Find out everything about your holidays in Chios on our travel guide! Chios is one of the beautiful Greek islands. It sits on the Eastern side of the Aegean Sea. There are daily ferries from Chios to the cosmopolitan resort of Izmir in Turkey.

Although Chios has many stunning beaches, it is particularly famous for its medieval villages. Traditional villages, such as Pyrgi and Olympi stand out for their elaborate architecture and fortification-like structure. You’ll probably haven’t seen anything similar to the traditional houses of Chios before! Their facades are decorated with black and white geometrical designs, while they are surrounded by labyrinth-like narrow alleys that emit a mysterious feel.

If you want to explore the mystery of Chios, your best bet is to drive around the island. This is also your best chance to discover ghost villages, medieval castles and Byzantine monasteries, such as the Monastery of Nea Moni and the Monastery of Agia Markella, the protector of the island.

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Chios Greece is a large island that lies on the eastern side of the Aegean Sea, close to the Turkish coasts. There is a daily ferry that connects Chios island with Cesme, a port near Izmir in Turkey. Except for Ismir, popular destinations for day trips from Chios are the tiny islands of Psara and Oinousses.

Its laid back atmosphere, little family resorts, and incredible natural beauty make Chios a popular destination for family holidays! Chios is particularly famous for its mastic production, its numerous monasteries, and secluded Chios beaches. A drive around the island will bring you to places of unique beauty! The quaint seaside villages of Chios are lined with delightful taverns, where you can taste the local delicacies. And if you need a beach fix, head to Mavra Volia, the best Chios beach, on the southernmost side of the island.

Apart from its mastic production, Chios is popular for one thing in particular: its villages. Some of them, such as Pyrgi and Olympia, stand out for their elaborate houses, which are decorated with geometric black and white shapes, which give them a sophisticated look. Others, like Anavatos, Volissos and Chios Town have Medieval castles sitting on the hills above them. The enchanting Chios villages are a must place to visit!

If you want to explore further the interesting architecture of Chios, set off to explore the numerous monasteries that are scattered around the island! The Monasteries of Agia Moni, Agios Markos, and Agia Markella, the protector of the island, are worth a visit!

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A popular way to reach Chios is by ferry from the port of Piraeus, in Athens. Chios can also be reached by plane, with daily flights from Athens.

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Discover the best things to do in Chios! From Chios sightseeing to activities, we give you the best recommendations for the ultimate Chios holidays experience!

  • Pyrgi village
    Pyrgi is a lovely village with Medieval style and geometric patterns on the external walls of the houses. This is among the most beautiful villages on the island.
  • Mesta village
    The small village of Mesta is located 35 km south west of Chios Town, in the area called Mastihochoria (Mastic Villages). Mesta used to be a heavy producer of mastic.
  • Volissos village
    Constructed along the slopes of a hill, Volissos is a beautiful village with rich history. The stone houses and the picturesque paths create a romantic atmosphere.
  • Archaeological museum
    Along with prehistoric and archaic treasures from the excavations of the British School at Emporios, this collection includes impressive Neolithic and Classical finds.
  • Mastic Museum
    The museum is dedicated to \"Mastiha\" (or gum mastic), a unique product that has shaped the natural and human environment of the Mastichochoria area of southern Chios.
  • Mavros Gialos beach
    Located on the southern side of the island, close to Emporios, Mavra Volia is probably the most beautiful beach on the island. It has black sand and pebbles and wild landscape.
  • Anavatos ghost village
    Anavatos is a deserted village on the western side of Chios. This Medieval village has an old castle on top, many ruined building and Byzantine churches.
  • Medieval Castle
    Its construction started in the 10th century by the Byzantines and went through some reconstructions by the Venetians in the 16th century.
  • Oinousses Island
    This tiny island with a rich natural history is a great daily excursions destination from Chios. It has traditional architecture, lovely beaches, and a calm environment.
  • Nea Moni Monastery
    Constructed in the 15th century with Byzantine style, the Monastery of Nea Moni was recently declared a world heritage monument by Unesco. It is found in the centre of the island.
  • Psara Island
    Psara is a small island with a rich historical past. Today this is the ideal place for total isolation and privacy. It has gorgeous beaches and a traditional village, with a few rooms to let.
  • Mastic trees
    Chios is rich in mastic trees, particularly on the southern side of the island. This mastic is widely used in many products, from cosmetics to pharmaceutics.
  • Olympi Cave
    This cave close to Olympi village is another miracle of nature. It was explored in 1985 and it is actually a cave gorge, 60m wide and with a humidity of 95%.