The Greek island of Chios belongs to the islands of the North Aegean and it is an ideal island for family holidays.
It is surrounded by wonderful beaches, the most known are Emporios, Mavra Volia and Karfas. Vrontados is a small beach 4 kilometers from the town of Chios with some fish taverns by the sea. Trahili, Lithi, Didima, Metohi are beaches with crystalline waters and ideal to relax.
Although Chios has very good beaches, it is characterized by its medieval villages. The most famous is «Mastichohoria» (literally: Mastic Villages) is a series of 7 special, fortified architectural villages built in the fourteenth century during the Genoese government. Among them, Mesta is a medieval treasure with preserved towers, castles, ancient churches and magnificent stone houses closely linked by arches. Anavatos is a byzantine tower-village and it is located on the top of large granite rock at the highest point of a mountain. Although it is uninhabited, you can still feel its history as you stroll through the cobbled streets of the village.
Pyrgi is one of the largest medieval villages in Chios, characterized by the peculiar architecture of its houses and buildings with geometric designs in black and white on the facade. Narrow labyrinthine streets and churches like Nea Moni and Saint Apostoloi complete this authentic landscape.
Here you can enjoy delicious dishes cooked with mastiha (mastic gum), or take a sorbet of soumada, a traditional drink made of almonds.