Day 3 of our trip to Chios was completely free from wedding stuff. My aunt and cousin didn’t need us, so it was the perfect chance to start touring the island a bit. With my mom as our tour guide, we took our rental car, and begin our trip to Mastichochoria (the mastic villages in Greek). I took many photos so be prepared for a picture loaded post again.
Our first stop was the medieval village Pirgi, which has the largest population of Mastichochoria. Most of Pirgi’s houses are painted with the “xista” technique, which makes the village unique. Here’s a small sample of the houses, and the village.
This is the “hidden” Byzantine church of St. Apostles, that was unfortunately closed, but you can see more photos of it here.
Our next stop was the other medieval village: Mesta.
Mesta’s houses are mostly made of stone, and “their streets are very narrow, and most of them are covered with arches and vaults” (Source).
I took the opportunity to take some outfit photos there, near the cutest “pension”, called Medieval Castle Suites.
Wearing: Lussile dress, Savil bag, flat plastic sandals bought from a local shop in Chalkidiki last summer (which saved my feet from all this walking), Oysho necklace, Ray-Ban folding Wayfarer sunglasses and gifted bracelet.
“The resin is collected by bleeding the trees from small cuts made in the bark of the main branches, and allowing the sap to drip onto the specially prepared ground below. The harvesting is done during the summer months between June and September. After the mastic is collected it is washed manually and spread in the sun to dry.
Mastic resin is a relatively expensive kind of spice that has been used principally as a chewing gum for at least 2,400 years. The flavour can be described as a strong, slightly smoky, resiny aroma”. (Source)
Leaving the mastic trees behind we continued to Emporios village, and specifically Emporios’ famous beach called Mavra Volia.
“Mavra Volia beach is famous for its black pebbles due to the inactive nearby volcano. The beach is also known for the isolated beach, called Foki, which is adjacent to Mavra Volia” beach. (Source)
I took far too many pics of this beach, and the isolated adjacent one, but I decided not to post them here because this post is already huge. I may create an album on my Facebook page later, about my vacation to Chios, so make sure to follow me there.
Me sitting on the beach taking photos
After we left Mavra Volia we went to the nearby village Komi to have lunch. It was the only “sandy” beach I had seen so far on the island.
I was so mad at myself that I didn’t take my bikini with me. I would have loved to take a swim in Mavra Volia or Komi, but I thought that we wouldn’t have enough time for me to swim. Oh well, next time I’ll be prepared.
We returned to our hotel in Daskalopetra, after driving through other lovely villages such as Kalamoti, Kalimassia and Kampos area (a valley covered in citrus orchards, where are the houses of the most aristocratic families of Chios).
And here, this post finally comes to end. Thank you so much for bearing with me. I hope you liked the photos! Stay tuned for a few outfit posts (including the one from my cousin’s wedding), before we continue our tour of Chios island.
I wish you all a great weekend!