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Tulips in Chios It is not just the mastic aroma that enchants the visitors in Chios. Every year, from March till April, the fields in the central and southeast part of the island fill with wild tulips (lalades in the regional dialect). Today, tulips are thought to be Dutch, but their origin starts in central Asia and it seems that on their way to the Netherlands (where they were brought by botanist Carlo Clusio) some seeds fell in Chios and have remained there ever since. So, if you think of a reason for spring travel, put this beautiful island of the Aegean on your destination list. And bear in mind that botanists have recorded 4 species of wild tulips on the island:   Tulipa Agenensis - Agenensis Tulip Tulipa clusiana – Lady Tulip Tulipa praecox – Fire Tulip Tulipa undulatifolia – Undulatifolia Tulip   Bird watching in the Aegean Islands Limnos and Lesvos: the two islands on the east part of the Aegean have escaped the trap of mass tourism and are exceptional destinations for travelers that seek the vibrant landscapes of the Greek countryside, authentic villages and undiscovered beaches. Both islands are situated at a migration path of birds and springtime here is marked with the stop by of birds. From mid-April till mid-May, birds that stayed in the warm climates of Africa during the winter start their spring migration to Europe and it is an ideal time for bird watching. In Lesvos, the birding spots are located in the Kalloni bay and in Aliki of Aghia Paraskevi. You will see wild geese, wild ducks, wild swans, herons and pink flamingos. Apart from a migration stop, Limnos is a location for wintering of birds as it has a great number of important wetlands. You will see many flamingos and lesser kestrels in the birding spots in Aliki, Chortarolimni and the Diaporios wetland. For more information: Peggy Balitsari & Lise Rapin from Guest inn Phone number: (+30) 210 96 07 100 Email address: info@guestinn.com