Chios is a sizeable island home to medieval villages and picturesque sights worth your visit. It's blessed with an excellent climate for wine-making.

Chios Attractions


Homerion Cultural Center

Chios Town

A cultural center named after Homer Simpson! Just kidding. It's named after Homer the poet. Exhibitions, dances, plays - a house of arts.


Chios Town Main Square

Chios town central square has a statue garden, a marble fountain and -surprise!- peacocks. It's a genuinely charming place, excellent for walk.


Genoese Castle of Chios

Old Byzantine fortification that the Genoese reinforced later around the 15th century. Today, some parts are inhabited and its Turkish baths are renovated.

Chios Settlements



Coastal town known across Greece for its Easter customs. The moment the Resurrection Psalm starts, parish members of two churches start a fireworks war.



Well-preserved village of the 12th century that architecturally resembles a castle. Top activity: get lost in its maze-like street system and explore.



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

Chios Why visit?

  • Chios has a town and 64 villages.
  • Chios was one of the Oceanids, daughters of Titan Oceanus.
  • Initially inhabited by Thessalians.

Chios Museums


Chios Mastic Museum


The mastic museum displays the processing and cultivation of mastic, a key part of Chios history, cultural landscape, and economy.


Chios Byzantine Museum (Mecidiye Mosque)

Housed in an Ottoman Mosque, the Chios Byzantine Museum is full of hagiography, artifacts, and other findings dating between the 5th and 15th century.

Chios Things to Do


St. Marcella Church & Pilgrimage

An Orthodox pilgrimage at the place where a local saint, Marcella, martyred by her own father in the 14th century.


Chios «Nea Moni» Monastery

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

Chios Festivals

Vrontados Rocket War (Easter) Ritual

Local custom since the Ottoman era. Two rival parishes aim for the bell tower of the rival church with fireworks offering a phantasmagoric show.