The island of Chios is one with meaningful history and of vital importance for the Greek country. Its land has been truly blessed with the fruit, flowers, shapes, colors, and smells of thousands of 'perivólia' (sing. 'perivóli' = the 'fertile' part of a household's garden) —as if a gift so special like that of 'mastic' was not enough. It is genuinely humbling to come from a place this great, and so we take much pride in accommodating you and facilitating your stay on our beautiful island.
One of the 'must-do' activities while on the island is a 'Mastichochoria' visit. Including Lithi, where Almiriki Hotel Apartments is located, there are over 24 mastic-producing villages in Chios, each unique in its own right. We highly recommend the medieval villages of Vessa and Pyrgi and that of Olympus, famous for its vertical cave.
Chios, and especially its Western part, is home to many beautiful beaches. Trahili beach, for example, is located just opposite Lithi, underneath a hillside with an old watchtower. There are over 30 watchtowers on hills like that around the island, all carefully located to communicate with one another to protect the island from pirate raids — back in the day.
Moving up north from Almiriki, one will stumble upon the abandoned village of Anavatos, camouflaged in the mountain stones from which it was built. For a splendid sunset, one should certainly visit the village of Avgonima. As one moves further up north, towards the top tip of the island, the scenery becomes more picturesque.
Back to the heart of the island, a visit to Kampos shall leave all of your senses very satis-fied. In the local dialect, 'kámpos' stands for all the fields where citrus trees and fruits grow, including the island's infamous mandarin, which was traded for fortunes in historic times. The Genoese and the rest of Chios' aristocracy once built their mansions in Kam-pos. Many estates are still preserved in pristine condition today, awaiting visitors to stroll around their fragrant 'perivolia'.
In terms of sightseeing, the Mastic Museum of Chios is a must-see, but we also recom-mend a visit to Nea Moni Monastery. Its infamous mosaics and the great church of Con-stantine the Gladiator will leave anyone mesmerized. The Holy Fathers Monastery on the mountain of Provata is worth a visit as well.
Full-day cruise tours around Chios are available so that you can discover the island's se-cluded beaches and find which one you like the most. On the other hand, if you enjoy wa-ter sports, you may want to visit the beaches of Karfa and Komi.
Chios also has many hiking paths, many of which are marked on the global map of hiking paths.
Another 'must-do' during your stay in Chios is a visit to the "Chora" (the island's capital, that is), which is home to the island's Castle and its Old Town, the Ottoman baths, and the Byzantine Museum. Local products are available for purchase in various locations throughout town.
As far as the gastronomic scene is concerned, there are myriad restaurants, ranging from traditional Greek "tavernas" to modern options. We will be more than happy to share our list of favorites with you.
Taking everything into account, Chios offers a wide diversity of island tours and cultural activities.
Please get in touch with us to find out which option best suits your itinerary.