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Chios & Psara

Chios, the fifth largest island in Greece with its earliest inhabitants dating back to the Bronze Age, approximately 1100 B.C., is located in the northeastern part of the Aegean Sea. From Antiquity, Chios has been caught up in the tumult of Mediterranean maritime history, lying as it does along the shipping lanes connecting Thessaloniki, Constantinople / Istanbul, Smyrna, Crete, Rhodes and Cyprus, ports in the Levant and Egypt and of course, nations in all the western reaches of the Mediterranean.
Great waves of these civilizations have swept over Chios, including those of the Persians, Athenians, Romans, Venetians, Genoans, Ottomans and Turks, with intermittent raids by Saracens, Crusaders and all manner of pirates. These waves of settlement, conquest and piracy left indelible marks in food preferences, ruins, relics, village and agricultural patterns, watchtowers, languages and art.
The Island of Psara, together with the small uninhabited island of Antipsara, comprises the municipality of Psara. It remains a fundamental part of Chios’ regional unit and allocated to the North Aegean Region of Greece. The only town of the island and seat of the municipality is also named Psara.
According to the 2011 census, Psara has 448 inhabitants currently residing on the island. It has a small port linking to the island of Chios as well as other areas of Greece.
Chios and Psara are characterized as "natural" tourist destinations since their inhabitants have avoided mass forms of tourism, focusing primarily upon environmentally friendly touristic activities. Thus, the primary attractions in Chios and Psara include flora, fauna and Chios’ cultural heritage.
The islands have been blessed with honeycombs, citrus groves, rare flora and fauna in addition to the mystical resin referred to as mastic, which is known for its medicinal healing properties. Aside from its sparkling beaches and delectable cuisine, Chios and Psara have a great deal to offer visitors.

For instance:

  • Hiking Trails of geological, historical and cultural interest.
  • Mountainous Terrain and forested hillsides.
  • Stalactite& Stalagmite Caves.
  • Archeological Sites.
  • Museums & Points of Interest.
  • Medieval Villages and other Landmarks which have been exquisitely preserved.
  • Monasteries & Churches which date back to the 12th Century.


With the plethora of activities and festivals that take place, Chios and Psara are tourist destinations that appeal to visitors throughout the course of the year. Their environmental diversity, geographical location and culture promise unforgettable holidays that will fascinate each visitor and assure his return year after year.

Why i go Now?

  • May 2013 ROCKET WAR – GREEK EASTER
  • June 22, 2013 THE HOLOCAUST OF PSARA
  • July 8, 2013 BREVETS HELLENIC CYCLISTS (200 KILOMETER CYCLING TRIP)
  • July 22, 2013 LOCAL HOLIDAY - ST. MARKELLA’S DAY
  • August 2013 “EXANEMOS” FESTIVAL, KALAMOTI, CHIOS
  • August 2013 AGROTOURISM EXHIBITION 2013
  • August 15, 2013 RELIGIOUS CELEBRATION OF PANAGIA – DEKAPENTAVGOUSTOS
  • October 28, 2013 NATIONAL HOLIDAY – THE DAY OF “OXI”

- November 11, 2013 LOCAL HOLIDAY – THE LIBERATION OF CHIOS