Well-known for its rare geological characteristics and plant species, the gorge of Agios Dimitrios is the perfect opportunity for those new to canyoning. A newly-built road runs through the gorge, though a footpath within its slopes takes walkers through the picturesque village of Agios Dimitrios, passing strange layers of cippolina marble and other geological oddities until reaching the pristine beach of Schinodavlia along southern Evia’s northern coast.
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. Its crystalline waters deepen quickly and the strong winds and large waves that are usually found within the area make it less than ideal for small children. A few tavernas can be found behind the beach, though aside from that, it’s unorganized.
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. It’s a great place to go if you’re seeking solitude, though campers do set up tents from time to time. It goes without saying that there are no facilities within the close vicinity.
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. The beach is unorganized and ideal for those looking for a relaxed swimming spot.
Arguably Evia’s most well-known gorge is this the extensive Demosaris Gorge which stretches from the central region of southern Evia to the northern coast at Kallianos Beach. Along the way, explorers have the opportunity to walk through dense centuries old forests, encounter rare flora species, dive into sparkling pools of waters, admire beautiful waterfalls and enjoy breathtaking views. The easiest and most picturesque route takes walkers ten kilometres starting from Petrokanalo Pass and finishes at Kallianos Beach. The Demosaris Stream runs through the gorge most of the year and many springs can be found along its meandering path through the gorge.
One of Evia’s most mesmerising areas is the small but enchanting Gorge of Archampolis. Stretching from East to West between the villages of Evangelismos and Thymi, the gorge features sheer cliffs that plunge down into the crystal clear Archampolis stream. The area is home to several plant and animal species, as well as a variety of birds who take advantage of the numerous caves along the gorge’s route. Though the most fascinating aspect of Archampolis is the ancient city found within the cliffs. Evidence of mining has been found, though researchers are still unsure whether it was a permanent settlement or simply a mining outpost. Canyoners will enjoy the beautiful flora found throughout the area as well as the small pools left over from the stream. Anyone walking through Archampolis is bound to enjoy the gorge’s ending at its eponymous hidden beach.
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. Sea caves and several cliffs suitable for jumping line the edges of the beach, while a small island directly adjacent provides swimmers with plenty to explore.
Cerulean waters caught between two ridges with a sandy beach in between give Livadi beach a remote, deserted feel. That is, unless you decide to visit during the weekend or within the peak summer months, when the beach can be full of campers. The beach is located about 15 kilometres from Karystos along Evia’s small southeastern coast.
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. Bars, tavernas and hotels line the road behind the beach, though quiet spots can be found.
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. It features the same remoteness as Archampoli, though offers two tavernas above the beach. Walkers along the Agios Dimitrios Gorge can also finish here.
The exotic beach of Chrysi Ammos just outside of Marmari is considered one of Evia’s finest and is popular with water sports enthusiasts. Due to its unique geographical location and the northerly winds which blow here, Chrysi Ammos is paradise to avid wind and kite surfers. Its fine sand and shallow aqua waters are worshipped by many during the summer.