Where are you?
Travel & Airports
Airports: Volos 60 mins by car; Thessaloniki 2.5 hrs by car; Athens 4 hrs by car. Skiathos (1.5 hrs by boat). Good bus and train links to Athens and Thessaloniki.
Nearest town: Volos (30 mins) Lots of car hire firms (Hertz, Eurocar, Avis etc) in Volos (15 km). Kala Nera (2km) has a small car hire place which also does mopeds. Boat hire a little further down the coast. There are regular local buses from the village to Volos or down the peninsula.
Access to the property is on cobbled village paths. Not suitable for people with mobility problems or fashionable footwear.
Plenty of free parking 20 metres from the studio.
Vehicular access involves nipping along a section of the heritage railway line. Although this sounds alarming it is in fact a designated road, maintained by the local council. Train drivers know that at any given moment there may be cats, dogs, goats, walkers or children with bicycles on the track, and drive at a walking pace hooting and whistling as they go. The train frequently grinds to a halt when it meets a herd of goats or finds that someone has parked on the track and has to be asked to move.
You can avoid driving on the railway by parking 150 metres downhill of the studio and walk up the cobbled path but where’s the fun in that?
Frequently Asked Questions:
Probably the question we get asked more than any other.
Spring starts early – in mid February with lots of clear, sunny days. Daytime temperatures in the high teens, although when it rains it can feel quite chilly. The sea temperature is around 16-17 C. Snow is a rarity in Gatzea, although there may be as much as a metre at the summit of Mount Pelion. The best flowers are from March to May.
Summers are hot and dry. It seldom rains, although you might experience the occasional spectacular thunder storm. Day-time averages in the mid 30’s C. Sea temperatures around 28C.
Autumns are warm and sunny, with the occasional rain day. Sea temperatures around 26C, dropping to about 19C by Christmas.
Winter daytime temperatures are in the high teens, when the sun is shining – so warm enough to have lunch outside but not dinner. It can rain and then the temperature can drop below 10C. Sea temperatures 18-19 C.
You will see more of the area if you hire a car. You will see more of the Greek people if you use public transport. About half of the people in the village have cars: the rest rely on buses or mules. In the height of summer we would recommend hiring a car – not because anywhere is very far to walk but it is hot enough to take the spring out of your step.
Is it suitable for children?
We cannot accommodate children at The Old Bakery but they are welcome at Oliver’s Cottage, under the same management.
We can also supply home-produced extra virgin olive oil and locally-made charcoal for your barbecue.