Chios Mills
Chios Island Travel Guide, Chios Greece
The Island of Chios
Chios Island Travel Guide, Chios Greece
Chios Island Travel Guide, Chios Greece
Chios Island Travel Guide, Chios Greece
Chios Island Travel Guide, Chios Greece

Chios Town

Chios Town-PortThe city of Chios is the administrative economic and cultural center of the island of Chios. It has a population of 30,000 and it is situated on the east coast of the island and is the capital. Archaeological discoveries have shown that Chios has been inhabited continually since 6000 BC The ancient city, was built by Greeks shortly before 1000 BC So, we can certainly say that the history of the city goes back more than 3000 years.
From its inception until now it has experienced long periods of prosperity and decline and in each rebuilding, the city has always covered the same geographic area. For this reason, one can find evidence in the modern city from all periods of its long history. This makes Chios, like other great Greek cities, a living embodiment of a rich Greek and Aegean past.
hellenic capital, ChiosDuring Ancient times the city of Chios knew periods of great economic and intellectual wealth. Apart from being famous for its formidable navy and for its great commercial strength which profoundly affected scientific and cultural growth, Chios is regarded as the birth place of the greatest poet of Ancient times Homer. Chios was undoubtedly one of the most important cities of the Greek Colonies in Ionia (Asia Minor). During the Roman Period Chios declined but in the Byzantine era it recovered and for about 1000 years it became one of its most important provinces.
In 1346 it was occupied by the Genoese. In 1566 the Ottoman Turks, having already conquered the Byzantine Empire drove out the Genoese, took Chios and occupied it until 1912. In that year Chios was liberated and became an integral part of Greece.
The city of today is going through a period of renewed prosperity. Its inhabitants are mainly engaged in seafaring (it’s the home of a great number of shipping magnates) commercial, farming and fishing activities. In recent years tourism has taken off because of the natural beauty and historical sites which entice visitors from Greece and abroad.
The numerous remains of Chios historical past are everywhere to be witnessed and enjoyed. Some of the most important of them can be found in the Archaeological, Byzantine and Naval Museums and the famous Koraes Library. Other important places are: the Byzantine Castle, the villas of the Genoese in the Kambos area among the citrus orchards and the neo-classical buildings; all these constitute the pride and the joy of Chios.

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Chios Town, Kambos, Vrondados, Anavatos, Avgonyma, Karyes, Thymiana, Neohori, Vassileoniko, Vavili, Halkios, Ververato, Dafnonas, Aghios Georgios Sikousis, Zifias


Ancient Times
Ancient Chios Town, Daskalopetra, Drakodospilos, Rimokastro
Early Christian Times
St. Isidore’s Basilica
Medieval Times
Nea Moni, Virgin Krena, Aghios Georgios of Chios Fortress, Aghios Georgios Sikousis, Kournas Monastery, Giustiniani Palace, Fortress of Chios, Anavatos, Watchtowers
Late Byzantine Times
Monastery of Saints Anargyri, Monastery of Aghios Menas
Post Byzantine and Later Times
Kambos, Marble Fountains, Mosque -Tzami, Later Buildings, Saints Constantine and Helen Nunnery, Panaghia Voethia Nunnery (The Virgin of Assistance), Aghios Georgios Reston, Aghios Stefanos Monastery, The Cloister of Aghios Markos, Myrsinidi Monastery, The Cloister of Aghion Pateron (The Holy Fathers), Mills, Aghia Skepi Isihastirio (The Retreat of Saintly Protection)

Chios Beaches

Bella Vista, Kontari, Karfas, Megas Limnionas, Aghia Fotia, Daskalopetra, Tagma, Afanis Beach, Lo Beach

Date: Πέμπτη, 5 Ιουνίου 2008
Michael Takos, Thorndale, PA, USA
Comment:Dear Amber, SLC, USA Regarding your post 13 July 2007 Thank you for your response, Although I live in the United States, my family is originally from Chios, and I still have most of my relatives, residing in various locations on Chios that range from Agia Ermioni, Karfas, Thimiana, Kardamilla, Vrondados and Chora, to name a few. We travel to Chios, frequently and prefer finding lodgings on our own as opposed to staying with relatives. I had a home there but recently sold it to relatives. I am very familiar with the “Chiotian” mindset and have been accused of possessing it myself. Never the less, I do not claim to be an expert on all things “Chios”. My dismay is over the fact that ethical behavior is not only expected but is mandatory among people, especially in business relationships and in this global age, no one is excused from following it. If one uses the internet/world wide web to solicit business, then one should be expected to adhere to the universal protocols that are expected regarding that form of commerce. I become very disturbed when individuals from Chios behave in ways that are not ethical. Thus my original response regarding, Chios Rooms in Karfas. For the record, on my arrival on Chios in 2005, the matter was resolved to our mutual satisfaction, but only after the intervention of the “Tourist Police.” I do and will always love the island of my ancestors. Thank you for your comments Mike Takos
Date: Δευτέρα, 19 Μαΐου 2008
Nancy, chios
Comment:Aleksander!its me Nancy!!! i read your comment and my eyes its foyl of tears!!!i’m looking for you the last 2 years please write me on my mail.We thinkinf of you.We wont to see you again!!!
Date: Τρίτη, 1 Απριλίου 2008
Stamo, USA
Comment:would love any information about good restaurants and any rooms for rent in villages. The newer the better. Thank you
Date: Τρίτη, 2 Οκτωβρίου 2007
Aleksandar Vuletic, Kitchener / Canada
Comment:Hi, I travelld to Chios many times but on bigger terms, anywehre from 3-6 months. I lived with greek family "Petros Flamos". I have lost contact with them, if there is anyone from Chios reading this, please let me know if you know thoso people, and how to contact them. I do not speak greek any more because I have not spoken one word for more then 8 years. If you are thinking to go there, you wont be mistaking because its top of the line. Very nice places to vist and to explore.
Date: Παρασκευή, 13 Ιουλίου 2007
Amber, SLC, USA
Comment:Mr. Michael Takos I do relate to your concern, but I need to explain a few things. I lived in Chios for several years and understand how things could happen. First, Chios is still an Island that does not have the technical dependency that we have here in the US. It is still most common to use a phone or make deals in person. Yes, in other countries anything can happen, not just in Greece. The problem is many people who travel; think that where they are traveling to has the same laws, and ways of life. SO NOT TRUE! For anyone who travels your best bet is to always really research and confirm with a person if possible your reservations, cancellation, etc... Also, find out the laws where you are traveling to and your rights BEFORE traveling. Like they say... "When in Rome, you do as the Romans do".
Date: Δευτέρα, 8 Αυγούστου 2005
helen center, uk
Comment:been there last year....loved it....coming back next month.
Date: Σάββατο, 16 Ιουλίου 2005
Michael Takos, Berwyn, PA 19312
Comment:In regard to Chios Rooms at Karfas: We cancelled in May but never heard from them, next e-mail was in July and they responded that we are not entitled to a refund because they never got our May e-mail. This is nonsense because they got all our other e-mails with no problems. Furthermore they claimed that the LAW allowed them to keep our entire deposit. So we are out our entire deposit. Does Greece write laws that allow tourists to be routinely ripped off? Frankly this is disgraceful. Tourists take notice and find out what the policies are because they sure didn’t mention it on their web site. Also the web page provides a link to pictures that never come up regardless of what browser you use. As a consequence you never see what this place looks like. Now they are ignoring our e-mails and think we can’t do anything else because we are seperated by the Atlantic. Bottom line is Chios Rooms at Karfas are a bunch of beat artists. Michael Takos
Date: Πέμπτη, 5 Μαΐου 2005
Wilma Steenkamer, Holland
Comment:We, my husband and me, go every year to Chios island. We love the people, the country and the sea. The people are very kind. The villages are wonderful to see and there are many churches to visit. The nature is wonderful. So we go for the tenth year again to our island. We made Greek friends there and we like to visit that people every year because they are like a good family to us.
Date: Παρασκευή, 18 Ιουνίου 2004
Lise Sørensen, Denmark
Comment:Since 1995 I have visited Chios 12 times.The reasons for why I have returned so often are, among other things. * You feel welcome *The local people are very friendly *There are many exiting cities to visit *You can see many different historical sights *There are many wonderful beaches ( Karfas is the best I think and safe for children ) *You will find many fine hotels but we prefer Orgiettas Rooms in Agia Ermioni because of the very familiar atmosphere and the beautiful view over the habor. I will return to Chios as long I am able to. Like I have done before, I will sometimes bring my family because like me, they simply love the Island.
Date: Πέμπτη, 6 Μαΐου 2004
Petruchio, Chios
Comment:Almost half the island’s population lives in Chios town. As a result a number of block of flats are built spoiling the typical scenery of an aegean island capital city.