espa-kanaristous

North Chios


Lagada

Lagada is located 16 km from the city of Chios, in the NE part of the island. Its natural beauty is special as it combines mountain and sea. It is amphitheatrically built ending in the bay of Langada.

The main church of the village is Agios Ioannis. However, the traditional local festival is organized on September 17 and is dedicated to Hagia Sophia, a church located on the beach of the village.

Lagada includes the settlement of Agrelopou, the abandoned settlement of Kydianta, Delfini and the area of ​​Koilos. The visitor can enjoy the delicious appetizers or coffee in one of the traditional cafes and fish taverns that exist on the beach of the area.

 

Kardamyla

Kardamyla is located 28 km from the city of Chios . They consist of two (2) villages, the upper Kardamyla and Marmaro. The upper village is the oldest settlement and reaches the foot of a dangerous and steep hill.

Most houses are built of stone which gives a traditional character to the form of the village. The main feature is the small alleys and the covered ones that have a fact that makes the walk of the visitor very pleasant. Many shipowners and sailors who come from here have built many majestic and stately houses that give a special beauty to the place.

The lower village, Marmaro, is a coastal settlement, built in the very beautiful bay of Kardamyla. A distinctive point of the Marble is the statue of the Sailor of the Kardamylos created by the sculptor Apartis, and located in the square of the port. Near Kardamyla are the pebble beaches of Nagos and Giosonas, with crystal clear waters, where the visitor can enjoy the sea in combination with the unique natural landscape of the surrounding area, plane trees, dense vegetation and waterfalls

 

Agio Galas

In the village of Agios Galas there is a very old Byzantine church, Panagia Agiogalousaina, built at the entrance of a cave, where at the entrance is its icon, which survives to this day. The cave communicates with the churches with a second larger cave and then with a third, where chambers with stalactites are formed. These natural caves in Agios Galas have not yet been extensively explored, but a small archeological excavation in 1939 has uncovered many Neolithic shells, which attest to the settlement of humans in the area since the Stone Age.

 

Pityos

The village of Pityos is located in North Chios at a distance of 25 km from the city. It is a mountain village with a medieval character that is built on Mount Aepos. It got its name from the pine "Pityis" that abounds in the area. The domes and arches of the old houses are architecturally the same as those of the medieval villages of southern Chios. It is worth walking to the small alleys of the village and to visit the Medieval Tower, a trademark of the village. It is a polygonal 16-sided two-storey building built in the 14th century, during the Genoese period (1346-1566). Its total height is 13 m. Next to the Tower it is worth visiting the post-Byzantine church of Ag. Dimitriou.

 

Agia Markella

The monastery of Agia Markella is located 6 km from Volissos and about 45 km from the city of Chios. It is built on the site that according to tradition was martyred by Saint Markella around 1500 AD. The Saint came from Volissos. Orphaned by her mother at a very young age, she was horribly killed by her father, who beheaded her and threw her head into the sea. The church of the monastery has been built at the place where the bush was, behind which the Saint hid, in order to escape from her father, while at the point where her head fell, holy water gushes out. Today there are no nuns in the monastery and the old cells are used as hostels for the pilgrims of the monastery. The festival of the temple takes place every year on July 22 and is considered the biggest festival of the island. All the faithful walk up to the monastery and, as part of the celebration, make celestial threads, with which they fasten the temple, while, according to tradition, on that day the sea takes on a dark red color, like the color of the blood of St. Markella.