Chios

  • Chio IT
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  • Hiosi SQ

Island in North Aegean

Attractions, Sights & Things to Do on Chios

Port of Chios

Central port with ferry routes to the Greek mainland (Piraeus, Kavala) & Aegean islands. It also offers day-trips & accommodates tourist boats.

A photo of the the eastern tower of the Genoese castle in Chios.
↙ SW   < 1km

Genoese Castle of Chios Town

Older Byzantine fortification which was reinforced and rebuilt during the Genoese period (14th - 16th century) and acquired its current shape.

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The front side and the main entrance of the Byzantine Museum (Mecidiye Mosque) of Chios.
↙ SW   < 1km

Chios Byzantine Museum (Mecidiye Mosque)

Founded in 1980, it's housed in an Ottoman Mosque and hosts items dating between 5th-18th century.

A photo showing the  Main Square (Vounakiou) of Chios town.
↙ SW   < 1km

Chios Town Main Square

« Plateia Vounakiou »

Central square close to the Town Hall and other state buildings with the marble fountain of 1900.

Homerion Cultural Center, Chios Town

Founded in 1980 after the donation of Michail & Stamatia Xyla, it's a center of multiple cultural uses.

The main building of Chios National Airport.
↓ S   ≈ 4.2km

Chios National Airport

« Omiros »

Bearing the name of the great epic poet of antiquity, it has limited facilities while it serves only domestic flights the whole year round.

A picture of the exterior of one of the churches of Vrontados dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
↑ N   ≈ 5.7km

Vrontados, Chios

Coastal town on the east side of the island that has a long maritime tradition while a large part of the population is engaged in shipping.

Members of one parish of Vrontados are launching improvised rockets targeting the "rival" church.
↑ N   ≈ 5.7km

Vrontados Rocket War (Easter) Ritual

« Rouketopolemos »

Local custom from the Ottoman era when two "rival" parishes, aiming the bell tower of the "rival" church.

The fine art mosaics around the dome of the church in «Nea Moni of Chios» Monastery.
← W   ≈ 10.1km

«Nea Moni of Chios» Monastery

Founded in 1042 AD with Byzantine imperial sponsorship, is famous for its mosaics and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990.

A picture of the the main settlement of Inousses.
↗ NE   ≈ 24.4km

Inousses Town & Island

Biggest and only inhabited among a complex of 9 islands. Famous for its wine and noted as the origin of a big number of ship-owning families.

A narrow pedestrian road in the village of Pyrgi on the island of Chios.
↙ SW   ≈ 28.3km

Pyrgi (Painted Village), Chios

Fortified medieval settlement with rich heritage, that stands for its unique elaborate decorative-patterns on the exterior walls of the houses.

An overview of the Port of Mesta on Chios island.
↙ SW   ≈ 28.5km

Port of Mesta, Chios

The second-largest port of the island that has seasonal (summer) ferry boat connections with the Greek mainland and other Aegean islands.

A part of the exterior of the Chios Mastic Museum at the village of Pyrgi.
↙ SW   ≈ 28.9km

Chios Mastic Museum, Pyrgi

Operating since 2016 it sheds light on the processing and cultivation history of mastic, which is an integral part of Chios cultural landscape.

One of the narrow, arched roads in the Mesta village of Chios.
↙ SW   ≈ 31.5km

Mesta, Chios

Medieval well-preserved village of the 12th century that architecturally resembles a castle ready to avoid any potential pirate raid.

The coastal rocks that have been visited by Saint Makella.
↖ NW   ≈ 36.2km

St. Marcella Church & Pilgrimage

« Agia Markella »

An Orthodox pilgrimage at the place where the local saint was martyred in the 14th century.

A panoramic picture of the main settlement of Psara including the marina and the blue sea in the background.
← W   ≈ 74.9km

Psara Town & Island

Small island with heroic past including the destruction of 1824. Its marina hosts many boats and refers to guests who seek relaxing holidays.

Questions & Answers about Chios

Why Visit Chios?
  • After the main town, 64 villages stand for their history & distinctive architecture.
  • A great number of ship owners and ship captains originate from the island.
  • A Greek island where the tourism industry is not well-developed.
What is Chios, Greece?

Chios is the fifth largest Greek island and is located at the Aegean Sea just 5 nautical miles from the coast of Asia Minor. The capital of the island is the city of Chios, also called Chora. While and main export products of Chios are figs, olive oil, wine, and above all, the Chian mastic. Chios is also famous for the size and quality of shipping as many ship owners, captains, and sailors originate from the island. Today, Chios stands for its excellent climate, its beautiful landscapes, the medieval villages, the Chian mastic, and many others.

Some historical facts about Chios.

The origin of the name of the island has many versions. According to some researchers, the name derives from the daughter of the first king Oinopionta, Chioni. Archaeological findings show that the island was inhabited since the Neolithic era. During ancient times played an important role and grew into a great trade and maritime power. Amphorae from Chios are found in cities of Russia and northern Egypt. The historical presence on the island is continuous during the time of Alexander the Great, the Roman era, the Frankish occupation, and during the revolution of 1821 against the Turk, as well as the Resistance in the Second World War.