Villages on Chios are famous for the unique architecture that makes them look like Medieval fortresses and the geometrical wall patterns in black and white. Pyrgi and Olympi are the most picturesque villages on Chios, while many other historical settlements can be visited from one coast to the other.
Many hotels and accommodation are located around these villages.
After you have seen the best Chios villages, you can also find information about the best beaches.
Guide to 14 villages
Discover our guide to 14 Chios villages. They are all presented with a detailed description, photos and their location on a map of Chios. For the most popular ones, we also provide information about sightseeing in the area, a selection of hotels and reviews.
Location: 24 km south west of Chios Town
Description: Pyrgi is a traditional village, among the most beautiful on the island. It distinguishes for its architecture, with the geometrical figures of black and white on the walls.
Location: 36 km south west of Chios Town
Description: Mesta is a small mountainous village surrounded by olive groves and mastic trees. This is one of the most beautiful villages on Chios and has a unique Medieval architecture.
Location: On the eastern side of the island
Description: Chios Town is the capital and main port of the island. The architecture of the town is modern but it still has many Medieval elements.
Location: 19 km west of Chios Town
Description: Anavatos is a deserted village. This Medieval settlement is constructed on top of a hill and it is surrounded by strong walls.
Location: 38 km north west of Chios Town
Description: 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.
Location: 15 km west of Chios Town
Description: Stone houses, picturesque streets and taverns give a romantic sense to this Medieval village, which offers a great view to the sea.
Location: 10 km south of Chios Town
Description: Agia Ermioni is a lovely place in close distance to Karfas and Chios Town. It is actually a small fishing village that grows in summer as a calm, family resort.
Location: 4 km north of Chios Town
Description: Vrondados is a seaside village with rich nautical history. It is spread on the slopes of a green hill and has a pebbled beach in a walking distance from the village.
Location: 30 km south west of Chios Town
Description: Olympi is among the most picturesque villages on Chios. This traditional village has Medieval architecture, with stone houses and arched streets. Close to Olympi, there is an impressive cave.
Location: 28 km south west of Chios Town
Description: Emporios is a lovely tourist resort on the southern side of the island. It is famous for its small port and the beautiful beach of Mavra Volia.
Location: 5 km south of Chios Town
Description: Kampos is the closest village to the airport of the island. It is located in small distance from Chios Town, however it keeps its traditional architecture.
Location: 12 km south of Chios Town
Description: Kataraktis is a seaside village with some tourism development. The surrounding region is full of olive groves and mastic trees.
Location: 6 km west of Chios Town
Description: Karyes is a mountainous village surrounded by lush greenery. Many Byzantine monasteries are located in the area, such as Nea Moni and Agios Markos.
Location: 23 km north of Chios Town
Description:Kardamyla is a place with long nautical tradition. Located on the northern side of the island, Kardamyla is surrounded by lush greenery and wild landscape.