Chios Kataraktis Village
Kataraktis village Chios: On the southwestern coast of the island, approximately 12 km from Chios Town is the seaside village of Kataraktis (whose name means waterfall in Greek). This is a very beautiful coastal settlement, combining the greenery of the mountain with the blue of the sea. Even though the houses are few and do not follow the famous Medieval architecture of Chios, still the village reveals a special beauty.
During the last years, Kataraktis has developed in tourism. There is a small port were all the fishing boats are moored. The surrounding region is covered with olive groves and mastic trees, the trademark of the island. The village has a population of about 450 inhabitants and due to the reduced mastic production many of the young locals are occupied with shipping and construction works in Chios Town.
Kataraktis has a lovely beach and many traditional taverns serving the best seafood. It is an ideal place for quiet, family vacations. Closeby, there is the monastery of Panagia Rouxouniotissa that was built during the Medieval times. The old, abandoned village of Kataraktis is built 2km southwest of the village. Today it is deserted, yet it is an important pole of attraction for many visitors due to its medieval houses and the Byzantine churches.