Excavations are taking place in the ancient theatre of Eretria these days.
The higher you climb up the better the view is. The way up is a bit difficult because it is slippery though so it is suggested that one has the right pair or shoes on.
Now a few words about the ancient theatre:
Although the ancient theatre of Eretria was built the 5th century B.C it continued to be used the 4th century B.C. It was a period when Eretria was flourishing. The year 198 B.C the city is destroyed by Romans and is subsequently rebuilt but of course this time the material they use is much cheaper.
Unfortunately the greater part of the rows of stone benches has been removed.
The present remains are still quite impressive though. I have to say that this ancient theatre presents many similarities to the theatre of Dionysos in Athens.
Impressive are also the preserved remains of the stage and the underground vaulted passage that leads to the centre of the orchestra.
Entrance is free.
The Archaeological site opposite the Museum of Eretria expands in great distance. I recommend that you carry along a leaflet or guide book so that you can understand where exactly you are. There are guiding signs with information in the area of the archaeological site but they are not that clear. Admire the relics of the old city and take your time to take pictures. Just behind this site through another gate you can come to the ancient theatre.
The entrance is free.
A very beautiful beach in the south of Evia is that of Korasida.
It is very close to the village of Acladeri above the small village of Mandraki.
It is beautiful any time you come here. The views from the top of the hill are stunning and the waters have the turquoise colour and are crystal.
It is ideal for snorkeling in some spots by the rocks.
There are some fish restaurants close by and some rooms for rent.
How to come here:
You can come here by ferry through Oropos, and you get opposite to Eretria. The other alternative is to come from Halkida, and the directions are that of my tip of Achladeri.
The village of Achladeri is on a hill and has some panoramic views of the valley below which is a fertile area with orchards. To come here you have to turn to Lepoura and pass the village of Perivolia and Mandraki. From that point on you drive on towards the hill. The village belongs to the municipality of Avlonari.
It is an asphalt roadway and it is about a 40 minute drive from Eretria.
It is in lush vegetation especially if you drive here during spring time when the fields are full of wild flowers and nature is in full blossom.
There are many oilive trees in the area and they produce good quality olive oil. Other products produced here is cheese, cereals and different seasonal fruit. (If you plan to get to a restaurant here ask for –tiganopsomo.
It is the local cheese pie and I am sure you will love it!
On the other side of the village there is the Aegean Sea with the very beautiful and popular beach of Korasida.
I dedicate a separate tip for this amazing beach though!
To come to the beautiful long beach of Mourteri which is washed by the Aegean Sea you have to drive to the southern part of the island of Evia. On the left you can see the coast of Kymi.
It is a long beach with both sand and very small pebbles. The waters here are deep and not ideal for small children however they are crystal turquoise. There are times when the waves are rough especially when it is windy.
There are umbrellas and sun-beds by the beach and above the road there are some café bars and one or two taverns.
The beach is ideal for beach sports like beach volley ball.
TO GET HERE:
After Eretria and Amarinthos, you pass Aliveri and you drive on until you come to the village of Lepoura.
Drive straight on without making any turning until you reach a junction at the 12th km. The sign shows the name of Kymi, Roloi,Mourteri, Skyros, but you will follow the right way towards the coastal road of Kymi.
In a distance of 2 kms you come to another sign with the name Mourteri plane tree.
You will come to the beach of Mourteri after 9 kms.
Almyropotamos is a major tourist resort in Evia.
A 2 kms drive from one end of the bay of Ayios Dimitrios to the other end to Almyropotamos we pass the eucalyptus trees. This place here is something like a free campsite with caravans and campers.
For years there was a narrow dirt road but now it is a kind of cement road with some wholes on the way, but at least it is easily accessible.
There are a few modern hotels here, rented rooms, sea sports, and picturesque little taverns which are mostly by the beach.
It is 9:30 pm by now and there are people out with their fishing rods trying to catch some fish. Fishing nets are let dry and are scattered on the square.
Young folks are everywhere and this is what I like most, people ambling on the coastal road which is open only for pedestrians after 7:00 pm. In all, there is excitement in the air, and everyone seems to be having a good time.
The vivid nightlife is a fact here with many local tourists enjoying their very short holidays. In reality what Greeks do this summer is having short breaks instead. They leave Athens to find refuge in close coastal destinations to avoid the heat wave and fill their batteries. In the past you could hardly find a seat at a restaurant but with the crisis not many people eat outside any more and those who do, they eat out once in a while and on special occasions and try to spend the least.
Well, taverns might not be full but at least the café bars are full of youngsters. I mean it is not a resort where you find mostly elderly people and I think that the presence of this young generation gives a pleasant breeze. Late at night friends lit fires and you can hear them singing, playing their guitars and having fun. Just the presence of them means a lot!
How to get here:
During the summer months there is a daily ferry route from Ayia Marina’s harbor (outskirts of Athens) to Almyropotamos. The duration of the sailing trip is 45 minutes.
( Ferry info: Tel: 22230 53 768)
From Ayia Marina there are frequent daily services to Styra and Almyropotamos.
Information Port Authority at Ayia Marina +30 22940 63491.
Buses from Agia Marina leave from Athens from Mavromateon Street. Tel: +30 210 821 0872.
The Lake of Dystos is in the southern part of Evia near Krieza. Some 20 years back the lake was full of water and there was more birdlife. Then with the construction of the Cement Company in the area the Company drew water from the lake but eventually this has stopped now. Nowadays the water in the lake is fewer but it is still home to a wide variety of birdlife which nests both in the water lands and the surrounding mountains. The lake which has a fragile ecosystem and constitutes a transit point on the migratory path of many birds is part of the NATURA 2000 Network.
Water is hardly seen especially in summer because it has thick foliage of reeds. Of course in winter the picture changes. There is dirt road that goes down the lake but I never had the opportunity to come closer than this point that I have my pictures because it is mainly accessible by jeep 4 x 4. Of course I long to go out there one day and see what it is like. Some years back I saw a documentary and I could not believe that it is so beautiful.
How to get here:
From Halkida to the south pass Eretria, Amarynthos and Aliveri and come to Lepoura. Take the road on the right towards Krieza, but go straight the road without passing through the village. You will have a panoramic view of the lake as soon as you drive a kilometer towards the village of Koskina.
I am just back from Evia, a Greek island situated at a 3-hour ride from Athens. I worked there as a volunteer in a horse riding center, and have learned a lot from this beautiful experience.
There were 16 horses to be taken care of, and some work to do in a cosy café-restaurant. Sometimes volunteers go and help in the fields too (cherry picking, etc, according to the season...). The volunteers were from different countries, but Tasso, the owner of the place, and most of the customers, were Greek.
It was a perfect way of discovering the Greek culture while meeting people from all around the world. Most of the customers are from the island, or they come from other Greek regions and spend a holiday in Evia. They come to ride the horses or just for a coffee... Every day was different at the farm. It was sometimes very busy, and sometimes very quiet, which gave us the possibility to ride the horses or go for a walk and take our time. Tasso is very friendly and welcoming, and always wanting to share his Greek culture and make you understand it better.
Nature is beautiful there, and the farm has a stunning view on the valley and the sea. Work was different every day. We had to take care of the horses of course, but also to help when people were coming to ride them, give a hand at the café...
It has been a very rich human experience, and I will certainly repeat it. I recommend it to anyone willing to get in touch with the Greek culture and spend some time in the countryside.
Agii Apostoloi is a picturesque fishing village, known also as "PETRIES", approximately 150 km away from Athens, at the south east side of Evia, in the Aegean Sea.
It has a very popular sandy beach. It is a picturesque port with many Fish tavernas, cafeterias, and bars.
It is situated in the southern part of Evia very near Aliveri.
The Archaeological Museum of Chalkida is housed in the centre of the town and its collection comprises of findings from around Evia which are exhibited in chronological order from the Paleolithic to Late Roman Period. The collection includes findings from the settlement and cemetery of Manika (2800-1900BC), Mycenaean ceramics and figurines, Classic and Hellenistic coins from Chalkida, Eretria and Karysto, Roman sculptures from Chalkida and Edipsos, tombstones and monuments from Chalkida.
The building is composed of a large yard and three halls where the exhibits, which date from 500 BC to the first centuries AD, are displayed. Some of the exhibits are unique and many are particularly impressive.
Approximately 5 km northeast of Kimi and below the Byzantine Castle of the 11th century stands the stone built monastery of Metamorfosi, built in the heart of a lush, wooded hill.
The creation of the monastery dates to the 16th century.
On either side of the main entrance one can still see the embrasures, used in the past for the defence of the monastery. On the left-hand side of the courtyard there is a fountain with crystal-clear waters.
Today the monastery is inhabited by nuns who are engaged in hagiography and embroidery with gold thread. They also operate a handicraft exhibition.
The monastery holds festivities on August 6th and December 20th every year.
The monastery of Ossios David Gerondos is found 21 km north of Limni, on the slopes of Mt Kavalaris and at an altitude of 927m.
The history of the monastery started at least 500 years ago, when it was founded by the priest-monk David. It was destroyed by the Turks during the Greek Revolution of 1821 because its monks helped with the struggle for the liberation of the country and it was renovated in 1877.
The bones and the stole of Saint David together with other relics are kept in the monastery. Near the monastery we find the cave where he spent his hermit years.
In the basement we find a small nave with hagiographies dating from the 17th century.
The monastery celebrates on the 6th of August and the 1st of November.
Steni, the most popular winter resort on Evia is located in the middle of the island, a short distance from Chalkida, at an altitude of 450m on the mountainside of Dirfis amidst fir, beech, chestnut, wild cherries and plane trees.
Dirfis, snow-capped during the winter months and green-clad during the rest of the year, offers a rich aesthetic experience to the visitor.
Steni is a picturesque settlement with old houses, flowery verandas, narrow alleys, communal springs, fountains and streams with crystal-clear waters and stalls with local products – oregano, tea (and other herbs), honey, chestnut, walnuts – picked from Dirfis, whose highest peak Delfi (1743m) rises impressively over the village.
At an altitude of 1200m we find the organised mountain refuge that caters for 50 people.
The surrounding landscape is enchanting and offers a stunning view to the Evoikos Gulf and the Aegean. The mountain offers a short ski run and various adequately equipped climbing routes lower down.
North of Karystos, some 30’ on foot, we find the village of Mili. It is built in a lush environment, full of trees and gurgling waters. At the top end of the village starts a footpath that snakes up the mountainside of Ochi.
The gorge, which took its name from the homonymous river, is 9 km long and it takes some 4 hours to cross it before arriving on the beach of the village Kallianoi.
The dragon house (drakospito) nestles just underneath Ochi’s highest peak. In southern Karystos over 20 such houses have been found, most in the region of Styra. The one that is near the summit of Ochi is the most significant. This ancient rectangular structure measuring 4.85 metres by 9.80 is made of huge stones with no mortar. The entrance is on the long side, in contrast to ancient temples whose entrance was on one of the shorter sides. The walls are so thick one naturally imagines supermen placing the stones in rows with enviable skill.
What is characteristic is the corbelled roof. In this manner of building, the stones penetrate the interior and create a structure that is reminiscent of an overturned tub. The oldest finding that archaeological excavations have unearthed is an archaic inscription that was buried in the earth outside the building. Many locally produced kyathoi (cupshaped vessels) were found during excavations by professor Nikos Moutsopoulos. They date to the late 4th and early 3rd century BC. There are also findings from the early 5th and 4th centuries BC (Attic-style vessels, glass beads, fragments of bronze vessels). Although the type The Ochi Drakospito An ancient monument that elicits awe of worship that took place there has not been determined, there was an altar where sacrifices were carried out as early as the archaic period.
A veil of mystery surrounds the Ochi drakospito. Judging from the findings, the view that it was a temple is sound, but the type of worship has not been determined, nor has the precise date of construction or who built it.
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