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Very Old Byzantine Village/ Abandoned / Mystic

Anavatos is a Byzantine village dating back to 13th century. It is abandoned after Ottoman strike... read more

Reviewed April 14, 2018
Cankut S
Istanbul, Turkey
Takes you to another time

Visit this place if you are in Chios. The ruins and the story of it gives you the chills. We... read more

Reviewed January 2, 2018
Öyküm G
Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
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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

Thank Cankut S
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.

Thank Öyküm G
Reviewed December 30, 2017

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

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

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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.

Thank Kim T
Reviewed September 3, 2017

This uninhabited medieval village is hidden high in the mountains, and was built entirely of local stone to camouflage it from the Ottoman invaders. Walking the narrow pathways between the stone buildings is very surreal. Definitely worth seeing! If you do take the trek out...More

Thank UncleGus32
Reviewed August 17, 2017

An old and completely deserted village. Nice walk in a quiet historical place. Very close to an amazing beach..

Thank SR22Pilot
Reviewed August 13, 2017

A deserted village perched atop a hill. Our guide told us they built the buildings to "blend" into the hillside so that the invading Ottoman Turks wouldn't see them and would pass them by. Its a charming story but I don't believe it. However a...More

Thank JohnandJaneS
Reviewed June 20, 2017

This site is beautiful from a distance so take some photos on your way up there. It's very interesting to see where the people lived. They chose this spot to make it harder for invaders to get to them.

Thank MimiandPapa2862
Reviewed December 20, 2016 via mobile

One other must visit old village in Chios island. Take definately enough time to discover any small street

1  Thank Keshveden
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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. ;)