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 islands 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 islands 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 towns 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.
Karfas: A beautiful organized beach, which combines golden sand and
shallow waters Mavra Volia: One of the most famous beaches on the island,
covered in black pebbles, that came from the explosion made by Psarona volcano. Agia
Fotini: A beach with black and white pebbles and blue waters that will charm
you for sure. Komi: Beautiful beach with golden sun Vroulidia:
Sandy beach with crystal clear waters Elinda: A beautiful bay with one of
the best beaches of the island.
How to get there
By air: from Athens and Thessaloniki
By Ferry: from Piraeus,
Thessaloniki, Kavala, the eastern Aegean islands and the islands of