Cultivating Mastic

The pistacia lentiscus shrub, which grows in south Chios, and from which is extracted an aromatic resin called mastic, has been renowned since the Middle Ages for its properties and multiple uses. The production of mastic, an ancient practice unaltered over time, impacts the social structure and cultural landscape of 24 Mastic Villages where the product is exclusively extracted. Traditional cultivation is a representative element of Chios, strengthening the bonds of local society, while giving the residents of the Mastic Villages a distinct identity. The residents are aware of their multiple cultural heritage. The visitors can have the opportunity to see and participate in mastic cultivating. For more info contact us info@ariadnechios.com.

The Rocket War

The Rocket War is an old custom which comes to life every Easter Saturday night. It is a spectacular event that illuminates the night thanks to thousands of rockets which rip the sky. This is a "war" between the two parishes of St. Erythiani and St. Mark dating back to the Ottoman period. The aim of the opponnent parishioners is St. Mark's bell tower and Panagia Erythianis's dome. The pitching points are defined to allow the safe conduct of the custom and the participants must meet certain requirements. Groups of passionate people are engaged in the manufacture of rockets months before the evening of the Resurrection. The rockets are estimated to be around 60,000 and many visit the island in order to experience and enjoy this wonderful event.
 
 

Chios Brevet

The hardest brevet in Greece. Not suitable for beginners, as the weather and road conditions are very hard. The hot weather and few places to get rest make the brevet even more difficult.  For more info contact us at info@ariadnechios.com.

Chios International Half Marathon 2014

The Chiosrunning club in collaboration with Runner magazine announces the "3rd International Half Marathon in Campos-Chios, Greece". Campos, one of the most beautiful areas of Chios is a unique residential complex,harmoniously combining the excellent natural landscape with particularly local architectural features. Place full of citrus orchards, interspersed with old mansions only 6 km to the south of Chios town. Campos has been declared "historic site" and "traditional settlement", protected from the Ministry of Culture. More info at http://2014.chiosrunning.gr/ or by e-mail to info@ariadnechios.com.

Exploring Vouno Village

Vouno fascinates the visitor with its architecture; it is a result of the forced cohabitation of the people, imposed by the menace of pirates and the desire of Genoese to control effectively the mastic production. The village is built far away from the sea. Its fortification is based on the integral exterior wall houses, which are all around the village. The communication of the people with the external world was achieved by two gates, which were open the whole day and closed at night. Nowadays, only the walls that used to support them, have been preserved. The narrow streets of the village and its labyrinth layout gave an advantage to the inhabitants over a possible invasion. Vouno is almost entirely built on a rock and that is the reason for which the village had little damages in the big earthquake of 1881. 

 

Amazing beaches

In the south part of the island of Chios, very close to Ariadne Philoxenia, you wil find a great variety of beaches for all tastes. Swallow or deep, organized or isolated, sandy or rocky, cold or warm, all of them are having something common. Crystal clear waters. Most popular of them are Mavra Volia, Komi and Vroulidia.

 

Walking routes

The visitors can find plenty of interesting trails around the island. Walk through great cultural monuments and the unspoilt natural environment. More information in the link www.chioswalking.gr or contact us by e-mail info@ariadnechios.gr. Guides are available in the reception. 

Towards Emporios

Head South towards Emporios. Pass by the famous village of Armolia known for its pottery decorations and ornaments. Climb up the hill and reach its top where the Castle of Apolichnon stands. Kalamoti is right after Armolia on the left. A medieval village with well preserved features of defensive architecture. Soon after Kalamoti the road leads to the popular beach of Komi. The picturesque harbor of Emporios and the famous Mavra Volia Beach lie close to Komi. It's a unique beach thanks to its black pebbles derived from the volcano of the area which is now dormant. Emporios is of archaeological value because of the ancient settlement which was constructed on the hill centuries ago. Follow the path after the main road which connects Komi to Emporios. Walk up the hill and take a look at the ruins of the temple and the settlements as well as the magnificent view of Emporio. Before you reach Emporios another road on the right leads to the Tower of Dotia and the spendid Vroulidia beach. Enjoy tasty delicacies and coffee or whatever comes to mind in Emporios, Komi and Lilikas. Return to the city from the road of Armolia or choose the green path towards Nenita village which overlooks the Aegean Sea. Visit the lovely villages of Vouno, Nenita and Katarraktis. Katarraktis is famous for its fish taverns.Head South towards Emporios. Pass by the famous village of Armolia known for its pottery decorations and ornaments. Climb up the hill and reach its top where the Castle of Apolichnon stands. Kalamoti is right after Armolia on the left. A medieval village with well preserved features of defensive architecture. Soon after Kalamoti the road leads to the popular beach of Komi. The picturesque harbor of Emporios and the famous Mavra Volia Beach lie close to Komi. It's a unique beach thanks to its black pebbles derived from the volcano of the area which is now dormant. Emporios is of archaeological value because of the ancient settlement which was constructed on the hill centuries ago. Follow the path after the main road which connects Komi to Emporios. Walk up the hill and take a look at the ruins of the temple and the settlements as well as the magnificent view of Emporio. Before you reach Emporios another road on the right leads to the Tower of Dotia and the spendid Vroulidia beach. Enjoy tasty delicacies and coffee or whatever comes to mind in Emporios, Komi and Lilikas. Return to the city from the road of Armolia or choose the green path towards Nenita village which overlooks the Aegean Sea. Visit the lovely villages of Vouno, Nenita and Katarraktis. Katarraktis is famous for its fish taverns.

Towards Mesta

Head South towards Armolia, the famous pottery village and then reach the medieval Pyrgi.
In Pyrgi the first thing to observe is the patterns on the walls of the houses, called "xysta". The whole village is dressed the same way which distinguishes it from all the rest. The beaches of Kato Fana and Karida are located shortly after Pyrgi.
Another medieval village called Olympi lies in short distance. Olympi is known for its active cavern you should not miss. Nearby Olympi village the magnificent beaches of Agia Dynami and Salagona stand out.
Mesta is the most well-preserved fortress village of Chios and makes an appearance soon after Olympi. Stroll around, relax in one of the cafes or choose something to eat. Tasty food can be found in Limenas Mesta, too. There are more secluded beautiful and clean beaches such as Apothyka, Avlonia, Didyma and Potami.
Some more medieval villages you shouldn't miss are Vessa and Elata.
 
 

Towards Karfas

The city and its surrounding regions have a lot of interesting sites to offer. The enchanting Kampos stretches just 6 kilometres southeast of the town. Wander around the small narrow streets which are surrounded by high protective walls. Let the complex road system which passes through streams, tall trees and mansions give you the feeling of an old era. It is worth visiting some mansions like the Argentikon, the Mavrokordatiko and the multi use facility of Citrus. Visit Thimiana village which is close by and is suitable for a ride, dinner or coffee. Swim in one of the beaches around, there are lots. Karfas, Mega Limnionas and Agia Fotia are popular and frequently visited since there are plenty of facilities around. The beaches of Karfas and Agia Fotia are ideal for water sports, too. There are restaurants, cafes, mini markets and tourist shops around these areas. Enjoy your evening in Prokymaia (the main road at the port) or Karfas. The options are numerous and suit all tastes and ages.