Chios island is worldwide famous for its architectural gems scattered in its main town and the surrounded villages. It is one of the most picturesque islands in Eastern Aegean with a rich history that is strongly associated with the unique product of mastic. On top of Chios Town lies the Byzantine castle of the island and ruins from the old settlement, while visitors will have the chance to see splendid neoclassical buildings and elegant mansions with the characteristic earth colors.
Beautiful Genovese villas, marble fountains, verdant forests and a plethora of Byzantine churches, the most important being the monastery of Nea Moni which is part of the World Cultural Heritage, constitute fine examples of the island's architectural brilliance.
One meets a different yet equally interesting style at the medieval villages of Chios, also known as the mastic villages, with the narrow streets and the dense structure, the arches, and the small towers. Such Medieval villages are very typical of the architecture of Chios. Imposing castles built to protect the locals from the pirates' invasions and well-preserved villas in the villages of Pyrgi and Mesta compose this unique scenery that is highly praised by all visitors. Chios Greece is the island of the original beauty and medieval atmosphere.
Visitors can enjoy their stay in many of the traditional hotels that have respected the traditional architecture.