Chios is one of the Greek North Eastern Aegean islands located 283 kilometres to the north east of the mainland port of Piraeus and separated from Turkey by the eight-kilometre wide Chios Straits. It's a starkly beautiful island largely untouched by mass tourism despite having the best beaches in the archipelago and some of the most fascinating medieval villages in the whole of Greece
The package holiday industry has been kept at bay partly because of the lack of direct charter flights from northern Europe and partly because the island's past wealth and self-sufficiency enabled it to resist the lure of the tourist industry. Foreign visitors didn't arrive here in any significant numbers until the 1980s and even today the island remains mercifully unspoilt by the worst excesses of tour group tourism. Rumour has is that some of the shipping magnates who have luxurious summer retreats on the satellite island of Inousses, off the north east tip of Chios, pay the locals not to set up tavernas and domatia. And wealthy landowners have seen no reason to surrender their land in order to extend the runway to accommodate big jets at Chios airport.