The North-Eastern Aegean Islands are located north of the Dodecanese and close east of the Sporades Islands. Most islands are near of the borders from Turkey. The climate of Eastern Aegean Islands is warm, with lots of sunshine, especially during the summer. The weather is mild throughout the year, even during the winter months. The most characteristic feature is the strong winds blowing during August, known as meltemia. Tourism is not very developed as the other Greek islands but every island has a unique character. Samos, Thassos and Ikaria are famous for their beautiful beaches, Chios for the Medieval villages and mastic producing, Lesvos for the seaside places and Limnos for the vast sandy coasts.