €50 during the night. The cars are easily recognized because they are all yellow with illuminated sign marked "TAXI" on top.
There are two alternative ways to go from Athens to Volos:
  • By intercity train: From the Athens airport, using metro or taxi (not bus), you should get off at “St. Larissis” (on the red metro line) and get a train ticket to Volos. You will need to change over at the city of Larissa with the same ticket. For more information on the train service: tickets.trainose.gr/dromologia/  
  • By intercity bus: From the Athens airport, using bus X93 or taxi (not metro), you should get off at “St. Ypera/kon Leof. Liosion” and get a direct ticket to Volos.

Via Thessaloniki

Flights to Thessaloniki are available by many airlines from various parts of Europe. There are direct flights to Thessaloniki from London, Milan, Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Dusseldorf, Amsterdam, Zurich, Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Belgrade, Larnaca, Istanbul and Bucharest. During summer months there are also many charter flights, especially from cities in Germany and the UK.
From the airport, you may use:
  • Bus service: The airport is served by a 24-hour bus service from Thessaloniki Urban Transport Organization. On arrival at the Macedonia International Airport Terminal of Thessaloniki you can use the bus Line 78 (or Line 78N during night hours), route Airport - KTEL /central bus station, which goes directly to the city center. Tickets can be purchased from the Thessaloniki Urban Transport Organization (OASTH) desk 07.00 – 21.00 (cost €0.80), or from the automatic vendors inside the bus (cost €0.90).
  • Taxi: The cars are easily recognized because they are all blue and white with illuminated sign marked "TAXI" on top. The cost to the bus station should be about €20-25.
There are two alternative ways to go from Thessaloniki to Volos:
  • By intercity bus: Timetable information and online booking can be found at www.ktelvolou.gr
  • Indicative Timetable from Thessaloniki to Volos: 8:15, 11:00, 13:15, 15:15, 17:15, 19:15, 21:15, 23:00 Ticket price: one way €18.40, return €32.0.
  • By intercity train: Timetable information can be found at www.trainose.gr Ticket prices: €15 - €23.

Volos by car

Volos is the heart of Greece easily accessible virtually from anywhere. You should foresee a 3hour ride from Athens (330 km ) or a 2hour ride from Thessaloniki (and 212 km). The highway connecting all three cities is modern and comfortable. You should be expecting to spend around €15 for tolls and €40-50 of gas during single way.

How to get to the venue

The address of the venue is: “Giannitson and Lahana, 383 34 Volos”. Most buses pass pretty close from that area. GPS coordinates: 39.36548,22.932334. If puzzled, you may call at 2421 006367 for directions. Below a map view of the area to help orientation.

For more information on the itineraries and timetables of the buses: http://astikovolou.gr

Sightseeing

It is difficult to make a selection for a short visit in Volos. There are dozens of museums, monuments, villages, galleries, churches and so many walking tours and other activities worth seeing and undertaking during your stay. 
The most famous of those are summarized below:

The archaeological site of Dimini, 5 km west of Volos, next to the village of the same name, became known due to the relics of the Neolithic settlement on the hill. After the latest excavations, an important Mycenaean settlement has come to light, which, according to recent studies, is identified as ancient Iolkos. Of this significant Mycenaean settlement a palace complex has so far been unearthed, with workshop wings, warehouses and sites of worship, which are associated with two major dome tombs of the same period. A major road starts from this settlement and ends at the port of Pagasitikos Gulf. Part of the remaining city web has also been revealed, with well-constructed houses on either side of a second major street, which leads to the palace complex, which one enters through a monumental propylon.
Tel: 24210-85960. Open every day 8:30-15:00 closed on Mondays. Automatic sightseeing tour guide system in Greek and English.

 

 

The second and older Neolithic settlement is Sesklo, 15 km west of Volos, along the same road, after Dimini, and very close to present-day Sesklo village. The prehistoric settlement of Sesklo grew over the hill "Kastraki" and at the area around current Sesklo. Sesklo was first inhabited in the middle of the 7th millennium. In the Middle Neolithic period (5th millennium) the settlement becomes a large, unprecedented, area. The area is still inhabited and with Dimini shows that in this place history never ends.
Tel: 24210-85960. Open every day 8:30 - 15:00 closed on Mondays. Automatic sightseeing tour guide system in Greek and English.

 

 

The Achilleio cinema, a place of living culture that has remained open from 1925 to the present day. It was built according to plans drawn up by the architect K. Argyris.

 

 

The sculpture of the Argo, the symbol of the city. The myth of the Argonauts is Volos cultural heritage. On the initiative of Municipality of Volos, a realistic version of the ancient penteconter was reconstructed. The most famous ship in Greek mythology, "Argo", today signals the ancient Greek tradition of seamanship and culture in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea and brings the myth of Jason and the Argonauts back to life.

 

 

The Historical and Folk Museum of Portaria is housed in the two-storey mansion of D. Zoulias. The permanent exhibition presents aspects of the economic and cultural development of the area from the beginning of the 19th to the mid 20th century, highlighting the life style and activities of repatriated Greeks from Egypt in this locality.
Tel: 24283-50121. Open Tuesday-Friday 7:30-15:00 and Saturday 9:00-16:30

 

 

Sporades are a group of islands in the east coast of Greece. There are a number of islands in this group and only 3 of them (the biggest ones) are habited, Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos. They are also named North Sporades as Dodecanese used to be named South Sporades. They belong to the prefecture of Magnesia and are easily accessible through boat operating daily. All of islands are known for their beauty, green nature and their amazing beaches.