Holidays in Eubea, a pearl among the Greek islands
Discovering Euboea, one of the most beautiful, economical and little tourist Greek islands, among marvelous beaches, historic cities and archaeological sites
Ideal for those who do not like the places besieged by mass tourism, Eubèa or Evia stretches for about 170 kilometers and is connected to the mainland by a road bridge over the Strait of Euripo that joins the city of Chalcis, the island’s capital with the eastern coasts of Greece. Located in the Aegean Sea is the second largest island after Crete and offers many opportunities, including beautiful beaches, historic cities and archaeological sites that are worth a visit.
Thanks to its strategic position, Evia has always been a safe route for sailors, often becoming a crossroads of ideas and cultures and a succession of different dominations. Euboea has very ancient origins. The region was inhabited by Ionian populations and the two cities of Chalkida and Eretria were very flourishing throughout history and played a key role in the Greek colonization of the north-west Aegean, Magna Graecia and Sicily.
In the VI century BC it came under the dominion of the Athenians while the Romans arrived there in the third century BC. Later during the Byzantine period many churches and monasteries were built until the thirteenth century, when it passed to the Republic of Venice which changed its name to Negroponte, holding it until the Turkish conquest in 1470. Later, in 1830 it was re-annexed to Greece, after centuries of Ottoman domination. Eubea’s entrance gate is the city of Chalkida, connected to the mainland by an iron bridge, from which ferries depart and arrive.
Euboea can be visited both in winter and in summer. To get there just stop at Athens Airport and from here take the train or bus to Calcide which is about 90 kilometers from the Greek capital. But the island has a vast network of roads and you can then easily explore it by car or travel by bus. Sparsely known and frequented by foreign tourists, the island of Evia, is one of the main tourist destinations for the Greeks, especially by the Athenians who spend their weekends or summer holidays here. In addition, it still offers absolutely cheap and inexpensive prices compared to other Greek islands.
Its ancient capital is Calcide which, in addition to being the main point of connection to the mainland, today presents itself as a modern city dotted with bars, restaurants and shops. You can find them in the main street or in the small port where you can stroll, drink a bit of “tsipouro” or eat a good Greek seafood dish. But Calcide is also a city with 3000 years of history. Here you will find an interesting Archaeological Museum with several exhibits from all over the island, and the ruins of some ancient temples, including the ancient fortress of Karababa, built by the Turks in the 15th century to protect the city from the Venetians.
To the south, the second largest city is Eretria, an important financial and cultural center in ancient Greece, with its Archaeological Museum and the ruins of an ancient theater destroyed in part by the Romans in 198 BC. Also worth seeing are the remains of the 6th century BC Temple of Apollo. with several sculptures, some of which are kept in the museum of Chalcis. Furthermore, in this city of Eubea you will find the sacred temple of Isis, one of the most interesting monuments of ancient Eretria, as well as the splendid house of mosaics, an ancient building of the Hellenistic period, characterized by elegant mosaics representing mythological scenes.
More in the center is Kimi, one of the oldest cities of Evia, with old houses with wrought iron balconies. An interesting museum is that of folklore, considered one of the best of its kind, you can admire handicrafts, especially clothes and embroidery and a wide range of local costumes and various traditional and agricultural tools. A few minutes by car you reach Limni, a delightful town that overlooks a natural port connecting Euboea to the remaining Greek islands, characterized by an urban center with typical white houses with red roofs on the seafront along with many taverns and cafes. .
At 8 kilometers from Limni you can visit the oldest Byzantine monastery, the Moni Galataki. It is a wonderful place with numerous vestiges and frescoes. In the northern part of the island, Edipsos is one of the most renowned destinations in Evia since ancient times due to its healing waters. Today it is known for its spas and spas where you can regenerate with a nice bath in one of its springs, soak in the mud or relax with a massage.