Chios: Tour to Pirgi-Mesta-Armolia

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book this shore excursion and enjoy a half day tour of Chios through the medieval village of Pirgi and the rare mastic villages. Admire the geometrical decor on the walls of the houses before ending your sightseeing at Armolia where two fine workshops display their handcrafted items and their craft

Departing from Chios town, your journey will take you to the medieval village of Pirgi. On the way, you will pass through the famous mastic villages. This is the only place in the world where the famous mastic bush pistacia lantisca grows. The resin scrapped from these bushes has been used for centuries in medicine, cosmetics and mostly for producing an aromatic gum. After driving through the lush chios countryside, you will arrive at Pirgi. It is the most colourful of the villages, with its unique black and white geometrical decor of the outside walls of the houses. These patterns are called "xista" and are cut into the plaster and then outlined with paint. You will visit the 12th century Byzantine church of the St. Apostoles located on the northeast corner of the central square. After an 11km drive, you will arrive at the village of Mesta, considered to be the finest example of its genre. From the main square, a bewildering maze of cool, shady lanes, provided with anti-earthquake buttresses and tunnels between the usually unpainted houses leads off in all directions. But most streets end in blind alleys, except the critical few which lead to the village gates. A visit will be made to the largest church on the island “Taxiarchis”. Your last stop will be at the village of Armolia, where you will be given the opportunity to visit two renowned workshops in order to admire the process of making clay and ceramic articles.


-         transportation by deluxe, air-conditioned vehicle, late-model

          (bus, minibus or taxi, according to your group’s size)

-         professional driver

-         insurance cover during transfers by vehicle

-         licensed English-speaking guide * (concerns “with guide” price only)

-         all taxes

-         identification sign with your name on it

-         mobile contact number for any emergency, available 24/7

          * guides in other languages available, upon request


-         entrance fees (paid by you on the spot)

Step 1

Your tour starts from Chios port

Step 2

Visit of the medieval village of Pirgi

Step 3

Visit of the largest church on the island, “Taxiarchis”

Step 4

Visit of Armolia village and the two renowned ceramic workshops

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