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Mesta is one of the best-preserved medieval villages in the south of Chios, (35km. away), where the mastic trees grow, in the area of Masticohoria, ( «Mastic Villages»).
Mesta has around 400 inhabitants, all faithful to their long traditions. The houses were built next to each other, forming, thus, an architectural fortress in order to withstand the various pirate raids. More precisely,  the village was established by the merging of smaller Byzantine settlements, (14th-15th c.), during the period the Genoese dominated Chios.
Walking around the village, through the narrow streets, is a n extraordinary experience for all visitors. At the main square, you can taste «Souma», a strong alcoholic drink made only in this area.
At a distance of 5km., one can find Mesta’s small harbor, appearing through the hills, full of traditional Greek fishing boats. There, the visitor can try the traditional food in one of the tavernas.
The village’s most important custom takes place during the carnival festivities where the «Aghas» trials, (a satirical replica of the of the trials that used to take place under the Turkish Occupation), are presented. 
 

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