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Property and local area description
Apartment with direct access to shady enclosed garden.
This apartment is located on the ground floor of a villa on the edge of a quiet seaside village about 7 mins walk from a sandy beach and the village centre. In the garden, which is shady and completely enclosed, you will find both a barbecue and play equipment for the use of our guests.
Come and discover an area of Greece popular with Greeks but largely untouched by foreign tourism and experience real Greek hospitality.
The "garden" bapartment:
Located on the ground floor of the villa, the accommodation consists of a very simply furnished self contained apartment approx. 42 sq.m. sleeping up to 4 people. This apartment has a twin bedroom, a bathroom with full bath with shower attachment and a large open plan living/ dining room with small double sofa bed and well equipped kitchen area. The bedroom has air-conditioning but the living room does not, although being on the ground floor it is normally quite cool. It offers direct access to the garden for al fresco meals! The views from this apartment are of the garden only. From the apartment there is direct access to the garden - great for breakfast al fresco!
The garden is fully enclosed and has extensive lawned areas as well as flower borders. There is plenty of shade from the olive and other trees and a barbeque for your use shared with other occupants ot the apartments. There are swings and a slide in the garden for the use of our younger guests and sometimes you may be lucky enough to see the wild tortoises which come into the garden.
The Village and Surrounding Area + Getting there!
You will find a warm welcome in Amaliapolis where the Greek concept of filoxenia (hospitality towards strangers) is still adhered to. Amaliapolis is popular with holidaying Greek families in late July and August but has very few foreign tourists.
The beach is within walking distance of the villa and is sandy and gently sloping - making it very suitable for young children. There is a choice of cafes and tavernas, with excellent fish, three of which stay open all year. The main square is a wonderful place to sit and watch the world go by and the fishing boats as they come and go.
The village also has two bakeries and two general stores, one of which also doubles as a butchers. It also has a childrens playground, 5-a-side football pitch and basketball court near the beach, with a beach volleyball court in summer. In the next village there is a larger supermarket, post office and pharmacy (15 mins drive away).
You can experience the real Greece here, largely untouched by mass market tourism.
The Surrounding Area:
Beaches: as well as the village beach (walking distance), there are several other nice sandy beaches within a 30 minute drive of the villa. In summer there are daily boat trips to Skiathos.
Archaeology: the area of Magnesia is also rich in archaeological sites including Ancient Thebes, Prehistoric Dimini,Sesklo and Dimitras. Volos has an excellent archaeological museum.
Shopping: Volos, from whence Jason and the Argonauts are said to have set sail, is a bustling small city with a wide range of shops, restaurants and ferry links to nearby islands such as Skiathos, Alonissos and Skopelos.
Excursions: the Pelion Peninsula is also within driving distance with beautiful scenery, historic mountain villages and seaside resorts - a good day trip. In winter there is even a ski resort on the peninsula!
Further afield you can visit classical Delphi (approx.120km), the Byzantine monasteries of Meteora (approx.180km) or the Hellenistic/Roman site of ancient Dion (approx. 170km).
There are flights to Volos Airport (20km) April-October with Ryanair and Air Berlin and also Monarch or you can fly to Athens or Thessaloniki. Large choice of scheduled, budget (Easyjet and Aegean) or charter flights. Then drive, all motorway until the last 13km, or take a long distance bus to Almyros/Volos. We can arrange for a taxi to meet yor bus (extra charge payable locally).
Use of a hire car is recommended to make the most of this beautiful area but we can also arrange for the local taxi or minibus service to meet flights/ take you on excursions.
When to visit: Spring and early summer(April, May, June) are excellent times to explore Greece - the weather is generally sunny but it is not too hot, but warm enough to swim in May and June. In Springtime the hills are covered in beautiful wild flowers and there is plentiful birdlife if you are into ornithology!Likewise September and October are great months - the sea is still very warm after the summer but the air temperature is more pleasant after the July/August heat. The winter months can also offer clear, sunny days to lift the spirits.