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Sparsely inhabitated mountain village

The village provides a scenic walk into the past with a steep rock path that meanders through tiny... read more

Reviewed January 15, 2019
Janice K
Chios, Greece
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A Beautiful, Eerie and Sad Site!

Anavatos is a one-of-a-kind site to visit. What must have taken place here when Greece fought from... read more

Reviewed August 20, 2018
concord nh
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Reviewed January 15, 2019 via mobile

The village provides a scenic walk into the past with a steep rock path that meanders through tiny stone houses some of which have been renovated. It is located in a remote area on the side of a mountain and offers both peace and beauty.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Janice K
Reviewed August 20, 2018

Anavatos is a one-of-a-kind site to visit. What must have taken place here when Greece fought from it's independence from the Ottoman Empire must have been horrendous. The village is located in a spectacular area of the island, high on a mountain with cliffs on...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed August 14, 2018

There are no inhabitants here except Smaragda! In the summer a few more people come (5-6 maybe). There is a cafe at the entrance to the village. It s nice to walk among the abandoned homes and imagine how it would have been like.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Eleni H
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

A village built on the top of a hill. Unique. The view is breathtaking. It’s an abandoned village but this makes is more fascinating! Don’t miss it.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Ireneacav
Reviewed July 25, 2018

Unbelievable architecture in the top of the rocks. Only admired from the foot of the hill, but it is truly fascinating. Go there.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank handy06
Reviewed April 14, 2018

Anavatos is a Byzantine village dating back to 13th century. It is abandoned after Ottoman strike in 1822 against the uprising of the inhabitants of the island and other Greek people that came from other Aegean islands. It is located at the end of a...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Reviewed January 2, 2018

Visit this place if you are in Chios. The ruins and the story of it gives you the chills. We visited in winter so there was not even a cafe. Not very suitable to visit with small children since the paths are dangerous.

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank _yk_mg
Reviewed December 30, 2017

Breathtaking views, tragic history, where women threw themselves off the sharp, steep cliffs with their children to avoid being kidnapped.

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Kensi B
Reviewed November 7, 2017

Even when you are close enough, you are unable to undentify the village from the stone mountain. It reflects an unkown history of Greece and the slaughter of locals during the revolution of 1821 against Turkish. You would be always wonder, How the did it...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed September 28, 2017 via mobile

Anavatos is really breath taking. An old settlement that is already a ghost town. One of the attractions that one should never miss.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Kim T
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July 22, 2016|
Response from Mehmet Y | Reviewed this property |
Not sure if you still need, I would start with Chios but you need to come bacl for Samos later on. ;)
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Athens, Greece
Summary of our trip :) (10 Replies)
First of all, absolutely loved it & will be back! We spent appox an average of 125 euros a day which included accommodation, car hire, petrol, taxi from airport, food, drink, souvenirs, entrance fees & cigarettes! We brought back some Chios Ouzo, Ouuzo with Masticha,& for other diabetics or dieters out there I also got sugar free Masticha toffees, caramels, chewing gum & boiled sweets :) Also got some mastello, I'm hooked on the stuff! We did 2 nights in Pyrgi, 2 in Volissos & 3 in Chios...More
May 12, 2017|
Response from🇬🇷tsipouro|
Sounds wonderful & I am now even more convinced I must go there. You covered a lot of ground in 8 days, but that is where advance research pays off so you can see so much but without rushing. Looking forward to the pictures!
Budapest, Hungary
Bus from Chios to Anavatos/Elinda beach? (0 Replies)
Hey, could anyone tell me weather exist bus connection between Chios and Anavatos? I'm planning a daytrip to Chios from Cesme. The ship would arrive to the island around 9 AM and leave it at 6 PM. I would like to visit the medieval village of Anavatos and after it, walk down to Elinda beach, spend 1-2 hours there and go back to the town. Is it possible to do it somehow? Is there any bus stop near Elinda beach? Thanks for every answer in advance ! Adam
June 03, 2013|