The short distance that separates the island of Chios from Asia Minor coast, its great area, its climate and the fertility of its land with the unique mastic, were the main reasons that the island was inhabited continuously and uninterruptedly since the Stone Age.
The Prefecture of Chios has an area of 904 square kilometers. It consists of three islands, Chios, Oinousses and Psara. Chios is one of the largest islands of Northern Aegean and the fifth largest island in Greece, with a coastline of 213 km. It is very close to Asia Minor and opposite the peninsula of Erithrea, from which it is separated by the strait of the same name. The population of Chios reaches 54,000 residents, living in the city of Chios and in the 64 villages of the island.
Chios is diverse…
Chios is an island where each step is a pleasant surprise. Its earth, fertile and special at every corner, with large morphological differences between the central, north and south, has made its residents to have different living conditions even from village to village.
So in every village and at distances not too far apart, depending on the terrain, climate and distance from the sea, one meets different cultures, different houses, different architecture, different dialect, and even different dances and customs. For this reason, it is not easy to describe the island in a nutshell. But it can be promised that no matter how many days you spend on your vacation here, you will not get bored!
|How to get here
|On the island of Chios you can come either by boat or by plane. The service runs daily throughout the year.