Prefecture of Evia Off The Beaten Path

  • Panoramic view of Mourteri
    Panoramic view of Mourteri
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  • Panoramic view of the Lake of Dystos
    Panoramic view of the Lake of Dystos
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  • Panoramic view of the Lake of Dystos
    Panoramic view of the Lake of Dystos
    by greekcypriot

Prefecture of Evia Off The Beaten Path

  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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,...

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  • 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...

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  • Volunteering in a horse riding center in...

    Dear all,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...

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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.

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • Monastery of Ossios David in North Evia

    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...

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  • STENI - DIRFI (Mountain destination)

    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...

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  • DIMOSARI GORGE

    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...

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  • DRAKOSPITA or Dragon houses

    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...

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  • The Mausoleum of Karystos

    The building was erected and used as the tomb of a prominent Roman official (procurator) who is depicted in the medallion of the pediment. Perhaps he was responsible for the supervision of the Roman quarries to the north of Karystos. After the first investigation of the site (excavation in 1908), the building was interpreted as a temple dedicated...

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  • The "Heroon" at Toumba, Lefkandi

    Excavations on the hillock called "Toumba" (meaning mound in Greek) have brought to light a long and narrow, apsidal building dated to the first half of the 10th century B.C. It measures 47 x 10 m. and a row of holes for wooden posts runs along the two main walls and around the apse. Inside were uncovered two burial shafts, one containing the...

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  • 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...

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  • Soak in Hot Spring Holes

    You must go down to the beach just under the hotel Sylla Thermae Spa and find the recessed areas on the shelf of stone in which you can immerse your body and soak in the hot water. Even better if the air is cold and the steam will rise up around you as you feel the heat warming your muscles and aching bones.

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  • Blue thistle?

    Though this is a spiny plant and it looks like a thistle, it is not really though it is commonly named Globe thistle. It is Echinops ritro, a beautiful spiny plant that is found around the whole Mediterranean. I wanted to collect the seeds but it was too early, they were not ripe. Too bad, I wanted to grow some at home! In UK, it has been given an...

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  • Phasme

    The phasme is also an hemiptere. Its characteristic is that it looks like a stem and if you do not pay attention, you can easily mistake it with a part of plant! Actually, this is on purpose and this is how the phasm escape its predator. I was surprised to find phasmes in Evia as I felt they were not found in Europe.

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  • Young praying mantis

    For those that do not know, the praying mantis is an hemiptere, close to the grass-hoper, but the female praying mantis uses to eat the male during/after mating! Its name comes from the position of its forelegs that are folded same as if it was praying. This photo is of a young mantis, as its wings are not yet fully developed. They should cover the...

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  • Grass-hoper

    There are also many species of grass-hopers. I found that on Evia, they were especially many of them. This one was really large (look at the size of the fingers holding it on the second photo. When it jumped, it opened blue or red wings but I failed to catch them with their wing open as they were too fast!. Amazingly, it seems that the same species...

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  • Sea-urchin

    There several species of sea-urchins. All of them are edible but this one, also named king-urchin is the tastiest. The photo shows here its shell. When it has its spines, they are whitish and short, not very acute, which makes handling it easier than the black or violet urchins.

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  • Discover the nature around the villages

    Most of the Evia villages are totally built "inside green". This photo is just some kilometres outside of Kimi a city in south central Evia.

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  • Drinking water from the village of fairy...

    Oktonia: I have heard many myths of fairy tales for this village. Its not by coinsidense that when you approach this village, you breath something magical in the air,(or i did), the clouds, the sky are more bright.(or i saw it)...

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  • The sea of mourteri

    Usually wild, with wild waves, but not very often soft with crystal waters. Ideal place for camping, I spent there one of the most nice camping by the sea. It is located between the cities of Kimi and Aliveri, and in a distance of 1.5 hour from Chalkida , the capital.

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