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Prefecture: Chios
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Chios is one of the islands of the north-east Aegean, very close to Asia Minor and opposite the Erithrea peninsula, separated from it by the Chios Canal. The country of Chios extends to 842 square kilometers and has a population of about 54.000 people. It consists of three islands: Chios (which is the fifth in size Greek island, the total length of it's shores being 213 km), Inousses and Psara. The capital of Chios - Chora collects about the half of the population. The country consists of 10 Municipalities (Chios, Homeroupolis, Kardamila, Kampochora, Mastichochoria, Amanis, Psara, Inousses, Ionia, Agiou Mina) most of them were formed after the joining of small communities. The higher top of the island is the one at Pelineo mountain at the north part of the island and it is about 1297 meters high. Other important mountains of the Island are: Provatas and Epos. The climate of Chios is typical for the Mediterranean, with usual north or north-west strong winds and temperatures not exceeding 28 or 29 degrees Celsius. It has a calm winter and few rains in the summer time. Merchant marine plays a very important role in the economy of Chios. The main port is the one of the city of Chios, which is capable to host private yachts too, but there are also some of secondary importance, those of Lagada on the north coastline, Marmaro on the north-east, Mesta on the south-west coast and Limnia situated on the west coastline. One of the most important products of the island is Mastic, which is uniquely produced on it. It is famous and world - widely renowned for its aroma and taste. Mastic is cultivated in Mastichochoria and about 20 tons of it are exported to other countries. Other products are jams, oil, wine, citrus crop and cereals. Chios boasts a quantity of beautiful beaches, a wide variety of activities, and a European heritage stretching back 1000 years in history. The acquaintance is growing quickly, fuelled of its great values and the increased availability of connections by boat and airplane from several destinations of Europe. With its exceptional climate and diverse landscapes, Chios offers a great variety of recreational facilities even just that it will satisfy your desire to experience culture and history and the beautiful turquoise waters which beaches have sand that ranges from white to black and a variety of other colors just a step away. Island is a convenient and relaxing destination and you'll get away from it all enriched in contrasts and natural diversity offers you spectacular sea views along the savage shoreline. Villages built on plains or rocks and others nearby the cost, full of smells and sounds of the fresh wind and the deep blue of the Aegean Sea hugging around the island. Take advantage of the possibility to match your mood and appetite in one of the numerous restaurants and taverns serving international and local specialties especially freshly caught seafood worth visiting them all. Choose one of the accommodations for anyone's taste that Chios offers as desired, the finest in service and quality while enjoying an array of activities and entertainment, making it the ideal place to stay for your visit.