The Northern Aegean Islands

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  • 1. Archaeological Museum of Vathi of Samos


    Samian sculptures from past millennia were considered among the best in Greece, and examples here show why. The newest wing holds the impressive...Read More

  • 2. Kambos District


    In medieval times and later, wealthy Genoese and Greek merchants built ornate, earth-colored, three-story mansions on this fertile plain of...Read More

  • 3. Kastro


    A 13th-century Byzantine-Genoese fortified castle is a magnetic presence when seen from below, and a drive or walk to the hilltop landmark affords...Read More

  • 4. Mavra Volia


    This glittering volcanic black-pebbled beach is just next to the attractive seaside village of Emborio, where the waterfront is lined with tavernas...Read More

  • 5. Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest

    Educational Institution

    Don't miss these excellent displays, where you can learn how trees in the nearby forest were petrified and where petrified tree trunks can be...Read More

  • 6. Nea Moni

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Almost hidden among the olive groves, the island's most important monastery—with one of the finest examples of mosaic art anywhere—is the 11th...Read More

  • 7. Old Quarter


    An air of mystery pervades this old Muslim and Jewish neighborhood, full of decaying monuments, fountains, baths, and mosques, within the walls...Read More

  • 8. Petrified Forest


    Conifer trees fossilized by volcanic ash up to 20 million years ago litter a hillside above Sigri. If you're expecting a thick woods, you might...Read More

  • 9. The Chios Mastic Museum


    The mastic shrub has dominated Chios life, economy, culture, and destiny for centuries, and its role is explained in depth in well-designed...Read More

  • 10. Acropolis of Eresos

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Ancient Eresos crowned a hillside overlooking the sea, and sections of the pre-classical walls, medieval castle ruins, and the AD 5th-century...Read More

  • 11. Agios Isidoris


    The beach strip just east of Plomari is backed by low-key hotels and tavernas. Though the setting is hardly remote, the sea washing onto the...Read More

  • 12. Ancient Theater

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    This vestige of ancient Mytilini is within a pine grove and freely accessible. One of the largest theaters in ancient Greece is from the Hellenistic...Read More

  • 13. Ano Vathi

    Historic District/Site

    In the quaint 17th-century old settlement just above the port, wood-and-plaster houses with pastel facades and red-tile roofs are clustered...Read More

  • 14. Apothika


    This remote spot, at the end of a well-marked road that leads southeast toward the coast from Mesta, is one of the best beaches on Chios. The...Read More

  • 15. Archaeological Museum of Mytileni


    In a 1912 neoclassical mansion, the island's archaeological museum displays finds from the neolithic through the Roman eras, a period of some...Read More

  • 16. Archaeological Museum of Pythagoreion


    This tiny but impressive collection shows off local finds, including headless statues, grave markers with epigrams to the dead, human and animal...Read More

  • 17. Armolia


    In the small mastic village of Armolia, 5 km (3 miles) north of Pirgi, pottery is a specialty. In fact, the Greek word armolousis ("man from...Read More

  • 18. Ayioi Apostoli

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The fresco-embellished 12th-century church Ayioi Apostoli is a very small replica of the katholikon, or major church, at the Nea Moni Monastery...Read More

  • 19. Ayios Therapon

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The enormous five-domed post-baroque church of Ayios Therapon, completed in 1935, was designed by architect Argyris Adalis, an islander who...Read More

  • 20. Bazaar District


    The capital is crowded with half the island's population, and the heart of Chios life is this sprawling district behind the port. Merchants...Read More

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