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Greec­e’s sec­ond larg­est is­land af­ter Crete has a very

var­ied green land­scape, wonderful beaches and

inter­est­ing his­tor­i­cal mon­u­ments from an­tiq­ui­ty,

the Byz­an­tine era, and the pe­ri­od of Frank­ish and Ve­ne­tian dom­i­na­tion.

EVIA

 

AGIA ANNA | NORTHEASTERN EVIA

 

E­VIA

A long, nar­row is­land run­ning par­allel to the east coast of Cen­tral Greece, it is con­nect­ed to the main­land near its mid­dle at Hal­ki­da, where there is a bridge over the Ev­ri­pos chan­nel — one of the few plac­es in the Med­i­ter­ra­ne­an which has a not­able tide. Ev­ia has had a long his­to­ry. Its an­cient city-states peaked in the 5th c. BC and were de­stroyed dur­ing the Ro­man con­quest. They flour­ished again dur­ing the Byz­an­tine era, af­ter which the is­land fell to the Franks, Ve­ne­tians and Turks. It was lib­er­at­ed in 1830. The land­scape of Ev­ia is in­fi­nite­ly var­ied. Bar­ren, sto­ny and moun­tain­ous in the south, the north is thick­ly fo­rest­ed and green. One can ex­plore Ev­ia by fol­low­ing three routes start­ing out from Hal­ki­da, the is­land’s cap­i­tal. Of the var­i­ous sights in Hal­ki­da, we sug­gest a walk to the Kas­tro dis­trict with its Folk­lore Mu­seum, a vis­it to the town’s Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal Mu­seum, and a walk along the wa­ter­front, next to the Ev­ri­pos bridge.

 

 

NORTH­ERN E­VIA

Head­ing north out of Hal­ki­da, a de­tour af­ter Nea Ar­ta­ki will take you to Pol­i­ti­ka, where you should take a look at its square shad­ed with plane trees and its beach. Get­ting back on­to the main road, fol­low the signs to the love­ly sea­side town of Lim­ni and the ven­er­able Gal­a­ta­ki Con­vent set amidst superb, lush scen­ery near a se­ries of sandy beach­es. A lit­tle way up the coast, between the moun­tains and the sea, is the vil­lage of Ro­vies, still

at­trac­tive de­spite tour­ist de­vel­op­ment.

Ai­dip­sos, a spa town, is next on the route. It’s on­ly wor­thy of a stop if you feel like bath­ing in its sul­phur­ous hot springs. Oth­er­wise, con­tin­ue on un­til you come to the turn-off for Gre­gol­i­ma­no with its won­der­ful beach. To get to it, how­ev­er, you have to go through the en­trance to the Club Med. Re­turn­ing to the main road again, you can continue your tour of north­ern Evia, pass­ing through Is­tiaia and driv­ing as far as Gouves with its 18th c. Dro­si­ni Tow­er, once owned by the Greek poet Georgios Drosinis, the World War II

de­fenc­es and the med­ie­val cas­tle.

 

evia, morthern evia, landscape in evia, greeceHeading south from Gouves,  the village of Agia Anna, built on the sides of a hill inhabited since the stone age, features magnificent vistas of the whole area, a folk museum and the most amazing Carnival celebrations.

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Agkali, the Agia Anna beach is one of the longest beaches in Europe. This part of Evia  will give you the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy the blue of the Aegean sea, love­ly fo­rest­ed scen­ery, deep canyons and streams ideal for hikes,  nature drives,  horseback riding and even for extreme sports.

 

FROM HAL­KI­DA TO KA­RYS­TOS

Tak­ing the road south of Hal­ki­da, the first place worth a stop is Ere­tria, a sum­mer re­sort. Here you can see the ruins of the an­cient city and thea­tre and the finds dis­played in the ex­cel­lent Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal Mu­seum.  Driv­ing along the coast will bring you to the in­dus­tri­al town of Al­i­ve­ri and then to Dys­tos, once a lake, now a marsh sur­round­ing an over­grown an­cient acrop­o­lis. Af­ter this, the road cross­es farm­ing coun­try dot­ted with lit­tle vil­lag­es, even­tu­al­ly ar­riv­ing at Sty­ra, where there are some strange an­cient stone con­struc­tions, known lo­cal­ly as Drag­on­hous­es, on the moun­tain­side.

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Ka­rys­tos, at the end of our tour, is a port town, or­ga­nized on a grid, with a few neo-classical build­ings, some good fish ta­ver­nas and pleas­ant beach­es, over­looked by the Ve­ne­tian fort, Cas­tel­lo Ros­so.

 

CROSS­ING THE MOUN­TAINS FROM HAL­KI­DA TO KY­MI

On this route, af­ter you reach Nea Ar­ta­ki, pro­ceed to the pic­tu­resque vil­lage of Ste­ni in the foot­hills of Mt Dirf­ys, which lends it­self to hikes and climbs. Push on to the moun­tain vil­lage of

Stro­pones with its love­ly square and ven­er­able plane tree, ka­fen­ions and ta­ver­nas. From here you can con­tin­ue on to the at­trac­tive stone hous­es of Ky­mi and its port, where the boats leave for Sky­ros, though the road con­di­tion de­te­ri­orates.

 

 

 

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