Evia Travel Guide
The ideal starting point for exploring the island is its capital Halkida, which is connected to the mainland via a swing bridge across the narrow Evispos Straits. A lively industrial and agricultural town it has little in the way of a real tourist industry but warrants a day trip to visit some of its places of historical interest including the Archaeological Museum and the Byzantine basilica Agia Paraskevic.
To the south of Halkida is ancient Eretica, once the second most important city on Evia. The excavations reveal ancient baths, remains of the Temple of Dafniforos Apollo, a splendid mosaic at the Paleasta and a theatre with unique subterranean passageways once used by actors.
The most popular resort on the island is Edipsos. The site of an ancient today it is home to Greece’s most state-of-the-art hydrotherapy/physiotherapy centres, which attracts people seeking treatment the world over. Edipos is also a thriving modern seaside resort capable of catering for up to 25,000 tourists at a time. There are abundant restaurants, cafes, tavernas, bars and ouzeries, and the entertainment is as good and as varied as you’ll find anywhere else in Greece. The beaches are beautiful and the sea crystal clear, with watersports well supported.
Trekking and mountain climbing are very popular on Evia, the fertile landscape offers myriad surprises. Mount Difri has the highest summit on the Island and has a climbing school open to visitors. There is also a ski resort that opens throughout the winter months. To the north east is the fascinating town of Kimi situated 250m above sea level, it overlooks the Aegean Sea directly opposite the island of Skyros. It is believed to predate the Trojan War and is filled with picturesque traditional architecture. Evia is renowned for its traditional fairs that occur all year round. The locals dress in typical costumes and enjoy folk singing, folk dancing and traditional food and drink.
Evia’s charm lies in its low-tech attitude towards tourism. The local inhabitants generally interact freely with the visitors and it is to their credit that they have created a thriving industry that works not against, but towards the preservation of the traditions they so obviously strive to uphold.
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