The last city I planned to visit before going back to Stockholm was Volos. Volos is located 320km north of Athens and it is one of the few cities that combine sea and mountain pleasure in a very close distance. For this reason, Volos is an attractive destination all year long that covers various needs of its visitors. I should say that I have a personal connection to this city because my grandmother’s heritage comes from Volos. She moved to Athens to get married in a young age, but all her 11 siblings stayed in Volos and created their own families. As you can imagine, nowadays I have numerous uncles, aunts and cousins to visit, therefore I go to Volos at least twice a year.
Volos has a special admirable quality that I appreciate, that is why I would choose to live there if Sweden hadn’t changed my daily life the last two years now. A great part of Volos population is students, a fact that makes the city being alive and especially focused on shaping a cultural way of living. Also, Volos is probably the most bike-friendly city of Greece. The city’s infrastructure is getting improved year by year in order to host even more bicycle lovers and eventually approach the European standards.
Another characteristic of my beloved city is a special kind of tavern. They are called “tsipouradika” to honor the traditional drink “tsipouro”, which is a strong distilled spirit containing 40-45% alcohol by volume and is produced from the pomace. Tsipouro comes in two kinds; pure or anise-flavored and it is particularly produced in the broader area of Thessaly. These taverns serve tsipouro, which is accompanied with fresh seafood appetizers.