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Chios

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Τhe Island of Chios has 66 villages. Each has its beauty and its particular characteristics. It is certainly worth to visit. 

Chios is The land of mastic. You could find Mastic trees only in South Chios. South Chios includes 24 villages. 

In the prefecture of Chios belongs also the isalnds:

 

Oinousses

Is 9 nM from Chios port or 5 nM by Lagada. The port of Oinouses is large and safe. You could choose between Zegapa, Vilali or Castle beaches.

Psara

It is a small island near 45 miles from the port of Chios or 17n.M.

 

  • Volissos

    Volissos

  • Anavatos

    Anavatos

  • Sailing

    Sailing

  • Kampos

    Kampos

  • chios marina

    chios marina

  • Port of Chios

    Port of Chios

  • Daskalopetra

    Daskalopetra

  • Chios

    Chios

  • Olympon Cave

    Olympon Cave

  • Chios

    Chios

  • Mesta

    Mesta

  • Pirgi

    Pirgi

Tourist attractions, venues and activities

Karfas

A tourist seaside 7 km south of the city. There are many hotels and a lovely long beach with golden sand. Summer has many tourists.

 

Thimiana

Located 7 km south of Chios town. It is one of the largest villages on the island with about 1600 inhabitants. At 2km from Thymiana is the port of Ag. Hermione Megas Limionas.

 

Avgonima

16 kilometers from the city of Chios, a rocky hill is the picturesque village of Avgonima. The houses are built with stone. During sunset, the view of the Aegean sea and of Psara and clean beach Elinta are unique motifs for visitors.

 

Anavatos

16km from the town, is built on a conical cliff 450 meters above the sea, with steep sides to the south and west and with only a single access to the north.

The village was abandoned after the terrible massacres of 1822 and today is a national monument for all the people of Chios. The houses inside the walls were narrow and made of the same grey stone. They have flat roofs, low doors and tiny windows like loopholes. Called Mystras of the Aegean.

 

Lithi

The name probably comes from the characteristic of "True Port" given there by old travellers. Lithi is the birthplace of Andreas Siggros. Lithi is known as a fishing village. The sunset is unique and unforgettable. It is worthwhile to visit the sandy beach and enjoy the beautiful sea and fresh fish.

 

Nea Moni

The monastic complex of Nea Moni, the most prominent monument of medieval times in Chios, founded in the mid 11th century.

Nea Moni is a monument of international importance, but repeatedly destroyed in the 19th century. In 1822 was sacked by the Turkish and was also destroyed by the earthquake of 1881. Nea Moni belongs to the monuments designated as a World Heritage Site and protected by UNESCO

Shore Excursions

Beaches close to town

There are seasides close to town, such as the Bella Vista beach. It is an organized beach with umbrellas and seats, very close to the port. At the outskirts of the town there are other seasides such as Ormos Lo beach, Afanis Naftis, Agia Paraskevi and Daskalopetra. They are at the Vrontados waterfront, more or less a ten-minute drive from the town. In all of them there are canteens or cafes near by and also taverns, enabling the visitor to combine their swim with lunch or refreshments

 

North Side Beaches

Heading north, you first encounter Mersinidi beach, a relatively unknown and not very easily accessible beach until recently. However, after the path that leads to the seaside was improved, it has become one of the most popular seasides. There is no canteen there, so visitors are advised to bring water or other drinks. Another choice in the same area is Glaroi beach, a vivid destination known for the loud music and party atmosphere that has become a hot spot for the youths of the island. The visitor can enjoy the deep blue sea with a coffee or drink. The canteen also provides seats and sun beds. However, the visitor can choose simply to lie on the beach. Near Kardamyla village there are three beautiful seasides, Giosonas, with large white pebbles, Nagos and Gialiskari. A visit to these seasides can be combined with an excursion to Kardamyla, or even norther.

 

West Side Beaches

At the northwest side of Chios, there are a lot of choices among small and large gulfs, with green blue waters. At dozens of these seasides the pine trees reach the sea. Driving from the south, from Mesta village towards Volissos you can reach dozens of seasides of the west coast, such as Agia Eirini, Lithi, Elinda, Metochi, Tigani, Trachili, Prastia, Magemena, Managros, Limnia, Lefkathia, Limnos, Lampsa, Agia Markella. From the northwest seasides you can see the island of Psara, which also has lots of interesting and beautiful seasides. Even norther, there are more seasides with crystal clear waters such as Ezousa, Agios Isidoros, Agios Georgios, Agiasmata etc. However, the most important thing to remember is that not all seasides are referenced in the island’s tourist guides, so sea trips can often hide a surprise – you never know what you are going to get

 

South Side Beaches

The south part of the island also offers plenty of choices regarding seasides. There is the highly touristic beach of Karfas, a sandy beach surrounded by numerous cafes, restaurants and hotels. Also, Komi near Kalamoti village is a cosmopolitan seaside, another hot spot for young people and families. There is also the beach of Megas Limnionas, after Karfas and the popular beach of Agia Foteini (Agia Fotia) on the road to Kallimasia village. After that we reach Katarraktis village built on the waterfront with excellent fish taverns. Then there is Nenita, with two seasides, Gridia and Vokaria, Ayios Yannis, Viri and Lilikas. However, the first seaside that comes to mind when thinking of the south part is Mavra Volia beach, perhaps the most famous beach of Chios. The black pebbles, a result of volcanic activity in ancient times, high rocks and dark blue waters form an impressive scenery. Southeast of Mavra Volia, lies another impressive seaside, Vroulidia, with small pebbles and green waters and with a view to Venetiko islet.

 

Other worth visiting seasides near the medieval villages of the south are Avlonia, Kato Fana, Agia Dynami, Karinda, Apotheca, Salagona, Didima. These are a bit remote, not very popular, but definitely worth a visit.

 

 

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