The fifth largest of the Greek Islands, Chios actually lies close to the Turkish coast. Its fame as an exporter of mastic gum probably isn’t relevant to your holiday but its beautiful 11th century monastery Nea Moni, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will be.
The stunning mosaics that still remain are among the best in all of Greece.
Chios has all the Instagram-winning views you could hope for, including a picturesque medieval castle and villages, heavily decorated buildings, cosy little bays and whitewashed houses scattered down the hillside.
WHERE TO STAY: The Argentikon Luxury Suites - named one of the top 100 villas in the world - reflects the rich history of Chios. Built in the 16th century by the Genoese Argenti family, today, the mansion has just eight luxury suites, all with period furniture but the latest technology. Relax in the formal gardens - an authentic legacy of its Genoese founders - or indulge in the in-room massage and beauty treatments.