Situated in the Aegean Sea, Chios is one of the larger Greek islands and is located five miles off the coast of Turkey. As one of the lesser visited Greek islands, Chios is largely unspoilt by tourism. This large island has a long and fascinating history and boasts a rich cultural centre. Yet, the island still has everything for a relaxing holiday and is home to miles and miles of long, sandy beaches. Chios town is home to numerous bars and restaurants but you’ll find cultural treasures throughout the island. With its mixed terrain, the island has an array of opportunities for outdoorsy types to get their fix of adrenaline, ranging from many different hiking trails to snorkelling and water sports near the coast.
An economy car would be nippy enough for getting around the island and is fuel-efficient, which will come in especially handy for getting to various areas of interest around the island.
Driving in Chios
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Important things to note
Road conditions tend to vary across the island and might be more hazardous in more rural areas.
Many roads have three lanes, with the middle lane designated for over-taking for vehicles travelling in either direction.
While fuel is readily available throughout the island, most fuelling stations are closed on Sundays, so it’s advisable to make sure you have a full tank for the weekend.
Highlights & Hotspots
Nea Moni Monastery is one of the island’s most popular historic sites to visit. Now a World Heritage site, this impressive monastery dates back to the 11th-century. Discover the fantastic mosaics and Byzantine art in the church while exploring the museum. You can also enjoy fantastic views of Chios.
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon soaking up the sun and head Mavra Volia. The black pebble beach runs into crystal clear waters, perfect snorkelling. This huge beach rarely becomes crowded and is a 40 minute drive from Chios town.
Another fantastic cultural venue is the Citrus Estate, home to a charming museum which gives insight into the history of the Kampos area. There is also a little shop which sells fantastic local produce.
If you’re looking for a nice sandy beach to go with the kids, then Komi beach is a better option than Mavra Volia. You can hire umbrellas and sun-loungers and there are an array of restaurants, cafes and bars only a stone’s throw away.
Chios Island National Airport is located in the region of Kampos in the south of the island. This small airport serves the island, with most flights coming from Athens airport.
The airport is located approximately two miles from Chios town centre. Getting there involves nothing more than a 10-minute drive along the Leof Enoseos coastal road, leading up to the main car park.