Built on the east coast of the Greek island of the same name, the town of Chios is living proof of the maritime glory and aristocratic nature of the island. Known for its historical relevance as much as for its legendary beauty, Chios is said to be the birthplace of Homer and where the philosopher would sit on a stone and teach – visitors need just to dip their feet in the water to imbibe in legend and lore. Surrounded by the Aegean Sea, Chios offers every beach lover ample opportunity to indulge in their favourite pastime. From white pebbles to black sands, there is a beach for every taste on this island of natural diversity. If, however your pleasures lie in more historical pursuits, then a trip to nearby Kampos, Nea Moni, Pyrgi and Anavatos are well worth a visit. Discover 13th century byzantine churches covered in geometrical design, vast orange orchards, tree-roofed alleys and scented gardens as you stroll through the cobbled streets. Quench your thirst with a local drink under the plane trees and just watch the world go by.