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The beaches of Chios in Greece

Chios is also called the island with a hundred beaches, so I started counting them but I didn't count a hundred.... but then again counting was never my strong points. I did count over fifty beaches though. This is a quite a number of beaches for an island of the size of Chios, so I think that there probably a beach to satisfy everyone's needs. Below I have made a selection from the beaches of Chios and I am planning to go there to see a good number of them myself. I will especially try to find good naturist beaches on Chios. On the island there are apparently many small private coves with small beaches making it a paradise for naturists, and there are larger beaches where there is a place for naturism as well. Since the airport of Chios is not very large and there are only a very limited number of flights each week, the island is not infested with tourists and there is a good chance that you can find a beach to yourself.

Chios beaches: Karfas beach
Chios beaches

Karfas is located 7 kilometer south of the capital city of Chios, and it is one of the most beautiful and famous beaches of Chios. Karfas is a sandy beach. The village is a tourist center with plenty of hotels, restaurants, shops, bars and entertainment.

Chios beaches: Afanis Nautis beach
Chios beaches

The beach of Afanis Nautis is situated 6 kilometer north of the capital of Chios. It is a beach with pebbles and popular with windsurfers. The north Wind often blows over the beach, so if it is really windy it is not recommended to visit the beach of Afanis Nautis unless you like the high waves.

Chios beaches: Agiasmata beach
Chios beaches

Agiasmata is a coastal village with a beach and hot springs healing that claim to cure certain diseases. The water is rich in iron and sulfate and used for certain healing therapies. On the beach there is a small hotel where people can stay. The beach is near the village Keramos, approximately 56 kilometer northwest of the capital of Chios.

Chios beaches: the beach of Aghia Dynami
Chios beaches

Aghia Dynami is a beautiful and unspoilt beach in the south of the island of Chios. The beach is named after the chapel of Aghia Dynami that can be found in the bay of the beach. This beach is nice and rather quiet and situated in the Bay of Salagonas. The road that leads to Aghia Dynami is the same as the road that leads to Phana Kato.

Chios beaches: Aghia Fotia beach
Chios beaches

The beach of Aghia Fotia is located 11 kilometer south of the capital of Chios, near the village Neohori. It is a beach with small pebbles and the water in the bay is very clear. In the village and on the beach of Aghia Fotia are some hotel rooms and apartments for rent, and there are tavernas. The atmosphere here is very relaxed.

Chios beaches: Aghia Marcella beach
Chios beaches

The beach of Aghia Marcella on the west coast of the island of Chios is a pebble beach which is located in a beautiful bay. There are tavernas near the beach that serve fresh fish and close to the beach is the beautiful church of Aghia Marcella. This beach is comparatively calm.

Chios beaches: the beach of Aghios Aimilianos
Chios beaches

The beach of Aghios Aimilianos is situated about 14 kilometer away from Chios town and the beach belongs to the relatively large mastic village Kallimassia. Kallimassia is built on a green plain with many olive trees. The beach of Aghios Aimilianos a quiet beach that is mostly sandy with small pebbles.

Chios beaches: the beach of Aghios Giannis
Chios beaches

This is a beautiful beach consisting of small pebbles, set amidst a clear sea. Situated near the mastic village of Kalimassia (13 kilometer south of Chios town). the northern part of the beach is known as the Aghia Fotia beach and the south is the beach is called Aghios Giannis after the small chapel at the same beach.

Chios beaches: the beach of Aghia Irini
Chios beaches

Aghia Irini is a fairly quiet and not too large beach that lies along the road from Limenas Meston to Elata, at a distance of about 6 kilometer southwest of Mesta in Chios. The beach is located in a protected bay and consists of small white pebbles and blue-green water. The beach is named after the chapel of Aghia Irini, which is located near the beach.

Chios beaches: the beach of Anemi
Chios beaches

Anemi is the beach that belongs to the village Kardamyla and is situated in the north of the island of Chios. Near Kardamyla there are still a number of other beautiful beaches such as Nagos and Vlihada. Many people in its surroundings visit the beach for sunbathing and for a swim in the sea.

Chios beaches: the beach of Apothika

Chios beaches This beautiful beach is situated 4 and a half kilometer from the village of Mesta in the southwest of Chios and is popular with the locals. It is a fairly quiet beach with clear waters, and it is surrounded by mountains which protect the beach from the wind. The last 100 meter to the beach there is no road and you have to walk.

Chios beaches: the beach of Avlonia
Chios beaches

The beach of Avlonia is five kilometers away from the village of Mesta in the southwest of the island of Chios. It is a very beautiful beach with coarse sand and tiny pebbles, but the beach Avlonia is often in the wind coming from the north. If it is not windy day than this beach is worth a visit.

Chios beaches: the beach of Bella Vista
Chios beaches

The Bella Vista Beach is actually the beach of the capital of Chios and is one kilometers south downtown of Chios Town. It is not the best beach of the island of Chios, but for the residents of Chios town it is like a refuge, and a beach that they can reach on foot. At the Bella Vista beach there are obviously a number of hotels and restaurants.

Chios beaches: the beach of Daskalopetra
Chios beaches

The beach of Daskalopetra is not far from the capital. It is situated about 7 kilometer north of it at Vrondados. It is not a bad beach and it has small pebbles and clear water. At the beach and nearby are many restaurants, cafes and hotels.

Chios beaches: the beach of Dydima
Chios beaches

The beach of Dydima (=the twins) lies on the route from Limenas Meston to Elata, about five kilometers away from Mesta, in the south of the island of Chios. It is actually two beaches that are very similar. These beaches consist mainly of small white pebbles, and the water is blue green in color.

Chios beaches: the beach of Elinda
Chios beaches

The beach of Elinda is beautiful and situated in a sheltered bay in the west of the island of Chios, about the same height as the capital (center of the island), in the deserted village of Anavatos. It is a beautiful beach with coarse sand and sea water is very clear. It is an ideal place for swimming and sunbathing. In the waters not far from the coast lies the wreck of a Roman boat. The name Elinda comes from the ancient Greek word Alios meaning "navy".

Chios beaches: the beach of Esouza
Chios beaches

The beach Esouza is located in the northwest of the island of Chios in the village Trypes. It is one of the quieter beaches of the island because it is so remote. The photograph here is unfortunately not the beach of Esouza but the village of Trypes. I hope to one day see the beach myself and then make some good pictures to illustrate.

Chios beaches: the beach of Gionosas
Chios beaches

The bay and beach Giosonas are at a 31 kilometer distance from Chios town in the northeast of the island, and 6 km from Kardamyla. It is a long beach of pebbles and is surrounded by pine forests. Being relatively some distance away from Chios town makes this beach also a bit more relaxed and untouched than some of the other beaches on Chios.

Chios beaches: the beach of Gridia
Chios beaches

The beach Gridia beach is situated at two kilometers distance south of the village Nenita, and just above the beach of Komi, in the southeastern part of the island of Chios. The beach of Gridia is accessible from the exit in the village of Nenita. It is a beach with small pebbles. In the vicinity of the beach hotels and tavernas can be found.

Chios beaches: the beach of Gyaliskari
Chios beaches

In the north of the island of Chios, there are many coves where you can find small or a bit larger beaches. The beach of Gyaliskari located in one of these coves whic is situated northwest of the village of Kardamyla, between the beaches of Vlihada and Nagos. It is a nice and cozy beach that is in a protected cove and which is surrounded by greenery.

Chios beaches: the beach of Kambia
Chios beaches

The village of Kambia is 48 km away from Chios Town in the northeast of the island. The village lies at the foot of a mountain, overlooking a ravine. This area is very green. Near the village are the beaches of Kambia. One beach has large pebbles and other small. They are quiet and unspoilt beaches, but sometimes when there are strong winds from the north, it is better to avoid them.

Chios beaches: the beach of Karida
Chios beaches

The beach of Karida (6 kilometer south of the mastic village Pyrgi, on the road to Olympoi) is a small unspoilt beach with pebbles and crystal clear water. Because the last stretch of the road to the beach is not paved, it is best to go there with a Jeep or an SUV.

Chios beaches: the beach of Kato Fana
Chios beaches

The beach of Kato Fana is also at six kliometer distance south of Pyrgi on the route to Olympoi, but instead of a pebble beach that is a sandy one. The area of Kato Fana also has archeological significance. The Temple of Apollo Fanaios cab be found here and also the remains of an ancient Christian church.

Chios beaches: Komi beach
Chios beaches

The beach of Komi is at 4 kilometers distance from the village Kalamoti, in the southeast of the island of Chios, and it is a fine sandy beach with a few loose pebbles. On a part of the beach there are umbrellas and sun beds for hire, and on the rest of the beach you can lay on your beach towel. Here too, there are a number of restaurants and there are some hotels where you can rent a room.

Chios beaches: the beach of Kontari
Chios beaches

The beach of Kontari can be found three kilometers away from Chios town, on the south side, near the airport and it overlooks the capital of the island. It is a beach made out of coarse sand and small pebbles. On the beach there is sometimes a lot of wind (from the north), and in that case is better avoided, unless you like waves.

Chios beaches: the beach of Lampsa
Chios beaches

The beach of Lampsa is a nice beach in the vicinity of Limnos. It is located some distance away from the capital. Limnos is a village in the northwest of the island of Chios. At the beach of Limnos you find some tavernas. The beach of Lampa is also very similar to the nearby beach of Limnos, but it is slightly smaller.

Chios beaches: the beach of Lefkathia
Chios beaches

Lefkathia is the most famous and also the busiest beach in the northwest of Chios. It is located near the village of Volissos, between Limnos and Limnia. It is an organized beach with sun beds and umbrellas, and so there are many people. The water is deep and clear. On the beach are tavernas and there is also a bar. In the vicinity of the beach are plenty of hotels and apartments.

Chios beaches: the beach of Lilikas
Chios beaches

The beach of Lilikas is situated about 1 km away from the well-known beach of Komi, in the southeast of the island of Chios, on the route to the village of Vouno. The village itself is small and consists of only a few houses, set in a cove and beach in the village is a fairly small beach with pebbles.

Chios beaches: the beach of Limnos
Chios beaches

The beach of Limnos is located on the northwest of the island, 42 kilometers from Chios Town, and not far from Volissos. It is not very busy. Nearby are some tavernas for a snack or a drink. There are also beachfront apartments to rent and there are some hotels. No mass tourism, in any case. It is a sandy beach with some pebbles.

Chios beaches: the beach of Limenas Meston
Chios beaches

The beach of Limenas Meston can be found four kilometers from the village of Mesta, in the southwest of Chios. On the right hand part of the village you will find the boats and a place where ferries able to dock and on the left part is the beach where you can lie down and to go into the sea. It's a fairly narrow beach with coarse sand. In the village and the area around it are hotels and restaurants.

Chios beaches: Megas Limnionas
Chios beaches

The beach of Megas Limnionas is 9 kilometers south of the capital city of Chios, and is also one of the most popular beaches of Chios. The beach is a mixture of sand and small pebbles. Also on the beach of Megas Limnionas are plenty of hotels, restaurants, shops, bars and nightlife.

Chios beaches: the beach of Lo
Chios beaches

Lo Beach is seven kilometers north of Chios town, near the village Vrondadas. It is an organized beach in a well protected bay, with coarse sand and clear sea. You should buy a ticket for this beach there if you want to be allowed to use the facilities. And although the small beach is very cozy and looks charming for that reason I would personally say, proceed to the next beach. The area has plenty to find in terms of hotels, apartments, studios, restaurants, fish tavernas and cafes ....

Chios beaches: Managras
Chios beaches

The beach of Managras is located in the northwest of the island of Chios, near Volissos. It is a beautiful beach with coarse sand and clear waters, ideal for swimming and sunbathing. It is also the longest of the beaches of Chios, just about a mile. Because this beach is more remote, it is also quieter.

Chios beaches: the beach of Mavra Volia - Emporios
Chios beaches

The beach of Mavra Volia, in the extreme southeastern tip of Chios, 5 kilometers away from Pyrgi, is a small beach with black pebbles. This particular beach owes its appearance to a volcano that existed in prehistoric times. There are three beaches that are next to each other, with deep dark water. There are apartments and hotels, and in nearby Emporio a few restaurants can be found.

Chios beaches: the beach of Metohi
Chios beaches

The beach of Metohi is on the west side of Chios, 2 kilometers from the village Siderounda. It is a beautiful and quiet beach with sand and small pebbles. The water is very clear. At the beach is a taverna where you can eat something.

Chios beaches: the beach of Nagos
Chios beaches

The beach of Nagos lies at a distance of 5 kilometers from the village Kardamyla, in the north of Chios. There are rivers, sycamores and other trees, and there is a beautiful beach with small colored pebbles. The landscape in the area is very beautiful. On the beach there are restaurants and hotels. The name comes from the word Nagos naos (temple) and nearby an old temple has been uncovered.

Chios beaches: the beach of Tagma
Chios beaches

The beach of Tagma is located not far from Chios town, on 4 kilometers north of the capital of the island. On the beach with its small pebbles is often a strong northerly wind and therefore it is not always that pleasant. For windsurfers or for people who love high waves it is suitable, and perhaps also for people who like peace and quiet.

Chios beaches: the beach of Vokaria
Chios beaches

The beach is Vokaria is situated in the south of the island about 20 kilometers from the capital of Chios. You can reach the beach from a split in the village of Nenita. Along the promenade are some houses and restaurants and there you find also the beach of Vokaria which consists mainly of small pebbles.


Hans Huisman, http://www.angelfire.com/super2/greece/ 2014
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