"Amazing CITRUS in Cambos." Chios Island Off The Beaten Path Tip by greekcypriot

Chios Island Off The Beaten Path: 11 reviews and 34 photos

  The imposing arch gate
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  • The imposing arch gate - Chios Island
      The imposing arch gate
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  • Me at the well - Chios Island
      Me at the well
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  • Mrs. Xidas,mother of Vagelis, and Matina - Chios Island
      Mrs. Xidas,mother of Vagelis, and Matina
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  • The restaurant and the surrounding gardens - Chios Island
      The restaurant and the surrounding gardens
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  • Tangerines from the orchants - Chios Island
      Tangerines from the orchants
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CITRUS memory scent!

We are driving through the maze of narrow winding alleys where there is nothings else but the endless stone enclosure walls of the estates. The main features of all these estates are the same. It’s the impressive gate leading to the grove, the well, the cistern, the enclosure walls and the large two-storey house of reddish Thymiana stone.
Each of these mansions has an imposing arched gate with the family’s coat of arms emblazoned in marble at the top. We really knew that behind all these walls there are huge orchards with citrus trees and flowers, but we had no idea what to really expect to see before entering the gate of Citrus.

The company is housed in an estate dated from 1742 and it is runned by Mr. Vagelis Xidas and his wife Kleri. The main courtyard is laid with flagstones and shaded by century-old trees, and to the left there stood the large mansion with this local reddish stone. The gardens are beautiful with jasmine bushes and plethora of colourful flowers that surround the whole yard. Behind the garden there is an old green horse-cart , and much behind there is another yard with century-old cypress trees and the imposing arched gate of the family’s coat of arms emblazoned in marble at the top.

ACTIVITIES
Citrus activities include the cultivation of two other orchards in the area, the production of different kind of sweets in a home manufacture unit.
At the citrus shop, the visitor can attend the production of the sweets such as delights and marzipans with different citrus flavors. The list of products also includes conserves and marmelades with orange, tangerine, lemon flavours, Citrus delights, and Traditiona spoon sweets.
I have NEVER tasted similar marmelades in my life. Actually I am not a person who likes sweets, but after tasting some marmelades there, I have become fond of them. The tangerine marmelade is exceptional - you have to trust me and taste it.

THE DOCUMENTARY:
When you come to Citrus you have the opportunity to “walk” through the history of the citrus fruit of Cambos in the halls of Citrus Memories. A visitor has the opportunity to watch a twenty minute documentary with facts and testimonials and general information on the cluster consisting of orchards, citrus fruit, commerce and culture as they interweave in harmony at Cambos.

THE MUSEUM:
The visitor has the opportunity to see an array of farming tools and elements relating to the plant origins of the different varieties of the citrus fruit, and gives an introduction to the cultivation and harvesting of the crops.
Guests can have a look to some very old photos and images of the society and the people who have lived and still live among the marvelous orchards of Cambos. A voyage through the centuries with both good and bad moments which have marked the historical course not only of the area, but the island itself.

othercontact: email: info@citrus-chios.gr
Phone: Tel: +30 22710 315

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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