Volos is the capital of the department of Magnesia, the largest port city in Thessaly and also an important commercial and industrial centre. Volos is not an old city because there has occurred a severe earthquake in 1955. The city was completely destroyed and then was completely rebuilt. However, the traditional Greek customs have been preserved, it is really worthwhile to visit a typical Greek "Kafeneion" and order the delicious snacks with a carafe of tsipouro.
Volos is built atop the ancient city of Iolkos. According to Greek mythology, the king of Iolkos Pelias, gave his cousin Jason orders to find the Golden Fleece (Chrissomalon Derras)far before the beginning of the Trojan War. He was hoping that he would never return. Jason and his men reiterate from Iolkos and it was later called the journey of the Argonauts. With the help of the sorceress Media Jason succeeded to bring back the Golden Fleece.