Looking on a map of Greece, a lot of people do not realise that Evia (Euboea)
is actually an island. It is, though, the second largest island after
Crete, and has a lot to offer. It is excellent for driving around on,
since there are many villages and interesting places worth visiting. Of
course, there are nice beaches as well, and depending on where you stay,
you can enjoy some real peace and quiet, or a hectic nightlife.
Evia can be visited both in the winter and the summer. It has a ski
center which is very popular amongst the Greeks, as well as places for
History Evia has been inhabited since
pre historic times. Its most important settlement early became today's
Chalkida, since it was the closest to the mainland and had natural
resources of copper, making the city a trading centre of great
importance. The island's name means "rich in cattle".
During the 5th century it was part of the Athenian league against the
Persians, and one of its most important centres was Eretria. It helped
the colony Miletus during the Ionian revolt in 499BC, but when it
failed, war with Persian was unavoidable. Eretria was destroyed by the
Persians seven years after the revolt. In the 4th century BC it was an
important cultural centre, and the Eretrian School of Philosophy was
The Romans invaded in the 3rd and 2nd century BC, and Evia became a
vassal to the mighty empire, just like the rest of Greece.
During the Byzantine period many churches and monasteries were built o
on the island, and it kept its trading status, even though parts of the
island was raided by pirates from time to time.
The Venetians came in the 13th century, and Evia was to become a battle
ground between them and the Turks, because of its strategic position.
The war of Independence began in 1821, and the people of Evia were to
fight hard against their oppressors.
What to See The capital of Evia,
Chalkida, has been the capital since antiquity. It is a modern town
today, with many shops, banks, bars, restaurants and so on. This is also
where the bridge and ferryboats to and from the mainland are. Here, you
can visit an interesting archaeological museum and see the ruins of
ancient temples, as well as a 15th century fortress.
The second largest town is Eretria, and this was also an important
financial and cultural centre in ancient Greece. It also has an
archaeological museum, and you can see ancient ruins of a theatre,
houses and temples here.
Kimi is situated high above the sea, and here you can visit a folklore
museum, as well as ancient ruins and a Byzantine monastery. This is one
of the oldest towns on Evia. Limni is another interesting town. Here,
you can visit the nunnery of Galataki, and see ancient remains. Note:
when visiting a monastery, make sure you are dressed accordingly: longs
skirts and covered shoulders for women, long trousers for men.
Edipsos has had healing baths since ancient times, and you can enjoy the
spas to this day. You can also visit the site of an ancient town here.
There are hundreds of villages on Evia to visit, and I might do
injustice to those I don't mention here. I want to assure you that there
are many more to visit than the following.
Paleochora has an interesting cave, as well as several remains from
antiquity. In Ano Potamia you can visit a kastro built by the Franks
during the Middle Ages. In Rouvies there used to be an oracle dedicated
to Apollo, and here you can visit an interesting monastery called Osiou
David Geronta. At Orei there is another fortress built by the Franks,
and nearby is the lovely plain of Istea. In Gialtra there are springs
with curing waters. There are radioactive hot wells in Therma as well.
What to Do
:Apart from exploring this amazing island, there are also several places
for water sports in Chalcida, Nea Stira and around Kimi, for example, in
summer and skiing on Mt. Difris in winter. You can also go trekking or
mountaineering and enjoy spas and hot, curing baths in several places.
There are beaches all around the island . Just to mention a few:
Artaki, Nea Stira, Heliadou, Kimi, Angali, Agiokambos and Agios
Nighttlife:For a wide variety of
bar and clubs, Chalkida is the best place for you since it is the
biggest town on Evia. Don't expect the wild partying of islands like Kos
and Ios though: Evia is very much a Greek holiday resort, and they have
a more relaxed attitude to alcohol and clubbing. You'll also find many
bars in the different villages around the island.
Food-Evia is very much a traditional
island, and you'll find that almost every village has at least one
specialty. You can usually walk into the kitchen to see what is available,
since few places have menus in English.
Shopping: In Chalkida and Eretria
you'll find everything you need, and in the villages around Evia you'll find
many nice shops with traditional things. It is a very good idea to ask what
is specific for the village and get that as a souvenir.
Getting Around There is an
extensive network of roads on the island, so start off by going to
Chalkida, rent a car there and explore Evia. From Chalkida there are
also many buses.
Getting There :Evia is
connected to the mainland with a iron bridge (Chalkida). There are also
ferryboats, buses and a railway. Get a direct flight to
Athens, and from there it is about 1 hour drive (Athens-Chalkida=88km).
Kimi has ferry-boats to and from Volos, Alonissos, Skopelos, Skyros,
Kavala, Skiathos and Limnos.
|Facts about Evia*
||Evia Phone numbers*
|Size: 175 km long
||International code: 0030
||Local code: Eretria: 22990, Chalkis: 22210
||Health Center: 22210 21901 (Chalkis hospital)
|Internet cafe: Yes
|Highest Mountain:Mt. Dirfis, 1745m.
||Port Police: 22220/22606 (Kimi)
|Price rate: Average
||Tourist Information: Edipsos: 22260/23500
|Tour Operators: JMC
||Buses: 210/8317153 (Athens central)
210/5222491 (Athens central)
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