We can trace the history of contemporary Almyros back to ancient Alos,
home of Achilles, near the site Kefalosi; it was moved to its present location
after suffering repeated raids by pirates.
In the Archaeological
Museum the visitor can admire stone carvings, reliefs, inscriptions, as well
as artifacts from the Mycenean, Geometric, Classical and Hellenistic periods,
up until the age of the Roman Empire. A short distance form Almyros are the remains
of ancient Alos and the Kouri
forest, covering an area of 1,100 hectares with artificial lakes, various kinds
of animals and a miniature train, which takes visitors on a tour in the forest.
Setting out form Almyros one can visit the Monastery
of the Dormition, Upper Xenias, 600 metres up in the Othris
mountains, and admire the superb frescoes and carved wooden screen dating
from the 16th century, before enjoying a walk on the Othris mountains and through
the are of Zirelia, natural habitat of many aquatic species. The Forestry Department
office at Almyros supplies maps of planned walking routs and the Climbers Club
of Almyros will provide any information you need about climbing and mountain walks.
A short distance from the town are the beaches of Almyros, Euxeinoupolis
and Platanos, where you can
swim and enjoy the appetizers in one of the beautiful little tavernas. Two of
the year's high spots in the region are the Euxeinoupolis
carnival and the fish evening on Almyros beach, organized every June.
This text (extract) is cited November 2003 from the GNTO
- Region of Thessaly
- Prefecture of Magnesia
- Magnesia Prefecture
Tourism Committee tourist pamphlet.