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Evia, the second largest island of Greece and the third in the eastern Mediterranean, is located close to the Prefecture of Attica. However, it has a somewhat mainland character, since two bridges - the modern, suspended one and the older, sliding one - link it to mainland Greece, called "Sterea Ellada”. 

The prefecture of Evia (which also includes the island of Skiros), is next to the prefecture of Viotia on the east and on the south touches the Aegean Sea, on the north and northwest to the Pagasitiko and Maliako Gulf, while on the west and southwest with the north and south Evian Gulf. 

Evia has wonderful beaches, a pleasant climate, renowned monuments, many thermal sources and tasty food and is, therefore, a popular and nearby destination for the inhabitants of Athens. The island extends over a surface of 3,580 km2, its coastline is 48 km long and it has 220,000 inhabitants.

Castelrosso, Karystos

Various findings in several parts of the area (Istiaia, Kirinthos, Psachna, Amarynthos, Artaki, Karistos etc) evidence that Evia was inhabited from the Paleolithic Era. Important archeological finding have been excavated fro the period of copper. Ruins dating back to the Early Helladic period have been found in Lefkanti, Vasiliko and in Manika, Chalkida, while in Oreoi and Aliveri ruins of the Middle Helladic period have been found. Finally, tombs and ruins of post Hellenic and Mycenaean era have been excavated in many areas of Chalkida. 

The ancient cities of Evia established important colonies in the Mediterranean sea (Chalkidiki, Asia Minor, Southern Italy), while Eretria was one of the most powerful cities during the Classic period. During the Byzantine era, Evia was very prosperous and formed part of the Department of Greece. During the Ottoman occupation, Evia was under Turkish control even after Kapodistrias’ arrival, and it joined to Greece only after the firman of 13th of June 1830.
After the tragedy of Asia Minor in 1922 a lot of refugees installed themselves permanently in Nea Artaki and Nea Lampsakos, as well as in refugee settlements in Chalkida and Amarynthos. During the Second World War, Evia was bombarded by the Germans while the resistance of the locals was very strong.



Day trip to Chalkida

Set out on a day trip from Athens to Halkída, the capital of Evia Island! Chalkida is famous for its old (Sliding) Bridge Negroponte, the Strait of Euripus, where you can watch the famous tidal...

Aghia Anna

An ancient traditional village preserving the local manners and customs. Aghia Anna is built in the shape of an amphitheatre near Agkali, one of the most beautiful beaches of Evia. The village of...
A tour around Northern Evia

Beginning in Chalkida, set out on a fascinating journey around the northern part of the island of Evia in Southern Greece. Follow the road from Chalkida to Aidipsos and explore a lesser known part of...
Bath town Aidipsos

The power of nature at the man’s service Aidipsos is probably the most famous spa-town in Greece! This cute little town is situated in Northern Evia and is connected to the mainland by ferry from...

“The roads are broken, the south wind is blowing, and me all alone saying: what a city!”: this is how Giannis Skaribas, the famous writer from Chalkida, praises the city of “mad waters”. Only 80...

Eretria is a coastal town in Evia and the "gateway” of the island, as it can be reached by ferry from Oropos, Attica. Built in the place of the glorious ancient city-state, Eretria was a dominant...
Steni Dirfis

It is located on the highest point of Evia, on mount Dirfi, built on an impressive gorge with running waters and many platans. It is a quiet and traditional village, base of the municipality of...
The mysterious Dragonhouses of Evia

A very challenging archaeological wonder lies in the area of Southern Evia: it’s the 25 famous huge constructions called Drakóspita (=Dragonhouses). Always located on steep and dominating location,...
Tour in the city of Aliveri

Built on a hill, in the shape of an amphitheater and near the sea, Aliveri is an industrial town of Evia with rich lignite deposits. It was the center of rebellion in South Evia during the first part...
Tour in the city of Chalkida

What to see in Chalkida:  The old (sliding) Negroponte bridge, in the channel of Eyripos. The bridge was constructed in the time of Ioustinanios and has been restored three times -the last...
Tour in the city of Limni Evias

Limni Evias is a small coastal town, beautiful all year long. Its architecture and town planning remind us of an island settlement. Limni Evias is located 80 km NW of...

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