Chalkida (Evia Island)
Chalkida (Evia Island)
The island's name derived from Evia, daughter of river Asopus or by an ancient word that means "rich in cattle" and indicates the island's rich nature. Evia has been inhabited since pre historic times and Chalkida, the capital, was one of the first towns in Evia and is referred to by Homer.
Evia's major areas to discover: beautiful and lively capital Chalkida, the town with the "crazy waters", popular Agia Anna, Agiokampos, Agios Georgios, Aidipsos, a beautiful green area with natural spa, Aliveri, Amarinthos, Almiropotamos, greeny and wonderful Pefki, Avlonari, Vasilika, beautiful Kymi, Gouves, Drosia, Eretria, Istiaia, Karystos, Kechries, famous and picturesque Limni, Mantoudi, Nea Artaki, Nea Styra, Petries, Marmari, Politika, renowned Skyros, the southernmost island of Northern Sporades, Steni, Psachna, Oreoi, etc.
How to reach Evia: By car across an iron bridge, via Chalkida, by buses from Athens, by ship (from Agia Marina to Nea Styra and Panagia Almiropotamos), from Oropos to Eretria, from Rafina to Karystos and Marmari, from Agios Konstantinos to Aidipsos, Limni, Chalkida, Oreoi, Pefki, Platania (Pelion), Skiathos Island, Skopelos Island, Alonissos Island and Skyros Island), by train from Piraeus and Athens to Chalkis.
The island offers a great variety of museums and archaeological sites, such as ancient theater of Eretria, ancient fortress at Villa Evia, archaeological museums in Skyros, Chalkida and Karystos, etc., Dragon houses (drakospita) in South Evia, Steni forest, mount Dirfi, caves of Evia, Sanctuary of Artemis Prosioas, Karababas Castle and Red House (Kokkino Spiti) in Chalkida, Folklore Museum in Agia Anna and Kymi, Monastery of St. Irene Chrysovalantou, Thermae Sylla spa wellness hotel, Church of St. John the Russian in New Procopius, Drosini Tower, in Gouves, the old bridge of Chalkida, Aidipsos spa town, greeny beaches and picturesque areas of Northern Evia etc..
Beaches worth visiting in Evia: famous Chiliadou beach, Agia Anna, probably the most popular beach of the island, Rovies, Saint Georgios, Vythouri, Korasida, Saint Dimitrios, Lefkandi, Mourteri, Pefki, Petries, Kalamos on the road for Kimi, near to Neochori village and right to Perivolia village, Klimaki, Alykes, Armyrichi, Limnionas, Zarakes, Galataki, Petali, Kanatadika, etc.