Here’s a refreshing switch: an article in a non-Greek publication (though its founder and namesake, Arianna Huffington, is Greek) about a Greek island, and the Greek island is not Mykonos or Santorini.
Hallelujah! Now the rest of the world can realize that there are a couple of hundred inhabited Greek islands, and thousands of uninhabited ones: not just those two!
The island the Huffington Post features, described by author Lisa Miller as “the most magical Greek island you didn’t know existed,” is Chios. Miller writes about the island’s unique product, masticha, and the one-of-a-kind architecture of the village Pyrgi.
Two good features, for sure, but beyond the magic, a Greek vacation should be about comfort, too, and Chios is about a comfortable an island as you can find.
The key is to find a favorable size-to-population ratio, and Chios has it. You won’t find frustrating traffic jams, or overcrowded bars, restaurants, or beaches. But they won’t be desolate, either.
So, if you’re the kind of traveler who likes to be among people – but not too many of them – Chios is the right spot for you.
Another important feature Chios has to offer, not mentioned in the Huffington Post article, is that it’s a great place to beat the heat. They call it the “island of the wind,” which is exactly the type of breezy oasis needed in the sweltering Greek summer months. It won’t exactly require a sweater at night, but it will be cool enough to sit outdoors most hours of the day.
The article ends with a mention that “the beaches are awesome.” Agreed. Some like warm and sandy, others cold, wild and rocky – and Chios has plenty of both.
By the way, this is no knock on the glorious islands of Mykonos and Santorini – just on those who think Greece begins and ends with them. Maybe after a visit to Chios, the Mykonos/Santorini crowd can say: “We were wrong, Greece doesn’t have just two islands – it has three!”