"Visit the story-book like town of Avgonima" Chios Island Off The Beaten Path Tip by WorldPassenger
Chios Island Off The Beaten Path: 11 reviews and 34 photos
After hundreds of years of history it is understandable that the primal forests on Chios have all been cut. But in the area of Nea Moni, Anavatos and Avgonima is a precious little pine covered forest surrounding the area that is the most significant remaining forest on the island of Chios.
Here in this fragrant pine forest, with its back to Elinda Bay and the Aegean Sea and boldly facing the mountain heights, is the story book like village of Avgonima. The road going to Nea Moni will also take you to this well-preserved stone village that is almost a hidden treasure of Chios.
Today, there are only a few permanent residents living in the village, however, many of the urban dwellers of Chios own summer homes here such that the summer months bring crowds of people that fill up these little stone houses.
The stone building of Avgonima blend in with the background rock forming a camouflage that hides the town from a distance unless you are alert. The streets of the village are narrow and meandering. It is fun to walk around and see what is around the next corner. One simply cannot get lost. If you have already visited Anavatos then you can see the contrast between these two villages. They have the same kind of stone buildings but here they are decorated with gardens and flora that take away all of the harsh edges. This is what Anavatos must have looked like before it was destroyed.
And if you are lucky you will stumble upon some serene sights of the blue Aegean Sea and its beaches and maybe, on a clear day, even of the neighboring island of Psara.
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