Wine experiences in Northern Chios

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Wine is a famous and remarkable Chios product since the ancient times. According to the Chian historian Theopompos, Oenopion, the son of God Dionysus, taught the people of Chios how to plant and cultivate vineyards and how to produce wine. The high quality wine produced here in the ancient times was known as “Ariousios Oenos”. The ships would transport and trade it in amphorae all over the known world. It was also famous during the roman and byzantine times.

 

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8+2 facts that make Chios a unique island in the Aegean

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Chios island, lying at the crossroads of East and West, with the islets Oinousses and Psara, is a trademark of authentic holiday destination.

  1. Α well preserved natural environment and a landscape with dramatic changes
  2. Αn extensive network of medieval villages, castles and watchtowers
  3. Α high quality of life based on the local culture (combination of the culture of mastiha, the maritime tradition and the locals’ cosmopolitan attitude)
  4. Remote secluded beaches with turquoise and green waters
  5. Hiking trails in mountainous, forest and agricultural areas
  6. Unique local products and excellent local cuisine
  7. Hospitable people
  8. A vibrant nightlife
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Simple ideas to take advantage of Chios mastiha's cosmetic properties

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From the ancient times the belief that Chios mastiha had cosmetic properties made many people use it widely in this field. Today clinical studies have shown the antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties of mastiha. Mastiha is used in many cosmetics as it improves the appearance of the skin and hydrates it in depth, and it is famous for having a particularly positive effect on acne-prone skin types.

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Let’s visit the Ottoman Baths, situated at Chios Castle

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Chios Castle, full of picturesque neighborhoods and narrow streets, is one of the must-visit places in Chios town. Inside the Castle, at the Northwest side of the walls, there is the Ottoman Bath Complex, the so-called Hammam. After the restoration which was successfully completed in the summer of 2012, it is one of the most well-preserved and impressive attractions of Chios.

 

 

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Amigdalota: A classic sweet treat

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Amigdalota (almond sweets) is one of the most famous Greek sweets, popular in many parts of Greece. It is a classic treat at engagements, weddings, baptisms and any kind of celebration, as according to Greek tradition, it is customary to offer white sweets in every joyful event.                                                The Chian type of amigdalota is larger in size, crispy on the outside and soft in the inside, not covered with icing sugar as usual.

 

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Kato Fana beach: Relaxing in a quiet sandy beach

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Kato Fana beach is probably the most beautiful sandy beach of Chios and a favorite choice for those seeking peace and tranquility, even during the bustling days of August. Situated in the southwestern part of Chios, 6 km from Pyrgi (on the road to the village Olympi), it is a small bay, well protected from the Aegean winds, an ideal choice for those who want to avoid the waves, even on days when Northern winds wrinkle the other beaches of Chios. For this reason, in ancient times, the bay was used by sailors as a safe anchorage.

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August 15th on Chios Island, Greece

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On August 15th, Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the Virgin’s Dormition. The Feast of Dormition is also known as “the summer’s Easter”, signifying the importance of the feast and the holiday. At the peak of the summer holidays, this celebration is an opportunity for families and friends to come together and for visitors of the island to experience traditional events and local dishes at the “panigiria” that take place at the villages. At the same time, during August, a lot of cultural events take place, offering many options for fun and entertainment.  

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