Merikounta is located at the SW part of the island, near Mesta village. It is a beautiful beach with thick sand and very small pebbles that spreads out to become one with the deep, crystal waters. North winds search the bay and therefore it’s better not to visit the beach when north winds set in. The name derives from the ancient Greek word "Myrikin" that means Myrica, a bush common to places near the seashore.
Apothika is a beach completely unspoilt, even the road stops about 100 m. from the beach. This well sheltered from the Aegean winds beach with the clear waters is one of the most favorite beaches of the people living in the area as well as of the visitors too. It is located 4.5 km from Mesta.
At Apothika Beach, there is an eco-friendly dive centre - Cantine Tortuga, Mesta Diving School -where experienced and beginner diverscan explore the beauty and mysteries of underwater Chios.
You can also rent a kayak to explore the caves and beaches further along the coast, either guided or unaccompanied.
Head up the steps from the beach to a tiny cantina where the view is superb and you can enjoy a selection of refreshments and snacks.
There is also a small beach next to Apothika. The only way to reach that very small beach is to walk through the swallows from Apothika.