AVGONIMA - Another Medieval Village in Chios
Trip Start May 10, 2010
15Trip End May 15, 2010
Before you see photos, let me tell you a few things about this village I am discovering here today.
What a fascinating place to be!!!
Avgonima is a very popular, - probably pre- medieval village, centrally located on the island. It is just 17 km from the city of Chios, and 25 minutes drive from the airport. You can find it written both as "Avgonima or Avgonyma". The name means " Clutch of Eggs".
It is upon a slope, about 450 metres above sea level, and the whole drive coming out here takes you first through olive groves but as you approach towards the village, you come to rich vegetation of pine forest. Its low stone houses are known all over the island. The reason why people built their houses on top of hills was to protect their families from probable invaders those years.
As you drive and approach the village you are amazed with what you see - the whole medieval village on top of a hill with its stone houses all around. You will surely want to get out of the car and take photos.
You get more excited upon reaching the village and come to its medieval square. You will feel as if you are on top of the world - believe me!
During the 19th century, the people of Avgonima used to carry goods from one place to the other on their mules, or buy the local produce of the nothern villages, pack it and re-sell it at a profit.
In the 1960s the village was almost abandoned and its inhabitants migrated to the cities
Recently, people started to buy these old houses and have them restored thus bringing life to the old village once again.
The permanent residents of the village are now about 30 people, mostly pensioners. The abundance of fresh water, the free public transport twice a day to and from the western villages of the municipality of Omiroupolis on a three times a week basis, has contributed to its revival.
The village used to have two schools, in the past with many students. Now there is none! The Tower of the village opposite the Church was the older one, and now it is turned to a Traditional accommodation with some fine rooms to be let. On the ground floor it is the village's central Restaurant –called “Pyrgos” and it is just opposite St. George’s church. Also, there’s “Archontiko” at the entrance of the village, which used
to be the recent local school of the village, but since there are no more students it is turned to Traditional Apartments.
During winter there are not more than 30 people living here, - mostly pensioners, however in the weekends many locals who live in the City of Chios or in other areas drive here, many of whom stay over the weekend
It is very popular to tourists and the lucky ones to visit Avgonima are thrilled with what they see. That same afternoon when we arrived, some tourists were driven to Avgonima and they were posing and taking photos in the narrow streets of the village. As usual I had the opportunity to talk to them and hear their impressions. They were so excited and told me that they will be visiting Avgonima soon and spend some days out here. They were from a cruise ship and had some free hours to see some of the island, but they said, they were sad having to return back to their cruise ship.
In the afternoon I have a stroll towards the other side of the village to see the amazing sunset. The colors and lights and the peaceful coasts reward the visitors.
There is a restaurant here where you can sit and enjoy a romantic dinner out if you wish.
Later on we returned to "Spitakia" cafe where George showed us around.
Be sure not to miss this village and of course meet George.