Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The island of Chios in Greece

The island of Chios was planned for a visit in October 2007, but instead we made another visit to Crete. Chios is situated in the eastern part of the Aegean Sea between Lesbos (or: Lesvos) in the north and Samos in the south. The island of Chios is very close to the mainland of Turkey (5.5 kilometer). This is the fifth largest island in Greece but still small enough to offer you a very special kind of hospitality and culture. Like many of the Greek islands, Chios has a colourful and sometimes violent past. Today you will find superbly preserved medieval villages, Byzantine monasteries, interesting architecture showing the various influences of the island rulers throughout it's history and of course, ancient monuments and an abundance of churches and monasteries. Chios claims to be (without any proof) the birthplace of the poet Homer.