Chios or Chora is the capital of the district that, apart from Chios, it also includes Oinousses and Psara. It is located in the eastern part of the island overlooking the coast of Asia Minor. It’s a busy town of about 25.000 inhabitants, which has been modernized in such a way providing the comforts of modern lifestyle and preserving its quaintness at the same time. The thoroughly roads, where Arabian, Pelasgian and Ottoman architectures interlace with neo-classical modern buildings, provide a direct glance to its history. Moreover, the mosques and the scattered Ottoman drinking fountains, like the marble fount of Melek Pasha near the Vounaki square, indicate the long stay of the Turks on the island. Near the square lies the magnificent municipal garden, in which the statue of Konstantinos Kanaris is hosted. Starting from the square, the Kennedy Street leads to the most interesting place in the city, the Castle, which reveals many features of the island's history and is one of the last inhabited castles in Greece. Going south from the square you will find yourself in the marketplace, Aplotaria, where the merchants used to sell their products in the past and now busy stores can satisfy all your needs. You can wander around the sea front, the coastal pedestrian precinct of the main port-one of the busiest places in town with cafes, ouzeri (taverns that serve sea dainties and ouzo) and restaurants-and, then, end in the most picturesque spot of the town, the stone windmills that rise above the sea level composing an ideal scenery for photos. Chios, busy and alive, welcomes the visitors offering not only a travel through time but also the unforgettable experience of insular life.
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