Karfas, with its beautiful beach, is the harbor (Skala) of Thymiana.
Situated 5 km from the town
of Chios, it has evolved into the largest tourist resort of the island. Every
summer, thousands of vacationers gather on the beautiful beach to enjoy the cool
waters of the day and play with its fine-grained sand. The beach of Karfas is
surrounded by large hotel units catering to more demanding tastes but has also
a number of inns and rented rooms.
Being a tourist center, Karfas has an intense night life, Greek evenings
are regularly organized at the various hotels; numerous bars and pubs, as well
as discos, cater to those who like to dance.
Close to Karfas, in the area of the village of Vavili,
there is the church of the Virgin Krina (Panaghia Krena), one of the most dazzling
examples of 12th century island religious architecture. Inside the church, the
walls are covered with many layers of mural paintings. The upper layer is the
work of Michail Chomatis, one of the last artists of the 18th century Cretan School.
The Byzantine tower of Agelastos, situated in the same area, is also quite interesting.
Type of location: Beach, Beaches under Ministry of Environment Inspection, Tourist resort, Bay, Blue Flag 2002, Blue Flag 2006, Blue Flag 2007, Blue Flag 2015, Blue Flag 2016, Blue Flag 2017, Blue Flag 2018, Blue Flag 2019