Chios Things to Do

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  • Komi beach: swim here!

    by MariaK Updated Aug 1, 2006

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    Yes, I'm under the umbrella doing nothing.
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    Let me give you a picture: I come here at noon, I find a free umbrela, I order a cold frappe' coffee / iced tea / beer, I sit on the chair solving crosswords / reading magazines / reading books or just doing nothing at all and whenever I feel hot I dive into the sea.

    The sea: sandy beach - crystal clear water (It's the first time I saw that! Usually sand gives a moody impression). In the afternoon, when the sun is bent a bit, you may even see your shadow at the bottom of the sea, even in dip water.

    Then you get out of the sea, for more iced drinks, and doing nothing.

    And then again in the sea.

    And the night comes, so you order a gin and tonic instead :D

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  • Chios Harbour

    by Kanag Written May 20, 2005

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    Chios harbour

    Don't forget to visit the harbour, during afternoon for a nice walk. If the weather is nice and the sea is calm the view is very nice. There is a nice cafe-bar right at the entrance of the harbour. The view of the ferry entering the harbour is spectacular. You can also have a panoramic view of the town.

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  • Chios Harbour

    by Kanag Written May 20, 2005

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    Don't forget to visit the harbour, during afternoon for a nice walk. If the weather is nice and the sea is calm the view is very nice. There is a nice cafe-bar right at the entrance of the harbour. The view of the ferry entering the harbour is spectacular. You can also have a panoramic view of the town.

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  • Cofee at Chios' Harbour

    by Kanag Written May 20, 2005

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    CHIOS' HARBOUR

    You will enjoy drinking cofee in the afternoon at the harbour. If the sea is calm and the weather is nice, the scenery is beautiful and relaxing. There's a good cofee shop right at the entrance of the harbour, with a panoramic view of the town. You'll enjoy it better if you go there by feet at late afternoon.The view of the ferries that enter the harbour is spectacular.

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    An afternoon coffee at Chios harbour

    by sinequanon Updated Apr 24, 2005

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    the port of Chios

    I know things have changed a lot and Chios is not what it used to be and the port of Chios has grown noisier and the original "kafeneia" have given their place to modern bars and cafes but one of the things I have always liked doing when there, was to sit at the port on a hot summer afternoon and enjoy a greek coffee or a mastic "submarine".

    It is at this hour of the day between 4 and 5 o' clock that virtually no cars go by, the sea is calm, the boats sway softly, the occasional cormorant dives for its fish and Turkey looks hazy in the afternoon summer heat.

    Soon after the town comes alive again so much so that seems almost unbearable. To me at least

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    Castle in the city

    by duke0123 Written Dec 28, 2004
    Entrance of the castle

    The main attraction of Chios city is the castle, kástro, a Byzantine complex which was rebuilt by the Genoese when they got it in hands in 1346.

    The south-east wall along the sea fell, after an earthquake in1881, a prey to stone thiefs.

    The complex consists of small streets where people are still living. The houses of these people are dating from the time that Chios was in Turkish hands.
    In the complex you also can see a former mosque, old Turkish baths and a small cemetary.

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  • Pyrgi

    by mixelite Written Jul 28, 2004

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    This village in the mastichoria district is famous for its sgrafitti covered houses. Xysta. It is a geometric pattern in grey and white, made by engraving into wet cement. On the town square you'll find a nice, shady places to sit for a drink or a meal.

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  • Avgonima

    by mixelite Written Jul 28, 2004

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    This stone village is sitting on top of a cliff overlooking the Aegean. You can see the beautiful sunset from here while enjoying a meal at the taverna. The houses in the village is beautifully renovated and if you like, you can rent one and stay the night.

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  • Anavatos

    by mixelite Written Jul 28, 2004

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    Anavatos

    The almost deserted stone village is situated in the mountain in the western part of Chios. It lies there like an eagles nest, almost invisible. Here woman and children sought refuge during the turkish attack in 1822 and ended up throwing themselves off the 100 meters high cliff to escape being captured.

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    Kambos II

    by StefanosS Updated Sep 25, 2003

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    Kambos has a history that goes back to Byzantium. Byzantines were followed by the island’s conquerors, the Venetians, the Genoans and the Turks; the 1822 massacre and the terrible 1881 earthquake, are events that influenced life in Kambos.

    However, despite all these disasters, conquests and changes, Kambos kept its own character since the 14th century until our days. Many mansions have been restored and are used either as residences or as lodges. The residence character of the Kambos mansions still survives in a great extend and some of them (around ten) have been transformed into touristic lodges while almost all the orchards are being cultivated. Special mention has to be done about two buildings of the Genoan times, the one called "Kamenos Pyrgos" (=Burned Tower) and the other the "Gothic Tower".

    In the photo, a pebble-paved yard of a mansion at Kambos, a traditional characteristic architectural element of Chios.

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    Kambos I

    by StefanosS Updated Sep 25, 2003

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    Red stone and pine trees at Kambos

    Leaving the noisy but very impressive centre of Chora, let’s take the south road to Kambos. It is a unique ensemble of agricultural settlements that serves as an exceptional example for the harmonic coexistence of residence, agricultural and auxiliary buildings, that stand in 200 orchards surrounded by high walls. Equal in number with the orchards are mansions of high architectural quality and auxiliary buildings, elaborate pebble-paved yards, reservoirs, wells and fruit trees. The smells there are wonderful, as there are many tangerines, orange, lemon and sour orange trees, in addition to the pine trees. The red stones and the reddish marble of Chios used in the buildings give a special character to the area.

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    Early Christian basilica of Aghios Isidoros

    by StefanosS Updated Sep 25, 2003

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    The basilica of Aghios Isidoros

    The remains of the Early Christian basilica are partly covered today by a later, small church with a low cement roof. In the basilica are preserved mosaic floors decorated with geometric patterns, and many relief architectural parts. Inside the church there is a subterranean vaulted crypt where the relics of Saint Isidoros and Saint Myrope (who martyred in Chios during the Early Christian period) were once kept.

    The Early Christian basilica of St. Isidoros was built on the remains of an earlier, Roman structure. According to tradition, the church was built in the second half of the 7th century, during the reign of Constantine IV Pogonatos. In the course of its long history, it has undergone several repairs, probably after the Crusaders occupation, in the late Byzantine period and in modern times. Five architectural phases - the earliest of which dates to the 5th century - have been distinguished in the building, which the earthquake of 1881 finally did ruin.

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    Chios´ Maritime Museum

    by StefanosS Updated Sep 25, 2003

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    The Chios’ Maritime Museum is the realisation of a dream by its founders – all being among those who make up the Maritime wonder of Chios. It was their wish to establish a museum on the island of Chios, representing the contemporary Greek maritime spirit.

    The Chios’ Maritime Museum is located in the centre of the city, housed in a mansion belonging to the late Anastassios Pateras. The house was donated in 1991 to a public benefit foundation bearing the same name. The structure has two floors and was built in the beginning of the twentieth century. Its style is of the traditional island architecture of Chios with a neo-classical design and beautifully painted ceilings. The building’s interior and its gardens have been renovated to accommodate the exhibits. The museum is an impressive landmark in the city’s centre.

    The Museum has covered a significant gap in the maritime history of the island, something that no other foundation in the city has done so far. It is well known that throughout the centuries, the people of Chios have contributed a great deal to Greek shipping and commerce.

    One of the essential goals of the Museum is to illustrate this significant social aspect of the island by collecting and classifying historical information of the maritime tradition of the area, as was the developments in shipping and in commercial ships. The museum also hosts lectures and conferences on the subject of Chios and shipping.

    One of the main features of the Museum is a small, but significant collection of the "Progressive Cultural Union of Vrontados" (known locally as PEKEV) which consists of models, parts and instruments of ships and most significantly of portraits of sailing ships and steamships belonging to owners of Chios, painted by the famous native marine artist Aristidis Glycas (Vrontados, 1870-1940). These last items are impressive pieces of popular art. Ship models from different periods as well as rare photographs of maritime life complete the collection.

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    Giustiniani Palace (or Palataki)

    by StefanosS Updated Sep 25, 2003

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    This historical building, dated between the 14th and 15th century AD, is situated between the central gate of the Castle of Chios and the main square of the walled part of the city. It was, perhaps, the headquarters of the Genoese Podesta. Disfigured by Turkish alterations and additions, it was restored during the years 1980-1986 by the Archeological Service.

    The building, of a fortress-like appearance, has two floors of one room each, raised high above ground level. On the northern side of the Palace there is a small loggia and an external stone stairway which leads to the walls and the southeast tower of the Castle.

    It is used as a museum housing temporary exhibitions. In the Giustiniani Palace there are Byzantine murals, Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons, small-scale works of art and sculptures of the periods of Byzantine and Genoese dominations. 12 Byzantine frescoes of prophets, found in the church consecrated to the Virgin of Krina, deserve a particular mention.

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    Chios’ Byzantine Museum (Medjitie Mosque)

    by StefanosS Updated Sep 25, 2003

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    Chios��� Byzantine Museum (Medjitie Mosque)

    The Byzantine Museum of Chios is housed within the 19th century Ottoman mosque, located in the central square. It has been in operation since 1980 and contains items that were donated from collections as well as findings discovered in local excavations. The dates of the items on display range from the Early Christian period to the post-Byzantine period (5th – 18th century). The building is composed of a central room, the access to which is through a timber-roofed portico or through a wide basement.

    On the right side of the courtyard, 5 cannons made of iron and brass are on display. They were taken from the bastions of the Castle of Chios and two of them date in 1687 and 1689 respectively. A third canon is from France since it has the coat of arms of the kings of France inscribed. The courtyard displays also stone objects discovered during excavations as well as tombstones from Muslim and Jewish graves. There is a significant collection of sculptures dated during the Genoese occupation of Chios (1345-1566). Worthwhile items included in this collection are the sarcophagus of Ottuboni Giustiniani located in the courtyard next to the stairway as well as two large slabs from lintels with carvings of Aghios Georghios (St. George) slaying a dragon displayed on the porch. Also contained in the porch are wall-paintings detached from Byzantine churches, column capitals of the 6th century AD, an iconostasis closure slab, impost blocks of double half-columns with crosses and other objects that belong to the various churches of Chios.

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