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General Information for Evia

Evia Evia the second largest island - after Crete - is joined to mainland by a connecting forty-meter bridge. Mythology has it that a blow from Poseidon’s trident separated Evia from Attica and Thessaly. Scientists, however, give earthquakes as a more plausible explanation. Whichever version you accept, Evia, is an extremely beautiful island and her incredibly charming landscape will spellbind you. Visiting friends - in Northern Evia - I was captivated by an awesome scenery. An idyllic landscape: a verdant pine-covered hill descending down to a sandy shore - surrounded by rocks and just across lies a rocky inlet awaiting to be explored. Indeed an intriguing place that gives you the impression of your special Camelot. Evia has a privileged geographical position. Since access to it is uncomplicated and the options offered to visitors many, tourist numbers are constantly increasing. Cities and villages, despite the modern fast pace, retain their traditions and customs. Throughout the island you will encounter historical monuments and remnants of an ancient civilization, especially medieval fortresses and priceless monasteries - most of them built on the grounds of ancient temples. The capital of Evia, Halkida, a modern city, stands on both sides of the Euripus channel: the Evian and that of the mainland. The quay built to the left and the right of the channel is very impressive.

There the visitor can admire the technological creation and the peculiarity of the natural whirlpool of the strait of Euripus, where the sea currents change direction from north to south and vice versa every six hours. A unique tidal phenomenon.

The shortest point to Evia from Athens is approximately 31 miles and about 56 miles from Athens to the prefecture of Halkida. Near Halkida, Avlida - the historical area - where Agamemnon had gathered all his Greek armies to carry out the Trojan attack - is situated. Homer refers to Evia in the Iliad (Rhapsody B-verses 535-542). And the entire island and most particularly Halkida, is of special archaeological interest. The area flourished during the classical and Hellenistic periods, and excavations have confirmed that Halkida had been inhabited much earlier. Besides the physical beauty and monuments admire the archeological finds: The Temple of Artemis of Avlida; the ancient theatre, the temple of Isidos; the ancient baths of Eretria; the site of ancient Eretria is noteworthy - although much of it is underground. Few remains are speckled around, most prominently being an agora and the Temple of Apollo. The monuments of Manika; the Paleolithic findings of Artakes, the Red Castle - Karistos, etc... Among the physical monuments admire: The Ravine of Aghali; the fossil forest of Kerasia in N. Evia, Caves with stalactites; aquatic bird sancuaries and not only.

Museums: Archeological (Tel.: 25131) the Folklore and the Municipal Gallery of Halkida.

Outskirts: Aghios Menas (2 1/2 miles from Halkida), on the Evian coast promises you calmness and tranquillity. Bourtzi (5 miles) for swimming and fresh seafood.

Vasilikos-Phylla-Lefkanti (appr. 6-8 miles). The most fertile and historical plain of Evia. The Lilantio field is situated in Vasilikos, where also you can see the old mansions, the flour-mill and the Church of Panaghia. In Lefkanti, a wonderful beach and nearby Phylla, admire the view from the Venetian Castle of Lykarios.

Appreciate the lovely scenery towards the monastery of Aghios Georgios Armas (13th-14th century). Artake (5 miles), a tourist resort known for its hotels, clubs and tavernas. Steni (20 miles) at the slopes of Mt Dirfi, enjoy an enchanting landscape. The village is built in the highest point of Evia, where the road goes through to the mountaineering and ski shelters; Stropones (29 miles) a majestic mountainous village that does not remind you of an island at all. From here you can reach the most beautiful beach of Evia Hiliathou; among others: Psahna; Daphne; Prokopi on the way to Mantouthi you will see a gigantic plane tree 32m in perimeter over 2.000 years old. Outside of Prokopi there is the known monastery of St John the Russian; Limne, amphitheatrically built; and many more in Northern Evia. Southern Evia: Eretria - the second largest town - (13 miles) a coastal town Amarythos (19 miles), picturesque town with tourist activity. Lepoura (33 1/2 miles), the crossroad of the route to Kymi and Karystos, two lovely outskirts offering idyllic shores. Justifiably Kymi is known as the balcony of the Aegean, since the view of the sea is panoramic. Edipsos (Loutra) (72 miles), one of the oldest and best spas (therapeutic hot springs), attracting people suffering from any ache and pain. Many other settlements offer you wonderful experiences and due to the proximity of Evia to Sporades, many more possibilities exist.