Adventures at Chios island are in a rampage! In this post read about two controversial things. We visited an abandoned castle village at the top of a hill, and the sweetest experience of all: the Citrus museum and sweets shop! If you haven’t read our other adventures at Chios, just go here, here, here, here and here.
Citrus museum in Chios island
Definitely not “another” museum! Citrus is far from that. Actually, the museum part is just one of the things you can do at their multi-function premises. Combine this experience with your visit at Chora of Chios (aka, the port city) since it is just 15 minutes from there.
We think that is best to visit this place when you land on Chios or when you leave from the island. In the first case you will have many different sweets to consume during your stay at Chios. At the second one, you will be able to get many sweet gifts for your loved ones back home. Well, we are not sure either for the latter since you may get them and eat them all before moving to your next destination.
The whole premises consist of a recreational area (with many things to keep kids busy), the citrus shop and the citrus museum, plus the citrus fields.
While at the “yard”, it is very pleasant to have a walk or just sit at one of the many areas of it. They are full of green, vines and flowers.
One of the buildings, houses the Citrus museum. It has lots and lots of things to see and learn about. Here, the Citrus cultivation and trade history all over the world is depicted, along with tools of the trade.
Labels used many years ago to print on packaging boxes, to ship citrus products all over the world.
You will spend lots of time in the museum learning about the history of citrus and how it is related to the growth of Chios. Yet, at some point you will want to visit the… coffee/sweets house and shop.
You will want to try these different citrus based products! Some of them have mastic flavor in them too. Like this coffee for example.
We taste orange pie wherever we find it in Greece. I thought we had a winner somewhere in Oreini Nafpaktia. Yet, this one takes the Gold medal for now.
If your sweet tooth is not yet satisfied, try these too. The ones in the big jar are called “submarines” and the other ones in the small plates are called “gliko koutaliou” (meaning a sweet that you eat with a small spoon).
We are sure that your tasting experience will elevate your appetite for more. Feel free to enter the shop and buy some… You know… To “bring back home”…
Well that is a sweet experience. Right? Now, when you want to burn these extra calories you can go to Anavatos village and walk uphill.
The old village of Anavatos is around 30 to 45 minutes driving time from Chora, Chios. It is actually an abandoned village. At the time we went there, there was 1 tavern and just that. It is useful though since Anavatos is in the middle of nowhere. It is a beautiful area but… without shops and such.
History claims that it was build for military purposes and seems to have that structure. We visited this place to feel a bit part of its history. It was nice to spend 1 hour or so there, yet many buildings are half ruined.
A nice creative touch was this house at the feet of the hill.
We think that maybe the owners of the tavern (at few meters away from there) live there. It had ornaments of bunnies and cats outside.
It is better to visit this place as sun comes down from the hills. Maybe after 18:00 and before 20:00. The light is better at that point for some great photos.
Well, that was it. We were full with sweets, but burned some hiking Anavatos. It was time to move to our next adventure in Chios island.
A big thank you
We definitely need to thank Irene Sassou from Citrus for the time she dedicated to us to experience the museum and the citrus flavors. This lady has quite some energy and passion! Our trip through Chios was organised by North Aegean, Regional Unit of Chios office. Transportation was sponsored by Hellenic Seaways!
Thank you all for this.
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