There's a Town Decorated Entirely in Geometric Design on Chios Island, Greece

There's a Town Decorated Entirely in Geometric Design on Chios Island, Greece

I spent a few nights on #Chios island out of necessity. I was hopping back from Turkey to #Athens, and Chios was my link. I figured it couldn’t hurt to spend a bit of time there, right? Plus I was craving olives swimming in a sea of oil. I am so happy that I had to some here, filled with #culture and amazing #foodanddrink, this is my new love!


Being located in the northern Aegean Sea, Chios is not a huge tourist destination. Like Lesvos, getting there is a bit out of the way. But like all good things that are hard to reach (the stars, my dreams, etc.), Chios is worth it.

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Chios Tour From Cesme

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 Chios, Greece
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It helped that I ended up staying with the most wonderful Airbnb host I’ve ever had, named Maria. The apartment wasn’t super close to the main town, so she offered to take me out and show me around the island. I’m so glad she did. I admit I didn’t really research the island, since I was quickly passing through. Bad travel writer, Candice. BAD.

 ended up staying with the most wonderful Airbnb host I’ve ever had

My Greek Mama
My Greek Mama

Maria, my Greek mother. And the world’s biggest frappe.

Pyrgi is known for its famous “xysta” design – the black/grey and white geometrical facades featured on all the buildings. This is created by hand-engraving the design onto plaster. Even the 13th century Byzantine church is covered in it. The town makes a fine effort in keeping the designs fresh and fun.

Pyrgi is known for its famous “xysta” design

Xysta design 
Xysta design 
Xysta design
Xysta design
Xysta design
Xysta design
Simply stunning buildings 
Simply stunning buildings 

I haven’t been able to find much info on the town’s background, but apparently the xysta style is based on the Italian “Sgratffito” and originates from Genoa. And then that’s all there is. Grab a frappe in the town square and take it all in.

Grab a frappe in the town square and take it all in

Beautiful old doors, adding charm to this island 
Beautiful old doors, adding charm to this island 

Drink frappes here. In these orange chairs. This exact spot. You can’t miss it, literally.

If you go, get a rental car. It’s worth it.

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