On the slopes of Mount Helicontravellers will discover a beautiful settlement, Chostia, which also includes the Sarandi beach.Chostia is a village with rich vegetation, and olive groves as its main feature. Locals there, as well as in the wider region, cultivate cereals, olives, and produce wine, which in the interwar period was known for its excellent quality, and for this reason was exported to Italy through Sarandi.
The village is known by many names, while the ancient name Korshiairemained in use until 1960. The name Chostia may vividly describe the hollow location of the village.
There are many descriptions of Chostia by 19th century travelers. The first Anglo-Saxon traveller to mention it was the English monk Sæwulf, who passed through Greece in 1102, on his pilgrimage to the Holy Land. He travelled from the Corinthian Gulf to Chostia and from there to Thiva and Chalkida, without taking any interest to visit Athens. Prof. J. Fossey, of the Canadian School of Archaeology, carried out extensive studies at the Castle of Chostia.
Holy Monastery of the Archangels:
Just outside Chostia, on the road to Sarandi, we come across the Holy Monastery of the Archangels. It was built among other monasteries on the southern side of Mount Helicon, which ends on the shores of the Corinthian Gulf and near the walls of the ancient Boeotian city of the Corsians.
According to tradition, the monastery was built in the 12th century. The original church was destroyed in 1776 and in its place the current one was built in the architectural style of a cross-in-square domed church.
The Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, Hieronymos, initiated a major effort for the restoration and maintenance of the monastery.
The beautiful Sarandi beach is 7km away from Chostiaand is accessible by an easy asphalt road.
Saranti is the port of Chostia, located in the bay of the same name and has facilities for docking yachts. It is a beach with water ski and sailing school and rental bicycles and canoes. You can find rooms to let, ouzeri and fish taverns with sea view, so it is an ideal place to spend the summer evenings of your holidays.
Higher up from the beach, at Kastro, there are ruins of an ancient citadel. Kastro (castle) was associated by scholars with ancient Korsies. This quiet fishing village in the southwest of Thisvi combines perfectly mountain and sea, as it is surrounded on all sides by mountains, ideal for walks by nature lovers, but it is also surrounded by the sea, with its enchanting waters that no visitor can resist.