Chios, the island that enslaves the senses
Explore Chios, a captivating Greek island with a rich history, culture, and rare natural landscapes. Wander through medieval castle villages, admire stunning mansions, and bask in the beauty of endless beaches with clear blue waters. The region is renowned for its unique monuments and the alluring scent of mastic that fills the air.
Begin your journey in the city of Chios, the island's capital and largest port, where you'll be transported to another era. Marvel at the statue of Konstantinos Kanaris, a hero of the Greek War of Independence, in the central square.
Discover the island's past at the Archaeological Museum, Byzantine Museum, Naval Museum, and the dominating Byzantine Castle.
Venture to Kampos, where picturesque alleys and citrus fruit orchards await. Don't miss the Mastic Villages of Pyrgi, Mesta, Olympi, Armolia, and Vessa, where you can savor local products. Indulge in the beauty of beaches like Mavra Volia, Agia Dynami, Vroulidia, Nagos, and Giosonas. Chios will continuously enchant you, leaving you yearning for more of its wonders.
Enjoy the excellent local cuisine in Chios
Chios has a long gastronomic tradition and fine local products. In the traditional taverns of the island try: fresh fish and seafood, squid, Atherina pies, turmeric balls, meatballs, spaghetti "hands", zucchini flowers, mastelo, malathropita, sfougato. And all this accompanied by the famous local ouzo or Ariousio wine produced in Chios since antiquity.
However, apart from the trademark product of Chios Mastic, leaving the island do not forget to take with you the excellent quality local products such as honey, Chios tangerines, pastries, walnut pie, olives and Suma (an alcoholic drink distilled from grapes or figs)
Best time to visit Chios
Greek Orthodox Easter because you must live, at least once in your life, the unique experience of rocket war in Vrontado.
In summer to enjoy the beautiful beaches with turquoise crystal-clear waters. In spring and autumn to explore its medieval villages and mountain trails.
How to use transportation in Chios
Airport/port transfer options
From Athens (duration approx. 45 minutes)
From Thessaloniki (duration approx.1 hour)
The airport is 4 km from the city. Access to / from the airport by bus, taxi or car rental
The island of Chios is serviced by a number of Airlines from major European cities.
From Piraeus (duration 8 to 10 hours depending on the ports of call)
Public Buses are connecting Chora with the major small towns
We recommend a Car Rental due to the size of the island