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The Medieval Village of Mesta
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E. BATHING BEACHES
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Like all Aegean islands Chios too is exposed to summer trade winds which seem either pleasant for some swimmers or a great nuisance for those who prefer calmness. In Mesta, though, everybody can be satisfied as it has the privilege to face both North and South. As such, one can enjoy the very clear Aegean sea under all weather conditions or, if he loves surfing, he can enjoy his favourite sport.
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I. South coasts
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Trahilia, Avlonia (5 kilometres)
One can go to Trahilia or Avlonia by following the route to the capital and turning on the right where the cemetery is situated. It is an asphalted road.
Trahilia consists of two bays. The pebbly beach and the small narrow passage are amazingly beautiful. The very few houses of fishermen are the only human interventions into the landscape. The visitor can swim next to the fishing boats and enjoy the clearness of the sea. If someone fishes for a hobby, with a boat or with a fishing-rifle, he will definitely be happy to have a walk at the dentelated and rugged coastlines that expand on both sides of the beach.
Avlonia is a very beautiful beach next to trahilia. One can reach it by following the same route and turning on the right at the first road he meets. Avlonia is a closed bay. The landscape is very calm since it still retains its naturalness. Apart from two small houses, nothing reminds us of the roughness of human civilization. The water is very clear and, especially in summertime, always calm.

Apothika (4.5 kilometres)
Taking the route to Limenas you turn on the left across the last house of the village. As soon as you face the sea, you leave the asphalt and take the earthroad on the right. In Apothika, a very clean beach, you will live some time close to the nature. There is no human intervention. Even the road stops in some 100 metres form the beach. Apothika is the favourite beach of the natives and all the tourists who have been there before because of the calmness of the sea, the clearness of the shore and its sensational tranquility.
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II. North coasts
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Merikounta (4 kilometres)
Following the route to Limenas you turn on the left exactly across the pump-house. In Merikounta you have the chance to enjoy a unique sandy beach and to swim literally in Aegean sea since the sea meets the edge of horizon. If you love deep emotion make sure you see the sunset in Merikounta.

Limenas (4 kilometres)
Limenas is the most organized beach of Mesta. There is a port for merchant and passenger ships and a smaller one for fishing boats, skiffs and yachts. Those who have brought their boat with them should not fail to report to the Port Police of Limenas. In Limenas after the permission of EOT (National Tourist Organization) one can find <accomodation>. In the taverns of Limenas many nice titbits are offered but most of all fresh fish. The left part of Limenas is appropriate for swimming. There are two small and clean beaches where one can enjoy tranquility.

Didyma (5.5 kilometres)
From Limenas the route to Elata leads to "twin beaches". They are completely alike. Those who are interested in fishing will leave the place satisfied. Didyma can also be reached by boat, by those who own one. In this case the small beautiful white-pebbled, green-watered shore is enjoyable. It is called "asprohalika" and it is on the right side of the coast as one enters the bay from the sea.
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