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CHIOS

It is an island of the North Aegean that preserves its beauty unchanged over the time. This is the land of mastic, but this is not the only feature that makes it special. Its medieval villages, wild beauty, castle towns and impressive caves are some of the treasures of authentic Chios. The island is an ideal destination for all seasons of the year. On Easter the unique rocket war takes place in Vrontados. This island is world famous for the production of mastic, so every visitor must visit the Mastic Villages and try the mastic products.

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DISCOVER CHIOS

Make sure you have time to enjoy the island of Mastic, with the Mastichochoria, the Museum of Mastic, the Mavra Volia Beach and its festivals.

 

CHORA

It is the capital of the island, the most populous and is located on the eastern side overlooking the coasts of Asia Minor. One of the first things on the visitor's list is exploring Chios Town. It has managed to combine its picturesqueness with the modern lifestyle offering all the comforts. The neoclassical mansions, the Ottoman Baths, the exquisite municipal garden with the statue of Konstantinos Kanaris, the Genoese castle and its impressive museums await you to explore them.

MASTICHOCHORIA

In the south of Chios, you will find 24 villages which are surrounded by mastic trees and are monuments of cultural heritage. The walks in the picturesque medieval settlements and the well-preserved castle villages are magical. The largest of the Mastichochoria's is Pyrgi, which is known for its "xistas", the decorated buildings with impressive black and white patterns. Outside of Pyrgi is the modern Mastic Museum, where all the information about the production and cultivation of mastic is given.

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In the south of Chios, you will find 24 villages which are surrounded by mastic trees and are monuments of cultural heritage. The walks in the picturesque medieval settlements and the well-preserved castle villages are magical. The largest of the Mastichochoria's is Pyrgi, which is known for its "xistas", the decorated buildings with impressive black and white patterns. Outside of Pyrgi is the modern Mastic Museum, where all the information about the production and cultivation of mastic is given.

MAVRA VOLIA BEACH

The black beach of Chios is an impressive beach, which is located next to the village of Emporios. It is the most famous beach of the island and it got its color from the eruption of a volcano in ancient times. It is a black beach with crystal clear and icy waters. It has round black pebbles and the sea has a dark color, too.

NEA MONI OF CHIOS

Nea Moni of Chios is the most important of the monasteries of the island and is considered a monument of international importance. It was founded in 1042 AD. It is known worldwide for its exquisite mosaic art and in 1990 was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. According to monastic tradition, the monastery's catholicon was built in this place where three ascetics from Chios had found a miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary, hanging on a myrtle branch. Although they repeatedly carried her to their cave, she turned to myrtle, which prompted them to build a small temple of the Virgin on the spot. The special structure of the Monastery and the mosaics of rare beauty that adorn the interior of the temple, will captivate you.

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