Unknown Chios: Central and Western Chios

The Unknown Chios series it’s an article away from the end of its journey with this blog post dedicated to Central and Western Chios. Are you ready to explore this area together?

In central and western Chios you can find two of the most important monuments on the island, Nea Moni and Anavatos.

One of the things that will immediately catch your attention is the famous monastery. It was built during the 11th century, and it is considered a UNESCO monument. The noteworthy thing about it is that it’s the starting point for a multitude of trails that cut through the beauties of central and western Chios.

The route that connects Nea Moni with the steep Anavatos, runs on old stone paths and wonderful trails through a forest. It is approximately 7 km in length. Fun fact: The old 5km long trail, which connects the New Monastery with the settlement of Karyes is 1000 years old! People actually decided to build communities there, after the creation of the Monastery.

Lastly, there is another 9km long route that starts from Nea Moni and ends in the Fa area.

From that point, a very impressive road reaches the fishing village of Lithi. The road until you get there will let you enjoy some spectacular views. These of the Aegean Sea, Psara, Cyclades and the three Vigles (watchtowers) of West Chios. Furthermore, let’s not forget another circular route of approximately 13 km that develops around Nea Moni.

Finishing off our presentation of Cental and Western Chios strong with the so-called ‘Askitikes Strates’. These ones connect the monastery with seven other hermitages through special paths. Last but not least, the old 9 km long path is also fully walkable. From there one can walk from Anavatos to Saint Isidoros in Pitious, crossing a truly impressive ravine. This is the legendary trail of Lygeri.

Can’t wait for the final piece in the Unkown Chios series? Neither do we! But hold tight just a bit longer until the end of the end this week!

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