Experience Pityos

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Soundscapes

Live the experience!

The Program

The Tourist Office of the Social Cooperative Enterprise (SCE) "Pityos – Proorismos” (Pityos - Destination) and the non-profit civil company "Museion - Musical Practices of the Aegean" present the program "Soundscapes / Pityos" and invite you to a unique tour that combines music and local folk traditions.

25 QR codes are placed on twenty-five locations in the picturesque alleys of the village of Pityos, near monuments and in its squares, offering the visitor the unique opportunity to discover Pityos in a distinct way, through its intangible cultural heritage, local stories and practices directly connected to the history of the area and its inhabitants.

The Tour

The tour provides the essentials in order to comprehend and exploit a variety of local music and dance repertoires as well as the notion of tradition, by means of culture in action - a treasure full of knowledge and practices built daily, transmitted from one generation to the other which evolves over time.

Let's walk and travel through space and time, following the melodies and rhythms of the villages of the north part of Chios, thus opening a music dialogue with the history of Pityos!

The tour is designed for children as well as for adults, students of music schools and conservatories, members of dance, artistic or cultural groups and associations, and anyone who simply wishes to get acquainted with an alternative side and the local flavor of a traditional village of northern Chios.

Duration of the full program: 2 hours (Music tour: 1 hour – Introduction to traditional Chian dances: 1 hour).

Participation fee upon request (It depends on the length of the workshop, number of participants etc).


trails of pityos

Hiking

Homer’s Path and other mountain trails

The promotion of the mountain paths of Pityos but also of the wider area of Aipus and North Chios as a whole, is continuously among the sphere of our interests regarding the mild form of tourist flow that we envision.

On the vast karst plateau of Aipus there are at least three paths of historical interest, able to attract the most demanding walker, the nature lover, the historian, the researcher, the veteran or the less experienced hiker, the artist looking for landscapes for inspiration.

  • The first, the closest to the settlement is the so-called “Homer’s Path”. In fact, it is one of the subdivisions of the ancient network of paths called “Ellinostrata” (Greek path) and it starts approximately from the 18th kilometer of the Chios-Saint Isidoros-Volissos provincial road in a direction from East to West and reaches the area of Ekklissidia which is above Pityos. According to tradition, it is the path that Homer took coming from Dascalopetra to the village “… the so called Pitys…” (Pseudoherodotus, About Homer Birth and Life). Until the opening of the modern carriage road around the 30s.  For the locals Homer’s path was the main path to reach the city of Chios. Although it has long been abandoned, it is evident in various locations, especially near the village.

  • The second path is the Ottoman carriage road, the so-called “Turkish Road”. It was built by the Ottoman administration, after the massacre of 1822, in the middle of the 19th century when Pityos and the wider area of Northern Chios had to start their reconstruction. Thus this wide road served the need for rapid transport of people and products as well as army expeditions from the city of Chios up to to Volissos. The modern road of the 20th century, to a large extent, “followed” its layout and its materials were reused. However, the Turkish Road is still visible and easy for walking in various places from Votakia area in Aipus up to Selada area and from the 18th kilometer if you cross the so-called “Potama” it leads to Saint Isidoros and from there to the forest of Giannakis, the Drimakas river, the Retsinadika, the Katavassi and Volissos. Especially the part that is closest to Pityos up to Retsinadika is one of the easiest routes and most beautiful hiking trails in Chios.

  • The third path, Hellenostrata (Greek Road), is a “pleasant headache”. What should you choose first? In fact, we are referring to the dense network of ancient Greek paths of the “Ellinostrata” that expand over Aipos and around Pityos. A main path is the one that starts above Myrsinidi and dissects in Fudana.  One section goes to the west meets the beginning of  “Homer’s path” at the 18th kilometer and continues to the southwest. There it splits again and gives the traveler two options: one towards Anavatos and the other to Volissos through the forest (it is visible in several places parallel to the Turkish Road and the modern roadway). Another division of the Greek Road goes north from the Funtana of Aipus to Sykiada, Lagada, Kardamyla. Shortly before reaching Kardamyla, it branches off again to the ancient site of Koila and to Pityos.

Nevertheless the shepherds’ paths on the Mount Oros to the west of Pityos are crucial for the character and formation of the distinct identity of the village. The most important of them is the one that starts from Panagia Spiliotina and after a relatively strenuous hike reaches the abandoned OTE (Greek Telecommunications Organization) building on Mount Oros and continues to the top and the Pityan paddocks at the small plateau of Amethouna.

Recently, the Municipality of Chios granted the abandoned OTE building and a large area that starts from Panagia Spiliotina and reaches the top to “Pityos Proorismos” in order to use them for mild touristic hiking activities.

In September 2023, Amex, the tourist page of the American banking giant American Express, included the particular route among the most interesting activities that a tourist can do in Chios, especially for the view and the satisfaction the hikers get when they reach the top of the mountain (https://www.amexessentials.com/chios-island-guide-what-to-do-on-chios-mastic-mastiha/?fbclid=IwAR1ZsDu92fQbCE-sigilwxipsjq12nXpHTEpzhDVVeiIB61DydK4fyKQQps).

Participation fee upon request: It depends on the length of the tour, number of participants etc.


herissia pasta

Workshops

herissia pasta

Homemade ‘herissia” spaghetti

From wheat to flour and from flour to hand-made spaghetti. Α total family process where everyone participates. Even in a pastoral society meat was rarely on the table, mostly on special occasions. However, everyone tasted and are still craving and tasting Pityos’ homemade spaghetti, the “herissia”. What are they made of and how? What shape do they have and how do they get it?

A hands –on workshop that will give you the answers, but also introduce you to the history and myths surrounding spaghetti, is addressed to everyone and gives you the experience along with the recipe. Make your homemade ‘herissia” spaghetti, and either take it with you or we cook it for you and bring it to your table, a delicious dish with freshly grated cheese and sauce or if you prefer it plain.

Participation fee upon request: It depends on the length of the workshop, number of participants etc.


saint isidoros of chios

Religious and historical tour of Τhe island of the Saints in the North Aegean!

Our organized tours offer a unique religious and sightseeing experience to the sacred sites of worship, of the local Saints of Chios – either well known or not so well known!

Saint Isidoros, Saint Markella, Saint Myropi, Saint Makarios, Saint George Chiopolitis, Saint Matrona and more are just some of the local Saints of the island and make it stand as an Island of Saints similar to Patmos or Tinos.

The Monastery Nea Moni of Chios, Moundon Monastery, Holy Fathers Monastery, Myrsinidi Monastery are some of the renowned monasteries of Chios. The first one, the 11th century Nea Moni, with its exceptional Byzantine mosaics, is among the most important religious monuments of UNESCO’s world cultural heritage of outstanding universal value.

The Byzantine churches of the villages, the unique wood carvings at the temples of Amani, the picturesque chapels like that of Saint Isidoros of Sykiada, churches of unique significance regarding their religious importance as well as their natural setting, like Panagia Agiogalousaina, are part of this excursion. The trip also includes a visit to religious and ecclesiastical museums of various villages and other pilgrimage sites.

Our religious tours are offered throughout the year, but it is very exciting to combine them with the local Saints’ feasts so you can have the opportunity to see the decorated commemorative churches, and, occasionally, to participate in the local rituals or banquets.

Indicative calendar:

  • Saint Makarios Notaras, April 17
  • Saint Isidoros, May 14
  • Saint Matrona the Chiopolitis, July 15 and October 20
  • Saint Markella, July 22
  • The miracle of Saint Paraskevi in Chios, October 14
  • Saint George Chiopolitis, November 26
  • Saint Myropi, December 2

Participation fee upon request: It depends on the length of the tour, number of participants etc.


agiasmata beach

The Unknown Northern Chios

Chios is “two islands in one.” The unknown and unexplored Northern Chios is a place that is minimally showcased and bears no resemblance to the landscapes and experiences offered by Southern Chios, which is more well-known. The landscape in the North offers different emotions and unique elements to the visitor.

From the vast plain of Aipos, a Natura location filled with ancient agrarian installations and geologically interesting caves, to Pityos with its rich pastoral tradition.

From Volissos and Kardamyla, the two major northern villages with ancient histories, to the dozens of small villages in the region, each with its unique and unrepeatable feature.

So, from the northeast to the northwest:

  • Amades, with its running waters, is the starting point of the story of Giorgis Petikas and Anamisis Tenekes.
  • Viki, with its unique cherry orchards that bloom and fragrance in late May.
  • Kambia, with its famous gorge, which carries water down in both winter and summer and is a favourite hiking trail for nature lovers.
  • Spartounda, the highest settlement on the island, from which paths lead to the summit of Pelineon.
  • Fyta and Kipouries, with their lovely taverns and local flavours that tantalise your taste buds.
  • Dieukha, next to the monument of the Monastery of Moundon, a monastery surpassed only in fame and recognition by Nea Moni.
  • Katavasi and Siderounta, with the incomparable view of the deep blue of the Aegean.
  • Palaia Potamia, connected to the legends of the region’s fairies, a place of mystery and a setting for a period film.
  • Parparia, once the lair of corsairs from Algiers and Tunis, a den of the most important revolutionaries in 1822!
  • Melanios, the emblematic site of the Chios massacre.
  • Agio Galas, with its unique cave with findings of Neolithic settlement.
  • Keramos, with the unique monuments of antimony mines, a rare example of the early 19th-century mining industry.
  • Ayiasmata, with its unique healing baths.
  • Egrigoros and Kourounia, with their unique grape varieties and the winery of the famous Ariousios wine, which in ancient times was the most expensive and rarest wine in the Aegean.
  • Nenitouria, with the unique School History Museum.
  • Leptopoda, with the unique self-managed café-taverna.

Over 20 villages are waiting for you to visit them. With unique monuments of nature and history that combine the mountain with virgin beaches.

Where there are no “tourists.” There are only explorers, researchers and visitors who join with the hospitable residents who are willing to share their stories with the people who visit them and who become part of their village!

The Social Cooperative Enterprise (KOINSEP) “Pityos Destination” will develop small tourist packages of short visits exclusively to Northern Chios from May 2024 and onwards, tailored to the preferences of the visitors.

Participation fee upon request: It depends on the length of the tour, number of participants etc.


touring pityos

Pityos walking tour

Organized Tours in Pityos

With authorized guide of tourist office “Pityos destination”!

Duration: 45′ – 1 hour depending on attendance & special interests of the audience.

Timetable: From April to October, Daily except Wednsedays and Thursdays

Hours: 11.00am – 7.00pm

Reservations required.

Please call tel:+30 2272023444 mob:+30 694 961 1042

Points of interest:

  • Genovese Tower of Pityos (in case of no permanent authorised antiquarian on behalf of the archaiological service it is visitable only on its exterior)
  • Old plane tree in Makelos,
  • Byzantine Church of Agios Dimitrios
  • Church, Shrine & house of Agios Georgios Hiopolitis (Pityanos),
  • Traditional Olive Mill of Giannomoros family,
  • Windmill of Fekos family and Traditional wood-oven bakery and loom machine

A look back at the history of the village:

  • Antiquity, Homer Homer’s path & Homeric Studies, Drimakos & slave revolt,
  • Byzantium, Genovese colonial past and Maona, turpentine oil production,
  • Ottoman Empire’s era privileges & the massacre of Chios 1822, battle of Aipus & Zichni Bey 1912,
  • The life in Pityos: Animal husbandry, agriculture, shipping, Homeric Olive Trees, proprietary customary law & architectural elements of the village houses

Tickets: ask for a fixed price in case of individuals, kids or organised groups

Payment in advance with receipt before the beginning of the tour, at the tourist office in the main square of the village