The Cave of Sylla in Edipsos
The Cave of Sylla is one of the best preserved finds from the Roman era.
Sylla's Cave still exists in the city.
In the past the town of Edipsos was a popular resort of the Ancient Romans, favorite of numerous Emperors, Generals and Senators.
Sylla the famous Roman General happens to be one of the many who bathed in the local springs year after year seeking both pleasure and cure.Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Road Trip
The Ancient Theatre of Eretria
The theatre is the most imposing monument of the ancient city of Eretria, presenting many similarities to the theatre of Dionysos in Athens. It was built in the 5th century B.C. and continued to be used in the 4th century B.C., the period when the whole city flourished. It was destroyed by the Romans in 198 B.C., and was subsequently rebuilt, but of cheaper material.Unfortunately, the greater part of the rows of stone benches of the cavea has been removed. Impressive, though, are the preserved remains of the stage, and the underground vaulted passage that leads to the centre of the orchestra.The monument was excavated at the end of the 19th century by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. The 11th Ephorate of Antiquities has already put forward its restoration.Related to:
- Museum Visits
- Historical Travel
Kalamos Beach -The picturesque cove
Locals want to keep this beach a secret yet year after year it becomes more and more popular. 20 years back only locals knew about the existence of this beautiful cove, they would set up their tents and spend the whole summer out here fishing and enjoying the beautiful nature. Luckily the situation has changed.
The two beaches are separated by a huge rock and young people love climbing up the rock and jump in the water from out there. The beach on the right is called ‘Kakia skala’ mostly because the coast is wavy.
In the round area there are two or three restaurants and several tavernas selling fresh fish and local food and there are a number of studios. I cannot say that locals are very friendly though!
The crystal turquoise waters will amaze you, but the beach is not ideal for very young children because it deepens suddenly, however the sand is thick and white and kids love playing out there making sand castles. There are sports facilities to hire, and a beach court to play hand ball.
In the past there were hundreds of tents by the coast but not anymore. They are prohibited now, although there are some who do set their tents but there is always the danger that somebody will force them to take it out. Have in mind that there is no shade, no tree or bush to protect tents from the terrible summer heat!
The beach on the left is for families mostly, while the one on the right is preferred by youngsters who come in groups with their guitars and play over the night, sing under the full moon and have fun. I can say it is a common scene during the peak season.
How to get here
If you come from Chalkida you will drive pass Eretria and Amarinthos, then Aliveri. It is almost 57km from Chalkida. You come to Neohori and you come across the sign on the right indicating –Kalamos Ahladeri.
In 2km you come across another junction and you turn right to Kalamos. It is about 5km long and you will come to a point where you will have a breathtaking view of this hidden gem from the top of the cliff.
Overall, from Chalkida it can take you 80 minutes to come to Kalamos but I am sure you won’t regret it.
Have in mind that it gets over-crowded during the peak season.Related to:
- Diving and Snorkeling
Pic 3 is a map of the area, as you can see Akti Nireos is on the main road from Chalkida, Eretria, Amarynthos and only 5km before Aliveri. We stopped for awhile at the beachfront (there are several small bays) to take some pictures, have in mind that the main beach has some taverns but in general is a boring spot.
Some years before there were only a few summer houses here but the last years a construction boom turned the area in a modern seaside residential area that is located on the hill that overlooks South Evoicos Gulf. Usually when I hear about Akti Nireos is for someone that sells land or a house there.
It has a good road planning but the empty nature along with the non attractive structures (some of them expensive villas) aren’t very appealing for me although I guess someone that lives at one of the houses up there is quite lucky because the view over the Gulf must be nice. We decided to skip it (so I don’t have photos from the main village), I don’t feel we missed that much.
Nireus (son of Pontus and Gaia) was a sea titan (married with Oceania Doris) that lived in Aegan Sea along with his 50 daughters (Nereids, the beautiful nymphs, they were the good friendly spirits of sea waters)…long before Poseidon took charge (this happened only whem Zeus overthrew Cronus). He was famous for telling the future, he was the one that informed Paris for the devastating consequences for Troy after he captured Helen.
Visitting the Ancient Theatre of Eretria
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.Related to:
- Museum Visits
- Historical Travel
Visit the Archaeological site of Eretria
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.Related to:
- Museum Visits
The Amazing beach of KORASIDA
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.Related to:
- Water Sports
The beautiful Village 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!Related to:
- Road Trip
The Beautiful Beach of MOURTERI
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.Related to:
- Water Sports
Almyropotamos - (southern Evia)
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.Related to:
- Sailing and Boating
The Lake of Dystos -south Evia
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.Related to:
Volunteering in a horse riding center in Kamatriad
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.Related to:
- Horse Riding
- Farm Stay
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AGII APOSTOLOI - Petries
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.
Archaeological Museum Of Chalkida
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.
Monastery of Metamorfosi in Kimi
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.
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