5 Things to Do While in Chios
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Chios is an island in the Aegean Sea in Greece that is particularly known for its hospitality. Since it is much small than some of the other tourist destinations in Greece, locals are more than eager to make sure their visitors see the place as they do. To them, Chios is more than just their home. It’s a place that offers respite from the cares of the world. They know what visitors soon find out – that the island is about more than just its history and stunning scenery. It’s about how you feel not only while there, but also long after you’ve gone home.
Visit a Medieval City
The old medieval city of Mesta is definitely worth your time! On the one hand, it’s fairly typical of cities you’d find throughout Europe. Flanked by a city wall, it was clearly built to ward off potential invaders. However, Mesta is so much more than that. It’s also a beautiful Greek town that has many elements of a traditional Greek village. Be sure to take plenty of photographs will here because it isn’t often that you have the chance to glimpse such a well-preserved, historical place.
Relax at the Beach
While there is certainly no shortage of beaches scattered throughout Greece, the ones found on Chios are truly special. Make sure to visit the Mavra Volia, which constantly offers guests a unique experience, especially since the “sand” is actually black, volcanic pebbles. Other beaches to visit include Agia Fontina Beach, Emporios Beach and Karfas Beach. In addition to sunbathing and taking a dip in the water, it’s also possible to enjoy water sports such as scuba diving and snorkeling while on Chios.
Experience Orthodox Christianity
The Orthodox Christian religion is an important element of life in Greece, and Chios is no exception. Aside from stopping in on some of the churches that you see scattered throughout the island, there’s also a monastery that people love to visit. The Nea Moni Monastery is not only a beautiful place to visit to experience Greek Orthodoxy, it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Before you make the trip to this monastery, however, make sure it’s actually open for visitors. Others, you won’t be able to enter.
Visit an Old Castle
During your stay in Chios Town, you won’t want to miss the old castle! This is an historic site that stands as a reminder of the island’s fairly turbulent past. While it was originally constructed to help ward against invasions, today it is a nice architectural landmark that attracts tourists and locals alike. Take some time to walk around near the fortress, and be sure to take plenty of pictures!
Enjoy the Cuisine
One thing that Greece is famous for is its cuisine, and Chios is no exception. The food on this island is ultra fresh, and most restaurants and tavernas opt to serve food that was grown or caught locally. Be sure to eat some local seafood, fresh Greek salads, and loukoumades, a type of Greek fried donut that is a particular local specialty.
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