The island has a few tavernas and all the shops you’d expect from a town with a year round population. It’s also known for its historic fortress villages called Mastichochoria that made the mastic (gum) product used in cosmetics, medicine and perfume.
Visit the memorial at Spitalia where you can see the ‘Freedom or Death’ flag that flew during the Greek War of Independence.
1. The Glory of Psara
Psara is a tiny island located very close to Chios. It is not a very popular tourist destination but it has some great beaches and authentic Greek village atmosphere. It is also home to some delicious tavernas where you can try some traditional dishes like Lobster Makaronada.
The island has a long history and is rich in both archeological and folkloric sites. In the 19th century it played a crucial role during the war of independence against the Ottoman Empire. It provided many seamen and naval heroes including Konstantinos Kanaris who sank a Turkish ship during the 1821 revolution. He became a national hero and helped to lead the bloodless revolution that removed King Otto from power. He died in office and is remembered in his homeland with a main square named after him in Kypseli.
During the Greek War of Independence in 1824 Psara was under siege from the Turks who slaughtered thousands of people on the island. They were attempting to take the fortress of Palaiokastro but Antonios Vratsanos lit a fuse to the gun powder and blew it up, saving the people of Psara and slaughtering the Turkish invaders in the process. The event is remembered in traditional Greek folk songs and memorials.
Today the island is inhabited by around 400 residents who work in agriculture and tourism. There are two tavernas and some shops. There is also a monastery where about 20 nuns live. They follow the traditional religious rituals and maintain a library of religious texts.
If you want to see some of the most impressive sights on the island, then you can visit the Church of Agios Nikolaos and the Monastery of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary. You can also climb to the top of the Mavri Rachi hill for some spectacular views of the coast and islands.
The easiest way to get to Psara is by ferry. You can find the latest ferry schedules and prices by visiting Ferryhopper. If you book your tickets online, then you can avoid the queues and save money on your trip.
2. The Palace of Psara
Located northwest of Chios, Psara is a quiet island where you can enjoy a relaxing holiday. The island has one small settlement and is dominated by mountains and hills, with Prophitis Ilias as its highest peak. The island is also known for its thyme honey, which is famous throughout Greece.
This hotel is set a 10-minute drive from Megali Prespa Lake and features views of the mountain. It also provides a spa with sauna, hot tub, and massage rooms. It offers a variety of dining options, including a family restaurant and an open-air bar. The property is perfect for couples and families looking for a relaxing retreat. The staff is available to assist guests with booking tours and activities. Guests can also take advantage of the free on-site parking.
4. Psara Palace Suites
Featuring fireplaces and spectacular views, this hotel is the epitome of luxury. The suites are spacious and well-appointed, with tile flooring and guest toiletries. They include flat-screen TVs with satellite channels. Room service is also available. The restaurant, To Spiti Tou Psara, serves Greek cuisine. Guests can enjoy a drink at the rooftop bar. Private parking is free of charge.
Psara Palace Suites is a short drive from Agia Kiriaki Beach. It is one of the best hotels Milos has to offer families.