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About Chios Masticulture, the ecotourism travel agency specializing in ecotourism activities in Chios GreeceTravel services, ecoutourism, agritourism, hotel and traditional rooms accommodation, mastic tours, on the Aegean Island of Chios in Greece.About the island of Chios, the land of Chios natural mastic in the Aegean Sea, Greece.Ecotourism tours and activities on Chios Island GreeceContact the ecotourism travel bureau of Chios in the Mastic Village of Mesta Chios Greece.The medieval watchtower and beach of Trachili on the west coastline of Chios island.

When to come to Chios

Locals keep themselves busy with agricultural work throughout the year. That also goes for Masticulture. How do you make souma and tsipouro? What is the oxidization of olive oil? How do you clean mastic? How can you tell if mushrooms are poisonous? That's autumn in Mesta!

And for your winter holidays we recommend that you avoid snow chains and traffic jams and try something completely different: Our winters are mild, perfect for excursions out in the open air and warm encounters with locals who dedicate this season to cleaning mastic and assembling at the coffee houses during nightfall. If you wish you can also accompany them in the morning when they prune their olive trees and mastic trees and be ‘rewarded' by saying goodbye armed with firewood for your bedroom's fireplace.

If you prefer to visit in spring, on Clean Monday we set up a popular courthouse in the village square, and at Easter when nature thrives we celebrate through various colourful traditions. You can gather fragrant herbs and come across beautiful ‘lalades', the local tulips, or the island's graceful orchids.

All this is achieved with the tender care and attention of Roula and Vassili together with their friends, the people of Masticulture from Mesta.


Family holidays on the aegean beach of Avlonia, near Mesta of Chios Greece.
Traditional feast (panegyri) in Chios Greece. Photo from the medieval village of Mesta, during the Souma festival.
Chios flora is renowned for its diversity that includes wild orchids, tulips and anemones.

1. Family fun on the beach of Avlonia, near Mesta of Chios. July 2007

2. In summertime, any occasion is good for Chios people to have a fiesta ("panegyri") in the villages of the island. One of the most prominent is the “Souma feast”, organized every August by the Cultural Association of Mesta, in the context of the Medieval Festival. August 2007.

3. Chios flora is renowned for its diversity. Up to date, more than 80 species of orchids have been recognised. In springtime, wild tulips ("lalades") flourish near the village Tholopotami. A young girl picks flowers to welcome spring. April 2006.

Southern Chios is the only place in the world where Mastic can be produced.

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What they say about us
An incredible few hours and a wonderful insight into a lifestyle. Thank you so much for your patience, charm, enthusiasm and hospitality.
Hannah, John, England, April 2008