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Chios Island Off The Beaten Path: 11 reviews and 34 photos

  Going up the narrow passage
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  • Going up the narrow passage - Chios Island
      Going up the narrow passage
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  • A Panoramic view of the village - Chios Island
      A Panoramic view of the village
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  • The acropolis in Anavatos - Chios Island
      The acropolis in Anavatos
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      Smaragda the only inhabitant of the village
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Anavatos is another interesting village 6 kms from Avgonima, that can’t be missed. A visit here is compulsory. I believe it is one of the most dramatic settings of any village in Greece.

The word “Anavatos” means inaccessible, or unreachable. It is perched precariously on a large granite rock off the edge of a cliff. The view from the car as we drive towards it is astonishing.

The village was built on a conical cliff with steep sides to the south and west, and with only a single access to the north.
The natural protection came in handy when the Turks besieged the island. After the horrible slaughters of 1822 people living here abandoned their village.
Its overall shape of the settlement is quite well-preserved to give a unique picture of a ghost town surrounded by a wild and rough natural environment.

There were 400 houses inside the walls very narrow built made of gray stone with flat wooden roofs, very low doors, and tiny arched windows.
Nowadays, Anavatos is considered to be a National Monument for all the Chians and Greeks.

The restoration projects unfortunately have recently stopped because of lack of money, and when I return back I meet the only inhabitant of the village – Smaragda who lives permanently here, playing a game of backgammon with a friend. Maria Sarri one of Greece’s beloved artist has a small house here too.

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  • Written May 25, 2010
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