Vacations in Psara (Nothern Aegean - Greece)
Psara: The tranquil island of history and heroism
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Vacations in Psara island - Psara, The tranquil island of history and heroism
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Information On Psara
Psara are found in the Northern Aegean, very close and a bit west of the northern edge of Chios. Psara is a dry and barren island with wild landscapes, especially on the east side. It is strange that there are no snakes on the island, and this is believed to be because of its soil.
Psara is a historical island as it was completely destroyed by the Turks during the Greek Revolution. The Mavri Rahi (Black Ridge), which became famous thanks to Dionysios Solomos, is the small peninsula southwest connecting the settlement with Paleokastro. There lies the Castle and the two churches, that of Agios Ioannis Prodromos and that of Agia Anna.
On Psara there is only one settlement which is built amphitheatrically around the harbor. The houses here are white, tiled and two storey high, and among them lies the house of konstantinos Kanaris. Ont he central square you can see the Iroon, a monument with the names of the Holocaust victims inscribed on it.
Psara is an ideal destination for quiet and relaxing holidays. There is no nightlife on the island, with the sole exception of one bar that is located in the settlement.
On Psara there is an annual festival for the celebration of Panagia at the homonymous monastery. The entire island parties all night through with homemade food, wine, traditional music and dance.
On Psara there is a gas station and a branch of the National Bank of Greece.
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Beaches Of Psara
Psara have approximately 40 beaches for every taste. This means that even during the high season you will have the chance to find yourself alone is some beaches. The most popular and eaisly accessible beaches are the ones on the west side of the island, while the eastern beaches have wild beauty but cannot be reached through the road. You should definitely pay a visit to Antipsara islet for the incredible Psili Ammos beach. Here are some of the island's main beaches:
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Travel To Psara
You can get to Psara by ferry from Lavrio port, as there is no connection with Piraeus. There are approximately 3 ships per week which will have you on the island in 6 hours. Naturally Psara are connected with Chios through frequent schedule, with the main port being 4 hours away and the Limnia port in Volissos being 2 hours away.
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Transportation On Psara (Car Rentals)
On Psara there is only one settlement, thus you will only need transportation for getting to the beaches. If you want to explore the island and visit beaches that are far from the settlement you will need your own ride, but have in mind that on Psara there is no car rental or bike rental service.
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Accommodation On Psara (Hotels, Apartments, Guesthouses, Rooms to let)
Accommodation on Psara is not full of options as all rooms to let are around the one and unique settlement. As there are not many rooms around, it is best to plan ahead for your stay from early on, before getting to the island.
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Food & Drink On Psara
Psara offers exceptional traditional dishes like seafood and lobster, and at a bargain price, as the island is on of the biggest lobster producers in Greece. You should also try the local stuffed goat, Koufota (traditional pasta), mpourekia and the black cuttlefish risotto.
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What To Buy On Psara
Psara is known for its exceptional thyme honey so make sure you buy some before leaving. You can also get various types of local cheese (myzithra, kopanisti, kefalograviera, touloumotyri, etc) and bitter almond flavored spoon sweet.
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Attractions On Psara
The Monastery of Kimisi Theotokou is an important religious center with great history behind it. It is in a location with incredible sea view.
A lovely majestic church with great history behind it, as among other things Konstantinos Kanaris used to come here.
Spitalia are a historical building of the 18th century that was once used as a quarantine.
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Alternative Islands To Psara
Psara is not what you are looking for? Then one of the following nearby islands might interest you:
Oinousses (47 klm from Psara)
Lesvos (64 klm from Psara)
Ikaria (106 klm from Psara)
Agios Efstratios (109 klm from Psara)
Samos (121 klm from Psara)
Fournoi (123 klm from Psara)
Lemnos (132 klm from Psara)
Samothrace (201 klm from Psara)
Thassos (236 klm from Psara)
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Islands Connected To Psara
There is a ferry from Psara to the following islands:
Chios (direct connection to Psara)
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