There is no doubt that sea lovers will find that Chios beaches can satisfy a wide range of even the most demanding tastes. For as long as you intend to stay in Chios, you can discover a different beach every day.
Beaches close to town
There are seasides close to town, such as the Bella Vista beach. It is an organized beach with umbrellas and seats, very close to the port. At the outskirts of the town there are other seasides such as Ormos Lo beach, Afanis Naftis, Agia Paraskevi and Daskalopetra. They are at the Vrontados waterfront, more or less a ten-minute drive from the town. In all of them there are canteens or cafes near by and also taverns, enabling the visitor to combine their swim with lunch or refreshments.
North Side Beaches
Heading north, you first encounter Mersinidi beach, a relatively unknown and not very easily accessible beach until recently. However, after the path that leads to the seaside was improved, it has become one of the most popular seasides. There is no canteen there, so visitors are advised to bring water or other drinks. Another choice in the same area is Glaroi beach, a vivid destination known for the loud music and party atmosphere that has become a hot spot for the youths of the island. The visitor can enjoy the deep blue sea with a coffee or drink. The canteen also provides seats and sun beds. However, the visitor can choose simply to lie on the beach. Near Kardamyla village there are three beautiful seasides, Giosonas, with large white pebbles, Nagos and Gialiskari. A visit to these seasides can be combined with an excursion to Kardamyla, or even norther.
At the northwest side of Chios, there are a lot of choices among small and large gulfs, with green blue waters. At dozens of these seasides the pine trees reach the sea. Driving from the south, from Mesta village towards Volissos you can reach dozens of seasides of the west coast, such as Agia Eirini, Lithi, Elinda, Metochi, Tigani, Trachili, Prastia, Magemena, Managros, Limnia, Lefkathia, Limnos, Lampsa, Agia Markella. From the northwest seasides you can see the island of Psara, which also has lots of interesting and beautiful seasides. Even norther, there are more seasides with crystal clear waters such as Ezousa, Agios Isidoros, Agios Georgios, Agiasmata etc. However, the most important thing to remember is that not all seasides are referenced in the island’s tourist guides, so sea trips can often hide a surprise – you never know what you are going to get.
South Side Beaches
The south part of the island also offers plenty of choices regarding seasides. There is the highly touristic beach of Karfas, a sandy beach surrounded by numerous cafes, restaurants and hotels. Also, Komi near Kalamoti village is a cosmopolitan seaside, another hot spot for young people and families. There is also the beach of Megas Limnionas, after Karfas and the popular beach of Agia Foteini (Agia Fotia) on the road to Kallimasia village. After that we reach Katarraktis village built on the waterfront with excellent fish taverns. Then there is Nenita, with two seasides, Gridia and Vokaria, Ayios Yannis, Viri and Lilikas. However, the first seaside that comes to mind when thinking of the south part is Mavra Volia beach, perhaps the most famous beach of Chios. The black pebbles, a result of volcanic activity in ancient times, high rocks and dark blue waters form an impressive scenery. Southeast of Mavra Volia, lies another impressive seaside, Vroulidia, with small pebbles and green waters and with a view to Venetiko islet.
Other worth visiting seasides near the medieval villages of the south are Avlonia, Kato Fana, Agia Dynami, Karinda, Apotheca, Salagona, Didima. These are a bit remote, not very popular, but definitely worth a visit.