Marvellous village views from three different hills
The south hill has a white church on its summit, with hotels and houses fanned across its lower slope, facing into the town. The long east hill climbs from a row of old windmills near the edge of the town up to a huge museum and gallery building near the peak. Close by, just over the crest of the hill, is an amphitheatre that overlooks Mylopotas far below. The steep rocky crag on the north side of Chora is the most scenic of the three hills. Houses climb about two-thirds of the way up, while a row of four churches forms a picturesque crown on the steep crest.
The views from atop each hill are completely different, but equally breathtaking.
Below is a series of photos showing the various views from all three vantage points. You can view each image in a larger format simply by clicking on the photo. To see all of the images in a slideshow-like sequence, click on the first photo. When it pops open, move your cursor toward the right side of the photo. When a “forward” arrow appears, click on it to make the next image pop up, and continue clicking on the arrow to view the photos one after the other. To move backwards, move your cursor to the left side of the picture to make the “back” arrow appear, and click near that.
Alternatively, you can view the photos in mygreecetravelblog’s Flickr photo album, “A wide-eyed view of Chora on Ios.”
Either way, I hope you enjoy these terrific views of one of the most scenic hillside villages in the Greek Islands!
Looking across Chora toward the hill on the south side of the village.
Many of the buildings on the south hill are hotel and resort properties
Santorini is slightly visible through the haze, off to the left side of the church
Moonlight Cafe terrace view toward the south hill
A view of Chora from the edge of town at the bottom of the east hill
A closer view of three of the churches on the north hill
A great view of the entire village from partway up the hill to its east
The view from higher up the east hill, near the museum & gallery building
From the east hillside, you get a peek at the valley behind Gialos (right)
Another village view from the hillside on the east
A view of Sikinos island, upper left, and Gialos harbour, lower left
Looking up the north hill from the town square next to the big cathedral in Chora
A wide angle view of the north hill, also from the town square
Another view of the north hill
Looking across Chora from the white church on top of the south hill
This view, from the white church on top of the south hill, shows Chora and part of the long hill that rises to the east
The cathedral and buildings near the base of the north hill
A view of all four churches on the north hill
The center section of the village viewed from the south hill
Another south hill view of the middle area of Chora
Houses on the northeast side of Chora