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These handsomely renovated houses, converted to comfortable apartments but still retaining much of their original ambiance (think: rough stone walls, exposed beams, hand woven tapestry throws on the beds), provide a distinctive getaway. Volissos is at the north of the island, about 40km (25 miles) from Chios Town, but the remote location may be a  plus given the nearby beaches, the views over the sea and craggy mountains, and the chance to experience village life.