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Volos is a city of Thessaly, built in the innards of the Pagasitic Gulf near the site of ancient Iolkos and at the foot of the mountain of Centaurs, Pelion. It is one of the largest cities in Greece and one of its most important ports.

It is a historic city as ancient Magnesia is among the first areas inhabited in Greece, with Neolithic settlements and important Mycenaean sites. The modern city hosts the University of Thessaly with 15000 students, the Municipal Theater, the Conservatory and its Symphony Orchestra. It has hosted football matches in the context of the 2004 Olympic Games at the state-of-the Panthessaliko Stadium.

It is located at short distance from the main road of the country, almost in the centre, is connected by rail and air with the rest of Greece while its port is connected daily by ships and hydrofoil with the Sporades and of course is served by urban and intercity bus lines.