The section of the Las Vegas Strip south of Tropicana Avenue features some of the most recognizable resorts in the city.
The first thing I thought of when I looked at the name of this little town was “Yeah, Pat, I’d like to buy a vowel.” I still can’t pronounce it correctly. I got close once.
Volissos (Βολισσός) is the largest village in northwest Chios. It sits on a hill that is crowned by a ruined Medieval castle. I used the village as a start and end point for half of a scenic drive around northern Chios.
Mesta (Μεστά) is a village built into a well-preserved 14th/15th century Medieval castle in southern Chios. It’s one of the most popular tourist attractions on the island.
Olympi (Ολύμποι) is a 14th century Medieval village in southern Chios. To me, it’s Mesta-lite. It has a maze of narrow alleys to wander through and a few buildings with the xysta that made nearby Pyrgi famous.
Pyrgi (Πυργί) is a Medieval village in southern Chios famous for the black and white geometrical designs on the buildings (xysta). Wandering through the narrow streets will leave you mesmerized by the designs.
One of the interesting things people notice about Chios are the many Medieval watchtowers scattered along the coastline. The west and southwest coasts have some of the best preserved examples of these towers, called vigles (βίγλες). They were used between…
Anavatos (Ανάβατος) is an almost completely abandoned Medieval village that sits hauntingly on top of a small mountain in Chios. When approaching it on the road from Avgonima, it looks like a scene from Game of Thrones.
The part of Chios I’m most familiar with is the southern half. The villages in the south are among the most visited places on the island and it’s the home of the mastiha tree and some great tavernas. Other than the popular villages…
While the city of Shkodër itself is a nice place to visit, there are plenty of things to do nearby. They include Rozafa Castle, Mes Bridge, and Lake Shkodër.