NEA MONI - AVGONIMA - ANAVATOS
From the port of Chios and the west of the city the road is continuous uphill, first thing you encounter on way to the top is the recent monastery of Voithia, dated from 1925. This is one of the monasteries that it is still inhabited, and its nuns make wonderful craftwork and embroidered pieces. Six kilometers away from Hora(Chios Town), a little further up on the way, the road crosses the small village of Karyes, famous for its springs of fresh water and for its amazing and unique panoramic view of Chios and the shores of Asia Minor.
Still further up, after the Kourna monastery on the left hand side of the road, a thick forest of pine trees dresses the Provation mount. Again on the left, the place where Agios Markos lived as a hermit is located further on the way. Today it is a small monastery whose view is almost comparable to that from Karyes.
Continuing to the west, 15 kilometers away from Hora and more or less in the middle of the island, stands Nea Moni. This impressive worldwide known Byzantine church is the most important monument of the island, as well as one of the most important Byzantine monuments in Greece and a monument of international significance. The architecture of the main temple is the well-known "island" octagonal type, whose only examples existing today are in Chios and Cyprus. It was built in the 11th century (between 1042 and 1056) honoring the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.
Three kilometer after Nea Moni you will see another road on the right that takes to Avgonyma through a small forest. Avgonyma is a very small village lost in the mountain from where you will have one of the best views of the west shores of the island, specially at sunset.
Four kilometers after Avgonima, after turning north, you will find Anavatos, the Mystras of the Aegean. This overwhelming deserted village is located at the top of a high rock, completely inaccessible from three of its four sides because of natural defenses. Besides, the image given by its gray stone houses is that of a ghost village, dominated at the top by the still conserved church of Taxiarchis.
Next on the west side, little beaches away from the road dominate the coast. Most of them can only be reached after a few hundred meters walk down a steep hill, so the trip is usually rewarded with a small picturesque beach for your exclusive use and enjoyment. The beach of Elinda is the most popular on this area and it has a road connection.
Finally the village of Lithi reaches four kilometers away from Elinda,The village is famous for its excellent fish since the local population consists mainly of fishermen who can usually be seen repairing their nets next to the large fishing boats anchored at Omalia, Lithi's beautiful sandy beach surrounded by hills with medieval watchtowers ("viglas"). The small local taverns will provide the visitors with delicious red mullets, huge blackfish, bass fish and lobsters alongside the Aegean Sea.
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