Chios - North-Eastern Aegean Islands (Greece)

CHIOS. Chios is one of the eastern Aegean islands and it is located about six kilometres from the Turkish coast. It is the fifth largest island of Greece, the total coastline length is slightly more than two hundred kilometres and it covers an area of 840 square kilometres.

Chios lies between the Greek islands of Lesbos (in the north) and Samos (in the south). The smaller nearby islands of Psara, Antipsara and Oinousses also administratively belong to the prefecture of Chios.

Capital of the island is Chios town,  a lively and historic town. The port city has always played an important role in the prosperity and welfare of the island. Many residents of Chios were seafarers and through trade,  Chios was very important in the contemporary economy.

Chios is a diverse island. The north is mainly rocky and mountainous, the south is flatter and more fertile. In the south, the homeland of world-famous mastic trees which produce a precious resin type. It is a natural product, it only appears on Chios and nowhere else in the world! Unfortunately, the great fire of 2012 burned many acres of these trees. In certain areas of Chios it will take at least ten years before mastic will be produced again. In these areas are some very nice villages you definitely should visit (Mesta and Pyrgi).

Chios also has many beautiful beaches and resorts. The most famous seaside resort is Karfas which has become very popular due to its fantastic sandy beach and terraces. Other resorts are Vrondados, Daskalopetra, Megas Limnionas, Emborios and Agia Fotini. However, on the quiet west coast there are nice beaches, these are not well known, but definitely worth a visit.

Photo Gallery Chios - Photos of North-Eastern Aegean Islands

Matroosmonument Vrondados - Island of Chios - Photo Rotsachtige nature noord Chios - Island of Chios - Photo The 4 molentjes near Chios town - Island of Chios - Photo Hoge Mountains achter Daskalopetra - Island of Chios - Photo Chique huizen Kambos - Island of Chios - Photo The mooie west coast  - Island of Chios - Photo The pebble beach Vrondados - Island of Chios - Photo View to Chios The harbour of - Island of Chios - Photo The stille west coast  - Island of Chios - Photo The Villagevan Volissos - Island of Chios - Photo Stenen molens Chios town - Island of Chios - Photo Binnenplaats Mesta - Island of Chios - Photo Bossen on the rocks of noord Chios - Island of Chios - Photo Homerus stone Daskalopetra - Island of Chios - Photo Chios The harbour of - Island of Chios - Photo

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Sights, tips and other information Chios (Hios)

General information:
Chios is not only famous for its mastic and shipping but also because:

  • The Tulips of Chios, called "Lalades". They grow in nature in the months April and May, the fields in the south and centre of the island are filled with these tulips.
  • The citrus fruits of Chios. Especially the Chios tangerine is world famous. Other citrus fruits are oranges and lemons. Citrus fruits grow especially near the Kambos area, in the south of Chios town. This area is also known as the Garden of Chios.
  • The local cheese, known as the "Mastello" and the local yoghurt have an excellent and characteristic flavour. The goats of Chios are plentiful and the natural flora of Chios ensure they give milk a distinctive flavour.

Quiet beaches:

  • In the South: Agia Fotini, Agia Irini, Kato Phana, Apothika, Didima and Vroulidia.
  • In the Northeast except Nagos also Giosonas, Ameni and Vlihada
  • On the west side: Lithi, Bay of Elinda, Agia Markella, Merikounda, Trahili beach in Avgonima, Lefkathia and Limnos Beach at Volissos, sandy beach Magemena in Volissos