Magnesia

The prefecture of Magnesia belongs to Thessaly and also owns the islands of the Northern Sporades.

The capital of the prefecture is the historic Volos, while the largest mountain in the area is the enchanting Pelion, the mountain of the Centaurs.

There, according to the Greek mythology, lived Chiron, the mythical Centaur, the teacher of many heroes, such as Achilles, Hercules and Jason. Besides, Jason started from Magnesia, from the port of Iolkos, the Argonauts campaign so as to steal the Golden Fleece from Kochlida.

The fact that Magnesia was inhabited since the early prehistoric times is evidenced by dozens of Neolithic settlements, most notably by Sesklo and Dimini. Especially in Sesklo, evidence of civilization from the beginning of the 7th millennium BC was revealed.

Apart from the prehistoric settlements mentioned above, the traveler can visit the archaeological site of Goritsa, the ancient theater of Mikrothives, can board the train of Pelion where he can admire its villages and their special architectural structure.

The place of Magnesia is particularly rich in the production of argicaltural livestock products, mainly honey, chestnuts of Pelion, and the famous apples Firikia.

 

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