The islands of the Northern Aegean are a bit more remote, harder to get to, and less commercial than the others in the chain. They have endless beauty, activities and attractions, however, rewarding those who leave the beaten path.
Chios has many enticing sights and things to experience. Kambos, a green valley filled with citrus orchards and favored by the aristocracy, is an exquisite part of the island; mansions of arched doors, arcades, pillars, balconies and courtyards lend a luxurious air to the region. Visit Pyrgi to get a feel for what the 13th century was like in the Northern Aegean Sea; it's narrow, cobble-stone streets, densely packed houses and shops, and fortified defense tower hearken back to a time when defense from attackers colored architectural choices. Meanwhile, Mesta is a well-preserved castle and village from the 14th century that gives another look at medieval life.
Lesvos offers a more unspoiled and authentic Greek island. Though it's no less significant than the others in the chain as the third-largest, it is far less commercial. The flora and fauna of the island are an attraction, as are the castles, museums, quaint restaurants and secluded harbors. It's also popular due to its spas, food and scenery which draw artists from around the world.
Retire to any of the local North Aegean spas to recharge in comfort and luxury.
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