I spent a few nights on Chios island out of necessity. I was hopping back from Turkey to Athens, and Chios was my link. I figured it couldnâ€™t hurt to spend a bit of time there, right? Plus I was craving olives swimming in a sea of oil.
Being located in the northern Aegean Sea, Chios is not a huge tourist destination. Like Lesvos, getting there is a bit out of the way. But like all good things that are hard to reach (the stars, my dreams, etc.), Chios is worth it.
It helped that I ended up staying with the most wonderful Airbnb host Iâ€™ve ever had, named Maria. The apartment wasnâ€™t super close to the main town, so she offered to take me out and show me around the island. Iâ€™m so glad she did. I admit I didnâ€™t really research the island, since I was quickly passing through. Bad travel writer, Candice. BAD.
Itâ€™s also one of the few Chios towns that werenâ€™t completely destroyed by pirates or Turkish forces.
I havenâ€™t been able to find much info on the townâ€™s background, but apparently the xysta style is based on the Italian â€œSgratffitoâ€ and originates from Genoa. And then thatâ€™s all there is. Grab a frappe in the town square and take it all in.