Attractive villa sleeping up to 12 people in an unspoilt seaside village with sandy beach and tavernas within walking distance ideal for family holidays and exploring mainland Greece.
The villa is located on the edge of a quiet seaside village about 7 mins walk from a sandy beach and the village centre. Simply furnished, the villa offers sea views, balconies to relax on and a large, shady, enclosed garden surrounded by olive groves.
Come and discover an area of Greece popular with Greeks but largely untouched by foreign tourism and experience real Greek hospitality.
The accommodation is EOT (MInistry of Tourism) approved and has been awarded 3 keys to reflect the good standard of accommodation and facilities offered (MHTE 0726K123K03015-1)
The accommodation consists of three simply furnished self contained apartments which altogether give approx. 160 sq.m. sleeping up to 12 people in total. The first floor apartment (80sq.m.) is fully air-conditioned and has 2 twin bedrooms, a large L shaped open plan living/dining room with a fully equipped kitchen adjoining the dining area. There is a bathroom with full bath with shower attachment and WC and also a separate cloakroom with WC.
The 2 second floor apartments each have a twin bedroom with air conditioning and a separate bathroom with full bath with shower attachment. They also each have an open plan living/ dining area with double sofa bed and well equipped kitchen area (not airconditioned but with ceiling fan). Two large and eight small balconies help to make the most of the wonderful sun! At certain times of the year one ground floor apartment which is similar to the second floor apartments may be substituted for one of the second floor apartments.
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. Chose whether you eat on the balconies or in the garden itself! There are childrens swings and a slide in the garden 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, some 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', and a pharmacy. 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 (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 from a nearby village.
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: the nearest town is Almyros which has banks and other amenities all only 20 mins drive away. 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 AirBerlin, Monarch and Ryanair or fly to Athens or Thessaloniki which have a large choice of scheduled, budget (Easyjet and Aegean) or charter flights. Then drive, all motorway until the last 15km, or take a long distance bus to Almyros/Volos.
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.
Lovely villa set in olive groves-peaceful but not far from pretty beach.Suitable for swimming especially early morning! beach bars have a great atmosphere and always clean.Locals very friendly and sea front is beautiful. Not too crowded and quite sophisticated. A variety of places to eat nearby serving local delicacies and fresh fish. Wine an acquired taste!!
Car useful for touring the area -plenty of interesting places and easy driving.Petrol station conveniently placed just up the road and freindly service.
Villa equipped with information sheets and suggestions for trips.We found it very useful.
Villa is well maintained with regular visits from cleaner and gardener.
Ideal holiday for us adults but would also be suitable for families with young or teenage children. We cant wait to visit again !
Review by guest 2nd July 2012
The house was spotless on our arrival, it is set off the quiet road into the village about 50m down a dirt track which wasnt a problem even for our rental car. There is a view from the 2nd floor terrace/balcony across the village rooftops out into the gulf & most days a nice breeze so great for evenings cool downs with a g& t after a day on the beach the village itself is a 3 min walk to a small bridge where left & a further 2 mins take you to shops (basic but enough) & a few tavernas or right & a further 2 mins takes you to the small beach with its 2 well appointed but not noisy bars which cater for your beach needs with sun beds drinks & snacks.
Night time in Amaliapolis doesnt really happen much before 9:30 & during our 2 weeks we ate at most tavernas at least twice (perhaps limited choices but great fresh food). Out & about the local towns, city (Volos), & small villages are all very rural but equally charming. One word of warning would be that we never saw another English person the whole time, so if you go expecting to find a copy of the sun a pint of carling & a full english breakfast you will be sadly dissapointed. On the other hand if you want to interact & perhaps try out your dodgy Greek I cant imagine a nicer place to go, everyone we met was friendly & always eager to help. The UK we came back to seemed a far more hectic place.....
Review from Guest July 2012
In Amaliapolis kann man sehr schön Urlaub machen.der Ort ist klein, hat aber nette Tavernen zu bieten und einen kleinen, sauberen Strand (weitere, größere Strände sind mit dem Auto schnell zu erreichen). Das schöne, große Haus ist nah am Ort in ruhiger Lage. Man kommt zu Fuß schnell ans Wasser. Alles ist sehr sauber und im Garten sitzt man lauschig unter Olivenbäumen. Die Austattung ist gut, die Abwicklung und Wegbeschreibung vorbildlich. Wir haben uns dort sehr wohl gefühlt. Viele Ausflugsziele sind gut zu erreichen, etwa Meteora, Delphi, der Pilion. Ich würde das Haus jederzeit meinen Freunden weiterempfehlen.Ein schönes Fleckchen ErdePelz, Fürth, Bayern, DeutschlandDate of Stay: August 2008 Rating5 out of 5Very nice place to stay, clean and close to beachCanadian familyDate of Stay: June 2008I recommend this nice villa to stay for everyone that want to relax and have a beach nearby. The place was clean and very nice. All the equipment and tourist info included were usefull. The village is also very nice and the communication is OK. Don't hesitate to rent this villa.
About the owner
I feel deeply privileged to have this beautiful house in a wonderful part of Greece and I would like to share that good fortune by inviting others to experience a holiday there. I have gone to the trouble of obtaining an EOT (Greek Tourist Organisation) licence to rent these apartments to show that I am serious about the comfort and safety of my guests and they have awarded me 3 'keys' , a level of licence which is quite hard for a small business like this to achieve. I have also done this because I believe in supporting the Greek economy and pay taxes on my earnings unlike many villa owners! Please come and stay and you will be enchanted with this area of Thessaly as we were on our first visit.
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