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The Greek island of Chios is the 5th largest Greek island in the Aegean Sea and is located around 7 km off the Anatolian coast and is separated from Turkey by the Chios Strait. Chios Town was constructed around the old harbour and medieval castle, which were constructed under Venetian and Ottoman rule. Some remains have been found which date back to 2,000 BC. Popular attractions on the island include the Chios Byzantine Museum, the Archaeological Museum of Chios, its medieval villages and the 11th century monastery of Nea Moni which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The island is mainly mountainous although there are a few valleys to be found in the south and east parts of the island. Overlooking the northern part of the island is Mount Pelineo with its highest peak, Profitis Helias, at 1,297 meters above sea level. The island has a typical Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm, dry, summers and is known for its picturesque landscape.
Chios, and the other islands in the East Aegean, are generally connected to the ports of Piraeus and Rafina, the Cycladic islands including Syros, Tinos, Mykonos and Andros and also to the island of Rhodes. Your journey to and from the island will either be by conventional of Highspeed ferry with journey times of between 5 1/2 hours and 9 1/2 hours depending on ferry company and ferry itinerary.
The coastal town and port of Cesme is located in the west of Izmir in Turkey. The town's name is derived from the Turkish for 'fountain' and is perhaps a reference to the many springs in the area during the 18th and 19th centuries. It's clean beaches, crystal clear waters, lovely restaurants and pleasant climate all combine to make Cesme one of the most popular holiday resorts in Turkey.
Located in the centre of the town is the Genoese fortress that dates back to the 14th century and which was later restored by the Ottomans in the 16th century. Adjacent to the fortress is the Caravanserai which was constructed by Suleyman the Magnificent in the 16th century and which was later converted to a hotel during the restoration of Hagios Haralambous Church as the Amir Caka Art Gallery in the 19th century.
Visitors to the town can take a boat trip to visit the many islands around Cesme. For night owls, the town has many discos, bars and cafes to enjoy.