Most travelers already have an idea of Chios in their minds, as they are getting ready to visit it. In most cases, they have done their research regarding the best beaches, the sightseeing, the local food. But how many you know the facts about Chios that make this place as special as it really is? Well, get ready because you are about to find out the top interesting facts you didn’t know about Chios!
It’s an annual tradition in Chios which occurs at Easter, specifically, during the Easter Eve celebration right after the Resurrection of Christ. All over the island, between two “opponent” churches, people are firing rockets. The goal? To hit the bell tower of the other church! The first one to achieve that wins!
Chios or as it is pronounced in Greek ‘Khios’, is the fifth-largest island in Greece! The canal across the island operated as a divider from the Eritrea peninsula. The interesting fact here that you didn’t know about Chios is that it’s an island doesn’t really have a fixed watercourse. In fact, the whole island is supplied with water via irrigation!
Geographically speaking Chios is actually a real-life paradise! And why is that? Well, the interesting facts you didn’t know about Chios, in this case, is that it has the oldest rocks in Europe, the oldest ammonite fossils in Greece and one of the most beautiful karstic formations in the region!
Oh, the unique Mastic of Chios! This island is the main producer of Mastic in Greece and most importantly the 0nly one that produces natural resin! The trees that yield the Chian mastic live for up to a century! And there are whole villages on the island, where most of these trees are located, called ‘Mastihohoria’.
Did learning these new facts about Chios made you want to come even more than before? If so, get ready to book your next tour!