Swimming in Evia


As one of the most popular resorts throughout the entire island of Evia, Agia Anna attracts thousands of tourists each year. Its long sandy beach stretches kilometre after kilometre and is backed by countless tavernas, beach bars and rooms.
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Along the 12 klm. stretch between Amarynthos and Aliveri lays the Akti or coast of Nireos, named after a sea divinity before the time of his better known counterpart Poseidon.
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Despite the fact that it lies next to the port connecting Agios Dimitrios with the mainland, the sandy beach of Almyropotamos is extremely clean and very popular with swimmers.
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The beach of Amarynthos is a short 5 klm. drive from Eretria, and just like its neighbour town, it attracts large numbers of visitors during the summer, though a little less than Eretria.
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The quiet bay of Bouros can be found ten kilometres south of Karystos near the island’s southern-most tip. For the most part, the beach consists of fine sand, though there are rocks scattered throughout.
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Approximately five kilometres north of Limni is the beach of Chronia lays this thin, yet clean strip of beach.
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The exotic beach of Chrysi Ammos just outside of Marmari is considered one of Evia’s finest and is popular with water sports enthusiasts.
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Along central Evia’s tranquil northern coast, Dafni beach is a clean and calm bathing destination for those looking to take a refreshing dip in privacy.
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The past few years have seen Eretria’s popularity grow, with both Greek and foreign tourists.
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One of the area’s most popular bathing spots, Hiliadou beach is set within a dramatic landscape of lush vegetation and backed by sheer cliffs which contrast beautifully with its blue-green waters.
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Just south of Korasida is the infamous beach of Kalamos, regarded as one of the most graphic throughout both Evia and Greece.
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Marking the northern endpoint of the Dimosaris Gorge, Kallianos Beach lies between two large cliffs and features a small stream running down from the gorge and into the sea.
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The beautiful beach of Kanatadika is set apart by the beautiful shades of blue in its waters and its unique position looking out towards both the mainland, the Pelion Peninsula and the Aegean.
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Lefkandi’s long beach along its seaside road is ideal for families or those looking for a convenient swim just footsteps from the town centre.
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Known as the “Greek Seychelles”, the handful of small islets across from the seaside town of Lihada are a marine playground, particularly for those who come with their own boat.
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Conveniently located just outside the graphic seaside town it takes its name from, Limni Beach is unorganized and features clean water and pebbles both inside and outside of the sea.
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Another splendid yet more cosmopolitan swimming spot is the popular Limniona Beach located between the villages of Tsakei and Mesohoria along Evia’s eastern coast.
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Aqua green water and an exotic jungle feel make this beach just outside the eponymous village one of Evia’s most popular.
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Cerulean waters caught between two ridges with a sandy beach in between give Livadi beach a remote, deserted feel.
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Though fairly unimpressive at first glance, what sets the beach of Loutra Aidipsou apart from others are its thermal springs which pop up here and there along the coastline.
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The popular beach of Pefki sits close to the northernmost point of Evia. It is a well-known resort, attracting families and very popular with campers. It takes its name from the Greek word for pine tree, and indeed the trees tumble down mere metres from the beach.
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Along the coast of this seaside village, the quiet beach of Platana is a long stretch of sand.
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Along the quaint fishing village of Politikon, coarse sand and clear waters make this beach a convenient choice for visitors of the areas.
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Aside from a small section of umbrellas and sun loungers, the beautiful beach of Pyli is unorganised and large enough to handle the crowds.
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You could be forgiven for believing you were on the shore of a Swiss Lake rather than an Aegean island while relaxing on the peaceful and scenic beach of Rovies. Smooth pebbles and pine trees that practically overhang into the waters give this stretch of beach a unique feeling.
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Just south of Cape Sarakiniko, this lonely beach is surrounded by pine trees and low hills. Black sand and pebbles line the beach and bottom of the sea here, which deepens quickly.
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Arguably one of the finest beaches throughout the island is the enchanting hideaway beach of Schinodavila.
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Another well-kept secret is the secluded beach of Thapsa north of Kymi. Few bathers make it here, and the difficult dirt road leading to the beach is probably to blame.
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The seven-mile trek along a difficult dirt road is well worth the splendours of one of Evia’s most remote beaches. Varellai features deep light blue waters and smooth white pebbles along its shores.
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One of Evia’s and perhaps Greece’s best kept secrets is this spectacular beach found virtually hidden between the cliffs along the Aegean coast between the villages of Glyfada and Agia Eirini.
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Small white pebbles and dazzling emerald waters can be found at another one of Evia’s top beaches. Zarakes Beach lies roughly 3 kilometres outside the village of the same name.
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This long expansive beach along Evia’s mainland strip is very popular with campers and those staying in one of the many hotels within the area. It’s the perfect place if you’re looking for company and the beach itself is organised and clean.
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This magnificent hidden beach is the just reward of those who traverse the eponymous gorge leading up to it. The large cliffs on either side combined with the deep blue-green waters add to the beaches’ beauty and remoteness.
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Another contender for Evia’s best beach was the site of a commercial for the Greek beer, Mythos. It’s a very small, hidden cove featuring turquoise waters and fine sand. A small taverna lies just behind the beach.
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Clean, shallow water and natural shade backing the sandy beach await all who choose to swim at this beach outside the eponymous village. Located just 3 kilometres north of Marmari, it is quite popular during the summer months.
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Just south of Aliveri lies the beach of Karavos, the city’s closest swimming spot. Though it’s convenient for those staying in the area, the busy coastal road behind and view of the area’s power plant make Karavos an average beach, at best.
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The long stretch of sand lining Karystos’ coast and situated next to its port is surprisingly clean and offers swimmers and convenient bathing spot. There are umbrellas on a portion of the beach, as well as free sections where you can lay your towel.
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Another exotic beach is that of Korasida south of Platana. Thick vegetation covers dramatic hills that lead down to two separate sections of the beach. One consists of white pebbles, and the other of thin pale-coloured sand.
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Evia’s western most beach looks across to the small islets of Lihadonisia and offers swimmers a shallow sandy beach. Though popular in itself, most people come here to catch the boat which makes runs between the small islands throughout the day.
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Though a bit rocky at some spots, Malakonda’s pebbly beach is a nice alternative when nearby Eretria becomes packed with campers and weekend visitors. Backed by natural shade in some places, swimming here is a great chance to relax.
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Another port-side beach, the clear waters of Nea Styra are an ultra convenient swimming spot along the town’s waterfront. Though it’s quite narrow and can be difficult to snag an umbrella if you don’t go early, the beach is long enough to accommodate everyone.
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Named after the quaint seaside village where it’s found, this quiet sandy beach lies in a small gulf south of Styra on the way towards Marmari. There are no umbrellas and the beach is unorganized.
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Just left of the small harbour in the picturesque seaside town of Oreoi, the eponymous beach features calm, clear waters and fine sand. Tavernas and cafes are found just behind the beach.
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Another good choice for those seeking tranquillity is the beach of Porto Lafia along the coast between Styra and Marmari. Its shallow, turquoise waters make it very popular with families as well. The beach is sandy and unorganized.
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This beautiful remote beach lies within a small gulf and features shallow water and fine sand. Bathers should be aware that the area is prone to strong currents and waves.
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Another popular bathing spot near Marmari is the dazzling beach of Zastani. Its crystalline waters contrast with the white stones which line the beach and seabed here.
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