Welcome to Thymiana Village!
Thymiana with approximately 2800 inhabitants is one of the largest villages of Chios. It lies seven kilometers south the Chios Town (=Chora), bordering with Kampos.
The village, used to be called “Efymiana”, (most probably because it was a famous area), stands today as a renowned place for its many quarries, from which a stone (well known across the island as Thymianousiki) was extracted in many shades of brown and red. This stone is an excellent decorative substance for buildings and used in building mansions and churches in Kampos. Even today it is still used for construction purpose.
The village itself has been built away from the sea following the common practice of old times where the protection from the pirates and other sea invaders was the main target of the villagers. Thymiana is well known for a battle against pirates back in medieval ages where the villagers won a significant victory and in memorial of that day, they are celebrating every year the “Mostra” (=presentation) where a representation of that battle is taking place. Responsible for sustainability of the custom is the Educational and Cultural Group of Thymiana with the participation and engagement of villagers where a local dance named “Talimi” with the escort of “Toubi” (=a local instrument, a kind of drums) is historically connected with Mostra.
The village of Thymiana hosts one of the largest churches on the island of Chios, a church dedicated to Agios Efstratios. This religious monument was also built with the well-known Thymiana stone in 1890.
Karfas, Agia Ermioni and Megas Limnionas are three areas that belong to the Community of Thymiana. The visitor can find in those areas plenty of hotels, rooms, villas and holiday apartments, as well as restaurants, cafeterias, fish taverns and bars. In the village are also some small taverns and cafeterias where the local people and visitors can spend their time.
Since Chians are looking every day for a reason to feast, in 4th of September, Thymiana is honoring the memory of Agia Ermioni. This day, local orchestras play traditional island tunes in a large paniyiri (=local feast) that takes place by the church this day.
The hills of the region have an amazing shade of brown and red. In 1967, a fossil skull weighing 400 kilograms was discovered in the Keramia area. It belonged to a pre-historic ‘Mastodon’ – a species, that inhabited Earth over 15 million years ago. The scientists in charge of the excavations believe that the remaining bones of the animal are also buried somewhere in the vicinity.
Few Km away of Thymiana can be found the historical monastery of Agios Minas, a holy place stands to remind people the massacre of Chios, where 3000 inhabitants seek refuge in there, have been burned alive by Ottoman troops during the Greek War of Independence in 1822
Other interesting sights in Thymiana are:
The monastery of Agioi Anargyroi with the pebbled courtyard.
The prophet Elias chapel with panoramic view.
Agios Yianis Fakas with wall icons and marks of Ottoman’s vandalism in 1822.
The Tower of Agios Yianis Stenakouson (on the Thymiana-Keramio road).
Megas Limionas, with its pebbled plaza square, hotels, tavernas and shops.
Agia Ermioni with the Mantraki harbor, the church and the Holy Spring.
Karfas: The cosmopolitan beach with its fine sand, water sports, numerous hotels of all classes, as well as fine tavernas, shops and entertainment centers.
The monastery of Agios Konstantinos.
The stone bell-tower at Trachi.
The quarry at Korakies, Agios Dimitris Fakas, Stenaka.
The red-tinted beach at Mavri.
What to do
- Don’t miss a walk to the main road of Thymiana which leads to Karouli square where the famous battle against pirates took place, where the victory of locals is celebrating every year in Mostra;
- Taste local dishes at Roussiko, a picturesque tavern with nice decoration and atmosphere