Cruise Port Atlas | Chios, Greece Day Trips | Attractions

Chios, Greece Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Chios: Silversea

Key Attractions: Chios Castle, Archaeological Museum, Byzantine Museum, Nea Moni of Chios, Kapmos, Pyli, Mesta, Olimpi, Anavatos, Marros Gialos Beach, Karfas Beach, Agia Fotini Beach, Vrondados Beach

Chios Town Attractions

Chios Cruise Dock to Chios Castle - 0.2-0.6 KM, 2-8 minute walk
Chios Cruise Dock to Byzantine Museum - 0.2 KM, 2 minute walk
Chios Cruise Dock to Attraction - 0.8 KM, 2 minutes, 10 minute walk
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Chios Town was mostly destroyed by the earthquake of 1881, which left only the strong walls around the Castle and little else. The city was rebuilt by the Ottomans in a neoclassical style with little touristic appeal. Besides the impressive Castle walls and towers, the city has two significant museums, the Byzantine Museum and the Archaeological Museum. The Byzantine Museum is housed in a former mosque which has one of the few remaining minarets in Greece. The displays focus on sculptures from the 14th-16th century Genoan occupation. The Archaeological Museum has displays of artifacts, coins, sculptures and pottery going back to the Neolithic era. As the cultural center of Chios, the town features some popular restaurants, clubs and shops.

        

   

Photo of Genoese Tower by Katsiaryna Naliuka, Photo of Chios waterfront by Ailinaleixo

Neo Moni of Chios

Chios Cruise Dock to Nea Moni - 11 KM, 20 minutes
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Established in the 11th century AD Nea Moni has been converted to a convent due to a lack of monks. Renowned for its phenomenal mosaics, frescoes and idyllic setting the former monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The attractions include the main church, two chapels, monks cells and the dining hall which have been mostly reconstructed since the massacre of 1822 and the earthquake of 1881.

           

   

Photo of Nea Moni Mosaic, Photo of Nea Moni buildings by Maarten Sepp

Chios Villages

Chios Cruise Dock to Kampos - 3 KM, 6 minutes
Chios Cruise Dock to Pyrgi - 24 KM, 31 minutes
Chios Cruise Dock to Olimpi - 31 KM, 46 minutes
Chios Cruise Dock to Mesta - 37 KM, 50 minutes
Chios Cruise Dock to Anavatos - 20 KM, 36 minutes
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The southern part of the island has several medieval villages in the area long renowned for mastic production. The region, known as Mastichochoria, offers the islands most famous town, Pyrgi, where many of the houses are adorned with geometric exterior decoration in gray and white. The town of Mesta is the oldest and most authentic town in the area. The houses are built in a circle with the back walls facing outward to form a defensive wall. Inside narrow alleys have archways connecting the mansions that once housed the wealthy mastic gum producers in from the region. Between Pyrgi and Mesta is the smaller town of Olimpi which like Mesta is built with attached houses facing inward. Nearby is the Olimpi Cave, a large and popular attraction. Northwest of the Chios town is the deserted island town of Anavatos with its empty medieval stone buildings sitting high on a cliff.

        

   

Photo of Pyrgi houses by Mates II. and Kostisl

Chios Beaches

Chios Cruise Dock to Vrondados Beach - 5.2 KM, 8 minutes
Chios Cruise Dock to Karfas Beach - 7.3 KM, 10 minutes
Chios Cruise Dock to Agia Fotini Beach - 11 KM, 18 minutes
Chios Cruise Dock to Mavros Gialos Beach - 29 KM, 35 minutes
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On the eastern coast of the island are well developed beach areas several within the Chios Town region. To the north is Vrondados Beach, a small peeble beach with sunbeds and umbrellas, and food and drink. South of town is Kerfas Beach, the largest and most popular beach on the island which offers facilities and watersports. A little farther to the south is Agia Fotini a pebble beach with facilities and tavernas popular with the locals. The most famous beach on the island is the black sand Mavros Gialos (also called Mavros Volia) near the town of Emporios which with its black pebbles, blue waters and quiet give it an exotic beauty. Facilities are limited. The west coast of the island has many small isolated beach along it's craggy coast. The island of Oinousses, a short ferry ride from Chios Town, offers small beaches along with summer homes for wealthy part-time residents.

        

   

Photo of Oinousses Island by NikoSilver

Interests Key:

Art Architecture Beach Children Wild Animals Local Cuisine Flora Gardens-Parks Geology

Diving UNESCO Views Wine Dance Music Shopping History Hiking

Walking & Wheelchair Accessibility:

No Walking Easy Walking Normal Walking Difficult Walking Accessible Limited Not Accessible