Myths of Volos and Pelion
The land of the Centaurs
In history and in art, the Centaurs are shown as having a human torso and the lower body of a horse. The best-known Centaur was Chiron, a wise teacher whose students included Asclepius, Jason and Achilles.
He was the first to use herbs to treat illnesses and injuries. According to myth, Chiron belonged to the famed race of Centaurs descended from the gods and were wise, just, good-hearted, and friends and supporters of humans.
The expedition of Jason and the ArgonautsVolos is at the centre of the myth of the Argonaut expedition known the world over. The first major naval expedition of the ancient Greeks is directly related to Iolcos, the ruling city on the Pagasetic Gulf during the Bronze Age. It was from here that the ship Argo set off with Jason and the Argonauts for Colchis in the Black Sea (Russian-Georgian border) to claim the Golden Fleece.
A mythical destination
Resort of the gods
No matter what you hear about Volos and Pelion, while it may sound much like a myth, it is ultimately all true.
Apple of Discord, a prize for a godly beauty pageant
The wedding of Peleus and Thetis took place in the forests of Pelion. All of the gods had been invited except Eris, the goddess of discord. Feeling scorned, she threw the famous golden apple with the inscription "To the fairest one" amidst Hera, Aphrodite and Athena, who began to argue over who should get it.
Zeus suggested the goddesses be led to Paris, the Prince of Troy, so he could choose the most beautiful. And that is how the first beauty pageant came to be held. Paris gave the apple to Aphrodite and she helped him steal the heart of Helen of Troy. Her abduction led to the Trojan War.
According to Greek mythology, Pelion was the summer retreat of the 12 Olympians. By throwing boulders from here and down into the sea, Zeus created the beautiful Sporades islands (Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos).
The myth talks about the Centaurs who live in Pelion - magical, half-man, half-horse creatures. It's true. The Centaurs you meet today are the image of humans mounted on horses as they explore the beauty of the forest along the mountain trails. The myth says that the ancient gods lived here in the summer. It's true. Each time you dive into the water and relax on the beaches and crystal-blue waters, you will understand why.
The myth says that Jason and the Argonauts set off on the Argo from Volos harbour to find the Golden Fleece. Even now, modern-day Argonauts experience the beauty of the sea through any number of activities on or near the water.