Volissos village is situated some 40 km from the capital of the island, where the main port and the airport is situated. It is a village with a long and interesting history.



According to the ancient historian Thucydides it was once an Aeolian city, known as the birthplace of Homer. The Byzantines build a castle on the top of the hill in the 6th century and named the fortification after their famous general ‘Velissarios Castle’. During the Middle Ages the Venetians refortified the castle and gave it its present-day shape with six round towers. Inside were many different buildings, cisterns and churches. There used to be a tunnel, which in case of danger, connected the upper part of the village ‘Pythonas’ with the coast. Volissos is the major village of North-West Chios situated in the neighborhood of the Amani mountain range and recently has been made the capital of the Amani-municipality. The many beaches around Volissos, Managros, Magemena, Gonia, Limnia (also the port of Volissos with ferry-connections to Psara), Lefkathia, Limnos, Lamsa and Agia Markella are ideal for sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea.

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In Volissos are many churches, some even dating back to the Byzantine period. The main church on the central-square is dedicated to the ‘Metamorphoses of Christ’, which day is celebrated on the 6th of august. The other important ecclesiastical event of the village is taking place a little over a week later (15th august) for the second important church of Volissos is dedicated to the Mother of God, the so-called ‘Panagia’. Both days are celebrated with big ‘Panagyria’, feasts with both life-music and dancing, a lovely tradition which is well worth a visit if you happen to be around at that time! The villagers are sure to invite you at their tables, share a glass of wine and dance together till the early morning hours. At a short distance of Volissos, in an isolated beautiful spot you’ll find the most important monastery of the island. It is still in use today! The church is dedicated to a local Saint, Agia Markella. On the 22th of july thousands of pilgrims from Chios and the rest of Greece will travel a long distance to celebrate this important nameday!

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