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Makrinitsa description and photos - Greece: Volos. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The name in English is Makrinitsa.
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Makrinitsa is one of the largest and most interesting mountain villages in Pelion. It is located not far from the city of Volos at an altitude of 350-700 m above sea level, in the form of an amphitheater going down the slopes of a picturesque mountain covered with dense vegetation. Makrinitsa is also called "the balcony of Pelion", as its central square offers stunning panoramic views of the Volos and the Pagassian Gulf below.
Makrinitsa has its history since ancient times. In the 17th century, along with Zagora, it was one of the main cultural centers of the region. The town was actively developing in the middle of the 19th century. From those times, magnificent old mansions have been perfectly preserved, which today are of important historical value.
In recent decades, the village has become a popular tourist destination. Despite the huge influx of tourists, Makrinitsa managed to preserve its unique flavor and charm. Traditional stone houses (mostly three-story), designed in the same style and literally immersed in greenery, cobbled streets, numerous fountains create a special atmosphere and comfort.
A favorite place for local residents and guests of Makrinitsa is its main square. In cozy taverns and cafes under centuries-old spreading plane trees, you can hide from the heat, relax and enjoy the excellent local cuisine. One of the coffee houses is decorated with magnificent frescoes by the famous Greek artist Theophilos. The square also houses the magnificent marble fountain of the Immortal Water, built in 1809, and the Church of St. John.
You should definitely visit the churches of St. Athanasius, St. Nicholas, St. George and the monastery of St. Gerasim. Among the sights of Makrinitsa, it is also necessary to highlight a small but interesting Ethnographic Museum.
Just 12 km from Makrinitsa there is the excellent ski resort of Agriolefkes. Beach lovers will find a lot of good beaches near Volos.
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