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Chios with scents of mastic and flourished lemontrees


How to go
Route: Athens- Vrontados Route map. From Athens to Vrontados at Chios. The kilometrical distance and time needed.


Intoxicating scents of mastic, flowering lemon and mandarin trees, powerful  unprecedented flavors, natural beauty that is indicated in the magnificent villages, lush valleys and beaches with crystal clear waters.
Wild tulips (lalades) flourished in Chios and rockets prepared a long time in Vrontados, have taken place for the most powerful rocket war in the night of Resurrection...

The countless churches, Byzantine monasteries and chapels enhance the religious atmosphere and the spirit of the days.
On Great Friday the epitaphs are decorating gracefully by the girls dressed in black, the procession is done by Byzantine grandeur and accompanied by glowing lamps  that illuminate the sky and people heart. All epitaphs of great churches meet in the main square, in a unique spectacle.
With great tradition in cooking art, the housewives of Chios prepare these festive days, eftazyma breads, bagels with mastic and sprinkled with sugar, cakes and "lame" (bunny doll dough with a red egg in front).
In the night of Holy Saturday the rocket war steals the show in Vrontados. While the bells will sound joyful the Resurrection from the churches of Saint Mark and Virgin Erythianis in Vrontados with lots of fired rockets and fireworks.
Spectacle, unique night on the heart of the sping, and when the "war" ends without winners..and losers , the kiss of love comes and the crack of the eggs.
In Chios they prefer eating egg and lemon soup, poultry braised meat, stuffed and sweet than the usual lamb or the famous soup, they made even halva with chocolate.
Besides the red eggs, housewives who wanted to stand out, were making eggs "petrified" or "marbles" ( a technique that makes the color of the eggs with water) and also gaving the shapes of flowers and leaves tied with socks before painting it.
You should definetely visit the monastery of Nea Moni ( mosaic Byzantine, 11th c. ) and the abandoned village Anavatos ( the "Mystras of Chios") where in 1822 the girls of the island fled in vain in order to escape the fury of Turks.
We will pass through Armolia and get to the famous Pyrgi, Mesta ( the most well-preserved medieval village of Chios) and Emporio.
If weather permits it, we will make a splash in Mavra Volia, we will cross the fragrant Campos full of citrus trees and certainly will stroll around the famous Mastichochoria, the only region in the world where mastic is produced from the resin of the mastic tree ( a phenomenon which is probably formed from the composition of soil and climate conditions.
In the city of Chios will visit Korais library, the Archaelogical museum, the Venetian castle and before we left the hospitable island we will buy mastic, ouzo "Apalarina" and sweets.

Worth to see:

  • The museum of «Citrus», in a newbuilt manor house of Campos, where you will learn a lot about the history of Campos with his amazing manor houses and the carving of citrus from ancient years …(tel. 22710-31513)
  • Mesta.
  • Pirgi, Olympus, Vessa, Kalamoti and Armolia.
  • The manor houses of Campos.
  • The port of Mesta.
  • The city of Chios: Korai library, archaeological museum and Venetian castle.
  • The villages Avgonima and Anavatos.
  • Volissos and Agia Markela.
  • Kardamila and Nagos.
  • The New Monastery of Chios.
  • The fantastic beach Mavra Volia.

What to eat:
Whichever you choose it will have a special taste! Combine it with ouzo Apalarina with mastic flavor. For sweet, try "Masourakia" , nougat, donuts or a "submarine" mastic. Do not forget to try mastic liquer.

What to buy:

  • Amazing traditional sweets of Chios , with the flavours of citrus of Campos.
  • Mastic products from its natural form until caramels, sweets  (peanut, lemon, mandarin), mastic liquer and cosmetics.
  • Great variety of drinks.
  • «Masourakia» , nougat and donuts.
  • Local ouzo with mastic.
  • Fresh fish and seafood.
  • Aroma votans of Chios and more.
  • Traditional sweets.

For your entertainment in Chios, you will find many restaurants, taverns, cafeterias with excellent service and variety of products and services.
Chios consists of many traditional, simple but also luxurious places where you can have any type of food you want.

For your stay in Chios, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In Volissos, as well as in many other areas of the island, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.

There are high speed and conventional ship routes to Piraeus while the trip is ranging from 4.5 to 9 hours respectively.
Chios is connected to the neighboring islands of Mytilini (daily) and Limnos while there are daily routes for destination to Inousses and three times a week to Psara.
There is alsoa connection to Thessaloniki, Alexandroupolis and Kavala through all year round.
During the summer season there are connections to other islands, too.

There are daily flights to and from Turkey, in particular the port of Cesme, which is one hour drive from Izmir.

Daily flights connect the island to Athens. Also, some days of the week there are routes from and to Thessaloniki, Rhodes, Limnos and Lesvos.
During the summer season, there are many charter flights and international airlines connecting the island to other European cities.

For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field “Routes” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.


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