Welcome to Chios Island !

Chios is an island ideal for family and single travelers alike, for those who seek history and culture and for those who simply want to experience Greece.

Chios is the island of Homer, luxurious vegetation and mastic gum.

The capital of Chios called Chora, lies on the eastern coast, just off the Turkish mainland.

What is worth seeing--Chios Town:
  • Chios castle, built in the 10th century AD, where you can also see the tomb of Kara Ali who was responsible for the massacre of 1822.
  • The Korais Library, one of the biggest in Greece with 95,000 books.
  • The Gallery bequeathed by Filippos Argientis
  • The Kambos area.
  • Chios Archaeological Museum.
  • The Byzantium.
  • The National and Popular Museum.
  • The Justinian Centre.
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Emporios is a small, leeward harbour in the South - Eastern end of Chios popular for its superb beaches of "Black Bay" and "Foki". Totally black pebbles and black sand which emerged from the currently inactive volcano of "Psarona" cover the two uniquely- beautiful beaches and the first sight of them enchants the visitors.

Here, as the sun sets, painting the sky with fiery colours, you will discover another side of yourself,
the one that life in the city can hide very well.

For those who love sandy beaches, there is Komi nearly (only two kilometres away from Emporios) which provides one of the most beautiful sandy beaches of the island plus facilities and good service from the restaurants, coffee shops and bars for your entertainment any time of the day and night.

Emporios lies in the area of southern Chios< best known as Mastichochoria(mastic Villages), because they are the only place of the world where natural mastic is been produced. Mastic is used to make large number of products, including chewing gum and pharmaceuticals.
The guests can really experience the culture of villagers and local people. They are all friendly and there are many night folklore festivals which are organized during the summer.

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Chios, Pyrgi The villages of Pyrgi-Olympoi and Mesta are the best preserved.
Pyrgi is an amazing and charming village full local customs and traditions.
In Pyrgi the outer walls of the houses are decorated with black and white geometrical shapes. This is a remain of Genoese occupation during the 12th and 13th century. Its narrow roads challenge the satisfaction of exploration.


Chios, Mesta

Mesta is another mastic village which was built like a labyrinth with one entrance and one exit. Mesta was very rich because of the mastic sales and was attacked by pirates from its small harbour (limenas). The village still keeps its old style, the local people are very friendly and it is very famous for producing good wine and a strong alcohol mixture, called "Souma". There are many beautiful beaches totally pure and almost unknown to the wide public in a distance of 2 or 3 km from Mesta. These are: Trachilia, Avlonia, Apothika

Chios, Olympi
Olympi (Olympoi), is a village found on the way from Pyrgi to Mesta. It is a village which has kept the traditional character. There is little tourist development there but it's worth a visit because the guest can experience some moments of the genuine old way of living.

Don't miss...
The Olympoi Cave... a stalactite cave that has been estimated to be approximately 200.000 years old.

Emporios History:

Chios, EmporiosThanks to its privilege position, Emporios had been resided since the 6th millennium B.C until the Byzantine years. In the 9th century B.C, a town was established on the south- eastern hillside of "Prophet Helias". The settlement is made up of an Acropolis and two groups of houses (approximately 50). There were also cared pathways of 300 meters length and 4 meters width. The beautifully built temple of Athena and a manor house, which was probably a palace, were found in the Acropolis. The temple is as 10X6 meters with two departments: the narthex and the main temple which contains a pedestal of the statue of the goddess Athena. The excavations also brought to light plentiful impressive findings such as cups, plates, idols of women of the Ancient and classic period, the upper part of a statue made of time porcelain which depicts a man playing the lyre and nine heads of aquiline which probably decorated the helmet of Athena's statue.

The ruins of that town can be visited by following the path which leads to the temple of the goddess and a bird's eye view can be admired from there. Furthermore, another historical monument, which still exists in Emporios, is the "Baptistery"

It is well- preserved, its walls are two meters high and its origin dates backs to the 6th century A.D. According to the historical excavations, Emporios has been distinguished as one of the most important and most interesting sites of Greece. Emporios is worth visiting and combines a beautiful, picturesque place enchanted with historical interest. Don't miss it!

More info: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi-bin/vor?lang=en&full=1&alts=1&advanced=1&lookup=Emporio

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