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.