Inousses is a complex of nine islands in the Eastern Aegean located between Chios and the Erythraia peninsula in Asia Minor, out of which only one is inhabited (the one bearing the same name). Inousses has been known since ancient times. The island’s striking natural beauty explains why they form part of the European network ‘NATURA 2000′.
Inousses is famous for its long naval tradition. In fact, some of the major Greek ship owners were born on this island and established later their maritime headquarters in London or New York. Monuments and sites of the island preserve this time-honoured maritime tradition. At the entrance of the port, visitors are welcomed by the bronze sculpture of a mermaid, while strolling around the centre of the island they will encounter Naftosyni Square, where a monument in honour of the Unknown Sailor stands.
The Nautical Lyceum, the Naval Academy and the Naval Museum also depict the island’s significant maritime culture. The museum, which was founded in 1965, features permanent exhibits, such as paintings, naval instruments and ship models – most of which were constructed by French prisoners in England at the time of the Napoleonic Wars.
Visit the picturesque town of Inousses, built amphitheatrically on a hill, and take leisurely walks through its narrow paved alleys. Observe the captains’ grand mansions, which reflect the wealth and the grandeur of the island in the past. Don’t forget to visit the Church of St Nicholas, the patron saint of the island, where his relics are kept.
Set out on a trip to Inousses in summer and enjoy precious moments of peace and isolation on sandy sun-drenched beaches. Participate in local religious festivals organised throughout the summer, and enjoy authentic local cuisine in tavernas by the sea.