Chios is in the North Aegean, it has a span of 842 km2 (325mi2) and 51.936 inhabitants in 2001. The island is famous for its mastic produce, which takes place in the south. Some of these southern villages are Mesta, Pyrgi, Kalamoti, Vessa and Elata, also known as Matsichochoria, and they have controlled the mastic gum production since the Roman period. In the central part of the island is the village of Vrontados with its unique local ‘rocket fights’ during Easter, Karfas with its sandy beaches and Kambos with its medieval mansions. On the northern part of the island is the town of Volissos, reputedly the birthplace of the epic poet Homer. Kardamyla is on the eastern side and one of the largest towns of the island. In the interior of the island is Nea Moni, an 11th century monastery with marvelous mosaics that have survived from fire and earthquakes in the 1800.
Ports of Chios
The island has one ferry port (and several smaller local ports - see map):
There are busses regularly that connect the port with the rest of the island.Useful info: Chios port authority tel.: +30 22710 44433, Greek Tourist Police: +30 22710 81539