Chios, the homeland of the poet Homer and Christopher Columbus, is located in the eastern Aegean, south of Lesvos and north of Ikaria. In the northwest of it are the islands of Psara and Antipira, while in the northeast are Inousses, the well-known island of shipowners. Access to the island is made by sea via its main harbor, the Port of Chios and by air, through its airport, the Chios State Airport "Homer".
As the island is very large, the fifth largest island of Greece, a rental car from Imperial Car Rental will be the ideal solution for your travel to the various points of interest that admittedly are not few ... According to Homer, the name of the island is an evolution of the prehistoric name Keos or Kios. Chios was consecutively inhabited by several Greek tribes, Pelasgians, Caries, Leleges, Avantes, Achaeans, Aeolians, Ionians and Dorians.
In the great archaeological sites of Agios Gala and Emborios, important information was found from 6000 BC, the early Neolithic age. The high cultural level of Chios throughout its history has made it the richest island, with wealth, prosperity and bliss being its characteristics, and from the antiquity to the present, the Chians were and remain famous revelers. With Imperial Car Rental Chios, explore the island and see the traces of its brilliant civilization.
Throughout the centuries, Chios was conquered and destroyed by the Persians, rebelled and liberated, allied with the Macedonians, captured by the Romans, joined the Byzantine Empire, plundered by Saracens and Venetians, captured by the Genoans, conquered by the Ottomans in 1566 liberated in 1912, experienced the brutal German occupation of 1940-1944, was liberated with the rest of Greece and continued to grow.
Start exploring the island by renting an Imperial Car Rental from the capital city of Chios or Chora, built in the place of the homonym ancient city and admire the Municipal Garden, Applotria, Waterfront, Castle, Tabakika, Windmills. To the south you will encounter Chambos of Chios, a beautiful settlement with mansions and orchards and Thymiana. There is also the famous beach of Karfas, with fine, golden sand and shallow warm waters.
To the north of Chora, visit Vrontados or Homeroupoli, with its special customs, such as the Runaway War of the Resurrection and the ancient custom of boat decoration on New Year's Eve. At the end of Vrontados there is Daskalopetra, the ancient sanctuary of the Great Mother, goddess Cybele, and today's meeting place for young people. With the Imperial Car Rental you can visit the "Medieval castles-villages" with their distinct architecture, where the mastiha is cultivated and produced, namely the famous mastic villages of Mesta, Olympos and Pyrgi, with the gorgeous black and white geometric shapes on the walls of the houses.
Very close you will find the enchanting beach of Fana, a place of great archaeological significance, with the ruins of the Temple of Phoenician Apollo, as well as the picturesque cave Emporios or Kamari, next to the famous beach of Mavra Volya. It is worth visiting the villages of Lagada, Kardamyla, Amades, Viki and Kabia to the north, as well as Agiasmata, Nenitouria, Agia Galla, Piramala and the medieval Volissos with their valleys and thermal waters to the northwest, while on the west of the island find crystal clear beaches with blue waters and pine trees up to the sea, such as Makry Ammos, Metochi, Elinda.
Do not miss the Imperial Car Rental car rental service in the center of the island, the Anavatos fortress fortress, built on a huge granite rock and the 1024-year-old Nea Monastery, with the masterpieces its mosaics, the most beautiful Byzantine mosaics of the world, filling your eyes with beautiful images and making your trip to Chios one of the most beautiful and unique of your life!