Villages of Central Chios
Kampos is one of the most distinctive areas in Chios. It is a unique residential complex, where the natural environment is in total harmony with the local architecture. It lies at a 6-kilometre-distance south of town, and is widely known for the impressive mansions with their citrus fruits gardens.
- Spend some nights at a traditional Kampos guesthouse
- Visit a citrus garden
- Cycle around narrow alleys in the citrus gardens
- Discover restaurants in Kampos which offer local dishes
- Taste sweet spoon preserves, a local traditional recipe
- The route of Chios half Marathon, a race that takes place every year in Kampos, includes running in citrus gardens and patios of impressive mansions.
- Chios Music Festival holds some events in Kampos estates.
Thymiana & Neochori
Thymiana is a big village, famous for the stone quarries that provide the reddish “Thymiana stone”, favorite building material all over Chios island. The visitor can admire this characteristic architectural feature at the church of the village, dedicated to “Agios Efstratios”, built in 1890. Beside the exquisite stone decorations, this church also has a very characteristic pebbled yard, very common in the mansions of Kampos. The high walls of Kampos estates are built with this characteristic local red stone from Thymiana. At Thymiana village takes place the “Mostra Carnival” every year, with public masquerades’ parades and traditional dances. The traditional tavernas of the village serve excellent food, based on traditional greek and local cuisine.
( Anavatos, Avgonyma, Sidirounta )
The medieval settlement of Anavatos is a historic site of Chios island, connected to the 1822 massacre. Known as the “Mistras of the Aegean Sea”, it is built on a steep rock, and has only one access form the north side. It is well preserved, with two storey houses and stone walls. At the acropolis, where restoration works are in process, one can admire the impressive three storey building, which housed the oil press, the School and the church of the Archangel and Virgin Mary. The view from the top will reward you. Although Anavatos is essentially a ghost village, some people have restored the family houses, especially in the lower zone of the village. In the summer and in the weekends, the village kafeneio is open serving home made pastries and local dishes.
Avgonyma & Sidirounta
Only 6 km from Anavatos, lies the picturesque medieval village of Avgonyma. It is known for the stone cubic shaped houses, the narrow alleys and the stone paved square. The view from the village is magical, as from the west side one can see the Aegean sea, and from the east the forest. At an only ten minute drive from the village, you can find the crystal clear Elinda beach. You can stay at the one of the traditional hotels or appartments of the village and try local dishes at the restaurants there.
Karyes village is known for the monasteries of the area: Nea Moni, Agioi Pateres and Panagia Voitheia. Just outside town, built on the mountain it offers a wonderful view of Chios town and the east coast.
The churches of the village are dedicated to Agia Marcella and the Virgin. At Easter, it is worth attending the celebration of Zoodochos Pig, on the new Friday, after Easter.