Though it's not one of the most popular islands, Chios, located 158 mi/254 km east of Athens, will interest those making a return visit to explore the Greek isles, as well as those with a particular interest in the Byzantine period. A stone's throw from Turkey, the island's villages are a subtle mixture of Ottoman and Venetian styles. We enjoyed strolling through Pyrgi, where many of the houses are decorated in gray-and-white geometric patterns.
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