The historical elements of Chios are as many as its beauties. Many of its
traditional villages are built in medieval architectural style of incomparable
beauty. The trademark of the island is the special type of lentisk resin
produced by the mastic tree. This tree thrives only within the 21 mastic
villages of southern Chios. Chios town is the island's capital and main port.
The island has everything, from valleys with flowers to beautiful sandy of
Chios town, spread out along the east coast, is the island's capital and main
port. The town of Chios can be characterized as the center of its civilization.
In the city one can find evidence from all periods of its long history since the
Chios town has always covered the same geographic area in each rebuilding
through its history. While your walk in the center of the town you must visit
the Archaeological and Byzantine museum that will bring up historical memories,
the Naval museum, the famous Korais Library with 135.000 volumes including
valuable manuscripts describing the events of the local history and a collection
of rare books of Adamantios Korais as well as the unique collection of documents
related to Chios, the Castle of Chios, built in the Byzantine times and repaired
during the Genova occupation during the 15th century. Along the central road of
the castle one can visit the church of Saint George and to the north the Turkish
Baths. Worth seeing are also the Kria Vrisssi and Koule, the Turkish tower.
Besides the historical monuments the city of Chios provides hours of relaxation
either at the town's main square, Plateia Vournakiou, with its café and sweet
shop or the busy and picturesque harbour with the traditional taverns. In
addition Aplotaria, the commercial street is the ideal place for shopping while
the near by beaches are ideal for swimming and enjoyment.
A beautiful organized beach, which combines golden sand and
One of the most famous beaches on the island,
covered in black pebbles, that came from the explosion made by Psarona volcano.
A beach with black and white pebbles and blue waters that will charm
you for sure.
Beautiful beach with golden sun
Sandy beach with crystal clear waters
A beautiful bay with one of
the best beaches of the island.
Situated just outside the city of Chios. A fertile valley with
gardens and citrus groves where one can see the old Genoese mansions with the
beautiful pebbled yards.
Is the largest medieval mastic village. The facades of the front
village houses are painted with bands of geometric designs known as "xysta".
Situated west of the capital, and built on a natural medieval
Volissos is at the north part of Chios with its ruined
Byzantine castle and the Monastery of Agia Markella.
a monastery with some of the most brilliant samples of
is built on the site of ancient Kardamilis. The architecture
of the village is traditional with narrow streets, covered passages and stone
built houses decorated with flowers and plants.
How to get there
- By air: from Athens and Thessaloniki
- By Ferry: from Piraeus, Thessaloniki, Kavala, the eastern Aegean islands and the islands of Dodecanese.