Chios Music Festival Summer 2019: "Love and Diversity"

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With tales about fairies and elves, a contemporary interactive performance of music theatre based on speed dating and three concerts with a wide range of repertoire, from classical music and famous soundtracks, to traditional polyphonic songs but also covers from the international rock and jazz scene, the Chios Music Festival makes its comeback this summer. Three historical estates of Kampos, Karaviko, Riziko and Spyros Stephanou Estate, the Ottoman school at the Castle, the Amphitheatre of Oinousses and the Courtyard of the Archaeological Museum of Chios will welcome over 50 artists from Greece and abroad, musicians, actors, filmmakers, professionals and amateurs, who will praise in their own way, love life, love for the world, love for each other, love for the arts and music...

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Agia Dinami: Dip into turquoise crystal clear waters

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The beach of Agia Dynami is a quiet beach near the village of Olympi and it is one of the most beautiful hidden beaches of the island as it is from the places where peace and tranquility meet the natural fascinating beauty.

A double bay that forms two beaches of white sand and fine pebbles, located at 7 km from the mastiha village Olympi. Above the bay there is the picturesque chapel "Agia Dynami" or "Agia Theodossia". In the courtyard of the church there is a shed and built benches where you can rest and enjoy the magnificent view of the exotic beach.

The beach is not organized so you should have your beverages and snacks purchased before. The closest selling point is the Café of Olympi Cave, located 1.7 km from the beach. Note that the cave of Olympi is open to visitors and is a great opportunity to visit it on the way to the beach.

The trees near the beach offer natural shade but in July and August you might not find it free so if you cannot stay long in the sun, you should have an umbrella with you. The crystal clear emerald waters of the beach will fascinate you and the incredible tranquility of the landscape will compensate you for the effort of carrying the necessary for your bath. Anyway we can guarantee that you will leave the beach with the feeling that you are leaving a paradise on earth.

Tip: With a bit more trouble and a five minutes walk on a short trail you will be able to reach the second part of the bay where a small seclusive beach is formed. There you can enjoy even more peace even in the most days of August.

 

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The pebbled courtyards of Chios: An art gallery under your feet

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Chios has been characterized “Myrovolos” (fragrant) due to the characteristic scents of the gardens, especially in the area of Kampos. Apart from the wonderful fragrances, the gardens and the yards of Chios offer a unique sight, part of which is the elaborate pebbled flooring, called “votsaloto” by the locals, made by black and white pebbles that create complex patterns and look like luxury carpets.

 

The construction of a pebbled yard requires craftsmanship and hard work. There must be a design and then skilled workers to work on it. The craftsmen use river and sea pebbles that stand upright next to each other on fresh cement that has been laid on hard ground. In order to complete a square meter, four workers need to work at least three hours, who of course should have worked before in order to collect the pebbles, allocate them according to color and size and prepare the floor. For this reason, the pebbled yards were always considered a luxury. Nowadays it is no longer possible to take pebbles from the beaches and such constructions are made only with industrial materials.

 

The colors are mainly white and black, the motifs linear, but you will also find patterns such as flowers, pots, birds and animals, boats and anchors. In many courtyards, you will find the date of construction, messages such as "ΧΑΙΡΕΤΕ" (welcome) at the entrance, or even the owner's initials, all written with pebbles.In Chios you will have the chance to admire many beautiful and pebbled yards. In Chios town you can visit the yards of the Cathedral (made in 1895), the Korais Library, the 11th Primary School and the University of the Aegean.

 

In Vrontados you should visit the yards of the following churches: Panagia Erithiani(1892), Panagia Moutsaina, Agios Isidoros and Agios Kirikos.In Kampos area, most of the mansions and churches have enchanting pebbled yards. While taking a walk around, most of the owners of the mansions and the hostels always have the good will to open their doors to the visitors. The churches of Panagia Syriotissa, Agios Polykarpos and Panagia Agiodektini, are especially worth visiting as well as hostels such as Mavrokordatiko and Perleas and of course the “Citrus Estate”. Finally, in South Chios, visit the Taxiarchis church at Mesta, to admire the oldest courtyard dating back to 1827.

 

Tip: In the bookstores of Chios you can find the book “The pebbled courtyards of Chios”, a very valuable survey both in Greek and English, written by the chian architect Maria Xyda.

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The countless aspects of Beauty at Chios Mastic Museum

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“The countless aspects of Beauty” is a periodic exhibition that took place at the National Archaeological Museum in celebration of its 150 years. A choice of unique antiquities that were presented in the context of this exhibition travelled to the thematic museums of Pireaus’s Group Cultural Foundation. In 2018, the exhibition was presented at Sparti, Ioannina and Tinos. Last Tuesday, it opened at Chios Mastic Museum, where it will remain until September 8, 2019.

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Volissos village and the tour of Amani: a drive around northwest Chios island

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Map of Amani
Map of Amani created by artist Babis Koiliaris from Multifunctional Space Agio Galas

Amani, the northwest part of Chios island, is evidence of the dramatic changes in landscape and nature, as well as of the variety of activities that visitors can experience on Chios island. After climbing Aipos mountain and driving across the lunar landscape of Aipos plateau, devoid of greenery and full of white wild rocks, we move on to the mountain range of Amani, which dominates northwest Chios. 

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Say “I do”, on Chios island

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Chios island provides the ideal combination of luxury and class for the perfect wedding. At Kampos grand estates and at the villages of Mastiha, you will find the necessary touch of magic to make your special day unforgettable. Chios offers a unique setting to celebrate your wedding and a variety of activities to create a fun program for your guests.

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Lagada: A rejuvenating escape in Chios island!

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The picturesque seaside village of Lagada is one of the most popular destinations for the locals, whenever they want to enjoy an oasis by the sea, but also an irresistible attraction for the island's visitors. It is located in the northeastern part of the island, 17 km from the city of Chios and it is built amphitheatrically on the slopes of a hill. It comes from the ancient settlements of Koila and Kydianta and the inhabitants (approximately 2,000 people) are mostly seamen or fishermen.

In the picturesque port of Lagada, the blue of the Aegean, along with the green of the trees of the forest of Karyda, ending at the edge of the bay, make up a unique landscape. Part of the awesome landscape are the fishing boats, the local fishermen, the tables from the taverns set by the sea, the fish and seafood drying under the sun, to be served as an exquisite “meze” for the guests!

This landscape is ideal to take you away and we suggest that you enjoy some glasses of ouzo and the delicious appetizers that have just come out of the sea, to have a coffee assorted by sweets, or to just wander around, start a chat with a local seaman and be enchanted by his stories from his days at the sea.

Tips:

• The local feast of the village is on the 17th of September, the orthodox day dedicated to Agia Sophia. The “panigyri” takes place at the end of the harbor and of course it includes live music with traditional local dances.

• At both ends of the harbor there are play areas (playgrounds, basketball and soccer fields and also painted bases for endless games)

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Apothika beach: A carte postale from Chios

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May has come and Spring is at its best, the weather is magnificent and everyone is longing for the first excursions to the beaches. In Chios the beaches are so many, so beautiful and so different, that we can not decide which one is the most beautiful to present! What we can do, is to present some of our favorite beaches on Chios and entice you into their beauty!

So let’s start today with Apotheka beach. It is located in southwest Chios, 41 km from the city and 6.5 km from the medieval village of Mesta. It has thick sand and small pebbles. The access is a bit difficult, as the road stops about 100 meters from the beach, but its crystal clear waters always reward the visitor. Plus, due to its particular morphology, it offers shelter from the winds of the Aegean Sea. The beach is not organized, there are only a few cane umbrellas placed by the Municipality, but the locals adore its virgin beauty and visit it often.

At the same time, the company rents kayaks and Stand Up Paddles, which you can rent to explore the lovely bay, and enjoy more secluded coves and tiny beaches. Chios is also a famous place for scuba diving. You may try the experience in Apotheka, as there is a diving school there.

 

At the end of your dips, it is worth climbing up the hill in order to enjoy the view of the endless blue, while sipping a cocktail or a glass of ouzo! The bar also offers two or three handmade “meze”, local cheese and traditional bread to accompany your drink. The stunning view and the breeze of the Aegean Sea will offer you the ultimate relaxation and we can guarantee you will take with you unforgettable images! 

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May First at Chios: Wild Nature or Cosmopolitan Beach?

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May First, Labour Day and a holiday in Greece, is also a celebration of spring, welcoming the new season where nature is at its best. This day is a great opportunity for escapes at the nature and the island of Chios offers many choices for excursions, that combine the fields and the mountains with the sea! We are suggesting here two different excursions for May Day and you can choose, depending on whether you prefer to spend your day away from the crowds, or in a more cosmopolitan way.

So if you want absolute peace and wildlife, you should definitely visit the beautiful Kampia Ravine in Northern Chios. The 3,770 meter long route through the ravine is enchanting. The hiking trail runs down towards the river, which keeps water almost all year round, but also through cultivated areas. Enjoy your hiking in the valley with olive trees and small fruit trees, chestnut trees, plane trees, oaks over a hundred years old, cypress trees, tall pine trees and cherry trees. You will hear the calming sound of the water and the songs of the nightingales and if you are lucky, you will spot some of the interesting bird populations, including a rare species of eagles, which often appear in the area. The route ends at the secluded beach of Kambia, with its crystal clear waters. There is also a kiosk for relaxation that can host your picnic!

On the other hand, if you wish for something more cosmopolitan, we suggest you start your day with a walk in Kampos area. Take a stroll through the narrow streets, through the mansions with the exquisite gardens and orchards. The wonderful aroma of the citrus flowers will be with you all the way. At the end of your walk visit the Citrus Museum, where you can have your coffee accompanied by local sweets, under the citrus trees.

Then head south, towards the bustling Komi beach. There you will enjoy the sea and the golden sand, with all the amenities of an organized beach. Coffee and delicacies are served by the sea and so does fresh fish at the taverns of the area. And if you have the appetite for further entertainment, there are always the afternoon parties, organized by the cafes of the area.

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