Nea Moni - Anavatos

The byzantine monastery and majestically deserted village

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You will be greeted at your hotel or outside your cruise terminal and will make your way to the very historical places of Chios and begin your tour with a visit at the Nea-Moni Anavatos Hill

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Our driver will meet you just outside the cruise termnal in Chios Port and after 30min. drive through the monastery of Nea-Moni Anavatos

The byzantine monastery Nea Moni

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.

Nea-Moni Anavatos

The deserted tower-village of Anavatos

Three kilometer after Nea Moni you will see another road on the right that takes to Avgonyma through the biggest forest on the island. Avgonyma is located on a 450 meter high hill, the village was built in the Middle Ages and is one of the best preserved villages of Chios, characteristic is that the houses are built together. Most homes are now suitable for habitation. Narrow streets bring visitors to the main square, where the find the church of the village and some in traditional architecture builded tavernas. The beautiful view and great food make Avgonyma a unique destination for every traveler. Four kilometers after Avgonima, after turning north, you will find Anavatos, the Mystras of the Aegean. Due to its location on a large granite rock at the end of a cliff, the ancient city towers majestically above the surrounding area. Although it is a deserted village, it has still preserved its history, which is often sensed by the visitor when wandering through its stone-paved streets. The village is built on a rocky elevation with steep sides and sheer cliffs on the South and West, so that it can only be approached from the North. This natural defenses make it probable that the village was originally founded in this site for security reasons to control the west cast during the period of piracy. Nowadays the settlement is almost completely deserted. A medieval castle stands on top of the village, which developed with time passing by into the shape of an amphitheater with the acropolis at the edge of the ravine. Quite a lot of the settlement’s narrow fronted homes are preserved to give a unique picture of a ghost town in a wild evocative environment.
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 taverns, will provide the visitors with delicious red mullets, huge blackfish, bass fish and lobsters alongside the Aegean Sea.

The beautiful view Avgonyma

 
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