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Chios means relaxing vacation
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I visited Chios two times in a row and the best thing I found about this island was that it has something for all tastes. Chios has four villages distinguishing for the small valleys and the water baths. If you ever get to visit the island, travel to Anavatos, a traditional village located at the centre of the island built on top of a rock made of granite.

On the south side of the island, you will see the villages Pyrgi, Olymboi and Mesta, just beautiful medieval villages. If you look at them from a far distance, you would think that there are castles. These villages have retained their architecture whereas in Pyrgi, the so called "painterly village" boasts an impressive architecture where all the walls of the houses are painted with geometrical shapes of black and white. The beaches are perfect to swim in, with crystal clear waters and white sand. Try the amazing Mavra Volia in the south of the island, just perfect!



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Explore deeper in the island
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Chios town can be quiet a put off with its busy traffic, untidy harbor and loud blaring music pounding from every bar in the area. But like most islands in the Aegean, the town is just a point of arrival, and if you explore deeper into the island, Chios can be quite a nice holiday destination with its deserted beaches dotting the entire coastline, mysterious walking trails, and charming fishing hamlets.

The best thing I found about Chios was that the island has something for everyone. If you like the calm beach, head south, and if you like snorkeling, head north. I took a room in Agia Ermioni, rented a car and drove to Mastihochoria, the villages I had read so much about, and where the mastic trees have been grown for centuries to produce the sap, which has been used as a traditional remedy in the Mediterranean region for several illnesses.

At one of the villages, I got to taste Souma, a traditional drink made from figs. The figs are sun dried on the roofs of houses, thrown into barrels with yeast and water to ferment, and distilled using traditional methods. Quite a potent drink, I must admit. I also had a few meals at some of the restaurants at the harbor side, right where the ferry arrives. I would gladly recommend it to anyone. Great food and great prices. Fried anchovies and shrimps, grilled sardines, and a variety of other fish sold by the kilo or per plate! Oh, and before I forget, there was this specialty dish of fried atherina which are perhaps, the smallest fish in the Mediterranean. It is mixed with onions and flour and deep-fried. A dish to die for!!



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Undeveloped in tourism
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The land of figs, olives and wine, Chios is truly a rural island. Only some spots of Chios are touristy (mostly Agia Ermioni and Karfas). The rest of the island is very calm and authentic. It doesn't look at all like other developed Greek islands that are full of tourists all summer. Chios is so large that even in high season tourists don't get concentrated. They are spread all over the island and explore its nice beaches, the perfect villages and the monasteries. Nea Moni and Agia Markella are two monasteries we met on our way. They are open in the morning but even if you go in the afternoon and ring the bell, the monk will open the door for you. For a foodie like me, Chios was also an experience to cherish. I got to indulge on some great Greek food in the numerous restaurants, tavernas and pita-diners. Tavernas can be found on little side streets, small ports and beaches. Eating out, I noticed, was an essential part of the local culture and eating was more a social scene with friends and family spending hours in a tavern talking, laughing and telling stories over a meal.



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Nice rural scenes
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Chios is probably not an island for swimming, but the perfect place for spring traveling. There are some good beaches in Chios but the most interesting thing to do is sightseeing. Many villages, forests, small ports, churches are scattered all over the island and you discover something new in every turn, another beautiful view to enjoy. Pyrgi, Mesta, Olympi, Volissos, Santa Ermioni are all names that remind me of great places.

We went to Chios last spring, a group of five, and with a rented car we explored every corner of Chios. Too early for swimming (late April), perfect for traveling in ease without sweating and feeling uncomfortable. Every village in Chios seemed to have a special architecture, small black and white designs on the walls (mostly in Pirgi) and some housed looked like fortresses! Haven't seen this architecture anywhere in Greece!

Spring in Chios is bloomy and very green. There is sunshine from 7 in the morning till 8 in the evening and in the countryside you will see farmers cultivating their land, people picking fruits from trees, tractors with products ready to see and other nice rural scenes.



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Come back over and over
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I go to Chios almost every summer. Once there, the island traps you and you want to come back over and over... It is not easy to forget the wild landscape, the beautiful beaches, the waterport in the town with the small lights at night and of course the great food...

Chiosis not famed for the beaches, although Trahili and Mavra Volia are among the best in Greece. It is famous for the villages with the strange architecture, the small forests in between, the mastic trees in the south, the good-hearted people. Have a coffee in a Greek coffee shop in a village square under the plane tree, taste mastic sweet, buy cosmetics of mastic, take pictures of the mountains, see the Castle and the cave in Olympi, taste cheese pies.

Last summer, we took the boat to Oinousses. This is a small island about an hour from Chios. It is a unique opportunity to see an isolate Greek island, although in summer it gets a bit frequented. If you have a passport, also take the boat to the opposite coast of Turkey and visit the historical town of Cesme and Izmir. Tour boats leave in the morning and return in the evening.


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sbisa wrote on Mar 07, 2010

I've been in Chios some years ago and rented a stone house in Volissos. Nice place and nice view, even if a little fare from the main town.
I agree that if one wants visit a greek island for a summer holiday on the sea, it couldn't be the best choice, but it's a nice island too. Nice villages, less international turism (it's more an island for greek people) and very quiet life. I enjoyed the food and also a two days trip in Cesme, Turkey, far just about 40 min. with a small boat.
In any case, Elounda beach was wonderful, really a small paradise.


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Not miss Mesta and Komi
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We have visited Chios 2 times. Both times, we stayed there for about 15 days, and roamed the villages and the beaches, enough I think to be able to advise you now: Don't miss these 3 places: Mesta, Maura Volia and Komi.

Mesta is a medieval village at the south of the island. All the houses are based on an old castle that still holds imposing over the years. As you arrive, you can easily realize that the newest houses are actually builded on the castle walls. Moving forward you will find one of the many wall gates to the inner castle. Following the small roads, it seems that you can get easily lost, but I would suggest you to actually try do that! You will discover some nice yards, small traditional shops and taverns and of course traditional houses (all the houses inside the castle keep their medieval architecture and they are actually occupied). Sadly you won't be lost for too long, usually the roads lead you either to the castle square or to another entrance. You can have some rest and greek food at the castle square. Being at Mesta feels like the time has stopped, like you have traveled hundred ages ago.

Maura Volia which means Black Rocks is a beach, also at the south part of the island. A volcano explosion at the early years seems that dyed the whole beach black. Every single rock inside or outside the sea is black. These black rocks cover the beach all over the area. There is no sand at all. That's bad if you like the sand, but I think that the clean water and the underwater view will reward you. The beach is divided in 2 big bays.
The first one is usually more crowed from the second one.

Komi is the beach right next to Maura Volia. You need a car to get to Komi though. Komi is dorp, with houses, shops, bars and restaurants around the beach. The place is popular all over the island for its big and always clean beach. The bars on the beach are popular to the young people and crowed especially on Sunday. Most of the people already living in Chios are visiting Komi on their Sundays, so the place is getting extremely crowed on this day. Rest of the days, Komi is back normal, even quiet some days.

Don’t forget to try mastic too!



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Make a mapbook
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It took about 3 hours and 40 minutes to get to Chios from Norway. It is nice and very convenient that the Island has it own airport :)
This was my second time on Chios, the first was two years ago, so I knew what to expect. It is so much history there and much to see. During the two times I have visisted Chios, me and my boyfriend has been driving around everywhere on a 4-wheel motorbike (ATV). We have been to most villages and many beaches.
Best Villages: Volissos, Lagada, Mesta, Pyrgi
Best Beaches: Emborios, Vroulidia. Lithi
Pay attention on the road because the road to some places is track. Also put more signs, it's easy to get lost there. And it would be nice if someone make mapbook (not like the big maps you have to fold many times).
Try the local dishes and have delicious meals in small sea taverns. I love greek food, especially the greek salad! I had it almost every day.



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Be careful on the road
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There are so many things to do in Chios in order to see all the island. You will find so many museums, castles, ancient sites, monasteries and lovely villages. Beaches on Chios are not the best in Greece, mostly because they are pebble and access to them is not easy. Roads are not good in Chios and you have to drive slowly and carefully. The Greek drivers will klaxon at you but do not pay attention (they always do that and it is very irritating!). Just go aside and continue your way. Always have a map, roadsigns are not adequate and if you meet a local while driving, ask him if you are goinf at the right direction. You can't imagine how easy it is to get lost. Avoid driving at night, rarely there are lights in the roads.



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Five days were not enough
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My trip to Chios was quite short, in fact. Only 5 days, which would be fine for another island but for Chios they were enough to see only the basic things. We spend most of our time in the Town and went for a visit to Pyrgi and Olympi. The cave close to Olympi was excellent, really imposing but a bit frightening, too. Pyrgi was a nice village with incredible designs on the walls. I had the best meal on Chios in the square of Pyrgi. I didn't go to beaches because it was April when we travelled and it was still a bit cold. However, the locals told me that the best are Trahili and Karfas.



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Explore the island
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I discovered Chios on the Internet. When I went, I discovered a gorgeous island that I particularly loved for its lack of tourists. Everything was excellent there. Mavra Volia the best beach. Rent a car and explore the island to see all its beauties. Any of the bars along the waterfront in Chios town is great for a drink. Take my advice and go for a day or two in Cesme, Turkey.



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