Karfas -- Karfas, 7km (4 1/2 miles) south of Hios town, around Cape Ayia Eleni, is a resort area exploding with groups in summer. It has a fine-sand beach lined with resort hotels.

Kardamila -- Kardamila, on the northeastern coast, is our choice among the resort towns because it's prosperous, self-sufficient, and not at all touristy.

Volissos -- This hilltop village is one of the most beautiful on the island. A fine Byzantine castle overlooks the steep streets of the town, which contain numerous cafes and tavernas. Volissos is too far north to be a convenient base for touring the whole island, but if you want to get to know part of it, you couldn't choose a better focus for your explorations.


Mesta -- The best-preserved medieval fortified village on Hios, Mesta is a good base for touring the mastic villages and the island's south coast.

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