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Makrinitsa square
Makrinitsa square
Makrinitsa is located in Greece
Location within the regional unit
DE Makrinitsis.svg
Coordinates: 39°24′N 22°59′E / 39.400°N 22.983°E / 39.400; 22.983Coordinates: 39°24′N 22°59′E / 39.400°N 22.983°E / 39.400; 22.983
Administrative regionThessaly
Regional unitMagnesia
 • Municipal unit59.9 km2 (23.1 sq mi)
600 m (2,000 ft)
 • Municipal unit
 • Municipal unit density12/km2 (30/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
370 11
Area code(s)24280
Vehicle registrationΒΟ

Makrinitsa (Greek: Μακρινίτσα), nicknamed "balcony of Mt. Pelion," is a village and a former community in Magnesia, Thessaly, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Volos, of which it is a municipal unit.[2] The municipal unit has an area of 59.903 km2.[3]


The name is first attested in the early 13th century through the Makrinitissa Monastery. "Makrinitissa" itself is a more scholarly form of "Makrinitsa", which must have been the colloquial name even at the time. It is of Slavic origin, originally Mokrinitsa, a diminutive form of Mokrina, "wet place", referring to the water-rich environs of the village. The name was Hellenized with the change of the first vowel to "a" from the Greek word makrys, "long".[4]


It is situated in the northwestern part of the Pelion mountains, 6 km northeast of Volos. One of the most characteristic traditional settlements, full of mansions and houses that look like hanging ornaments on the green mountain side. One of the traditional coffee houses is decorated with a fresco by the famous Greek painter Theofilos. The picturesque cobbled paths of Makrinitsa are scattered with traditional water fountains. Makrinitsa is a popular tourist destination, especially during the winter.

The village is the home of the Museum of Folk Art and History of Pelion, housed in the historic Topali Mansion, with over 1,500 objects related to the folk culture and everyday life of the region.[5]

Historical population[edit]

Year Population
1981 546
1991 651
2001 898
2011 694



  1. ^ a b "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority.
  2. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (in Greek)
  3. ^ "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-21. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Giannopoulos, N. I. (1924). "Αι παρά την Δημητριάδα Βυζαντιναί μοναί". Ἐπετηρίς Ἐταιρείας Βυζαντινῶν Σπουδῶν (in Greek). 1: 210–240.
  5. ^ "Pelion Museum of Folklore and History",, archived from the original on 2016-03-15, retrieved 2016-01-15 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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