EVIA - THE MAINLAND ISLAND
Evia is the second largest island in the Greek archipelago connected to Central Greece by a bridge on the Strait of Euripus. The mountains, the rivers, the ravines, the sandy beaches, the beaches that look at the Aegean, do not leave any visitor unmoved. Important archeological finds, monuments, museums, monasteries and thermal springs compose a unique experience for visitors. Northern Evia combines mountain and sea with natural beauties and a series of beaches where the green reaches the sea.
Edipsos, a well-known spa town since antiquity, was a destination of the Roman emperors with over 80 thermal springs. In addition to the private hydrotherapy centers, the hydrotherapy center of EOT also operates as one of the largest and most complete in the country. Among the findings are the baths in the "Cave of Sulla'' near the church of Agioi Anargyroi. The lake built amphitheatrically resembles an island and is visited by thousands of tourists. In the Folklore Museum, there are findings that testify to the history of the place and the Museum of Hydrobiology, with exhibits of Prof. Christomanos who participated in the travels of Cousteau. Of interest are the church of Zoodochos Pigi, the Monastery of Agios Nikolaos reminiscent of the monasteries of Mount Athos, and the church of the Virgin.
Drimonas is a mountain village at the foot of Mount Xiros. The waterfalls in the fossilized forest of Kerasia are in a beautiful natural environment with a landscaped path on which the river Sepia creates a magnificent spectacle as the water falls from a height of 15 meters into the lake. It is of great ecological value due to the dense forest and the rare beauty of black pines. Of interest is the fossil forest with rare finds of fossil mammals, one of the few in Europe. Lichadonissia, a cluster of 7 islands, is a creation of volcanic energy. The largest islands are Magnolia and Strongili, Mikri Stroggili, Steno, Vagia, while the smaller ones are called mouse islands.
Rovies is a seaside village with rich vegetation, beaches and areas with olive trees dominated by the Venetian tower, built centuries ago overlooking the northern Evia. In the location "Araklis" is the picturesque bay with the pine-covered beach while outside the settlement is the Ancient Oracle of Rovia. Pefki is a tourist resort opposite the Pagasetic Gulf in the pine trees. Its beach is wet from the Aegean, has a length of 4 km and is ideal for kite surf lovers. A short distance away is Artemisio, known for its famous naval battle with traditional architecture and the two famous bronze statues, "Poseidon or Zeus of Artemision" and "Horseman of Artemisio" on display at the National Archaeological Museum.
Central Evia impresses with its natural beauties which are not limited only to the mountain as it also has unique beaches. It is characterized by the preserved houses, the Venetian tower and parts of the archaic wall.
The capital of the island, Chalkida, "connects" the island with mainland Greece through the new suspension bridge but also with the old mobile bridge with the tidal phenomenon that the waters change direction every 6 hours. This is an impressive phenomenon due to tidal forces and is observed in Greece only there. It has an important geographical location that has been a crossroads of people and cultures. The Archaeological Museum has finds from the Paleolithic era and is a monument of cultural heritage. Karabamba castle is strategically located as it controls the Strait of Evripos and the city of Chalkida. In the courtyard of the castle there is a church dedicated to the Prophet Elias. The "Siren" the old Venetian tower, which was turned into a clock tower in the 18th century is located on Balalaion Street. The Emir of Zade Mosque is one of the mosques built during the Ottoman rule.
Eretria is one of the most important destinations and an important natural port with a rich history. In the Museum there are findings from different eras. Ision is a temple dedicated to Isida and other Egyptian deities. The Ancient Theater is the most impressive of the monuments and could accommodate 6,300 spectators. The tomb of "Eros" is of Macedonian type dating to the end of the 4th c. The tomb finds are on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. One of the most important public buildings of the Agora is the Dome of the 5th century BC. The temple of Daphne Apollo was the sacred mosque of Apollo, the religious center and place of worship of the ancient city. The island of Dreams is a verdant island with wonderful beaches awarded with a blue flag. Mount Olympus in the center of the island, stands out from its vegetation which is mainly firs and pines.
Kymi is a town built in a green area overlooking the Aegean Sea and typical architecture with interesting sights and a naval past such as the gorge of Apoklistis through which the river Apoklistis passes. The source of Choneftikos has been established as a spa since the 19th century, ideal for kidney patients. Amarynthos built between the mountains Olympus and Kotylaio presents the famous sanctuary of Artemis. The Folklore Museum houses objects that were the main tools of employment of the inhabitants. In the place "Vlychos'', there are ancient tombs of Macedonian type. It is also famous for its beautiful beaches and due to the short distance from Athens it is a very remarkable destination.
South Evia is offered for pleasant holidays in nature as it is characterized by beautiful gorges with dense vegetation, beaches and island complexes.
Karystos is reminiscent of an Aegean settlement dominated by Mount Ochi, with the famous Drakospito, the most mysterious monument. Bourtzi adorns the east side of the harbor from the time of Venetian rule. The Archaeological Museum has exhibits from the prehistoric years while in the folklore museum there is a representation of the traditional Karystine house. For the lovers of hiking, the gorge of Dimosaris, which ends at the beach of Kallianos, is a well-known destination. Kafireas is the famous cape of Cabo Doro which means hard or difficult passage. The Strait of Kafireas, between Evia and Andros, is considered one of the most dangerous crossings in the Aegean. The characteristic lighthouse with the name Arapis is located on the islet of the same name since 1925, it is 5 meters high.
Marmari is a picturesque fishing village with reference to the beaches and the archipelago of Megali Ammos is a destination in which a strip of white sand enters the sea. Petali is an island complex that can only be visited by boat. Nea Styra is a coastal settlement with wonderful hiking trails surrounded by many beautiful beaches. Drakospita are buildings made of long and narrow stones which stand on top of each other without other connecting materials. In the settlement of Liaoutsianissa Kymi, is the Church of the Virgin Mary, dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. The Folklore Museum has rich collections of folk art. The thermal healing springs of Choneftiko were classified in the category of "Thermal springs of local importance". The castle of "Agios Georgios" at the top of the hill provided control between Evia and Skyros.
Skyros is the southernmost island of the Northern Sporades, with the port of Linaria providing a connection and making the island easily accessible. The Castle of Skyros served for the safety of the people of Skyros in which the monastery of Agios Georgios is built. The Archaeological Museum includes exhibits from the temple of Apollo on the hill of Fourka and a folklore collection. The prehistoric seaside fortification settlement from the Early and Middle Bronze Age was excavated in Palamari. In the area of the citadel of Skyros, towers from the wall are preserved as well as ruins of an archaic temple of Apollo in the place "Fourka". North of the city is the statue of eternal poetry, a monument dedicated to the philhellene English poet Rupert Brook. On the east side of the island there are impressive caves and the most famous are Pentekali and Diathripti, with their unique stalactites and the waters of their seabeds.
The Faltaits Historical and Folklore Museum is one of the oldest of its kind in Greece. Mount "Kochylas" or Panoftis is the highest mountain with a path that leads to the top and has been included in the network of protected areas NATURA 2000. The Skyrian pony is a small breed of horse from the rarest breeds that exist in the world and are considered a protected species. The island is famous for its unique beaches with crystal clear waters and beautiful landscapes. Agalipa beach shipwreck is located next to the beach of Agios Petros where there are two coves where the shipwreck is in one. Molos beach is the largest beach of Syros next to Chora with a large coast essentially connected to the adjacent beach, Magazia. Kalamitsa, near the port is one of the largest and busiest beaches. The beautiful beach Acherounes west of the city of Skyros has golden sand and clear, crystal clear waters.
The prefecture of Evia is a place that has many products, agricultural, livestock, fishing, herbs, etc. The cuisine is rich and famous for its simplicity, variety and fresh ingredients. Seafood and fish are prepared, cooked and accompanied by fine ouzo or tsipouro. Delicious ribs, ewe, spit roasted pork kontosouvli, cottage, local sausages, intestines gardoumbes,( lamb or goat offal that is chopped into tiny pieces)kokoretsi, bekri meze, pies, cheese pies, local cheeses, sourdough bread and local wines are some of the flavors that one can enjoy. It is worth buying cheese products known for their quality and taste. The wonderful Evian cakes, baklava, macaroons, dried figs, pastel and handmade pastries stand out in the prefecture. Some of the foods that one can enjoy in Evia are curcumins or goggles, trachanas, rooster cooked in wine, giouvetsi lamb, saganaki shrimp, octopus wine, spaghetti with seafood, and many more stand out for their excellent quality. Cheese, honey, herbs, meat, fish and seafood are the raw materials for Skyrian cuisine. The specialty of the island is the goat in the oven, but also the lobster spaghetti since the area is known for its seafood.