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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 Greek island of Psara lies in the Aegean Sea to the west of Chios and is home to around 400 inhabitants and is the largest of an island cluster that includes seven islets. The smaller islets include Antipsara, uninhabited today, Kato Nisi, Aye Nikolaki, Daskalio, Psaronisi and Nisopoula. Collectively they are a popular location for tourists who enjoy the island's peach and tranquillity, good range of accommodation and some lovely tavernas.
There is only one inhabited settlement on the island and is located by the sea and is also home to the island's only port. Houses in the village are of typical Greek architecture and with some of the public buildings providing visitors with an insight into the island's illustrious past.
Psara and the East Aegean Islands in general are connected to the port of Piraeus. From Psara you can also visit the nearby Cycladic islands of Syros, Tinos, Mykonos and Andros.