Chalkis Travel Guide

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    New Bridge
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    Karabala castle-the entrance
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    Daylight
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Chalkis Things to Do

  • The old bridge and the new bridge

    The two bridges link Evia with mainland of Greece at Viotia prefecture. The new one is a suspension one, construction begun in 1985 and was completed in 1993 relieving the heavy traffic to the city. It’s very helpful for those who come from Athens because the journey is shorter that way, most times we cross the bridge is on our way to Evia. The...

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  • a weird natural phenomenon

    If you stand at the old bridge over Evripos channel you will probably notice a strange natural phenomenon. The water changes direction every 6 hours! It stands still for 8 minutes and then it goes the other way. When I was younger my parents were telling me stories about a scientist that stood there for days to understand what was going on and when...

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  • Karababa castle

    The Karabala castle is a Venetian castle that was built on 1204. You can see a big part of the exterior walls but only a few items inside. There is also a small chapel inside. Don’t skip the XENIA café close to the castle with a nice view over the city. The prices are more expensive that the cafes at the promenade but the chily wind up here was...

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  • walk along the promenade

    The first thing you can do after watching the waters from the old bridge is to walk along the promenade. You can sit at one of the many cafes and taverns like every visitor does, see the Town Hall (formely the Mansion of Kotsikas) and continue further to the Red House and the House of the Statues.

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  • Relax

    Enjoy your "frape" (Greek cold instant coffe) next to the see. The hot spot of Chalkida ("Paralia in Greek). And the night take time for your drinks. Suggested: "Argo", "Paliroia" and "Flocafe"

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  • The church of Aghia Paraskevi

    It was built by the Byzantine emperor Justinian at the 5th century, on the ruins of an ancient temple of Artemis (Diana). It is a three-aisle basilica with wooden roof. At Byzantine times was dedicated to "Our Lady Looking Around" (Panaghia Perivleptos). It was rebuilt by the Venetians at the 14th century, and decorated with lions and other gothic...

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  • The Roman Aqueduct

    It is sited at the region "Kamares", to the north-east of the city. The water was coming from 'Kambia'.

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  • The Red House

    The house of Mallios family ornates the Northern part of the city seaside. It was built by the French architect Flegis in 1884. Today it is prepared to function as the "House of Sciences and Knowledge" of Chalkis municipality..

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  • The House-of-the-statues

    It was a property of Mallios family, built in 1895 by the German architect Hansen. It is a three-storey residence with a magnificent verandah. Today, being qualified as "preserved monument", it belongs to the municipality of Chalkis and houses the "Evia Studies Institution"..

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  • The Town Hall (Kotsikas' Mansion).

    A three-storey neo-classic building with some baroque elements. In 1904 the merchant Kotsikas bought an old factory and two years later he built at its place this imposing building by the aid of the Greek engineer Pothitos Kamaras. Today it belongs to the municipality of Chalkis and is used as Town Hall..

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  • Folklore Museum.

    Three rooms in the remainings of the Walls that once were protecting the city, are used today as a Folk Art Museum. In the first room there are authentic traditional costumes, handwoven textiles, embroideries, weapons, coins etc. The second room is a miniature of a middle-class house interior with its household articles. The third room shows the...

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  • The Archaeological Museum

    The building was constructed at the early 20th century (1900-1902) and later extended to house in its yard the new collections of tombstones and Roman sculptures and the sculptures of the temple of Dafniforos Apollon at Eretria; this temple was destroyed by the Persians on 490BC. The rest exhibited articles comprise findings of the prehistoric...

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  • The old Arethoussa factory

    The old "Arethoussa" factory was making soft drinks & ice. In the area there is a lot of old factories of the early 20th century..

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  • Karababa castle

    It was built by the Venetians after 1204, and was named "Forte del Negreponte". It was one of the strongest castles of the time. It was occupied by the Turks in 1470 and was named "Karababa", and later was rebuilt (1684) by the Venetian architect "Gerolimo Galopo", being used until 1859. Some ruins of a big water cistern are preserved, as well as...

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  • The new bridge.

    The new suspension bridge is the new entrance to the city. Its construction finished in 1993. Being an impressive achievement and built to the south of the old bridge, contributes to the easier approach of the city and the relief of the traffic.

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Chalkis Hotels

See all 5 Hotels in Chalkis
  • Best Western Lucy Hotel

    10 V Oudouri Street, Chalkis, Central Greece, GR-34100, Greece

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Hara Hotel

    21 L. Karoni, Central and North Greece, Khalkis, 34100, Greece

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 2 out of 5 stars

  • Stefania Hotel

    Amarinthos, Evia, Chalkis, Central Greece, Greece

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

Chalkis Restaurants

  • Stavedo Restaurant

    It is a cafe-bar-restaurant situated at the place of the old sailing club of Chalkida. It is surrounded by sea and its view at the the Porthmos tou Evripou is fantastic. It serves Mediteranean cuisine. Try Veal slices with portsini sauce. For dessert you should try its hand made sweets.

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  • Sto Teloneio Restaurant

    Trully Greek flavours, well cooked situated next to the customs office of the town and to the old bridge. Try its meat and especially the sheep and the kontosouvli (small pieces of meat well cooked on fire). You should also try the aubergine, the tiropitari (a kind of cheese pie) and its bread.0030 22210 29807

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  • In Chalkis I've eaten to...

    In Chalkis I've eaten to several places.Be careful of the prices though.But anyway, as we say, you get what you pay.In North Evia, during the winter, is nice to eat in a local tavern, which you will find on your way north.During the summer I suggest little places by the sea where you can eat seafood.Almost all restaurants on the road to North have...

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Chalkis Transportation

  • car, bus or train

    Chalkida is 70km away from Athens. The easiest way to visit Chalkida is by car. Drive north at national road Athens-Lamia and at the 60th km turn right. Chalkida is 15km away from there.There are also several buses every day (70’ ride, the first one at 05:30) from Athens and also buses from many towns of Evia(Edipsos, Aliveri, Karistos etc) and...

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  • To Chalkis

    There is two main ways to go to Chalkis. First, you can go there by bus. There are busses from Athens every 30 min from 06.00 to 21.00 costing about 5 euros, and the trip lasts 1.15h. Furthermore there are busses form Thessaloniki twice per day at 09.00 and 16.00 and the trip lasts about 5h. Second way to go to Chalkis is by train. There are trains...

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  • Train, boats...

    You can hardly see the train behind the trees, it is the end of the train station. Or would you prefer a boat?

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Chalkis Shopping

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    by AndyRG Written Oct 29, 2002

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    "Paramithoupoli" (it means "city of fairy tales") is the name of this toy shop, ideal for children like me!
    There is a trade's fair for some days at the end of July ( the celebration of Agia Paraskevi is on 26/7).

    A place for me!
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Chalkis Local Customs

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    by StefanosS Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The site of the Municipality of Chalkis is
    available in Greek. The English version is for years 'under update'... Although, there is a lot of interesting photos...

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Chalkis Off The Beaten Path

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    by StefanosS Updated Apr 9, 2003

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    The area of Avlida was inhabited as early as the Mycenean period (16th-12th centuries BC) but the homonymous city mentioned by Homer has been identified with Ghlyfa, a hill towards the north along the coast, near Chalkis. Habitation on the site continued in the Geometric period (10th-8th centuries BC) as is attested by an old building uncovered under the Classical temple of Artemis. The temple and the Sacred Spring were both constructed in the 5th century BC. During the Hellenistic period (330-30 BC) an anteroom was added to the temple, while a complex of workshops and a hostel were built to the south. During the Roman Imperial period (30BC - 330AD) the temple was repaired and the numerous votive offerings dated to this period suggest the flourishing of the cult. The sanctuary was destroyed during the invasion of the Goths of Alarichus in 396AD. The area over the temple was later occupied by bath installations (thermae).

    Restricted excavations were conducted at the site in 1928, during the erection of the industry of the "Chalkis Cements", and later, in 1951-54. More systematic work was undertaken in 1956-1961, under the auspices of the Athens Archaeological Society. The findings are kept in the Archaeological Museum of Thivai.
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Chalkis Favorites

  • The tall Bridge

    Chalkida is built on two shores, Evia island and Viotia (prefecture on the mainland). So Evia is connected with Viotia by the wire suspension bridge (known as tall or new). It was completed in 1993 south of the city, to avoid traffic congestion and to save travel time.

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  • The ottoman mosque

    Romans, Byzantines, Turks have left their signs in Halkida too... This mosque was made in the 17th century. You can also visit the castle Karababa (1686) -where the grave of Greek poet Giannis Skaribas exists (the view is very nice)- or the ancient aqueduct.

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  • The old bridge

    It joins Euboea to Sterea, the continental land in central Greece. It was first made in 540 (by wood) and renovated in 1858, 1894, 1962. It is the best point to observe the ebb and flow of the water, next to Euripus river.Since 1992, a modern bridge is used by cars and makes the trip 15' shorter.

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