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Glittering Cities, Medieval Fortresses, Verdant Mountains, Imposing Waterfalls, Forest Trails and Thermal Springs under the Mysterious Secrets of Euboea
Glittering cities and humble villages. Medieval castles and byzantine fortresses. Charming villages and historical churches.Verdant canyons and barren mountains. Forest trails and endless beaches. Thermal springs and fossilized bones. Fertile valleys and magnificent waterfalls. The oblong island of Euboea is only an echo of the prehistoric continental land blessed with beautiful sceneries that invite you to discover them, in spring, in summer, in autumn or even in winter. An entire world of contrasting sceneries is ready to captivate you! The northern side of Euboea is considered as one of the most beautiful regions of the island that combines verdant mountainous landscapes with panoramic views of the endless blue. Picturesque villages and archaeological monuments of great civilizations are scattered through the mountain landscapes with dense pine forests and olive groves. Hike to the outstanding trails to discover the pristine nature of the northern part of the island with landscapes of immense natural beauty. Between the Aegean Sea and the Euboean Gulf lies the central side of the island rich in diversity of marvellous sceneries. The heart of Euboea is encompassed from the beautiful capital of Halkida, the remarkable archaeological monuments of Eretria, the balcony of the Aegean known as Kymi that will take your breath away! Astonishing mountainous and seaside villages are blessed with diversified landscapes. Nonetheless, one should not forget the wild landscapes of the southern side of Euboea! This side of the island is blessed with beautiful gorges and dense vegetation, beautiful sandy beaches, the picturesque Aegean Archipelago, the legendary Cavo Doro and the unique Drakospita! Spectacular gorges are waiting for you to discover the magnificent scenery of dramatic landscapes with pristine rivers under the spring concerts of the birds and endless seashores endowed from all the shades of blue. Charming villages with red tiled roofs climbing in the slopes of the mountains and wooden bridges passing over rivers, wild mountains with chestnut forests and beautiful waterfalls, an abundant number of natural sceneries, and as the island said itself, an entire world of contrasting sceneries is ready to be discovered!

 

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The Capital of Euboea

The City of Halkida is the capital of the island located on the central part of the island. Halkida is the administrative and commercial center of the island. Halkida is also the main gate of the island that connects with Central Greece through the cable bridge of the Strait of Euripus. The most important monuments of Halkida include are the seaside promenade, the archaeological and the folklore museums, the landmark of the Red House, the Ottoman Mosque, the architectural jewel of the Town Hall and the imposing Venetian Fortress of Karambambas. Explorations lovers can visit the mountainous village of Steni for its grill taverns, the seaside village of Politika for the Monastery of Panagia Perivleptos and the Archaeological Site of Lefkandi.

The Archaeological Site of Eretria

The Archaeological Site of Eretria is one of the most ancient cities of the island located on the western side of the city of Eretria. Archaeological excavations have brought to light the remnants of the ancient town protected from defensive fortifications dating back to the archaic times. The relics of ancient Eretria survive scattered beneath the modern city across the area of the coast up to the hillside to the north. The most important monuments of the site include the temple of Apollo Dafniforos that served as the religious center of worship within the core of the city, the Temple of Iseion that served as a place for worship to the deities of Egypt, the House of Mosaics distinguished for its elegant pebbled mosaics depicting mythological scenes, the Tomb of Erotes that served as a vaulted burial chamber and the ancient theatre that is one of the oldest known theatres of the country. Archaeological findings from the site are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Eretria.

The Castle of Castello Rosso

The Castle of Castello Rosso dominates the foothills of Mount Ohi. It is one of the most impressive Venetian castles of the island located in the area of Karystos. The imposing hill of Montofoli was first fortified from the Byzantines in 1030. The Castello Rosso was built on the foundations of the byzantine castle from the baron Ravano D’Alle Carceri in 1209. However, the fortress was captured from the Franks and later from the Venetians for a century. During the Ottoman occupation, it was fortified again from the Turks. Nowadays, the defensive walls are the sole surviving remains. Castello Rosso offers panoramic views of the bay of Karystos.

The Fortress of Karambamba

The Fortress of Karambamba, else known as Kanethos, dominates the strategic position of the continental coast of the city of Halkida. The fortress was constructed from the Ottomans in 1684 with the intention of protecting the city from the Venetians. It was designed from the Venetian Gerolimo Galopo. It is worth mentioning that the fortress of Karambaba resembles the architectural style of Europe. The fortress was sieged from the Venetians of Morozini in 1688, however the Ottomans managed to control it until the liberation of Greece.

The Monastery of Agios Nikolaos

The Monastery of Agios Nikolaos, else known as monastery of Galataki, is one of the most important monasteries of the island located on the mountain slopes of the Hill of Koutali in the area of Ano Vathia. It was built on the remnants of the ancient temple of Asclepius from the monks chased from the forces of Ottomans during the 15th century. However, it has been converted into a women monastery. The monastery is distinguished for its byzantine architecture, its verdant vegetation and its panoramic views to the mountains and the sea. Nowadays, the nuns engage in manufacturing hand made Persian carpets. The cells of the monastery can accommodate guests wishing to stay overnight.

The Monastery of Metamorphose Sotiros

The Monastery of Metamorphose Sotiros (Transfiguration of Savior) is one of the most important religious centers of the island located in the heart of a verdant hill in the area of Kymi. The monastery boasts a fortified architecture that was established from the monks of Mount Athos in the 16th century. The monastery is inhabited from nuns who are engaged in embroidery with gold thread and hagiography while there is a handicraft exhibition and an ecclesiastical collection inside the monastery. The traditional celebration in honor of the saint takes place on the August 6.

The History and Military Museum

The History and Military Museum was founded from Anastasios Liaskos in the village of Kontodespoti. The museum exhibits a unique private collection from weapons of all the historical periods of the country and photographic material of the wars of Greece. The main objective of this initiative was to preserve the ideals and the principles of Hellenism.

The Wine Museum of Tzivani

The Wine Museum of Tzivani is located in the wider area of Halkida. George Tzivanis established the museum in order to maintain and preserve the rich history of wine tradition of the island. Inside the museum, one can admire a wide collection of winemaking tools including a wine press, grape crushers, distillation devices, barrel making tools and viniculture tools

The Forest of Kastanaloggos

The Forest of Kastanaloggos is an ancient wild chestnut forest that spreads on the eastern mountain slopes of Ohi. The forest is an important ecosystem and has an aesthetic value. The forest of Kastanaloggos has been declared as an area of special natural beauty from the European Network of Natura 2000. One can explore the forest either through the traditional trail that connects the forest with the gorge of Dimosaris or through the driving route that runs from the village of Metohi.

The Gorge of Dimosaris

The Gorge of Dimosaris is one of the most important natural environments of the island located on the mountain slopes of Ohi. The gorge is blessed with verdant vegetation of chestnut, oak, ash and olive trees and beautiful wild flowers and running springs and waterfalls. One can cross the gorge from the cobblestone path starting from the Petrokanalo Pass near the village of Lennosaioi leading to the beautiful beach of Kallianos.

The Mountain Dirfyos 

The Mountain Dirfyos is the highest mountain of Euboea located in the central part of the island. The mountain range of Dirfyos has rugged terrain and remarkable flora and fauna. The slopes of the mountain are blessed with dense vegetation of chestnut, oak and fir trees and numerous springs and streams. The highest peak is the area of Delphi reaching an altitude of 1734 meters with panoramic views of the Aegean Sea and the Euboean Gulf. The southern part of the mountain is covered with wild mountains and the eponymous tea plants surrounded from dense vegetation while the northern port of the mountain is dry and bar watered from the Rivers of Metohi and Stropones. Numerous sign posted trails are offered for hiking and walking lovers. The mountain has been included in the protected areas in the European Network of Natura 2000.

The Petrified Forest of Kerasia

The Petrified Forest of Kerasia is a rare geological monument of great natural beauty located in the village of Kerasia. The beautiful route is blessed from breathtaking sceneries of unique and protected oak trees with a great scientific interest. Fossilized traces and mammals are displayed in the Museum of Paleontology of Kerasia.

The Spa Town of Aedipsos

The Spa Town of Aedipsos is the most important spa town of Greece located in the northern side of the island. The thermal healing springs of the area are known since ancient times from the scripts of Aristotle and Plutarch. Aedipsos has more than eighty spring sources with high temperatures, ranging from twenty-eight to eighty degrees of Celsius, that are beneficial for the human body particularly for diseases including arthritis, rheumatism, lumbagos, migraines, tendonitis and injuries.

The Waterfalls of Drymonas

The Waterfalls of Drymonas is one of the most beautiful mountainous regions of the island lying between the villages of Drymonas and Kerasia. The waterfalls create landscapes of outstanding natural beauty. One can visit the waterfalls from the sign-posted route that starts nine kilometers away from the village of Rovies.

The Town of Karystos

The Town of Karystos is a seaside town located on the south side of the island. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful towns of the country distinguished for its neoclassical mansions and its charming harbor. Worth visiting sights include the imposing castle of Castello Rosso, the mausoleum of Karystos, the Archaeological and Folklore Museums and the Fortress of Bourtzi. Karystos is known for its beautiful beaches including Psili Ammos and Potami. Nature lovers can discover the beautiful route that leads to the gorge of Dimosaris while hiking enthusiasts can explore the numerous routes to the mount of Ohi. In the wider area, one will find the Montofoli Winery, one of the most beautiful wineries of the country that won a gold medal in the International Wine and Spirits Competition of Hong Kong in 2002. It is also worth visiting the beautiful villages of Cavo Doro and the villages of Grambia, Kalivia and Myloi. 

The Village of Amarynthos

The Village of Amarynthos, else known as Vathia, is a seaside town located on the central part of the island. The lovely settlement is distinguished for its beautiful sceneries and its atmospheric landscapes. One of the most charming attractions of Amarynthos is the plain of Skotini, an ideal place for mountain bike and trekking lovers. Worth visiting sights in Amarynthos include the byzantine churches of Metamorfori Sotiros and Zoodohos Pigi, the imposing monastery of Agios Nikolaos and the famous cave of Tharounia. It is recommended to visit also the nearby villages of Ano Vathia and Seta.

The Village of Agia Anna

The Village of Agia Anna is a mountainous village located on the northern side of the island. The lovely settlement distinguishes for its dense vegetation. The most important sights of interest include the folklore museum, the church of Virgin Mary and the long pebbled beach of the settlement. The village is one of the most popular areas of the island owing to the large organized camping site. Lovers of exploration can visit the gorge of Boulovinena and the waterfalls of Drymonas. Agia Anna is also known for the traditional carnival that is held on Shrove Monday.

The Village of Limni

The Village of Limni is a picturesque village located on the north side of the island. The charming settlement distinguishes for its authentic architecture with traditional white houses and tiled roofs, narrow streets and a majestic pine forest that reaches the sea through the river of Kireas.Walk around the alleys of the village and admire the beautiful neoclassical buildings and the imposing church of Virgin with the high bell tower, relax in the traditional coffee shops under the shade of the plane tree, watch a movie in the summer open air cinema and taste the local specialties in the taverns of the village! The most important monuments of the area include the Monastery of Agios Ioannis Rossos, the Historical and Folklore Museum and the Elimnia Festival held in August. Nature explorers can discover the river of Kireas in the nearby village of Mantoudi and the waterfalls of Drymonas in the homonymous village.

The Village of Steni

The Village of Steni is a mountainous village located on the central part of the island. Nestling on the mountain slopes of Dirfyos, Steni is considered to be one of the most beautiful villages of Euboea, known as one of the most popular winter resorts of the country. The lovely settlement is blessed with verdant vegetation and flowing springs. The heart of the village beats at the cobblestone square with the charming fountains and flowing waters where you can relax under the shade of the trees to enjoy the local traditional specialties. The fountain of Giatros is a beautiful area lying in a beautiful landscape with trees and running waters where you can buy local products, including tea, oregano, cheese, honey and handmade pasta from the bazaar market running every weekend. One of the most intriguing parts of the village is the driving route that leads to the highest peak of the area with views to the the majestic forest of Dirfyos dominated from chestnut, oak, plane and pine trees. There is a mountain lodge in the village offering panoramic views, which is accessible through informative signs from the serpentine asphalt road and the hiking trails! A must visit is the tropical beach of Hiliadou during the summer. One can also visit the nearby villages of Eria and Kathenoi distinguished for their traditional character.

Archaeological Sites

The Archaeological Site of Amarynthos is located in the southern gulf of the island. The area was inhabited since the Classical times until the Roman period, while the two churches located on top of the hill attest the inhabitation of the Byzantines. The region was considered to be the worship center of Artemis Amarysia. However, archeological excavations brought to light remains from the prehistoric times. The excavations of the site are still in progress.

The Archaeological Site of Archamboli is an ancient town scattered inside the gorge of Archambolis in the area of Kafireas. The settlement was inhabited since the prehistoric times until the Roman period. Archaeological excavations brought to light remnants of houses and ruins of laboratories of metallurgy. The citadel was situated on the conical outcrop that was protected from defensive fortifications reminiscent of the monumental drakospita of Euboea.

The Archaeological Site of Artemisium is located close to the beach of Artemisio. The site is closely connected with the naval battle of Artemisium between the fleets of Greece and Persia in 480 BC. Archaeological findings brought to light geometric shells and architectural fragments showing the inhabitation of the region until the geometric period while the remnants of ceramics and walls attest the human presence from the early Hellenistic times. However, the most significant area of Artemisium is located on the small peninsula of Herronisos; the coastline of the area offered safe anchorage that constitutes an important element for establishing a settlement.

The Archaeological Site of Dystos extends on the hillside of Kastri in the area of Dystos. Archaeological excavations brought to light the relics of the ancient settlement and the imposing towers of the wall of the ancient city dating bath to the fourth century BC. A series of remnants of houses built from carved stones and the excellent masonry walls of the eastern gate attest the inhabitation of the settlement. The whole area is a typical example of Classical defensive architecture. The best preserved building is the Big House located on the eastern side of the area that constitutes a remarkable example of residential architecture of the period.

The Archaeological Site of Eretria is one of the most ancient cities of the island located on the western side of the city of Eretria. Archaeological excavations brought to light the remnants of the ancient town protected from defensive fortifications dating back to the archaic times. The relics of ancient Eretria survive scattered beneath the modern city across the area of the coast up to the hillside to the north. The most important monuments of the site include the temple of Apollo Dafniforos that served as the religious center of worship within the core of the city, the Temple of Iseion that served as a place for worship to the deities of Egypt, the House of Mosaics distinguished for its elegant pebbled mosaics depicting mythological scenes, the Tomb of Erotes that served as a vaulted burial chamber and the ancient theatre that is one of the oldest known theatres of the country. Archaeological findings from the site are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Eretria.

The Archaeological Site of Kymi is located on the hill of Viglatouri. Archaeological excavations brought to light an ancient settlement with remnants of houses, graves and temples that date back to the prehistoric period and geometric periods. Findings from the site are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Kymi.

The Archaeological Site of Lefkandi is located on the hill of Xeropolis. Archaeological excavations brought to light the remnants of the geometric settlement of Lefkandi that was continuously inhabited since the bronze times. The renowned Heroon of Lefkandi, an enormous apsidal building of the tent century BC, is located on the nearby hill of Toumba. The monument is the large construction of this type of the early Iron Age in Greece, while it is believed that served as the residence of the local governor.

The Archaeological Site of Manika is one of the largest ancient towns of the Bronze Age of Greece located in a strategic point of the channel of Euboea close to the city of Halkida. Archaeological excavations have brought to light remnants of houses and public buildings from the early Hellenistic period. Of special importance is the cemetery of the area as it has generated a series of important findings including skeletal material that are being studied. These researches will contribute to a better understanding of the social conditions of the times. Findings from the site are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Halkida.

The Mausoleum of Karystos is an ancient building located above the harbor of Karystos. The main building was constructed and utilized as a tomb of prominent Roman official, who is believed that he might have been responsible for the supervision of the stone quarries of the area. However, archaeological excavations have interpreted that the temple was dedicated probably to Apollo, Artemis or Hephaestus. Findings from the site are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Karystos.

Castles & Fortresses

The Castle of Apokleidi hosts the remnants of the medieval castle that dominates a hillside close to the Monastery of the Transfiguration in the area of Kymi. Unfortunately, not enough information is known for the castle of Apokleidi. However, the site offers panoramic views of the surrounding areas.

The Castle of Bourzi dominates the main seaside road of the city of Karystos. It is a well-preserved castle and one of the most important sights of the area, which was constructed from the Venetians in 1350. During the summer, a series of artistic exhibitions are held within the castle.

The Castle of Castello Rosso dominates the foothills of Mount Ohi. It is one of the most impressive Venetian castles of the island located in the area of Karystos. The imposing hill of Montofoli was first fortified from the Byzantines in 1030. The Castello Rosso was built on the foundations of the byzantine castle from the baron Ravano D’Alle Carceri in 1209. However, the fortress was captured from the Franks and later from the Venetians for a century. During the Ottoman occupation, it was fortified again from the Turks. Nowadays, the defensive walls are the sole surviving remains. Castello Rosso offers panoramic views of the bay of Karystos.

The Castle of Koupa is one of the most important castles of Euboea located in the region of Dragonara, close to Kymi town. Surrounded from massive mountains, Dragonara hill served as a vital hub for the control of the eastern lowlands of Euboea. The mountain was firstly inhabited since the 6th century BC up until the Greek Revolution of 1821.The first walls of the castle were built in the 8th century BC . The name of the castle derives from the Italian language, and its meaning is “neck”, as the castle was built as the “neck” of the entire region. It is actually very impressive that the castle has unique architectural characteristics, so that the path leading to the settlement could remain unseen.  Researchers place on this spot the ancient town “Vrynchai” due to the remains of ancient walls and fragments of pottery objects. However, others believe that the identification of the area belongs to the ancient city of Ichalia mentioned from Hecataeus and Strabo. Today, the ruins of the walls of the ancient citadel and foundations of the important city are visible. The chapel of the Annunciation can be found at the top of Dragonara hill that has been built on the ruins of an ancient temple, which is believed to be a temple of Artemis. The uniqueness of the Koupa Castle lies in the fact that there are impressive traces from four major periods of history including Neolithic, Pelasgic, Classical and Medieval. Koupa Castle is accessible through Vrysi village, where a hiking route starts at the junction of Manikia and Yaya. Although the location of the castle might be quite inaccessible, hiking aficionados will be rewarded with a spectacular view .

 

The Castle of Fylla, also known as Kastelli, dominates the hillside of the village of Fylla. The castle served as the residence of the Frank Lord Merito D’Ale Carceri during the 13th century. However, the fortress was defeated from the Knight namely Likarios who abandoned his Frankish background and fought on the side of the Byzantium. The legend states that this was an act inspired from love, as Likarios was in love with Feliza. To this end, the Byzantines gained control of the castles of the island until the Turkish domination. Nowadays, parts of the defensive walls are the sole surviving remains of the castle.

The Dragon Houses are the widely known ancient monuments of Karystia. They form a group of twenty monumental rectangular structures. The dragon houses are mainly built in supervisory positions. Drakospita were constructed from megalithic masonry stones. The best-preserved dragon house is located on the highest point of Mount Ohi on the northern side of Karystos. Numerous theories have been purposed for the use for the dragon houses. Indicatively, the special dragon house of Ohi has been considered as an ancient temple dedicated to Zeus and Hera while it was also used as a watchtower, a warehouse and shelter for Roman quarrymen.

The Fortress of Karambamba, else known as Kanethos, dominates the strategic position of the continental coast of the city of Halkida. The fortress was constructed from the Ottomans in 1684 with the intention of protecting the city from the Venetians. It was designed from the Venetian Gerolimo Galopo. It is worth mentioning that the fortress of Karambamba resembles the architectural style of Europe. The fortress was sieged from the Venetians of Morozini in 1688, however the Ottomans managed to control it until the liberation of Greece.

The Tower of Avlonari is the most beautiful and well-preserved tower of the island dominating the village of Avlonari. It was constructed from the Franks as a center of optical telegraph system that had correspondence with other towers. The tower was restored and renovated in 1953.

The Tower of Koutoumoula is an impressive tower that dominates the wider region of Krieza. It is the highest tower of the island that was constructed from the Venetians. In the surrounding area, there are remnants of an ancient settlement of the Byzantine and Frankish periods.

The Tower of Vasiliko dominates the central square of the village of Vasiliko. It is one of the biggest towers of the island that was constructed from the Venetians during the 13th century with the intention of protecting the surrounding areas from invasions. The tower was restored in 2010. Today, it serves as an information center for the fortification architecture of Euboea.

Churches and Monasteries

The Chapel of Agios Grigorios is located on the treacherous Cape Kafireas. It is a simple church constructed from the local stone with blue doors and windows. The church has an authentic charm and offers panoramic views of the sea.

The Chapel of Panagia Hiliadou is located on the homonymous settlement. The chapel distinguishes for its beautiful murals and its elegant carved iconostasis. The old temple was named after the word hilia meaning a thousand, as it was the thousandth church built on the island from the Byzantine Empress Theodora. One of the most remarkable traditional celebrations of the year is held in honor of Virgin Mary on August 15 in the church.

The Church of Agia Anna, else known as Former Temple of Panagia, is located on the northern side of the area of Limni. The church was the cathedral of the area that was built during the 14th century. The courtyard of the church has been configured with benches and tables and it is considered as a place of natural beauty.

The Church of Agios Ioannis Rossos is located in the village of Prokopi. The church distinguishes for its two beautiful bell towers. The temple is an important religious center for pilgrims that were constructed from the refugees of Cappadocia. The traditional celebration in honor of the saint takes place on May 27.

The Church of Agios Dimitrios is the oldest church of the island located in the area of Avlonari. It was built on the remnants of the ancient temple of Artemis in the 11th century. The temple has an interesting collection of byzantine frescoes with supernatural depictions of angels.

The Church of Agios Georgios is located in the village of Loukissia. It was built on the remnants of an ancient temple during the 14th century. The byzantine church distinguishes for its notable architecture and its impressive frescoes.

The Monastery of Agios David is located on the foothills of Mount Kavalaris. An ecclesiastical museum is housed inside the monastery exhibiting rare hagiography artifacts and historical relics. The surrounding area is blessed with verdant vegetation creating magnificent sceneries with panoramic views to the sea. The traditional celebration in honor of the saint takes place on May 7.

The Monastery of Agia Irini Chrisovalandou is located in the area of Rovies. The monastery is a fine example of traditional architecture. boasts a fine example of traditional architecture located in the area of Rovies. Inside the monastery, one can also visit the beautiful chapels of Agios Onoufrios and Agios Iov that are distinguished for its wonderful byzantine frescoes. The monastery offers magnificent views towards the Gulf of Euboea.

The Monastery of Agios Georgios is one of the oldest monasteries of the country located close to the town of Aedipsos. It was built on the remnants of the ancient temple of Apollo. The nunnery boasts an impressive architecture and it distinguishes for its panoramic views to the sea.

The Monastery of Agios Nikolaos, else known as monastery of Galataki, is one of the most important monasteries of the island located on the mountain slopes of the Hill of Koutali in the area of Ano Vathia. It was built on the remnants of the ancient temple of Asclepius from the monks chased from the forces of Ottomans during the 15th century. However, it has been converted into a women’s’ monastery. The temple has an imposing byzantine architecture situated on a verdant landscape with panoramic views of the mountains and the sea. Nowadays, the nuns engage in manufacturing hand made Persian carpets. The cells of the monastery can accommodate guests wishing to stay overnight.

The Monastery of Mantzari is one of the oldest monasteries of the island located in the area of Oxylithos. The monastery boasts a byzantine architecture with stones and red windows. The monastery complex consists from cells, guesthouses, utility rooms and libraries. All the buildings are surrounded from the old stone fence of the monastery. The traditional celebration in honor of the saint takes place on August 23. The cells of the monastery can accommodate guests wishing to stay overnight.

The Monastery of Panagia Perivleptos is a woman monastery that was built in the 11th century in the region of Politika. A beautiful verdant route starts from the monastery that leads to the chapel of Agios Panteleimonas. The traditional celebration in honor of the saint takes place on August 15.

The Monastery of Metamorphose Sotiros (Transfiguration of Savior) is one of the most important religious centers of the island located in the heart of a verdant hill in the area of Kymi. The monastery boasts a fortified architecture that was established from the monks of Mount Athos in the 16th century. The monastery is inhabited from nuns who are engaged in embroidery with gold thread and hagiography while there is a handicraft exhibition and an ecclesiastical collection inside the monastery. The traditional celebration in honor of the saint takes place on the August 6.

Museums

The Archaeological Collection of Aedipsos is housed in the Hydrotherapy Center of Aedipsos. The museum exhibits findings of great historical importance from the Classical to the Hellenistic times.

The Archaeological Museum of Halkida is housed in a beautiful neoclassical building in the city of Halkida. The museum exhibits a rich collection of archeological findings including house objects, tools, jewels, weapons and statues found throughout the ancient settlements of Euboea.

The Archaeological Museum of Eretria is one of the most important museums of the country. The museum exhibits a rich collection of archaeological findings from different historical periods. The museum is located adjacent to the archaeological site of Eretria facilitating the comprehension of the visitors.

The Archaeological Museum of Karystos is housed in the Giokalieion Cultural Foundation. The museum exhibits findings of great historical importance including sculptures, inscriptions and figurines from the ancient settlements of Karystos along with findings from the renowned dragon houses of the island.

The Folklore Museum of Agia Anna is located in the village of Agia Anna. The museum exhibits a folklore collection of traditional costumes, jewelry, household tools and textiles from the culture and heritage of the residents of the island.

The Folklore Museum of Amarynthos was established from the women association of Amarynthos. The museum exhibits include a wide collection of the traditional life of the inhabitants of the island.

The Folklore Museum of Halkida is housed in the historical castle of Negroponte. The museum exhibits valuable handmade artifacts including weapons, household tools, book collections and embroideries from the daily life of the residents of the island.

The Folklore Museum of Kymi is one of the most largest and most organized folklore museums of the island. The museum exhibits a rich collection of pottery, woodwork, metalwork and folklore paintings that presents the history of the town. In the museum, there is an outdoor theatre where a series of cultural events are held during the year.

The Folklore Museum of Limni is housed in a beautiful neoclassical building of an important naval family. The museum is a vivid expression of the folklore heritage and tradition of the charming town of Limni.

The History and Military Museum was founded from Anastasios Liaskos in the village of Kontodespoti. The museum exhibits a unique private collection from weapons of all the historical periods of the country and photographic material of the wars of Greece. The main objective of this initiative was to preserve the ideals and the principles of Hellenism.

The Nautilos Museum is located in the region of Aedipsos. The museum is dedicated to the marine life of the country. The collections of the museum include a series of aquariums with marine organisms and sea plants aiming to educate the public for the rich underwater life of the country.

The Paleontological Museum of Kerasia was founded with the intention of preserving the wealth of the paleontological excavations of the area. Excavations have brought to light fossils of mammals that lived in the island more than six million years ago.

The Natural History Museum of Istiea was an initiative of the hunting club of the area that was created with the intention of preserving a wide collection of embalmed animals. The museum constitutes a science foundation and exhibits the largest collection of birds in Greece along with a collection of mammals, shells, insects, rocks and minerals.

The Wine Museum of Tzivani is located in the wider area of Halkida. George Tzivanis established the museum in order to maintain and preserve the rich history of wine tradition of the island. Inside the museum, one can admire a wide collection of winemaking tools including a wine press, grape crushers, distillation devices, barrel making tools and viniculture tools

Natural Beauties

The Cave of Tharounia, else known as Skotini, is located in the area of Kakalitsa. It is an impressive cave with rich stalactite formations. The cave was discovered in 1974 with findings of the prehistoric period. It is located in an altitude of 440 meters above the village of Tharounia.

The Forest of Kastanaloggos is an ancient wild chestnut forest that spreads on the eastern mountain slopes of Ohi. The forest is an important ecosystem and has an aesthetic value. The forest of Kastanaloggos has been declared as an area of special natural beauty from the European Network of Natura 2000. One can explore the forest either through the traditional trail that connects the forest with the gorge of Dimosaris or through the driving route that runs from the village of Metohi.

The Forest of Steni is one of the richest and most scenic forests of the country lying on the southern mountain slope of Dirfyos. The forest is blessed with dense vegetation and running springs. Steni forest has an important ecological and aesthetic value owing to the combination of the floral diversity and geomorphology and the hydrological features.

The Gorge of Agali is one of the most beautiful gorges of the country lying on the slopes of Mount Dirfyos. The gorge is blessed with magnificent landscapes, running streams and dense vegetation of oak and pine trees. Agali gorge has rich flora and it is famous for its excellent oregano and tea. One can cross the gorge from the trail that starts close to the village of Agios Athanasios and leads to the Spring of Kratia.

The Gorge of Agios Dimitrios is an impressive gorge of extreme natural beauty lying on the mountain slopes of Ohi. The gorge is blessed with dramatic rocky formations, dense vegetation of flowers and trees and running springs and streams. The gorge is a shelter to endangered migratory birds. One can cross the gorge from the trail that starts in the village of Agios Dimitrios and ends to the beautiful beach of Schinodavila.

The Gorge of Archambolis is an interesting gorge of wild beauty lying on the mountain slopes of Ohi. The gorge is blessed with dramatic cliffs and dense vegetation. Archmbolis gorge is a shelter to numerous rare bird species. One can cross the gorge from the trail that starts between the villages of Thymi and Evangelismos close the town of Karystos.

The Gorge of Boulovinena is a gorge of extreme natural beauty located in the area of Nileas. The gorge is blessed with narrow caves, lush vegetation and the homonymous river that creates emerald pools and beautiful waterfalls. One can cross the gorge from the trail that starts close the village of Agia Anna that leads to the village of Kerasia.

The Gorge of Dimosaris is one of the most important natural environments of the island located on the mountain slopes of Ohi. The gorge is blessed with verdant vegetation of chestnut, oak, ash and olive trees and beautiful wild flowers and running springs and waterfalls. One can cross the gorge from the cobblestone path starting from the Petrokanalo Pass near the village of Lennosaioi leading to the beautiful beach of Kallianos.

The Gorge of Harakas is a beautiful gorge lying close to the area of Styra. The gorge is blessed with verdant vegetation and stone bridges and ends to the beautiful homonymous beach. One can cross the gorge from the dirt road that starts on the road of the northern side of the region of Styra before the Chapel of Zoodohos Pigi.

The Lake Dystos is a valuable ecosystem located close to the area of Aliveri. Dystos has been characterised as a special protection area of bird species from the European Network of Natura 2000. The lake is an ideal place for bird watching lovers.

The Mountains of Cavo D’Oro is a beautiful range of mountains located on the southeastern tip of the island. Cavo D’Oro along with the nearby island of Andros form the straits of Kafireas. This is one of the most dangerous sea passages of Aegean. The mountain range is blessed with a valuable range of flora of a delicate ecosystem. The most intriguing part, however, are the charming villages that nestle on the mountain slopes. The mountains offer a unique experience for hiking lovers with the alternation of successive steeps and easy inclines.

The Mountain Dirfys is the highest mountain of Euboea located in the central part of the island. The mountain range of Dirfyos has rugged terrain and remarkable flora and fauna. The slopes of the mountain are blessed with dense vegetation of chestnut, oak and fir trees and numerous springs and streams. The highest peak is the area of Delphi reaching an altitude of 1734 meters with panoramic views of the Aegean Sea and the Euboean Gulf. The southern part of the mountain is covered with wild mountains and the eponymous tea plants surrounded from dense vegetation while the northern port of the mountain is dry and bar watered from the Rivers of Metohi and Stropones. Numerous sign posted trails are offered for hiking and walking lovers. The mountain has been included in the protected areas in the European Network of Natura 2000.

The Mountain Ohi is a mountain full of contrasts that dominates the southernmost tip of the island from the area of Karystos till the cape of Kafireas. The mountain is endowed from a variety of landscapes owing to the geographical position and the diversity of the terrain. The northeast part of the mountain has steep forested slopes intersected from ravines while the southwest part is smoother with rising cliffs. Ohi is known for the mysterious ancient megalithic constructions, known as dragon houses. The most remarkable dragon house is located on the top of Ohi offering panoramic views of the surrounding areas. Numerous trails are offered for hiking lovers.

The Petrified Forest of Kerasia is a rare geological monument of great natural beauty located in the village of Kerasia. The beautiful route is blessed from breathtaking sceneries of unique and protected oak trees with a great scientific interest. Fossilized traces and mammals are displayed in the Museum of Paleontology of Kerasia.

The River Kireas is located on the northern part of the island. The river distinguishes for its natural beauty, its verdant vegetation and its wooden bridges. One can visit the river from the village of Psahna that leads to the northern side until the villages of Agios, Neos Pagontas and Prokopi. The route is considered to be one of the most beautiful driving routes of the country! It is worth making a stop at the river to cross one of the hanging wooden bridges and enjoy a coffee at the local cafeteria.

The Spa Town of Aedipsos is the most important spa town of Greece located in the northern side of the island. The thermal healing springs of the area are known since ancient times from the scripts of Aristotle and Plutarch. Aedipsos has more than eighty spring sources with high temperatures, ranging from twenty-eight to eighty degrees of Celsius, that are beneficial for the human body particularly for diseases including arthritis, rheumatism, lumbagos, migraines, tendonitis and injuries.

The Strait of Euripus is a narrow channel that seperates the island of Euboea from mainland Greece. The main port of the island is located on the narrowest point of the strait. Although the tidal currents are weak in the eastern Mediterranean, the strait of Euripus is a remarkable exception. The strait is subject to strong tidal currents with reverse direction four times a day. The waters of the channel move continuously while changing the direction of movement and the water of the sea stops moving for about eight minutes. These tides occur because the sun and the moon pull on the earth’s sea. For this reason, tides change according to the position of the earth in relation to the moon and the sun. If you even visit the island, visit Halkida and observe this mysterious phenomenon from the bridge.

The Waterfalls of Drymonas is one of the most beautiful mountainous regions of the island lying between the villages of Drymonas and Kerasia. The waterfalls create landscapes of outstanding natural beauty. One can visit the waterfalls from the sign-posted route that starts nine kilometers away from the village of Rovies.

The Waterfall of Kremasi is a beautiful waterfall hiding amongst the verdant vegetation inside the forest close to the village of Milies. One can visit the waterfall from the route that starts from the area of Istiea and leads to the villages of Krioneritis and Milies, a ideal route for off-road driving lovers!

The Wetlands of Mikro and Megalo Livari are two coastal wetlands with verdant vegetation and mountain springs. The wetlands are shelter for migratory bird species and have been declared as protected areas under the European Network of Natura 2000. One can visit the wetlands from the road that starts in the area of Istiea.

Promenades and Villages

Aedipsos is the most renowned spa town of the country located on the northern side of the island. The beautiful town is blessed with the valuable thermal springs and breathtaking natural beauty landscapes. Close to the beach of Aedipsos, the natural springs of the area are found, a divine gift for the visitors. The most important monuments of the area include the archaeological collection housed within the hydrotherapy center, the historical monument of the old hydrotherapy center and the cave of Syllas that constitutes one of the best-preserved findings of the roman period. It is recommended to visit the nearby village of Agios Nikolaos for romantic promenades along the waterfront and its delicious fish taverns, the village of Ilia for the famous monastery of Agios Georgios, the village of Agiokambos for the museum of Nautilus and the village of Gialtra for its hot springs and delicious grill taverns.

Agios Athanasios is a beautiful village located on the central part of the island. Nestling on the mountain slopes of Dirfyos, the lovely settlement distinguishes for its dense vegetation and natural springs. The most beautiful attraction of the area is the scenic route of the gorge of Agali. The trail passes through magnificent landscapes of running streams and dense vegetation of oak and pine trees. The traditional celebration in honor of Agios Athanasios is held on May 2.

Amarynthos, else known as Vathia, is a seaside town located on the central part of the island. The lovely settlement is distinguished for its beautiful sceneries and its atmospheric landscapes. One of the most charming attractions of Amarynthos is the plain of Skotini, an ideal place for mountain bike and trekking lovers. Worth visiting sights in Amarynthos include the byzantine churches of Metamorfori Sotiros and Zoodohos Pigi, the imposing monastery of Agios Nikolaos and the famous cave of Tharounia. It is recommended to visit also the nearby villages of Ano Vathia and Seta.

Aliveri is a charming town located on the central part of the island. The town distinguishes for its traditional houses and narrow alleys. The town is an ideal base for excursion to the nearby villages. The most charming region is the haven of Karavos known for its delicious fish taverns. Lovers of explorations can visit the verdant village of Ai Giannis and Milaki while nature lovers can explore the numerous bird species in the Lake of Dystos. The revival of the traditional custom of Kamara is held on the second day of Easter. Kamara is a custom where the inhabitants of Aliveri gather in the churchyard of Agios Georgios wearing a red carnation and dance traditional dances. The custom is connected with the day of the completion of the construction of the church.

Agia Anna is a mountainous village of located on the northern part of the island. The lovely settlement is blessed with dense vegetation. The most important sights of interest include the folklore museum, the church of Virgin Mary and the long pebbled beach of the settlement. Agia Anna is one of the most popular areas of the island owing to the large organized camping site. Lovers of exploration can visit the gorge of Boulovinena and the waterfalls of Drymonas. Agia Anna is also known for the traditional carnival that is held on Shrove Monday.

Agios Georgios is a charming fishing village located on the northern part of the island. The lovely settlement distinguishes for its traditional houses and cobblestone alleys. Agios Georgios exudes an aura of tranquility. One can visit numerous beautiful beaches from here. One of the most beautiful verdant driving routes of the country starts from the northern side of the village that leads to the village of Gialtra. The most notable celebrations of the village include the nautical week in July and the sardine festival in August. Excursion boats operate from the harbor to the islands of Lihadonisia.

Avlonari is a picturesque village located on the central part of the island. Nestling on the slopes of a hillside, the charming settlement distinguishes for its traditional houses, its stone fountains and its winding alleys. Worth visiting sights include the well-preserved medieval tower of Avlonari, the byzantine church of Agios Nikolaos, the monastery of Agios Charalambos that has been designated as a historical monument and the pristine beaches of, Heromilos, Kalamos, Korasida and Mourteri. The traditional celebration in honor of Agios Ioannis is held on August 29 and the bazaar of the settlement takes place on the week beginning on October 6.

Halkida is the capital of the island located on the central part of the island. Halkida is the administrative and commercial center of the island. Halkida is also the main gate of the island that connects with Central Greece through the cable bridge of the Strait of Euripus. The most important monuments of Halkida include are the seaside promenade, the archaeological and the folklore museums, the landmark of the Red House, the Ottoman Mosque, the architectural jewel of the Town Hall and the imposing Venetian Fortress of Karambambas. Explorations lovers can visit the mountainous village of Steni for its grill taverns, the seaside village of Politika for the Monastery of Panagia Perivleptos and the Archaeological Site of Lefkandi.

Eretria is the second biggest town of the island located on the northern side of the island. The charming settlement distinguishes for its beautiful seaside promenade. Eretria is considered to be one of the most important ancient cultural and financial centers of the country as shown from the numerous archaeological sites of the area. Worth visiting sights include the archaeological site of Eretria, the archaeological museum and the verdant island of Dreams. Eretria is one of the most popular destinations of the island with numerous touristic amenities. The naval week is held on July hosting a series of cultural special events.

Hellinika is a mountainous village located on the northern part of the island. The settlement distinguishes for its verdant vegetation and its panoramic views to the Aegean Sea. The most charming area of the village is the haven of Agios Nikolaos home to one of the most beautiful beaches of the northern side of the island. Hellinika is an ideal location for those looking for tranquility and relaxation.

Istiea is biggest town located on the northern part of the island. The charming town spreads around a verdant valley with magnificent views to the endless blue. Worth visiting sights include the museum of natural history and the beautiful church of Agios Nikolaos. The lagoon of Kanatadika is an ideal spot for bird watchers while numerous routes that lead to the oak forest on the mountain slopes of Telethrio are ideal for hiking lovers. Lovers of wine can learn more about the production of wine in the Winery of Koutsogiorgakis.

Kambia is a mountainous village located on the central part of the island. Perched on the mountain slopes of Megalogos, the charming settlement is blessed with dense vegetation and water springs. Kabia is one of the most beautiful villages of the island known for its livestock and agricultural products and its traditional taverns. The most important monument of the area includes the cavernous chapel of Agia Kyriaki located in a lush greenery landscape with running waters. The hiking route that leads to the mount of Xerovouni and the gorge of Havos start from the village.

Karystos is a seaside town located on the south side of the island. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful towns of the country distinguished for its neoclassical mansions and its charming harbor. Worth visiting sights include the imposing castle of Castello Rosso, the mausoleum of Karystos, the Archaeological and Folklore Museums and the Fortress of Bourtzi. Karystos is known for its beautiful beaches including Psili Ammos and Potami. Nature lovers can discover the beautiful route that leads to the gorge of Dimosaris while hiking enthusiasts can explore the numerous routes to the mount of Ohi. In the wider area, one will find the Montofoli Winery, one of the most beautiful wineries of the country that won a gold medal in the International Wine and Spirits Competition of Hong Kong in 2002. It is also worth visiting the beautiful villages of Cavo Doro and the villages of Grambia, Kalivia and Myloi.

Kerasia is a mountainous village located on the north side of the island. It is a charming settlement with beautiful sceneries and verdant vegetation. Numerous trails and forested roads cross the beautiful verdant plateau of Makrolivado while ascending to the peak of Xiro Oros offers panoramic views to the Mounts of Olympus and Parnassus. Nature explorers can visit the waterfalls of Drymonas while religious pilgrims can discover the Monastery of Osios David. However, the most intriguing rare geologic monument of the village is the Petrified Forest of Kerasia with enormous scientific and paleontology interest. Fossilized traces are preserved in the Paleontology Museum of Kerasia. The revival of the traditional custom of Piperia is held on the first day of May. Piperia is a custom where the most beautiful girl of the village is dressed with flowers and the other inhabitants dance around her.The custom is connected with the prayers to Zeus to bring rain in the ancient years.

Kymi is a seaside town located on the southern side of the island. Characterized as the balcony of the Aegean, Kymi is distinguished for its neoclassical houses, its narrow alleys and its lush greenery landscapes. Worth visiting sights include the Archaeological Site of Kymi, the Medieval Castle of Agios Georgios, the Monastery of Transfiguration of the Saviour, the Town Hall and the Church of Panagia Liaoutanissa. Kymi is also known for its handmade crafts from silkworm cocoon and its fresh fish. The association of women of Kymi is known for their local handmade products including baklava, almond pastries and quince paste. Excursion boats operate to the island of Skyros.

Limni is a picturesque village located on the northern side of the island. The charming settleemtn has an authentic atmoshpere with traditional houses, tiled roofs, narrow streets and a majestic pine forest that reaches the sea through the river of Kireas.Walk around the alleys of the village adorned will beautiful neoclassical buildings and the imposing church of Virgin with the high bell tower, relax in the traditional coffee shops under the shade of the plane tree, watch a movie on the summer open air cinema and taste the local specialties in the taverns of the village! The most important monuments of the area include the Monastery of Agios Ioannis Rossos, the Historical and Folklore Museum and the Elimnia Festival held in August. Nature explorers can discover the river of Kireas in the nearby village of Mantoudi and the waterfalls of Drymonas in the homonymous village.

Marmari is a charming town located on the southern side of the island. The houses of traditional architecture harmonize with the surrounding natural landscapes. Nature lovers will get excited with the hiking route that leads to the Gorge of Dimosaris while a visit to the Dragon House located on the peak of Mountain Ochi offers panoramic views of the region. Nature explorers can visit the beautiful beaches of Hrisi Ammos, Kavos and Zastani while excursion boats operate to the exotic islands of Petalioi. Marmari is also known for its fine appetizers on the seaside taverns.

Orei is a seaside town located on the northern side of the island. The settlement has a tranquil atmosphere with traditional houses and cobblestone alleys that spread along the promenade of the charming harbor. The most important attractions of the area include the Archaeological Collection of the Town Hall, the Remnants of the Venetian Castle of Ancient Orei and the Island of Argironisos. Enthusiasts of horse riding can visit the nearby villages of Kamatriades and Taxiarhis. A must visit is the village of Neos Pyrgos, a beautiful seaside village ideal for those looking for tranquility. The traditional celebration in honor of the Transfiguration of the Savior is held on August 6.

Oxylithos is a mountainous village located on the southern side of the island. Perched on the mountain slopes of Oxylithos, the settlement boasts sceneries of wild beauty. The hosues of Oxylithos are made with volcanic rock. The highlight of the village is the conical top of the hill that used to be the crater of the volcano. Worth visiting sights include the Church of the Dormition of Virgin Mary and the Monastery of Matzari. The biggest festival of the village is held in honor of Virgin Mary on August 15.

Seta is a mountainous village located on the central part of the island. Nestling on the mountain slopes of Dirfyos, the charming settleemnt is the the highest village of the island. Seta is an ideal place for exploring the mountain getaways. Numerous trails are available for hiking lovers while culture enthusiasts can attend various cultural events held in the stone theatre of the village. The mountain breeze full of oxygen makes the village an ideal destination for the winter.

Petries is a traditional village located on the south part of the island. The village is embellished with stone houses and plane trees offering panoramic views of the surrounding areas. The old windmills of the village are one of the most beautiful sights of the area while the charming square of Petries is ideal for enjoying local specialties at the local taverns. Agioi Apostoli is the haven of the village embellished with traditional houses and beautiful alleys around the harbor. The village is known for its delicious fish taverns and the sardine festival held on the full moon of July. The beach soccer tournament is also held in the village in August.

Porto Buffalo is a fishing village located on the south side of the island. The village is renowned for its fresh fish. The harbor of the village is a common anchorage of sailing. It is an ideal getaway for those looking for relaxation and tranquility. It is worth visiting the islands of Petalioi, which are accessible through short boat trips of the village. In the surrounding areas, it is worth visiting the lake of Dystos, an ideal place for bird watchers, and the charming fishing village of Niborio, known for its tranquil atmosphere.

Rovies is one of the most beautiful seaside villages of Euboea located on the central part of the island. The lovely settlement distinguishes for its stone houses and its beautiful landscapes of verdant forests and the endless blue. Worth visiting sights include the Monastery of Hosios David, the Waterfalls of Drymonas and the Petrified Forest of Kerasia.

Steni is a mountainous village located on the central part of the island. Nestling on the mountain slopes of Dirfyos, Steni is considered to be one of the most beautiful villages of Euboea, known as one of the most popular winter resorts of the country. The lovely settlement is blessed with verdant vegetation and flowing springs. The heart of the village beats at the cobblestone square with the charming fountains and flowing waters where you can relax under the shade of the trees to enjoy the local traditional specialties. The fountain of Giatros is a beautiful area lying in a beautiful landscape with trees and running waters where you can buy local products, including tea, oregano, cheese, honey and handmade pasta from the bazaar market running every weekend. One of the most intriguing parts of the village is the driving route that leads to the highest peak of the area with views to the the majestic forest of Dirfyos dominated from chestnut, oak, plane and pine trees. There is a mountain lodge in the village offering panoramic views, which is accessible through informative signs from the serpentine asphalt road and the hiking trails! A must visit is the tropical beach of Hiliadou during the summer. One can also visit the nearby villages of Eria and Kathenoi distinguished for their traditional character.

Stropones is a mountainous village located on the central part of the island. Nestling on the mountain slopes of Dirfyos, the lovely settlement is distinguished for its cobblestone square where you can relax under the shade of the trees to enjoy the local specialties. An interesting hiking route starts from the village of Stropones and leads to the village of Steni. This route is considered as one of the most beautiful of the country passing through pine and sycamore trees with flowing springs. One can also visit the settlement of Lamari for its folklore museum, the verdant village of Metohi for its beautiful sceneries and the beautiful beach of Hiliadou.

Sunset Spots

Spot: Beach of Dafnes, Messapia in Central Euboea

Spot: Beach of Eretria, Eretria in North Euboea

Spot: Beach of Kavos, Agios Georgios in North Euboea

Spot: Beach of Pefki, Artemisio in North Euboea

Spot: Beach of Rovies, Limni in North Euboea

Spot: Castle of Castello Rosso, Karystos in South Euboea

Spot: Dragon House, Mount Ohi in South Euboea

Spot: Monastery of Transfiguration of Savior, Kymi in South Euboea

Spot: Monastery of Agios Nikolaos, Amarynthos in Central Euboea

Excursions

Boat Trip: The Island of Alonissos is an ark of unadulterated nature blessed with tropical coastlines and verdant vegetation, Alonnisos is different from the other islands exuding its own mysterious character. Undeniably, the stigma of Alonnisos is the beautiful pine forest that gives an aura of brightness and freshness to this tiny paradise. Interesting hiking trails cross the exotic beaches and the verdant forests of the island create mesmerizing sceneries that will captivate you. Old windmills and forgotten threshing fields are everywhere. The discreet charm of the island transforms your journey into an adventure overlooking an unexpected view to the sea. Beyond the colorful seabed of the Mediterranean, it is no coincidence that Alonnisos has the privilege to have the largest Marine Park in Europe, known as the residence of the sweetest monk seal Monachus- Monachus. At the end of your journey, you will be enamored from the serene atmosphere that Alonnisos inevitably transmits and exudes to her admirers. Almost everyone has a secret paradise; maybe Alonnisos is yours. Excursion boasts operate from the harbours of Kymi and Mantoudi.

Boat Trip: The Island of Skiathos is the queen of the Sporades.  It is almost inevitable not to fall in love with the queen of Sporades. Culture and history are evident in every corner of Skiathos. This island will astonish you with the unparalleled beauty of the natural scenery and it will seduce you with the turquoise waters of the seashores. Shielded from verdant vegetation and the everlasting love with the deep blue of the Aegean, Skiathos is a true gem. Resembling an old painting, this utopian paradise is embellished with endless beauties and azure waters with lush pine forests that will dazzle you! Just a few days in Skiathos are enough to transform this enthusiasm in everlasting love. Walk to the verdant sceneries of Koukounaries, admire the sunset from the beach of Agia Eleni, enjoy your cocktail at Maxilares, discover the inaccessible beaches through a boat trip and watch a movie under the relaxed vista of the stars of the Aegean! The most cosmopolitan island of the Sporades is a green paradise awaiting you to experience it! Bear to discover it for yourself? Excursion boasts operate from the harbour of Mantoudi.

Boat Trip: The Island of Skopelos is an earthly paradise on the Aegean. Whitewashed houses, colorful courtyards, labyrinthine winding alleys, sapphire and cherry doors, fuchsia bougainvillea and charming chapels rising like castles in the traditional settlement of Hora are the images that will be captured forever in the photographic memory of your mind. Though, the lush landscapes and the emerald waters will captivate your aura with a refreshing breeze. Skopelos has maintained her own authentic character. This intoxicating green island invites you to discover its mysterious beauties. The green colours of the pine trees meet the endless blue of the sea and create landscapes of incomparable beauty. The cameras are battling to capture the memory of the corners of Skopelos. Shut, shut, and shut! Are you ready to capture your own photographs on the greenest island of Greece? Excursion boasts operate from the harbour of Kymi.

Boat Trip: The Island of Skyros is the biggest island of the Sporades. Enwrapped from the blue waters of the Aegean, Skyros holds a bucket of experiences enchanting the travellers with the alterations of natural sceneries. Sandy seashores and rugged coastlines showcase the extremities of Skyros. Are you pursuing in wandering around the whitewashed labyrinthine alleys of Hora or driving the wild west routes of the southern seashore and swimming to the verdant beaches of the northern coastline? Skyros has it for you. The unimaginable beauties of this island will astonish you with numerous contradictions of nature. Hora of Skyros is one of the most beautiful villages of the Aegean embellished with whitewashed houses and fuchsia bougainvillea hanging over the spectacular slopes of the mountain. An atmosphere of authenticity is waiting for you to discover the countless beauties and mysterious treasures of Skyros! Excursions boats operate from the harbor of Kymi.

Activities

Bicycling: The countryside of Euboea is an ideal place for cycling lovers. There are numerous bicycle rentals on the island where you can rent a bicycle and discover the beaches and villages of the island. (1) One of the most beautiful routes starts from the seaside promenade of Limni village and leads to the Monastery of Galataki. (2) Another interesting route starts from the Lefkandi Kitepark towards the village of Fylla. The route passes through medieval towers, stone bridges and ancient castles. (3) It is also worth following the route that starts from the village of Politika and cycle around the settlement to enjoy panoramic views of the Euboean Gulf.

Bird Watching: The flora and fauna of Euboea is quite remarkable. The island has the perfect environment for thousands native and migratory birds. In fact, Euboea stands for 36 wetlands with high ecological value that serve as major stations and shelters of migratory birds. Particularly in the mountainous areas of Euboea, one will have the opportunity to encounter endangered bird species including Eleonora and Peregrine Falcon, Bonelli’s Eagle, Honey Buzzard and Retzschmar’s Bunting. Central Euboea is the most popular area for bird watching. Others include the Lake of Dystos, the Lagoons of Kanatadika and Mikro and Megalo Livari, the Gorge of Agios Dimitrios and the Rivers of Lilandas and Kolovrehtis.

Camping: Are you a camping lover? You will find campsites in the areas of Agia Anna, Eretria, Istiaia, Politika, Rovies and Pefki.

Diving: The varied coastline of Euboea offers numerous exciting explorations for diving enthusiasts. The Isles of Gatza, Lithari and Mirmigia, the shipwreck of Eurobalker X, the reef of Litharia, the shipwreck of Cassandra, the rocky formations of Glaronisi Isle, the shipwreck of Vera and the marine life of Pythos Islands are some of the most interesting diving spots. One will find diving centers in the areas of Aedipsos, Agios Georgios, Avlonari, Halkida, Karystos, Kymi and Petries.

Driving: The countryside of Euboea is an ideal place for driving explorations. (1) One of the most beautiful routes starts from the village of Psahna towards to the northern side until the villages of Agios, Neos Pagondas and Prokopi. (2) Another interesting driving route starts from the northern side of the village of Agios Georgios and leads to the village of Gialtra. (3) It is also worth following the driving route that starts from the village of Steni that leads to the highest peak of the village. Make sure you always check the maps of the destination before you get into your car!

Hiking: Euboea hosts numerous paths ideal for lovers of hiking. (1) One of the most beautiful routes starts from the cobblestone path starting from the Petrokanalo Pass near the village of Lennosaioi leading to the beautiful beach of Kallianos. The Gorge of Dimosaris s blessed with verdant vegetation of chestnut, oak, ash and olive trees and beautiful wild flowers and running springs and waterfalls. (2) It is also worth following the route that starts from village of Evangelismos and leads to the beach of Archambolis. It is a beautiful route that passes through verdant vegetation and sapphire pools. (3) Another interesting trail starts from the village of Agios Dimitrios leading to the majestic beach of Schinodavila. This is the route of the Gorge of Agios Dimitrios. (4) The route of the Gorge of Nileas is also quite interesting. It starts from the village of Keramia following the homonymous river, passing through a thick canopy of trees and vegetation at very narrow passes through the overhead cliffs, and leads to the charming village of Kerasia. (5) Another interesting trail crosses the Waterfalls of Drymonas. This is one of the most beautiful routes of the island located between the villages of Drymonas and Kerasia. (6) The route that starts from the village of Prokopi that leads to the forest of Kireas is also quite beautiful.

Horse Riding: Euboea offers invigorating experiences of riding a horse along the seashore. You can find the riding school in the villages of Kamatriades and Taxiarhis.

Kayaking: The opportunity to practice kayak in Euboea is definitely an unforgettable experience. You will have the chance to admire spectacular rocky formations and the beautiful beaches! The river of Manikiatis on the eastern part of central Euboea and the lake of Dystos on southern part of central Euboea are two of the most beautiful destinations for those wanting to practice kayak.

Kitesurfing: Euboea is known for its ideal conditions for lovers of kitesurfing, as the island gets really windy especially in the summer. The kite park of Lefkandi, the beaches of Hrisi Ammos, Kanatadika, Karystos, Marmari and Pefki are ideal locations for kite surfing lovers.

Mountaineering: The rich natural and mountainous diversity of Euboea is highly suitable for mountaineering. (1) One of the most beautiful routes starts from the village of Stropones. Following the direction signs towards the position of Liri (1.120 meters), one will find the mountain refugee of the Mountaineering Club of Halkida. If you want to continue, you can follow the marked path leading to the highest peak of the mountain namely Delphi. (2) Another interesting route starts outside the village of Agios Athanasios. The trail passes through waterfalls, riverbeds, caves and scenic villages and leads to the Refuge of Dirfyos Mountain. Discover more information from the Mountaineering Club of Halkida.

Off Road: Lovers of off road driving can follow the dirt roads leading to the mountains of Euboea in order to explore the mysterious beauties of the island. (1) One of the most beautiful off road driving routes starts from the town of Karystos towards the forest of Kastanaloggos. The route then continues to the area of Rouklia and leads to the gorge of Agios Dimitrios. (2) Another interesting route passes through the river of Kireas. (3) It is also worth following the route that starts from the village of Ilia that passes through the Mount Telethrio leading to the village of Sipiada. Make sure you always check the maps of the destination before you get into your car!

Windsurfing: Euboea is known for its ideal conditions for lovers of windsurfing, as the island gets really windy especially in the summer. The beaches of Hrisi Ammos, Limni, Karystos, Marmari and Kohyli are ideal for wind surfing lovers. 

Thermal Springs: Aedipsos is the most important spa town of Greece located in the northern side of the island. The thermal healing springs of the area are known since ancient times from the scripts of Aristotle and Plutarch. Aedipsos has more than eighty spring sources with high temperatures, ranging from twenty-eight to eighty degrees of Celsius, that are beneficial for the human body particularly for diseases including arthritis, rheumatism, lumbagos, migraines, tendonitis and injuries.

Beaches

Aedipsos is a sandy beach with blue waters located on the north side of the island. Numerous thermal springs flow in the waters of the sea with healing properties.

Agia Anna is the longest beach of the island located on the northern side of the island. It is a sandy beach with blue waters. Agia Anna is well organized with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas, water sport facilities, beach bars and taverns. The beach is an ideal destination of relaxation and tranquility.

Agios Dimitrios, else known as Kallianos, is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the south side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of the island and an ideal place for camping lovers. The beach is isolated so make sure you bring all the necessities with you. Accessibility is difficult, as you will have to pass a dirt road of two kilometers and a small stream, Alternatively, you can access the beach by crossing the beautiful gorge of Agios Dimitrios.

Agios Merkourios is a long sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the central part of the island. It is a pristine beach extending on the side of the beach of Mourteri. Agios Merkourios is ideal for those looking for seclusion.

Agios Nikolaos, else known as Bourtzi, is a sandy beach with blue waters located on the central part of the island. The beach is ideal for swimming and enjoying local specialties in the seaside taverns.

Almyropotamos is a sandy beach with blue waters and dense vegetation location on the south side of the island. It is one of the most popular beaches of the island with numerous amenities including sunbeds and umbrellas, beach bars and taverns.

Archamboli is a white-pebbled beach with emerald waters and towering cliffs located on the exit of the homonymous gorge on the southern side of the island. It is an isolated beach ideal for those looking for seclusion. Make sure you bring all the necessities with you, as the beach is totally isolated. The beach is an ideal spot for the lovers of nature.

Armiriki is a sandy and pebbled cove with turquoise waters located on the south side of the island. The beach is ideal for relaxation and seclusion with beautiful natural surroundings. A tavern operates at the beach.

Bouros is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the south side of the island. The beach is sheltered from winds. Bouros is well organized with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas and a canteen. The one end of the beach becomes rocky ideal for snorkeling. On the west extremity of the beach, there is a distinctive statue depicting the centaur and the nymph.

Daphne is a pebbled beach with blue waters and lush greenery located on the central part of the island. Numerous springs from the mount of Kandili flow in the crystal waters of the sea. The beach has a beach bar and a restaurant.

Chrissi Akti, else known as Gregolimano, a long sandy beach with blue waters and verdant vegetation located on the south side of the island. It is a well organized beach with numerous amenities including sunbeds and umbrellas, water sport facilities and beach bars. The beach is ideal for kite and wind surfing lovers.

Elafolimano is a long sandy beach with blue waters located on the south side of the island. The beach is ideal for those looking for tranquility. A tavern operates on the beach.

Heromilos is a sandy and pebbled beach with blue waters and verdant vegetation located on the central part of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of the island ideal for those looking for tranquility. During the summer, a canteen operates at the beach.

Hiliadou is a long pebbled beach with turquoise waters and lush greenery located on the central part of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of the island with dramatic landscapes and steep cliffs. The beach is ideal for nature lovers. During the summer, canteens and taverns operate close to the beach.

Kalamos is a white sandy beach with turquoise waters and pine trees located on the central part of the island. The beach forms two charming bays separated from a rocky peninsula. The first beach is well organized with cafeterias and restaurants while the second beach is ideal for nature lovers. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of the island with outstanding natural surroundings.

Kallianos is a sandy and pebbled beach with turquoise waters cliffs located on the exit of the gorge of Dimosaris on the southern side of the island. It is an isolated beach ideal for those seeking for total seclusion, so make sure you bring all the necessities with you. There are two taverns in a close proximity from the beach.

Kanatadika is a sandy and pebbled beach with blue waters located on the northern side of the island. It is one of the most popular beaches of the island. Kanatadika is well organized with numerous amenities including sunbeds and umbrellas, beach bars and taverns. The beach is an ideal spot for the lovers of wind and kite surfing offering beautiful views towards the prefecture of Magnesia.

Kavos is a long sandy and pebbled beach with turquoise waters and pine trees located on the western area of the southern side of the island. It is a well-organized beach with numerous amenities including sunbeds and umbrellas, beach bars. Kavos is also an ideal destination for windsurfing lovers.

Klimaki is a sandy bay with turquoise waters located on the northern side of the island. It is a beautiful beach ideal for those looking for tranquility. There are two restaurants in a close proximity from the beach.

Kria Vrisi is a long sandy beach with blue waters located on the northern side of the island. The beach is an extension of the beach Agia Anna and it is preferred from many campers. It is a well-organized beach with taverns and cafeterias.

Korasida is a sandy and pebbled beach with turquoise waters and lush vegetation located on the central part of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of the island distinguished for its rare geographical formations. The spring flowing to the beach is said to have curative properties for kidney and stomach diseases. The beach has dramatic landscapes surrounded from rocky cliffs.

Lianni Ammos is a pebbled beach with turquoise waters located on the southern side of the island. The rocky formations of the beach create wild sceneries of outstanding beauty. It is an isolated beach ideal for those seeking for total seclusion, so make sure you bring all the necessities with you.

Lihada is a long sandy and pebbled beach with blue waters located on the western part of northern side of the island. The beach is ideal for those looking for tranquility. Excursion boats operate from the beach to the islands of Lihadonisia.

Limnionas is a long sandy and pebbled beach with turquoise waters and dense vegetation located on the central part of the island. The surrounding sea caves are ideal for exploration. There are taverns and restaurants in a close proximity from the beach.

Livadi is a sandy beach with cerulean waters located on the southern side of the island. It is an deserted beach ideal for those looking for total seclusion. The beach offers beautiful natural sceneries.

Megali Ammos is a sandy beach with blue waters located on the southern side of the island. It is a beautiful beach with strong currents ideal for lovers of windsurfing.

Mourteri is a long sandy and pebbled beach with turquoise waters located on the southern side of the island. It is an ideal beach for those seeking for relaxation and tranquility. There are taverns and restaurants in a close proximity from the beach.

Stomio is a long sandy and pebbled beach with turquoise waters and verdant vegetation located on the central part of the island. It is an ideal beach for those seeking for seclusion and tranquility. There are taverns and restaurants in a close proximity from the beach.

Petali is a pebbled beach with blue waters located on the central part of the island. It is a beautiful beach combining landscapes of the mountains and the sea ideal for lovers of nature. During the summer, a café restaurant operates at the beach.

Pefki is a long sandy beach with blue waters and verdant vegetation located on the northern side of the island. The beach has strong currents ideal for lovers of kite surfing. The surrounding area offers taverns and restaurants while there is also a camping site in the area.

Pili is a long sandy beach with emerald waters located on the northern side of the island. It is a beautiful beach with outstanding natural surroundings. There are taverns and restaurants in a close proximity from the beach.

Potami is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the northern side of the island. The beach is the longest beach of Cavo D’Oro with beautiful sand dunes lying on the mount of the stream Platanistos. It is a secluded beach ideal for those seeking for tranquility and relaxation.

Rovies is a pebbled beach with deep blue waters and pine trees located on the northern side of the island. It is one of the most popular beaches of the island. Rovies is well organized with numerous amenities including sunbeds and umbrellas, beach bars and taverns.

Sarakiniko is a long volcanic sandy and pebbled beach with turquoise waters located on the central part of the island. It is a beautiful beach with outstanding natural surroundings. The beach is ideal for lovers of nature.

Schinodavila is a white-pebbled beach with emerald waters located on the exit of the gorge of Agios Dimitrios on the central part of the island. It is one of the most impressive beaches of the island ideal for those seeking for total seclusion.

Soutsini is a pebbled beach with emerald waters located on the central part of the island. The beach is ideal for those looking for relaxation. During the summer, a beach bar operates at the beach.

Thapsa is a white pebbled beach with crystalline turquoise waters located on the central part of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of the island with dramatic sceneries. However, it is also one of the most inaccessible beaches of the island, as you will have to get there through a dirt road of ten kilometers.

Vythouri is a pebbled beach with turquoise waters located on the central part of the island. It is a secluded beach ideal for those looking for tranquility. Make sure you bring all the necessities with you, as the beach is totally isolated.

Zarakes is a white pebbled beach with emerald waters located on the southern side of the island. It is a beautiful beach ideal for those looking for relaxation. During the summer, two taverns operate at the beach.

Zastani is a pebbled beach with turquoise waters located on the southern side of the island. It is a secluded beach ideal for those looking for tranquility. Make sure you bring all the necessities with you, as the beach is totally isolated.

Coffee Corners, Gastronomic Delights and Cocktail Inspirations

Coffee Corners

1743: Coffee and Pastries, Steni

Alea Boutique Cafe: Coffee, Karystos

Apollon: Coffee, Aedipsos

Cavo Amarynthos Beach bar: Coffee, Amarynthos

Chovoli: Coffee, Karystos

Elati: Coffee, Steni

Galini: Coffee, Stropones

Level: Coffee, Eretria

Mostar: Coffee, Halkida

Pixida: Coffee, Kymi

Remezzo: Coffee, Limni

Gastronomic Delights

Alexandros: Greek Cuisine, Pili

Astron: Greek Cuisine, Limni

Balaouras: Seafood, Pefki

Bekatsas: Seafood, Kanatadika

Bella Vista: Seafood, Limn

Cavo D’oro: Greek Cuisine, Karystos

Filipas: Ouzo and Meze, Karystos

Gri Gri: Ouzo and Meze, Pefki

Hani: Greek Cuisine, Steni

Gorgona di Stefano: Seafood, Amarynthos

Kissos: Greek Cuisine, Ano Steni

Koutelοs: Seafood, Kymi

Korydallos: Greek Cuisine, Rovies

Kyma: Greek Cuisine, Istiaia

Lykos: Greek Cuisine, Eretria

Limanaki: Seafood, Amarynthos

Maravelis: Greek Cuisine, Aedipsos

Mitsikakos: Seafood, Marmari

Moorayo: Seafood, Agia Anna

O Psaras: Ouzo and Meze, Kymi

Ouzeri Kapetanios: Ouzo and Meze, Halkida

Pasifae: Seafood, Agia Anna

Pigadaki: Ouzo and Meze, Halkida

Psistiri: Grill House, Halkida

Stasinos: Seafood, Halkida

Trata: Seafood, Agia Anna

Tsaf: Seafood, Halkida

Cocktails Inspirations

Aegli Beach Bar: Cocktails and Drinks, Aedipsos

Gaz: Cocktails and Drinks, Halkida

Level: Cocktails and Drinks, Eretria

Mostar: Cocktails and Drinks, Halkida

Negro: Cocktails and Drinks, Halkida

Local Products & Specialties

The local products of the island include apricot liqueur, dairy products, honey, meat, olives, and wine.

The local specialties of the island include bonito baked on tile, chickpeas with rice, goglies and kourkoubines, a type of homemade pasta, keskeki, a dish made with pork meat, liligia, a recipe of hornbeam, lirokeftedes, a type of pumpkin pie, sini mandi, a chicken dish, and the desserts of hosaf, a stewed fruit, karydokourabiedes, a dish made with sugared buns and nuts, koulikia, a dish of buns with cinnamon and sesame, mimikia, a fried dessert with orange, eggs and flour, sykomagides, a desert made of figs, nuts, sesame and raki, and xas, a dessert made of cinnamon and syrup.

Events & Festivals

Every year, the Carnival of Euboea takes place in various villages of Euboea. The festivals host a series of traditional customs, celebrations and parades. Some of the most well known carnivals include the Carnival of Halkida, the Carnival of Eretria and the Carnival of Agia Anna

Every 1st of May, the Custom of Piperia takes place in the villages of Agia Anna and Rovies. A young boy is dressed with flowers and visits the houses of the village, singing and asking for money; the money is used either for a traditional feast or an infrastructure project.

Every June, the Montofoli International Music Festival takes place in the Montofoli Estate of Karystos. The festival hosts numerous musical events with the participation of local and international acclaimed artists.

Every 24th of June, the Custom of Klidonas takes place in the town of Kymi, where fires are lit using wreaths of flowers, and villagers jump over them.

Every end of June, the Enduro Mediterraneo Race takes place in the village of Steni.

Every July, the Squid Festival takes place in the village of Hiliadou. The feast hosts traditional music, dance and food.

Every 26th of July, the traditional celebration in honor of Agia Paraskevi takes place in the city of Halkida.

Every August, the Wine Festival of Karystos takes place in the town Karystos.

Every 16th of August, the Kyzikia Festival takes place in the village of Nea Artaki. The festival hosts a series of cultural and sports events for a period of one week.

Every summer, the Cultural Festival of Euboea takes place in the regions of Halkida, Eretria, Karystos, Lefkandi, Limni, Mantoudi and Vasilika. The festival hosts a series of events including music concerts, sports games, treasure hunts and art exhibitions.

Every 1st of September, the Open Air Commercial Fair takes place in the village of Steni. The fair includes an exhibition of local products.

History & Mythology

Mythology

According to mythology, the first inhabitants of the island were the Titans. When the Giants arrived on the island of Euboea, they fight against the Titans with the intention of conquering it. The fights between the mythological deities were so violent, that every time they took place there was an earthquake. Every earthquake of the prehistoric times was attributed to the fights between the Titans and the Giants. Another myth associated with the island is that Euboea was separated through a blow of the trident of God Poseidon from mainland Greece. Moreover, it is believed that the precious water of Aedipsos flowed for the first time when legendary Hephaestus beat the land with his hammer, as a favor to Goddess Athena who believed that the springs would keep healthy and power Hercules. At last, Euboea is among the possible birthplaces of Goddess Hera. The myth suggests that Hera was raised on Mount Ohi from the nymph Makri.

History

Archaeological findings show that Euboea was first inhabited in the Paleolithic period while important documents attest that the Ionians settled in the island in 1200 BC and continued to evolve into a number of larger settlements throughout the island during the Neolithic and Copper periods. The main industries of the economy of the island were agriculture and livestock, which shifted to shipping and commerce with Halkida and Eretria being the most important ancient cities of the island. Pottery exports made Halkida famous whereas Eretria was a renowned maritime city until the hereditary kingship came to an end in the beginning of the 8th century BC, and the new governance system of oligarchy arrived. During the ancient times, Euboea was a very powerful region, The people of Halkida and Eretria the colonized the Aegean Islands, Macedonia and Italy until the civil war of Lelantine took place between the two powerful cities. In the Classical times, the Persians attacked the island and destroyed the city of Halkida. Following the attacks, Halkida, Eretria and Istiea participated in the First Athenian Alliance. In the Roman Era, the cities of Euboea were not autonomous; however Karystos flourished owing to its renowned marble, Aedipsos attracted Roman emperors with its thermal springs and Halkida flourished as the center of activities of the island. Thereafter, Euboea was conquered from the Venetians, who used Euboea as their main naval base. During the Byzantine Empire, a series of churches and monasteries were built on the island even though Euboea was often attacked from pirate invasions. Euboea came into the prominence after the Fourth Crusade and it was divided into three fiefs under the protection and sovereignty of the Venetian Republic. Although the city of Halkida was well fortified, Mehmet II captured the city on July of 1470 and Euboea fall under the Ottoman Empire. Following the Greek Revolution of 1821, Euboea became a member of Greece in 1833.

Travel & Transport

By Boat: Numerous ferryboats operate to the island of Euboea. There are schedules from Arkitsa to Aedipsos and Agiokambos to Glyfa to access North Euboea on a daily basis all year round. Also, there are schedules from Oropos to Eretria to get to Central Euboea on a daily basis all year round while there are also schedules from Agia Marina to Styra and Rafina to Marmari on a daily basis all year round. Book your tickets with FerriesinGreece.com !

By Car: Euboea is connected to the mainland Greece. In order to get to North Euboea, you will have to follow the National Road of Athens to Lamia and take the exit towards Arkitsa. In order to get to North Euboea, you will have to follow the National Road of Athens to Lamia and take the exit towards Shimatari. Continuing this road, you will pass the bridge of Halkida and get to Central Euboea. In order to get to South Euboea, you will have to follow the National Road of Athens to Lamia and take the exit towards Shimatari. Continuing this road, you will pass the bridge of Halkida and get to Central Euboea. Then, you will continue the road network towards South Euboea. Another way to get to South Euboea is to travel to the harbor of Rafina and get the boat to the town of Karystos.

By Train: One can get the train from the Central Station of Larissis in Athens to travel to the city of Halkida. The journey usually lasts two hours. Find more information from the Official Website of Trainose.

Mysterious Greece Tips

4 Seasons: Spring, Autumn, Summer or Winter?

The nature and geography of Euboea is divided into tree distinctive parts. The northern side of the island is fertile and forested, the central part of the island is mountainous and the south part of the island is barren and wild. Which one will you choose?

Spring in Euboea

In spring, the beauty of the countryside and the verdant mountainous sceneries of the island are outstanding! Bird watchers will have the opportunity to encounter endangered bird species including Eleonora and Peregrine Falcon, Bonelli’s Eagle, Honey Buzzard and Retzschmar’s Bunting while lovers of nature will get ecstatic from the verdant sceneries of Nileas Gorge and the Forest of Kastanaloggos. The rich flora of Xiro Oros blooms with rare white and pink peonies while the verdant vegetation of the waterfalls of Drymonas is simply wonderful! Northern Euboea is probably the best gateway from a real spring paradise!

Summer in Euboea

As all the islands of Greece, so Euboea is an ideal destination for summer explorations. The eastern coast of the island is well known for its beautiful pristine beaches, as they border with the Aegean Sea. These include the beaches of Hiliadou, Kalamos, Korasida, Mourteri, Schinodavila and Vythouri. The beautiful town of Karystos in south Euboea is an ideal place for exploring the south part of the island. Actually, the wider area of southern Euboea is blessed with wonderful beaches and seaside villages, ideal for summer vacations. Another ideal summer destination is the spa town of Aedipsos renowned for its thermal springs since antiquity along with the seaside town of Eretria on the northern part of the island. Other summer destinations include the seaside village of Limni that has been characterized as one of the most beautiful villages of Euboea and the village of Agia Anna, which is renowned for one of the best camping sites in Greece.

Autumn in Euboea

In autumn, the captivating colours and the blossoming flowers will definitely capture your attention! Autumn is also beginning of harvesting of the products of Euboea. Agroutourism activities can be found on the hinterland of the island! Bird watchers will have the opportunity to encounter endangered bird species including Eleonora and Peregrine Falcon, Bonelli’s Eagle, Honey Buzzard while the beautiful golden sceneries of the gorge of Dimosaris and the forests of Kastanaloggos and Steni will fill you up with happiness. Steni forest has an important ecological and aesthetic value owing to the combination of the floral diversity and geomorphology and the hydrological features.

Winter in Euboea

Who said that the islands are only for summer? You will be dazzled from the winter sceneries that Euboea has to offer! Characterized as one of the most beautiful villages of Euboea, Steni nestles on the mountain slopes of Dirfyos. It is one of the most popular winter resorts of the country! Nearby, you will find the charming settlement of Seta. The mountain breeze full of oxygen makes the village an ideal destination for the winter. The mountainous village of Cavo D’Oro on the southern part of Euboea are also ideal for winter vacations. Known for their rich flora and fauna, the villages are ideal for hiking and mountaineering excursions.

Agrotourism in Euboea

Are you looking for simplicity, harmony, clean air, warm hospitality and relaxed atmosphere? If yes, you should definitely visit the verdurous villages of Limni and Rovies. The charming agrotourism lodges lies in beautiful rural settings offering activities in nature!

An Excursion to the Islands of Lihadonisia and Petalioi

Scattered pieces of land in the sea, two miniatures archipelago of deserted islands and rocky reefs form the utopia of Lihadonisia and Petalioi. These mysterious islands invite you to explore the beautiful landscapes and the pristine beaches of the islands. The landscapes of the blue sea and the sceneries of the verdant vegetation create sceneries of pristine natural sceneries. Rocky shores, golden sandy beaches, turquoise waters and verdant vegetation form the dreamy experience that one would definitely envy. Excursion boats operate from Marmari to Petalioi and from Agios Georgios to Lihadonisia.

Bird Watching in Euboea

The flora and fauna of Euboea is quite remarkable. The island has the perfect environment for thousands native and migratory birds. In fact, Euboea stands for 36 wetlands with high ecological value that serve as major stations and shelters of migratory birds. Particularly in the mountainous areas of Euboea, one will have the opportunity to encounter endangered bird species including Eleonora and Peregrine Falcon, Bonelli’s Eagle, Honey Buzzard and Retzschmar’s Bunting. Central Euboea is the most popular area for bird watching. Others include the Lake of Dystos, the Lagoons of Kanatadika and Mikro and Megalo Livari, the Gorge of Agios Dimitrios and the Rivers of Lilandas and Kolovrehtis.

Blessed from the Winds: Kitesurfing or Windsurfing?

Euboea is known for its ideal conditions for lovers of kitesurfing and windsurfing, as the island gets really windy especially in the summer. The kite park of Lefkandi, the beaches of Hrisi Ammos, Kanatadika, Karystos, Marmari and Pefki are ideal locations for kite surfing lovers while the beaches of Hrisi Ammos, Limni, Karystos, Marmari and Kohyli are ideal for wind surfing lovers.

Camping on Euboea

Are you in love with nature? The finest beaches for free camping include Heromilos, Hiliadou, Limnionas and Potami. Keep in mind, however, that free camping is prohibited from the State of Greece.

Dedicate a Day to the Archaeological Site of Eretria

The Archaeological Site of Eretria is one of the most ancient cities of the island located on the western side of the city of Eretria. Archaeological excavations have brought to light the remnants of the ancient town protected from defensive fortifications dating back to the archaic times. The relics of ancient Eretria survive scattered beneath the modern city across the area of the coast up to the hillside to the north. The most important monuments of the site include the temple of Apollo Dafniforos that served as the religious center of worship within the core of the city, the Temple of Iseion that served as a place for worship to the deities of Egypt, the House of Mosaics distinguished for its elegant pebbled mosaics depicting mythological scenes, the Tomb of Erotes that served as a vaulted burial chamber and the ancient theatre that is one of the oldest known theatres of the country. Archaeological findings from the site are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Eretria.

Discover All About the Fortification Architecture of Euboea

The Tower of Vasiliko dominates the central square of the village of Vasiliko. It is one of the biggest towers of the island that was constructed from the Venetians during the 13th century with the intention of protecting the surrounding areas from invasions. The tower was restored in 2010. Today, it serves as an information center for the fortification architecture of Euboea.

Driving Explorations

The countryside of Euboea is an ideal place for driving explorations. One of the most beautiful driving routes of Greece can be explored in Euboea! This route passes through the river of Kireas on the northern part of the island. The river distinguishes for its natural beauty, its verdant vegetation and its wooden bridges. One can visit the river from the village of Psahna that leads to the northern side until the villages of Agios, Neos Pagontas and Prokopi. It is worth making a stop at the river to cross one of the hanging wooden bridges and enjoy a coffee at the local cafeteria.

Explore the Villages of Cavo D’Oro

Cape Kafireas, else known as Cavo D’Oro is a promontory on the southeastern tip of Euboea. The villages nestling on the mountain slopes of Cavo D’Oro are some of the remotest villages of the island. Time seems to have stopped several decades ago in these villages. The sceneries are dry and barren dominated from wild beauty landscapes, gorges and craggy shorelines. The majority of the villages nestle at a high altitude in lush valleys. Going from south to north, the most predominant settlements include Kastri, Platanistos, Panohori, Andia, Komito, Evangelismos, Kapsouri, Thymi, Zaharia, Amygdalia and Schizali. Platanistos is the largest village with numerous sights including two stone bridges, the waterfalls and the windmills along with the archaeological site of Hellinika. Andia is renowned for the linguistic idiom of the locals. Outside from Andia, the left dirt road leads to the famous chestnut forest of Kastanaloggos. The village of Komito is located just 6.5 kilometers away from Andia. Outside Komito, the right fork leads to Evangelismos village and if you continue straight on the main asphalt road, you will find the village of Kapsouri that stands close to the imposing gorge of Archamboli. The next junction, after three kilometers, leads to the deserted settlement of Drymonari while 3.5 kilometers away you will find the village of Thymi and then Zaharia. It is worth keep driving towards the village of Amygdalia, as it is the liveliest village of the area. Continuing on the main road, you will find Vrestides and Prinia, while following the right handed junctions you will find legendary Cavo D’Oro and the famous rock of Arapis, the biggest fear of seafarers. On the tip of the cape, you will find the chapel of Agios Grigorios.

Explore the Island of Skyros

Enwrapped from the blue waters of the Aegean, Skyros holds a bucket of experiences enchanting the travellers with the alterations of natural sceneries. Sandy seashores and rugged coastlines showcase the extremities of Skyros. Are you pursuing in wandering around the whitewashed labyrinthine alleys of Hora or driving the wild west routes of the southern seashore and swimming to the verdant beaches of the northern coastline? Skyros has it for you. The unimaginable beauties of this island will astonish you with numerous contradictions of nature. Hora of Skyros is one of the most beautiful villages of the Aegean embellished with whitewashed houses and fuchsia bougainvillea hanging over the spectacular slopes of the mountain. An atmosphere of authenticity is waiting for you to discover the countless beauties and mysterious treasures of Skyros! Excursions boats operate from the harbor of Kymi.

Find More Information about Euboea

If you want to discover the entire island of Euboea, it is highly recommended to get information from the following websites; North Euboea Guide, Euboea Guide and South Euboea Guide.

Hiking Higher than Highest

Ascending to the peak of Xiro Oros offers panoramic views to Mount Olympus and Parnassus. The trail begins from the waterfalls of Drymonas located between the village of Drymonas and Kerasia. At the entrance of the trail to the waterfalls, there is a wooden plaque of the Forest Service of the Lake. Passing by the waterfalls, one will find the asphalt road. At this point, there is a wooden house. The path to Xiro Oros is quite difficult with a slight incline. However, the beautiful route passes through verdant sceneries and beautiful sceneries. The peak is at an altitude of 990 meters. If the atmosphere is clear, you might even see Mount Athos! The views are really rewarding! Discover more information from the Mountaineering Club of Halkida.

It’s Sunset Time

The beach of Loukissia just across the inner part of the island of Euboea provides one of the best sunset spots in this part of Greece! Don’t forget your camera, as you will feel speechless from this unique spectacle of nature!

Kayaking Experiences

The opportunity to practice kayak in Euboea is definitely an unforgettable experience. You will have the chance to admire spectacular rocky formations and the beautiful beaches! The river of Manikiatis on the eastern part of central Euboea and the lake of Dystos on southern part of central Euboea are two of the most beautiful destinations for those wanting to practice kayak.

Mountaineering to the Mountains of Euboea

The central part of Euboea is dominated from huge mountains. Dirfyos Mount is the highest mountain of Euboea located in the central part of the island. The mountain range of Dirfyos has rugged terrain and remarkable flora and fauna. The slopes of the mountain are blessed with dense vegetation of chestnut, oak and fir trees and numerous springs and streams. The highest peak is the area of Delphi reaching an altitude of 1734 meters with panoramic views of the Aegean Sea and the Euboean Gulf. Numerous sign posted trails are offered for hiking and walking lovers. Ohi Mount dominates the southernmost tip of the island from the area of Karystos till the cape of Kafireas. The mountain is endowed from a variety of landscapes owing to the geographical position and the diversity of the terrain. The northeast part of the mountain has steep forested slopes intersected from ravines while the southwest part is smoother with rising cliffs. Numerous trails are offered for hiking lovers.

Mysterious Euboea

Grab your keys and start driving! It’s time to visit the hinterland of Euboea! The village of Agios Athanasios and Kambia are known for its dense vegetation and its natural springs while the waterfalls of Drymonas stand for their unparalleled beauty. As for Kerasia village, it has enormous paleontological interest home to the renowned Petrified of Kerasia. One will have the opportunity to admire panoramic views from the balcony of the Aegean else known as Kymi while the village of Limni is distinguished for its traditional character and its neoclassical mansions. In Karystos, you will find the imposing castle of Castello Rosso while crossing the gorge of Dimosaris will definitely take your breath away! Hiking up to the peak of Ohi Mount and the Dragon House will leave you speechless from the unimaginable views while the lovely settlement of Steni will cherish you with its mountainous beauty! Grab a map and start exploring millions of worlds!

Natural Springs with Therapeutic Properties

The thermal springs of Aedipsos is the most important spa town of the country located on the northern side of the island. The thermal healing springs of the area are known since ancient times known from the scripts of Aristotle and Plutarch. Aedipsos has more than eighty spring sources with high temperatures, ranging from twenty-eight to eighty degrees of Celsius, that are beneficial for the human body particularly for diseases including arthritis, rheumatism, lumbagos, migraines, tendonitis and injuries.

Observe the Tidal Phenomenon of Halkida

Although the tidal currents are weak in the eastern Mediterranean, the strait of Euripus is a remarkable exception. The strait is subject to strong tidal currents with reverse direction four times a day. The waters of the channel move continuously while changing the direction of movement and the water of the sea stops moving for about eight minutes. These tides occur because the sun and the moon pull on the earth’s sea. For this reason, tides change according to the position of the earth in relation to the moon and the sun. If you even visit the island, visit Halkida and observe this mysterious phenomenon from the bridge.

Observing like an Olympian God

Euboea is like an observation point in the Aegean. Climb up to Castello Rosso in Karystos and the balcony of Euboea, Kymi, to enjoy the views to the sea or visit the monastery of Galataki in Ano Vathia and the monastery of Agia Irini Chrisovalandou in Rovies to admire the verdant sceneries of the surrounding area. The beach of Kanatadika offers beautiful views towards the prefecture of Magnesia. If you want to admire wild sceneries, head to the chapel of Agios Grigorios standing on the tip of the promontory of Cavo D’Oro!

Off Road Experiences

One of the most intriguing off road driving routes of the island is the one passing through the river of Kireas. Lush vegetation, wild beauty landscapes and astonishing sceneries will definitely stimulate your adrenaline!

Unique Museum: The Largest Embalmed Bird Collection in Greece

The Natural History Museum of Istiea was an initiative of the hunting club of the area that was created with the intention of preserving a wide collection of embalmed animals. The museum constitutes a science foundation and exhibits the largest collection of birds in Greece along with a collection of mammals, shells, insects, rocks and minerals.

Wine Experiences

The wine tradition of Greece dates back to the 3rd millennium BC. The climate and the soil of Euboea are the main determinants of the fine quality of its wines. Today, Euboea has numerous wineries that produce remarkable labels with international acclaimed awards. Visitors will have the opportunity to visit many wineries and have wine tasting sessions and learn about the harvesting techniques. It is worth mentioning that the Wine Festival of Karystos is held in the end of July.

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Agios Merkourios Beach: Sin77 by Panoramio

Aedipsos Town: Dimitrios Lamprou by Panoramio

Akti Beach: Dimitris Lambidis by Pbase.com

Aliveri Town: Konstantinos Katsos by Panoramio

Ancient Theatre EretriaEretrianews.gr

Cape Cavo Doro: Giannoulis & Eleni by Panoramio

Castello Rosso: Adiako by Panoramio

Dirfyos Mountain View: Tasos K by Panoramio

Drakospito at Ochi: Nikos Frouzakis by Panoramio

Drymonas Waterfalls: Nibe06 by Panoramio

Gorge of Agios Dimitrios: Ch Georg by Panoramio

Heromilos Beach: Grussos by Panoramio

Hiliadou Bay: Maba by Panoramio

Islet of Agios Nikolaos in Hellinika: Kostas Kartsaklis by Panoramio

Kalamos Beach: Vgisakis by Panoramio

Kanatadika Beach: Vagelis Kontogeorgakos

Karystos Town: Montofoli Winery

Kireas Bridge: Vangelis Ferelis by Panoramio

Korasida BeachGuglax by Panoramio

Kymi Village: Cătălin Nenciu by Panoramio

Limni Village: Tsolakian by Panoramio

Marmari View to Petalioi: Greekprimeestate.com

Metohi VillageGo2metochi.files.wordpress.com

Niborio Village: Archimedes Nikolakis by Panoramio

Nileas Gorge: Grussos by Panoramio

River Forest: Dimitris Karkanis by Flickr

Steni Village: Kostas Z by Panoramio

Vithouri Beach: Kostvil by Panoramio

Zastani Beach: Jsugar by Panoramio