Kardamila is a big village located at the northeastern parts of Chios, 27 kms by the city of Chios ( or else Hora ).
During the past times, the place-name Kardamila was used commony to describe both Ano ( upper ) Kardamila, located at a distance by the sea, and also for the smaller settlement Rahi. Ano Kardamila or else Ano Village is one of the biggest an oldest settlements to be found around the island of Chios. The village expands at the location of ancient city Kardamili, at the hill of Grias, whom it consists a natural acropolis. The etymology of it's name points out to an ancient greek bread type, made by barley flour.
According to traditions during the middle ages, there existed many different smaller settlements scattered around the area, that, as had also happened in other various cases around the island, were united due to the constant threat imposed by the pirate raids. From 1800 we can agree that we are talking about one big settlement with common name. Indeed, the elders inhabiting the village at the beginnings of the 20th century recalled that the village used to have sixteen separate neighbourhoods or parishes that were corresponding to ''choridia'', the small settlements and the relative families that formed it. After the destruction of Chios island on 1822, are mentioned only four neighbourhoods.
Despite possessing a small fertile valley between the todays two settlements, locals reached since the ancient times towards the sea and the commerce. It seems that great part for this turn played the existence of two different deep bays, Marmaro and Parpanton. Over the generations Kardamila showed up numerous and important shipowners families
Το χωριό διακρίνεται για την παραδοσιακή αρχιτεκτονική του με τους στενούς δρόμους, τα πέτρινα σοκάκια και τα πετρόχτιστα σπίτια. Στη μικρή πλατεία βρίσκεται ο Ναύτης των Καρδαμύλων, άγαλμα του γλύπτη Απάρτη. Στη γύρω περιοχή μπορείτε να βρείτε ξενοδοχεία και ενοικιαζόμενα δωμάτια, καθώς τα Καρδάμυλα το καλοκαίρι σφύζουν από ζωή. Οι ταβερνούλες και τα εστιατόρια στο λιμάνι περιμένουν να σας προσφέρουν αξέχαστη φιλοξενία.