Geography and nature divide the island into three distinct parts: the fertile and forested north, the mountainous centre, with agriculture limited to the coastal valleys, and the barren south. Evia, is still unspoiled by mass tourism, offering visitors a chance to experience the real beauty of Greek island life. The countryside is varied mountains, valleys, plains and lakes with typical Greek villages nestling into the hillsides or stretching along the coast. All wait to be discovered.
Traveling to Evia has the advantage of being accessible from Athens airport by car. Chalkis is 130 km via the north motorway. There, the island is connected to the mainland Greece by two bridges, the "Sliding Bridge" in the west and a suspension bridge. Evia is also connected with ferryboats at several ports: from Rafina in the mainland to Karystos and Marmari in the south; from Oropos in the middle to the historic and tourist town of Eretria; from Agios Konstantinos in the north to the port Aidipsos and from Styra to Agia Marina.
Chalcis is the chief town of the island. The name preserved from antiquity is derived from the Greek “chalkos” (copper, bronze). In the late Middle Ages, it was known as Negroponte, "black bridge". The earliest recorded mention of Chalcis is in the Iliad (2.537). Today the most interesting building in Chalcis is the church of Saint Paraskevi which was the church of the Dominican Priory of Negroponte. Started about 1250, it is among the oldest examples of early Dominican architecture surviving. At Chalcis, the Euripus Strait, is the narrowest at only 40 meters, visitors can admire the extraordinary changes of tide that take place in this passage. Strong tidal currents reverse direction approximately four times a day lasting for about six hours each.
There are several tourist areas worth visiting in Evia.
Follow the road from Chalkis to Aidipsos and explore a lesser known part of Greece beautifully surrounded by the deep blue waters of the Aegean and the Northern Evoikos Gulf. Let yourself be captivated by rugged mountains, cascading waterfalls, dense pine forests stretching down to the shore and magnificent beaches with azure, crystalline waters, sailing, fishing and hiking through beautiful forest paths are only some of the activities offered. The hotspot of Northern Évia is “Loutra Aidipsou”. With more than 80 thermal baths and excellent tourist infrastructure, this beautiful spa resort welcomes every year hundreds of visitors who wish to revitalize their body and soul.
On the north-western side of Évia lies the Lihada peninsula, which is home to some of the most beautiful beaches of the island: Yialtra, Gregolimano and Aghios Georgios.
Limni is a popular area in Central Evia ideal for perfect holidays. It is a stunning coastal resort, where the green and luscious mountains blend perfectly with the crystal clear waters of the Aegean. The main beach of Limni is the "Sipiada" beach.
The second largest town of Evia is Eretria, also an important financial and cultural centre in ancient Greece. It has an archaeological museum, and you can see ancient ruins of a theatre, houses and temples. It is a very popular destination to tourists.
Located at a distance of 128km south from the town of Chalkis is the port of Karystos. It is a charming and very picturesque town known since the ancient years, and has a very interesting and rich history, with many monuments showing the power and importance of Karystos during the history.
Kymi is situated in the northeastern part of the island, 91 km away from Chalkis. It is popular for the production of silk, as well as for its unique “koumioiki” architecture. It is built amphiteatrically on a hill covered with trees, at an altitude of 250 m. Kymi’s port connects Evia to the islands of Skyros, Limnos, and the city of Volos on the mainland.