Sheltered from the Meltemi in the calm Pagasitiko Gulf lies the pretty fishing village of Mitzella.
Completely off the beaten track and unknown to the vast majority of foreigners, Mitzella takes one back several decades to a time when Greece was a quieter, simpler place.
Across the bay rise the mountain ranges of Pelion and the island of Skiathos; the wonders of Meteora are just over an hour away, as is Thermopylae, the Byzantine glories of Salonika are 2 ½ hours away, Delphi is a short trip by car.
This is an opportunity to explore a beautiful and lesser known part of Greece.
About our Town
Amaliapolis, (Greek: Αμαλιάπολη) a picturesque seaside village in Greece located 60km south of Volos.
Coordinates: 39°10′03″N 22°53′17″E.
Situated in a small, sleepy bay on the western side of the Pagasetic Gulf, also known as Nea Mitzela, named after the first Greek Queen Amalia in 1840. It’s location offers protection from the harsh Meltemi winds in the summer months and is considered a refuge from the popular “tourist traps” of neighboring holiday retreats.
Just adjacent one finds a small island off-shore with a quaint little church called Agia Trianthas dating back to the 13th century which is illuminated at night adding a romantic backdrop to the already picturesque village.
“Mitjella”, its local name, has gentle sloping sandy beaches and several tantelizing tavernas which are never in short supply of fresh fish caught daily.
There are several new quaint bars to enjoy drinks at sunset right on the water.
Nearby are several bays where one can go boating and discover virgin territory where the water is irradecent and the warm sea inviting.
Mitzela is a lovely fishing village and has remained as such. You will often see these colorful wooden boats adorning the sea with one sole fisherman. In times of old lanterns were used while fishing at night to illuminate the sea and attract fish.
While star gazing some 30 years ago, the owner of Villa Polyxena cought a glimpse of a fishing boat passing by. Its bright lantern illuminated the darkness behind him revealing the stunning beauty of of the ancient church just 400 meters away. This wonderful glow of the light and reflection of the church proved so beautiful that the owner of the villa decided to illuminate the small church powered by generators the very next day.
For many years the night lights were only lit when the family came to Mitjella for their summer holidays. Today a photo-voltaic system has taken the generators place which lights the island every night of the year.