Southeast of Volos, the coastal road passes through successive resorts that fill in summer with local day-trippers and weekend visitors. While places such as Kala Nera and Afissos can be very lovely, if you’re looking for an idyllic seaside stay, it’s well worth continuing further to south Pelion.
Beyond Afissos, the road veers inland and winds up to the attractive farming community of Argalasti before descending once again to the twin resorts of Horto and Milina. The scenery here is quite magnificent, with sparsely forested hills, sweeping views across the bay, and lovely beaches. Beyond Milina lies even more remote and spectacular territory, whether you branch southwest to Trikeri or southeast towards Platanias.
Paou is a small coastal hamlet, located 5 km from Argalasti and 45 km from the city of Volos.
A short distance before you reach the lovely beach, you will come across the charming Byzantine monastery of Agios Nikolaos that was built in 1778. The monastery is situated within olive groves and spring fountains.
The monastery was destroyed during the Turkish occupation in 1843, but was renovated in the later years and is used by the university of Thessaly as a conference and cultural center
It is worth visiting this monastery and admire the lovely Byzantine and Meta Byzantine ( Post-Byzantine ) decorations inside.