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Easter in Chios with a spectacular rocket war!

 

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

Live this year a different Easter on Chios island famous for its mastic, citrus trees and mansions of Campos , but also the unique medieval villages, Mastichochoria. So in Chios island you will experience the most dynamic Resurrection with rocket war in Vrontados!


Spring is the best time to get to know Chios. Campos with majestic mansions and high walls made by stone Thymiana, awash with wild flowers and wild tulips ( the "lalades" as the locals call it) seems to be transformed into a painting. The stone-built villages, its mastic, made them even more charming, decorated with daisies, poppies and anemones playing in pink- purple. As you go out for a stroll, you transport to another period of time, as you experience a journey through the pages of a fairy tale with corsairs and pirates.
Springing up between the valley with mastic trees, their lentisks that the "tear", the resin to crystallize only in this corner of the earth ( in the southern part of the island) and becomes the famous mastic, known since the antiquity for its healing properties, essential oils and its unique aroma. Source of wealth for the island since it is the only product in the world, its exploitation has brought profits to the people of the island and help them in difficult times, thanks to the experience of its cultivation.
For this reason, they managed to earn special privileges and freedom from their respective rulers. To protect it, both they and the valuable product from the pirates who pillaged the region, have turned their villages in impregnable castles.


Discovering the island…

If we want to discover Chios, we should have in our disposal several days. But for sure this trip will be an unforgettable experience. In the city of Chios will visit Korais library, the archaeological museum and Venetian castle. Its beauty, will not end here. The road network is very good and helps us in our movements. Easily we can move to parts of the island that are of particular interest.
We visit Armolia and go to the Leaning Tower, with its houses painted with the technique of scratch. The walks along the narrow cobbled streers, the arches are undoubtedly an experience. The square will rest for a while, sipping a Greek coffee or ouzo with apperitezers. Then, we will continue to Mesta, the best preserved medieval village of Chios, but the picturesque Olympus, with its romantic atmospere.
At the west side of the island, 11 km away from the port, is nestled in a wooden valley one of the most important monasteries of the north Aegean: Nea Moni!
Founded in 1042 by the Byzantine Emperor Constantine IX Monomarchos, where they found the miraculous icon of Panagia.

Certainly we will ascend at the historian Anavatos (the "Mystras of Chios"), where fled to save themselves from the Turks in 1822, the inhabitants of Chios and died a tragic end.
Then we will make a stop in the picturesque Avgonyma and will continue at Volissos and Agia Markella.
If we have an appetite for a farthest ride, we're going to BA. island, at the mansions Kardamyla, the picturesque Nago and the wonderful beach of Giosonas (where, according to tradition arrived ships of Jason in the Argonauts' campaign) or the green port of Lagada for fresh fish by the sea.




A different Easter!

Well before Easter rockets prepared in Vrontados, to take place on the night of Resurrection, the most powerful rocket war!
The countless churches, Byzantine monasteries and chapels enhance the religious atmosphere and the devout spirit of the season.
On Holy Friday the Epitaphs majestically decorated by girls, their behavior becomes a Byzantine splendor and accompanied by glowing lamps that illuminate the sky but also our hearts. Country Epitaphs meet at the main square, in an unique spectacle.
With great tradition in culinary arts, housewives Chios prepare these festive days eftazyma breads, bagels with mastic and sprinkled with sugar, fluffy buns and "lame" (dough buns doll with a red egg on the front). In the evening of Holy Saturday the show stealing the rocket war in Vrontados. While the bells will sound the joyful Resurrection, from the churches of Saint Mark and Virgin Erythianis in Vrontados fired rockets and fireworks aimed at each parish of the other. Spectacle unique, separates the spring night.

And when the "war" has ended without winners ... and losers, it comes Kiss of love, crack the eggs and feast of the party.
In Chios not usually the lamb or the famous soup, but prefer the egg and lemon soup, poultry, braised meat, stuffed and sweet, beyond the "Anteti" (those that fit in the day), as buns, bagels Mr. etc., 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 gave the shapes of flowers and leaves tied with sock before paint.

The is an unforgettable experience, worth the experience !
Leaving from Chios , we will take with us mastic , ouzo , liqueurs mastic and excellent jams ( amazing pistachio ) .




Entertainment
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.

Accommodation
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.


Access
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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