Destinations, North Aegean Islands



The Greek island of Chios belongs to the islands of the North Aegean and it is an ideal island for family holidays.

It is surrounded by wonderful beaches, the most known are Emporios, Mavra Volia and Karfas. Vrontados is a small beach 4 kilometers from the town of Chios with some fish taverns by the sea. Trahili, Lithi, Didima, Metohi are beaches with crystalline waters and ideal to relax.

Although Chios has very good beaches, it is characterized by its medieval villages. The most famous is “Mastichohoria” (literally: Mastic Villages) is a series of 7 special, fortified architectural villages built in the fourteenth century during the Genoese government. Among them, Mesta is a medieval treasure with preserved towers, castles, ancient churches and magnificent stone houses closely linked by arches. Anavatos is a byzantine tower-village and it is located on the top of large granite rock at the highest point of a mountain. Although it is uninhabited, you can still feel its history as you stroll through the cobbled streets of the village.

Pyrgi is one of the largest medieval villages in Chios, characterized by the peculiar architecture of its houses and buildings with geometric designs in black and white on the facade. Narrow labyrinthine streets and churches like Nea Moni and Saint Apostoloi complete this authentic landscape.

Here you can enjoy delicious dishes cooked with mastiha (mastic gum), or take a sorbet of soumada, a traditional drink made of almonds.

Mastiha (Mastic) – What is it?

Mastiha is the hardened resin of the tree Pistacia lentiscus Mastic. It has been documented since antiquity for its health benefits, its use as the first natural gum and as a cooking spice. The Mastiha that is produced on the island of Chios is considered the best quality and has contributed to the island of Chios great economic benefits and certain fame. Christopher Columbus participated in the expedition from Genoa to Chios and was a merchant of Mastiha.

The trees that produce the Mastiha only grow in the southern area of ​​the island of Chios in the area where the Mastcihohoria villages are.

Scientific research shows that Mastiha of Chios has beneficial therapeutic qualities against digestive disorders, contributes to oral hygiene, healing of wounds and skin regeneration and is antioxidant.

The Mastiha of Chios has been declared a product with a designation of origin, and the cultivation of the Mastiha has been declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.

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