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What to do in Chios

Chios ● 14 April 2018

Chios in northern Aegean Sea is a captivating island that will steal your heart with its well-kept villages, its local products, its sightseeing and its beautiful villages. Enjoy the best things you can do there!

Medieval Castle

The signature landmark of the main town of Chios is the Medieval Castle, which was built by the Venetians and dates back to the 9th century, with a Byzantine structure that was later incorporated into the Genoese fortification. It encloses the whole capital of Chios, giving the town a special atmosphere.


The town and port of Chios has also significant museums and points of interest that remind of the long and rich history of the island. Of the Ottoman history remind the Ottoman cemetery, the hamam as well as the Bayrakli Mosque, which is located within the walls of the Castle, and the Mecidiye Mosque, which today, hosts the Byzantine Museum in the central square. Worth visiting are also the Maritime Museum, the Municipal Gardens, filled with flowers and palm trees, the Archaeological Museum and the Koraes Public Library, which is considered to be one of the most prominent libraries in Greece.


Don't leave Chios without tasting its delicious local product, the mastic, which can be eaten as a delicacy or as liqueur. The island is the land of mastic thanks to its 24 villages (Mastichohoria), which took their name from the mastic trees, a precious source of wealth for the island. Medieval ambience, towers, arched doors, impressive architecture, traditional cafés and outstanding landscape are the characteristics that will make you adore these historical villages. Don't forget to visit the Chios Mastic Museum, located in the village of Pyrgi, which is a modern museum that informs you about the cultivation and processing of mastic over the years.


Chios has stunning villages that have kept their authentic character. In addition to Pyrgi, Avgonyma is a worthwhile medieval village, and Anavatos is an abandoned medieval village of extraordinary beauty. Volissos is said to be the birthplace of Homer, while in Daskalopetra, Homer taught his pupils and you can see the stone, where he was sitting when reading his poems. On the eastern side, Vrontados is a small seaside town that is well-known for the Easter tradition of rouketopolemos (rocket war).

Nea Moni Monastery

In a close distance to the village of Avgonyma, you should visit the Nea Moni Monastery. The monastery, which was built in the 15th century, is one of the oldest monasteries in Greece and was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO.


The beaches in Chios are characterised by their gorgeous natural beauty and are organised. Emporios and Mavria Volia, which took its name after the black volcanic landscape in this area, are the best beaches on the island. On the northern coast, the quiet beach of Limnos in Volissos is an ideal place for peace and privacy. If you want to enjoy a gorgeous sunset, go to Sidirountas. The nearest beaches to the Town are Karfas and Agia Fotia.

Where to Stay

Appartment in Chios, Greece Iro Apartments
Iro Apartments
Agias Fotinis Beach, 82100 Chios, Greece

Iro apartments are located just 10 meters from Agia Fotini beach and offer self-catering accommodation in studios and apartments with sea-view balconies. Chios town is at 10 km, while Chios National Airport is at 8 km. Chios island can be reached with a ferry boat from Piraeus, Athens, from Samos, Lesvos islands and from Cesme in Turkey.

Studio & Appartment in Chios, Greece Vasilikos Apartments
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Vasilikos Apartments
Agia Fotini, 82100 Chios, Greece

Overlooking Agia Fotini beach, family run Vasilikos Apartments offer self-catering accommodation just 10 minutes walk from the beach. The town and port of Chios are 11 km away. Chios National Airport is at 9 km. Chios island can be reached with a ferry boat from Piraeus, Athens, from Samos, Lesvos islands and from Cesme in Turkey.

Hotel in Chios, Greece Ermioni
Agia Ermioni, 82100 Chios, Greece

Ermioni is located in the village of Agia Ermioni, just a 11-minute walk from Megas Limnionas Beach. Chios Town and the Port of Chios are 10 km away. Chios National Airport is 7 km away.