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Best Beaches on Chios, Greece’s Island of a Thousand Faces

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Surrounded by the sparkling, deep sapphire waters of the Aegean Sea, Chios is the fifth-largest island in Greece; it is a hidden gem full of stunning beaches waiting for you to discover.

Along with the smaller islands of Psara and Oinousses, Chios offers almost endless experiences and stunning vistas, and it is hospitable to visitors all year long.

Chios is famous for its mastic, a gum resin from a tree related to the cashew tree. However, this magical natural substance is not the only magic one can find on this magnificent, mountainous island.

The island boasts some of the best organized beaches available anywhere, as well as secluded coves for those who treasure their privacy.

Whether you like deserted coves, long sandy beaches, or colorful pebbled beaches, Chios is a feast for visitors which can satisfy a wide range of even the most demanding tastes.

You will undoubtedly feel as if you are on a different island every day while visiting Chios.

We have compiled a list of the top ten beaches on Chios, according to TripAdvisor, the well-respected travel and accommodations rating company, but feel free to visit and judge for yourself.

Best beaches of Chios

1. Mavros Gialos (Mavra Volia)

Mavros Gialos, literally meaning “Black Beach,” is found on the southern part of the island, at a distance of 28 km (17 miles) west of Chios Town. The beach acquired its iconic black pebbles and sand thanks to an eruption of a volcano, which is now extinct.

There are no tourist facilities around but it is rarely crowded and is surrounded by greenery and rocky hills, providing a backdrop of relaxing scenery as you swim.

2. Agia Dynami—Full of History and Perfect for Relaxing

Agia Dynami Beach, which also lies in southern Chios, mesmerizes visitors with its turquoise waters and white sands, offering tranquility and relaxation. While you are there, you can visit the imposing Olympoi Cave. Guided tours of the cave are available from early May into late September.

It is advisable that you bring along your own snacks and refreshments as there are no restaurants in close proximity.

3. Vroulidia Beach

Vroulidia Beach is located 35 km (22 miles) southwest of Chios Town, and it is also close to the aforementioned Mavros Gialos, or “Mavra Volia,” beach. Since Vroulidia lies on the very southernmost edge of the island, it is quite secluded.

Its crystal clear waters and pink sands are a true delight, providing a mesmerizing and exotic look to the whole area.

4. Komi Beach Offers Lively Option for Chios Visitors

Komi Beach is located on the southeast part of Chios and just thirty minutes from the town. It is amongst the loveliest beaches of the island with expansive sands and facilities, such as deck chairs and umbrellas, and suitable for beach games.

The area has many tavernas, hotels, rooms, and apartments to let, as well as bars. It is also possible to rent bikes, canoes, and equipment for water sports.

5. Karfas Beach

Karfas Beach is located 5 km (3 miles) south of the island’s main town, near the seaside village. The beach there offers clean waters, fine sand and facilities such as umbrellas, sun beds, and water sports equipment for rent.

The area is surrounded by hotels, rooms to let, restaurants, cafes, bars, and nightclubs. It is the largest tourist resort of the island with many vacationers visiting every summer.

6. Agia Fotini Beach

A beautiful coastal village, Agia Fotini is 15 km (9 miles) south of Chios Town. Situated next to a bay with a pebbled shore and crystal-clear waters, it is one of the most beautiful beaches of the island. The natural green landscape which surrounds it offers leisure and relaxation.

The beach is partially organized with sundecks and umbrellas. You will also find tavernas and all types of accommodations there.

7. Limnos Beach

Limnos Beach
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Limnos Beach can be found 42 km (926 miles) northwest of Chios Town close to Volissos, an ancient village.

It is sandy with small gleaming pebbles and deep crystal-clear waters. Surrounded by a steep cliff and tall pine trees, it is a peaceful environment removed from the noise of the bustling town.

The beach is in its original, natural state and has no umbrellas, but the area does have hotels, apartments, and two tavernas with splendid sea views.

8. Agia Irini Beach

Agia Irini Beach lies on the southwestern coast of Chios, 30 km (19 miles) southwest of the island’s main town.

This is a secluded and sheltered bay with no facilities of any kind. It is distinguished by its small white pebbles and the crystal-clear waters which offer a peaceful environment for swimming and sunbathing.

Agia Irini is located between the medieval villages of Mesta and Elata, providing visitors with opportunities for sightseeing.

9. Lithi Beach

The lovely beach of Lithi is found in a cove west of Chios Town on the western coast of the island. The waters are so clean, they are mirror-like with soft, golden sand on the beach.

The small seaside village behind the beach is popular for its high-quality fresh fish and seafood brought in on a daily basis by local fishermen. Lastly, Lithi offers magical and thus truly unforgettable sunrises.

10. Giosonas Beach

Giosonas Beach is located on the northeast of the island of Chios only 5 kilometers (3 miles) away from Kardamyla village.

This is a huge crescent beach with beautiful natural surroundings and smooth white pebbles; its turquoise waters are cold and crystal clear.

Giosonas Beach is an ideal destination for families and those who prefer privacy and a natural environment for swimming and sunbathing.

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