Armolia - Olympoi - Pyrgi - Mesta
Discover some of the villages of Mastiha in south Chios, through this exciting tour
Go on to Pyrgi, the unique in Greece painted village, as it is called, because of the elaborate decorative patterns on the facades of the buildings. Stroll around among the houses with the “xysta” decorations, this characteristic type of decorating the facades with geometric motifs in black and white and discover interesting corners. Find the temple of Agioi Apostoloi, an amazing chapel, hidden in a narrow alley near the village square. This is an excellent preserved byzantine monument, built in the 14th century.
Go on to Olympoi, another impressive castle village, with a nostalgic tower in the middle and the narrow alleys covered by stone vaults, connecting the houses. On the village square, there is the small church of Agia Paraskevi, with a wooden iconostasis, typical of the 18th century wood carving art. Another significant building in Olympoi is the “Trapeza”, a well preserved two-storey medieval building with elongated spacious halls, that used to host the social events of the village. You must include the impressive cave of Olympoi in this tour. With a depth reaching 52m and an exquisite decoration of stalactites and stalagmites it is considered one of the most beautiful caves in Greece.
Follow the road to Mesta, the best preserved medieval village of Chios, protected by the Greek Ministry of Culture as a monument. Feel as if you are visiting the past, strolling around the narrow alleys of the village, under the stone vaults formed by the houses’ balconies.
If the weather is good, combine your tour with swimming at one of the beaches of this area, that can cover a great range of preferences: If you are looking for a more cosmopolitan and organised beach, you can go to Komi. The sea sports lovers will prefer Apothyka. For those preferring wild beauty, there is the famous volcanic beach of Mavra Volia (Black Beach), covered with black pebbles. Those preferring clear blue waters will choose Agia Dynami or Vroulidia. If you need tranquillity, vote for Salagona, Kato Fana and Avlonia of Mesta. For those visiting by inflatable boat, or wishing to combine swimming with hiking, there is also Avlonia of Pyrgi.
Finish your tour with food or coffee in a traditional restaurant - café in one of the villages, or taste a Chios “ouzo” (a local spirit appetizer) along with traditional greek “meze” at a seaside tavern.