olympoi

Thirty-one kilometers south of the town of Chios and six kilometres after Pyrgi,visitors encounter Olympoi. It is a medieval village of the southern part of the island. Its beautiful houses are connected to each other in a way that used to form its defensive wall. Here there is a central door (to the village) and a defensive tower and narrow, cobbled streets that testify to the village’s medieval origin. 

During the carnival season, the event of Agas takes place at the village, along with other medieval villages of the area. The villagers appoint a man who is dressed as “Agas”, a strict judge of the Ottoman era. Agas convicts the visitoes . The trials are based on humour and performance. The “Agas” event goes back to 1830 – 1840.During the carnival season, the event of Agas takes place at the village, along with other medieval villages of the area. 

A few kilometers outside the village is a beautiful beach called Kato Fana, which is sandy and ideal for swimming. Here, there are also the remains of the Temple of Phaneos Apollo which was founded the same date as the sacred temples in Delos. Archaeological findings from the temple date back to the 6th century B.C. and are exhibited at the Archaeological Museum of Chios