Chios is located in the northeastern Aegean Sea. It is the fifth largest island in Greece and has a population of approximately 53,000 inhabitants.
The port of Chios is the liveliest part of the city, especially during the summer where visitors will find many cafes, restaurants and taverns. The Castle of Chios is located in the north side of the harbor. Other worth-visiting places are Koraes Library, the Archaeological Museum, the Byzantine Museum and the main shopping street, Aplotaria.
The bustling beaches of Karfas and Agia Fotia are in close distance from the town. The settlement of Kampos extends to the south of the city. It is well known for its orchards and its unique buildings.
In Southern Chios there is a number of villages called Mastihohoria (The villages of Mastic) where are the places where mastic, the most recognizable product of the Chian earth, is produced. From those villages stand out for their medieval architecture, the villages of Mesta, Vessa and Olympi. The village of Pyrgi is called the painted village for its unique architectural designs known as xysta. In the village Emporios, there is a picturesque harbor with restaurants and taverns and in walking distance the Mavra Volia beach with the unique black volcanic pebbles due to prehistoric volcanic activity. Finally, in short distance there is the beautiful and bustling beach of Komi.
In Central Chios, the stone villages of Avgonyma and Anavatos are worth visiting. Anavatos is an uninhabited village on top of a rocky mountain, a truly breathtaking scenery.Nea Moni monastery is an equally important attraction. It is a Byzantine church which has declared monument of national heritage and it stands out for its' frescoes.
In Northern Chios, Pelinnaio mountain dominates the view while around it are many scenic villages. On the northwest side of the island, Volissós boasts for its castle as well its beautiful beaches. Finally, at the eastern side of the island there is the village Lagkada with its picturesque harbor.