Why come to Chios
Chios is one of the largest islands in the Aegean Sea. The island lays claim as the birthplace of Homer, but it is mostly famous for its unique mastic gum. The island's vibrant local culture, deeply rooted in traditions, rituals, and folklore, is very much alive to this day. For centuries under the rule of the Byzantine Empire and later a possession of the Republic of Genoa, the island boasts architectural reminders of its rich and varied history.
Chios today is a memorable travel destination for its warm and welcoming islanders. They deserve praise for keeping the villages and countryside alive, and they will welcome you with open arms and a glass of ouzo or souma, the local spirit.
If that weren't enough, our island also features:
Other sites and features of Chios island
- Medieval walled mastic villages, stone mansions, and walled orange groves.
- The renowned mosaics of Nea Moni Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Natural beauty of fertile plains, aromatic herbs and spices, stunning tulips and over 70 kinds of orchids.
- Local products and traditional cuisine: mastic, olives, wine, vegetables, fruits, cheeses and seafood.
- Secluded beaches and deep blue Aegean waters.
- A Mediterranean climate--warm summers and mild winters.
- Proximity and convenient connections to additional travel destinations, in Greece or Asia Minor.