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Northwest of Chios lies an island cluster encompassing seven islets, the largest of which is called Psará. With its rocky terrain reaching out to the sea, Psará looks like a castle in the middle of the open sea. The island’s serene landscape is an ideal environment for the visitor who seeks inner peace and tranquility.

Psará’s history goes back to ancient times. Homer refers to the island in Odyssey (with the name “Psirii”), whereas archaeological excavations revealed the existence of a Mycenaean civilization in the settlement of “Arhontiki”. The island boasts a glorious past since its powerful fleet played a highly important role in the 1821 Greek War of Independence.

Psará used to be the third naval power in Greece, after Hydra and Spetses, and it is also the homeland of many brave war heroes, such as Kanaris, Nikodimos and Vratsanos. Psará however suffered the rage of the Turks who completely destroyed the island by slaughtering its whole population in June 24, 1824.

This tragedy inspired many artists, like the Greek painter Nikolaos Gyzis, who drew the famous painting “After the destruction of Psara”, and the national poet of Greece Dionyssios Solomos, who composed the legendary poem “The destruction of Psará”.

If you are a passionate beachgoer, embark on a day-tour across the neighbouring island of Antipsara with its beautiful sandy beaches.

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Psara Harbor

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The harbor of Psara is the only one. It is a small harbor very well protected all year but space is limited.


Agios Georgios Beach

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The beach of Agios Georgios is located in the south east side of the island. The small bay with the crystal clear water is ideal for snorkeling and relaxation.

Archontiki Beach

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A nice large beach with sand and pebble. You will find it right next to Lakka while across the beach, very close to the shore, lies the Daskalio islet.

Ftelio Beach

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A large beach with sand and pebble which is located between two mountains, a bit north of Arhontiki. It offers crystal clean sea but no natural shade.


Kato Gialos Beach

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An unspoiled beach with pebble and turquoise sea a stone's throw away, south of the settlement with a west orientation. There, you can enjoy the clear blue waters and the great view of the small island Antipsara.


Lakka Beach

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A lovely large stretch of sand at the west, in the Agios Nikolaos bay, about a 30 minute walk from the settlement. It offers lovely sea and easy access through the main road towards the wind farm.

Lazaretta Beach

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For many people this is the best beach on the island. It has lovely sand and calm shallow sea, but there is no natural shade.

Limnonari Beach

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The sandy beach of Limnonari is located in the south east side of the island, next to the beach of Agios Georgios. Access with boat.


Spitalia Beach

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A large beach with golden sand and clean sea which is right next to the settlement, to the south. On the left side of the beach there are some incomplete buildings while behind the rocks lie two more small beaches.

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