Βολισσός | Volissos
Volissos, the biggest Village in NW Chios.
The Village is less than 40 klm from the city of Chios. It is a village with great history. Based on the ancient historian Thoukidides, Volissos was a very old Aeolian city mostly known as the birthplace of the great ancient poet Homer. At the top of the hill there is a medieval castle. This Byzantium castle has the shape of a trapezoid, with 5 cylinder towers. In the castle there were a lot of building, tanks and churches. There was also a tunnel that connected the castle with the beach and the centre of the Village (Pythonas Square)
Mangros beach, Magemena beach, Gonia beach, Limnia (a small port that connects Volissos with the Psara island), Lefkathia beach, Limnos, Lampsa beach, Santa Markella, are some of Volissos’ beaches.
Around the Village you may see windmills, watermill ruins, and a lot of Byzantium style churches. The main Church of the Village is dedicated to the “Transfiguration of Jesus” and it celebrates on August 6th. Another big Church in the village is the one dedicated to Mary (mother of Jesus) that celebrates on August 15th.
In the local traditional festivals on the 6th and 15th of August, the guest may enjoy the traditional dances and music of the villages. In a distance less than 8 klm you may find the monastery of Santa Markella. Every year on the 22nd of July, believers from various places of Greece comes to Chios in order to celebrate the name of Santa Markella. They say that the holly water comes from an area nearby the cold sea.