Made from volcanic ground, the island of Chios emerges in the northern waters of the Aegean Sea. While the northern part is mainly covered with mountains and barren lands, the southern part is colored by fruits, almonds, olives, vines and uncountable mastic trees. These are the most characteristic trees of the island, a bush from whose fruits the Chian exclusively produce worldwide known products, such as, the mastic gum and a unique liquor that is served as an appetizer.
Chios has much to offer, from sandy beaches, extraordinary caves and medieval stone villages, to remote mountains, unusual museums and a thoroughly Hellenic nightlife. It is one of those islands that grows on you slowly, but has a lasting effect. Its people are reserved, but friendly, very hospitable and surprisingly cosmopolitan; indeed, you will meet many whose shipping careers have taken them around the world.
With its excellent home-style cooking, authentic villages and endless opportunities for solitude on a coastline largely untouched by organized tourism, Chios remains one of the great unknown Greek island getaways.
The Homerion Theater & Cultural Center of Chios has opened in 1980. It is located at the center of the town and is the only one in Chios island.
The Maritime Museum of Chios is located in the center of Chios town. It was donated by the ship owner Anastasios Pateras.
The Byzantine museum is located in the central square of Chios town. It was founded in 1980 and hosts findings which were discovered in the island and donated by private collectors.
Panagia Krina is located in central Chios, close to Vavyli village. It was built in the 12th century.
It was built in 11th century and it is a great architectural and artistic treasure. It is located in a spectacular setting high in the mountains overlooking Chios town.
The monastery of Agia Markella is located 6 km from Volissos village. The temple is surrounded by enormous plane trees.
Mesta is a famous traditional medieval settlement on the south western part of Chios island. It was built during the Genoese domination.
In Chios visitors may try the traditional ouzo and tsipouro. The famous masticha of Chios is used in the production of ouzo and tsipouro providing a unique flavor.
The winery is located at a slope over the settlement of Egrigoros, NW Chios, about 59 km from Chios town. In the wine-making facilities there is the hall Ariousia Chora”.
Miligas is a small, well sheltered, sandy bay at the eastern part of the island, between Vrondados and Pantoukios, about 10 Km. from Chios town.
Megas Limnionas is located 9 Km south of the town of Chios, near to Thymiana village and its among the most well-known beaches of Chios, with sand and very small pebbles excellent for relaxing sunbathing. Being a touristic center, Megas Limnionas has many hotels, apartments, studios, restaurants, taverns offering fresh seafood as well as cafes and bars.
Agios Giannis is a beautiful beach, with small pebbles and crystal waters at the village of Kalimassia. The northern part of the beach is known as Aghia Fotia and the southern part of the beach is called Agios Giannis, named after the small chapel of Saint John near the beach.
Aghia Fotia is located 11 Km South of Chios town, near Neohori village, and is among the loveliest beaches of Chios, with small pebbles and deep, clear, crystal waters. The area has many hotels, apartments, studios, restaurants, taverns offering fresh seafood, as well as cafes.
Komi is located 4 Km outside the village of Kalamoti and is among the loveliest beaches of Chios, with a fine sand suitable for beach games and relaxing sunbathing. The area has many hotels, apartments, rooms to let, restaurants, taverns offering fresh seafood, and bars for evening outings.
Karfas is located 7 Km south of the town of Chios and is among the most well-known and loveliest beaches of Chios, with a fine sand suitable for beach games and relaxing sunbathing. Being a tourist center, Karfas has many hotels, apartments, studios, restaurants, taverns offering fresh seafood as well as cafes and bars.
Karynta (6 Km south of Pyrgi, on the road to Olympoi) is a small pebbled beach completely unspoilt, even the road to the beach is more suitable for a 4x4 than an ordinary vehicle. But the crystal waters of the beach will definitely make your visit unforgettable.