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. Just outside the village with which it shares the same name, Dafni beach is full of pebbles and surrounded by trees all around. There are several springs which flow into the sea from the nearby mountain of Kandili.
Within the last two centuries, prehistoric settlements dating before 3000 BC have been unearthed here, as well as numerous artefacts from a variety of regions and cultures, confirming that Amarynthos was an important trading centre during ancient times. Many of the archaeological discoveries have been found on the hill above the natural harbour as well as throughout the wider area.
Evia’s tallest mountain is logically also the best spot for mountain climbing throughout the island. Reaching 1743 m., the climb to its summit is considered more of a challenging hike, and its unique position between the Euboean Gulf and Aegean Sea causes it to experience weather similar to that of much higher altitudes, causing inexperienced climbers to turn back due to conditions. Expect snow in winter and a cool climate in the warmer months.
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. Calmer than Eretria and Amarynthos, this bathing spot features natural shade provided by the tamarisk trees backing it and clean water with a beach of course sand.
Along the coast of this seaside village, the quiet beach of Platana is a long stretch of sand. Though the landscape is arguably less impressive than that of the other beaches listed here, the water is clean and the access is much easier than the others. Amenities nearby make it a great choice for families.
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. The beach can be reached by car or can serve as a refreshing reward as the end point of the hiking paths originating from Lamari or Stroponon Gorge.
Aqua green water and an exotic jungle feel make this beach just outside the eponymous village one of Evia’s most popular. Despite this, the area is peaceful and quiet. It can be reached by car and canteens, tavernas and small hotels are close by. During the weekend it is extremely popular with campers, so if you’re looking for seclusion, best to come during the week.
Thermal springs are located outside the seaside town of Kymi along Evia’s Aegean coastline. The first is run by the municipality and is cool for spring standards, with water temperatures hovering around 14 º Celsius. This spring is recommended for bathers suffering from kidney disorders. The second is used exclusively for bottling and is not open for bathing. Both are located at an altitude of 180 m.
Along the quaint fishing village of Politikon, coarse sand and clear waters make this beach a convenient choice for visitors of the areas. The calm seas of the northern Euboean Gulf and large number of shops behind the beach make it a great choice for families, though not for those looking for privacy.
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. The beach can be reached by car, though the last few hundred metres require a 4×4. Many choose to park their car farther up and walk down to the beach.
Just south of Korasida is the infamous beach of Kalamos, regarded as one of the most graphic throughout both Evia and Greece. A rock in the shape of a naturally-carved arch splits the beach into two sections and adds to its scenery. Popular with campers and the young crowd, the beach is home to a beach bar and canteen.