Psara Island


Psara is a small rocky island to the west of Chios’ north-west tip. Its landscape is barren and hilly with some fertile valleys on the south and west sides of the island, and most of its shores are high and rocky.

Archaeological finds and the Mycenaean tombs on the west coast revealed that the island was inhabited since the Late Bronze era (1600-1100 BC). Psara’s fortune has always been bound to the sea. Its navy’s feats during the Greek War of Independence in 1821 made it famous, but the Turks burned the island in retribution in 1824.

On the island there is only one settlement, also called Psara, built in the shape of an amphitheatre on the south coast at an inlet of Limenas Gulf. The settlement with its harbor, old mansions and low houses, is dominated by the over-tall church of Agios Nicolaos.

Psara has little to offer apart from walks to empty beaches and a monastery on the slope of Mt. Profitis Ilias.