Kalamoti is one of the medieval "Mastica" villages in the southern part of Chios. It is small, quiet and friendly, and has everything you need (small supermarkets, cafes and tavernas), and is close to one of the best beaches in Chios. The house is restored according to the old plans, spacious and rustic. Balcony and roof terrace add space. Fully equiped kitchen (gass oven top) and microwave, toaster, large dining table. Floor fans.
The helpful care taker lives next door.
This house is in the village of Kalamoti. This is a small medieval village located in the southen part of Chios, an island east of Athens. The island is not a touristic island (like a lot of the other more well-known places in Greece) and therefore is mostly traditional and unspoiled. The village has all you need, including fresh bread every morning! It is close (4 km) to a fantasic beach (Komi) and easy to reach from Athens, Thessaloniki, other Greek islands and Cesme in Turkey.
Because Kalamoti is a medieval village, the streets inside are narrow and only one street leads through the village. This is therefore a very quiet place with no traffic. Five hundred people live in and around the village and you will probably be one of the few visitors. You will have problems buying postcards, at least a recent one! If you have kids you can just let them out to play - they will not get lost!
The house was built in 1381 and renovated from 1997. It served as the owner's private residence until recently. It is very “rustic” but very comfortable with stone floors, and the original walls, ceilings and door frames have been restored.
On the first floor you will find a big kitchen/dining, a lounge has a wood oven and access to the balcony, bathroom and one bedroom with a queen size bed. Two staircases lead up to the terrace on the roof, one next to a mezzanie (; sleeping loft that can be arranged as extra beds for kids).
Downstairs there is the entrance hall, one bedroom with two single beds Access to this bedroom is through an another spacious room which has a fireplace. This room usually has one single bed (but another bed can fitted in if needed). There is also a small bathroom on the ground floor.
The downstairs is cool on hot summer nighs. All houses in Kalamoti are built with small “openings” as they say.
WHERE TO SHOP
There is a Mini Market just 200 metres up from the houses. The owner speaks English. He has most of the things you need. There is also a small Mini Market at the Inner and the Outer square.
At the Outer Square you will also find the bus stop, the post office and a cash machine.
DESPINA'S TAVERNA There is only one taverna in Kalamoti – owned by Despina who speaks English and has very nice and affordable food – ask for today's dishes. She has only four tables inside and five outside, so it's intimate and nice.
There is also a grill in the Outer Square, which serves steaks, gyro (pita with filling), souvlaki etc. This is owned by Elefteria.
There are cafes at the Inner and Outer Square.
The closest beach is Komi. Here you will find three tavernas (open from April to October) which serve breakfast, lunch and dinner (the Greeks eat late). There is also has a handful cafes and bars.
Komi is nice all day, but it is especially nice to go down there around 6pm – have a swim and afterwards have a drink or something to eat. At that time it's usually quiet, and you can watch the sunset. In the summer there are buses from Kalamoti (at noon) to Komi with return at 4pm.
MELTEMAKI TAVERNA in Kataraktis (15 Km from Kalamoti on the east side of the island) is owned by Anna. There you can sit and listen to the waves and watch the lights in Turkey.
Of course there are many cafes and tavernas in the local villages and we can recommend a visit to Armolia, Vessa, Pirgi, Olympi and Mesta.
THINGS TO SEE
Chios has a long but also tragic history. Here we will mention places like Pyrgi, Mesta, Emporios, Nea Moni and Anavatos. Chios is also a good place if you want to take long walks in the lowlands as well as in the mountains. In the neigbouring village, Armolia, you find potteries known all over Greece. You can even ask them to make something unique for you. There is also a medieval castle on the hill above Armolia, which is a comfortable walk.
The newly opened Chios Mastica Museum near Pyrgi is fantastic! Open every day except Tuesdays.
More detailed information will be forwarded if you wish to book, and there is also an information folder in the house. You will be met by the car taker who can give more information if needed.
If the house is unavailable on certain dates we may have the possibility to book you in to our second and smaller house. Just send a request.
Serveis i zones comuns
The guests will have access to the whole house except the laundry which is operated by the caretaker. Just tell her when you need to use it. We charge 8 EURO extra for an 8 kilo load.
If needed, she will also supply wood for a minor fee.
The house has wi-fi. Due to the thick stone walls the mobile reception is best on the balcony and the terrace.
Interacció amb els hostes
The caretaker will meet you on arrival and give extra information if needed. She lives just across the street and will help you in any way possible. Do you have any questions or complaints do not hesitate, but contact her immediately so your stay can be as comfortable as possible.
Otherwise - except when you want to use the washing machine - you do not need to have any interaction with the caretaker.
Altres aspectes destacables
The water in Kalamoti is drinkable, but sometimes it has a salty taste. You can of course buy water, but there are water taps around the village were you get well water for free.
Please notice that the village has it's quiet hours between 2pm-5pm. The shops and most of the cafes are closed, and loud music is not appreciated during these hours.
If you brake any items please tell the caretaker. We allow pets, but suggest that cats are kept inside and dogs on a leash so they don't get into fights with the other cats and dogs in the village.
We do not have any strikt rules against smoking. However, please limit smoking inside (in the warmer parts of the year you will be comfortable on the balcony or on the terrace). And please do not smoke in the bedrooms.