Chios ( Sakız Adası )

Chios is the 5th largest of the Greek Islands. It is famous for its mastic and claims to be the birthplace of Homer. Just a short ferry trip across the water from Cesme in Turkey it is well worth a visit.

The town of Chios has a number of car rental agencies if you need to hire a car for the day and a choice of good restaurants. There is a Byzantine Museum housed in an Ottoman mosque and a Naval Museum.

With its windmills, local pottery and the natural product of mastic, cultivated by hand and extracted from the Pistacia lentiscus or Mastic Tree which is an evergreen shrub or small tree of the genus Pistacia.

The island has numerous beaches and is best explored by car or motorcycle.

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