Attractions In Central Evia

Explore The Attractions Of Central Evia
Aesthetic Forest of Steni
Evia / Central Evia

Outside the central town of Steni, visitors have the privilege of exploring one of the richest and most scenic forests throughout the country. The area is teeming with rivers and streams thanks to the unusually large number of springs within the area. Its large variety of flowers has made it an invaluable biotope for a great deal of species, which has secured its protection via Presidential decree. Throughout the forest several different types of trees grow, though chestnut, plane and Kefallonian fir are the most common examples. Aside from vegetation, the forest is also known for its geomorphologic features, including rock surfaces dating back to as far as the Jurassic and Triassic periods.

Amarynthos
Evia / Central Evia

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.

Archaeological Museum of Halkida
Evia / Central Evia

Halkida’s Archaeological Museum is one of Evia’s most extensive collections of island’s past. Featuring artefacts from the Neolithic Era down to the Late Roman Empire, visitors are offered a rare and in-depth look at Evia’s history down through the ages.

Avantis Winery
Evia / Central Evia

Taking its name from what the island was called in ancient times, Apostolos Mountrichas produces award-winning wines from within the Lilantio Plain, one of Evia’s most well-known wine regions.

Castle of Apokleidi
Evia / Central Evia

Located outside the picturesque seaside village of Kymi, the remnants of this medieval castle lie next to the Monastery of the Transfiguration.

Castle of Fila
Evia / Central Evia

Rising abruptly from the otherwise flat Lilandia plains, the Castle of Fila towers over the modern-day town of the same name.

Castle of Karababas
Evia / Central Evia

Complete with multi-sided towers, ramparts and an interior church, the castle of Karababas is an excellent record in itself of Halkida’s history over the past 300 years. The structure was originally built at the end of the 17th century on behalf of the Turks. Its builder however, was a Venetian deserter and the castle has elements of both Venetian and Turkish architectural heritage. It stands on the Greek mainland directly across from Halkida and offers visitors amazing views over both the northern and southern halves of Evia’s Gulf.

Chrysanthopoulos Mansion
Evia / Central Evia

Within the picturesque village of Pyrgos outside of Kymi, the former mansion of Greek painter Sotiris Chrysanthopoulos has been converted into a gallery of his works and an opportunity to see what his life was like.

Church of Agia Kyriaki in Kambia
Evia / Central Evia

One of Evia’s most picturesque churches lies just outside the village of Kambia at an altitude of 290 m. Virtually surrounded by foliage and reached by a wooden bridge; Agia Kyriaki seems taken out of a fairytale. A cave is found next to the church.

Church of Agios Georgios in Loukissia
Evia / Central Evia

This small chapel is unique, inside and out. Architecturally notable is the fact that it’s a single space church, which is quite rare in Greece. It consists of an octagonal dome and an entrance gate dating back to the 14th century AD, though its foundations are believed to have first been built sometime during the 11th century AD. The interior wall frescoes are still visible despite their old age.

Church of Panagia Chiliadou
Evia / Central Evia

Meaning “1000” this church is believed to be the 1000th of its kind built by the Byzantine Empress Theodora. It’s located near the village of Chiliadou just north of Kymi along central Evia’s Aegean coast.

Church of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Aliveri
Evia / Central Evia

Dating back to 1393, this remarkable chapel houses a number of well-preserved paintings. It’s located in the town of Aliveri along the southern Euboean gulf and stands atop a hill in the centre of the city next to a cemetery.

Early Christian Basilica of Agia Paraskevi in Halkida
Evia / Central Evia

Considered the protectress of Evia’s capital city Halkida, the church of Agia Paraskevi was first built during the 5th century AD. Despite its large size and historic importance, the church itself is quite modest and is divided into 3 spaces within its interior. A number of notable Byzantine and Venetian nobles were buried onsite, and a gravestone from the 14th century AD can still be seen today.

Eretria
Evia / Central Evia

The small, unassuming seaside town of Eretria along the coast of the Evian Gulf is the home of one of the most significant and expansive archaeological sites throughout Greece today. Though it played an important role throughout the much of the country’s ancient history, Eretria is best known for its traces of life dating back to the Neolithic period.Stone artefacts and pottery shards dating back to around 3500-3000 BC sparked interest in the site, which also revealed signs of intermittent settlement from 3000 BC until its destruction by the Romans in 87 BC. Today, a theatre, remnants of temples to Ares, Apollo and Dionysus can be seen as well as baths and fragments of walls and gates.

Folklore Museum of Halkida
Evia / Central Evia

Housed in a restored Venetian fortification, Halkida’s Folklore Museum offers visitors a chance to see what country and city life was like long ago.

Folklore Museum of Kymi
Evia / Central Evia

Housed in a three-storey neoclassical building in the centre of town, Kymi’s Folklore museum has been characterised as one of the best museums of its kind throughout Greece.

Folklore Museum of Psachna
Evia / Central Evia

Take a step back in time on entering the Folklore Museum of Psachna located within a restored building in the centre of Psachna.

Heroon monument of Toumba
Evia / Central Evia

Within the site of Lefkanti, the Monument of “House of Toumba” is one of the largest structures which date back to the so called “Dark Ages” of Greece. The house itself appears to have been built around 1000 BC and included several graves built in shafts underneath the structure. The tombs contained human and horse skeletons, and the rich artefacts found included the earliest known piece of clothing in the form of an ankle-length robe.

Kalogerovrysi
Evia / Central Evia

Prehistoric settlements and artefacts including a trove of pottery, weapons and tools have been found at this location about 15 klm East of Evia’s capital city, Halkida. Researchers date the site to have been inhabited from the early 3rd millennium BC and supported sporadic periods of habitation including an important Mycenaean colony where tombs containing skeletons were unearthed.

Kastri Potamias
Evia / Central Evia

Ruins found on the hill of Kastri within the Potamias region reveal that the area was inhabited sporadically from the Neolithic era until the 6th century AD. Artefacts found at the site range from clay figurines to millstones and suggest that the area may have included a number of artisan workshops. Experts believe that it was later used as a lookout during the Byzantine period.

Kastri Psachnon
Evia / Central Evia

Built by the Venetians around 1205 AD, this castle commands a privileged spot overlooking the village of Psachnon. Parts of its walls, ramparts and the foundations of towers still remain today, though most of the castle was destroyed by the Turks in 1470.

Kokkinos Pyrgos
Evia / Central Evia

For over 130 years, the vines of the Kokkinos Pyrgos Estate have proudly continued the tradition of wine-making which dates back over two millennia throughout the Lilandia region.

Kolovrechtis Wetlands of Psachna
Evia / Central Evia

Located 12 klm. north of Halkida, the Kolovrechtis Wetlands should be famed for the natural utopia it provides to hundreds of different plant and animal species. Unfortunately, over the past few decades, industrial pollution has all but turned this beautiful landscape into a chemical wasteland. Despite the fact that it provides shelter to 49 endangered bird species and numerous other amphibians and unique flora, little has been done to stop the pollution to one of Evia’s most valuable biotopes. Supposedly protected by Presidential Decree, evidence of such is sadly, hard to see.

La Cuppa Castle
Evia / Central Evia

This small fortification built with large stone slabs sits at the entrance of the Manikiatis Gorge just above the small hamlet of Vrysi. Researchers have also discovered ruins at this site which date back to the Hellenistic period.

Lake Dystos
Evia / Central Evia

At the southern edge of central Evia sits Lake Dystos, an invaluable habitat for countless plant and animal species. Though it has dried up several times during its known history, the Lake and surrounding marsh areas have managed to keep afloat during the last few years. Its size is impressive, covering an area of over 7,500 stremmata, though large sections of this are frequently dry. Farming, livestock, hunting and industrial activities have all had negative effects on the lake over the past century. Despite this, the area continues to be a haven to migratory birds during the spring and remains an important biotope for a number of plants and animals, and for this reason it is part of Europe’s Natura 2000 initiative.

Lefkanti
Evia / Central Evia

The archaeological site of Lefkanti at Xeropoli located between Halkida and Eretria has helped shed light on life during the so called “dark ages” of Greece. Excavations confirm that the site was an important Bronze Age settlement dating back to 2100 BC and continued to support a permanent population until as late as 825 BC. A number of tombs and artefacts dating towards the end of this period have proved invaluable in helping archaeologists learn more about this misunderstood period within Greek history.

Monastery of Ioannis Kalavitis Psachnon
Evia / Central Evia

The picturesque Monastery of Ioannis Kalivitis is located roughly 5 klm. from the village of Psachna in the western section of central Evia. The church is famed not only for its beautiful location within the surrounding greenery, but also for the interesting story regarding the martyr it honours. According to tradition, the monastery was named after Ioannis Kalavitis, the son of wealthy parents in Constantinople. Born in 460 AD, the boy began reading and studying the New Testament from a young age, though his father tried to discourage it, preferring that his son pursue more of a traditional education.

Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour in Kymi
Evia / Central Evia

Honouring Christ’s transfiguration, this lofty monastery is built at an altitude of 280 m. on the side of hill within remote surroundings just outside of Kymi. Dating back to the 15th century, the monastery is said to have been founded from monks from Agios Oros.

Mt. Dirfys
Evia / Central Evia

Evia’s highest mountain is also one of the island’s most important landscapes. Its highest peak Delphi, reaches a height of 1743 m. and offers climbers and nature lovers views over both the Aegean Sea and the Euboean gulf. Its southern side is covered with the wild mountain tea plants that the famous eponymous tea is made up of. This is also the greenest section of Dirfys, covered in chestnut, plane, oak and fir trees. In contrast, the northern section facing the Aegean is mostly dry and bare, though two rivers, the Metohiou and Stroponon flow through this area year-round. The mountain is also the source of the island’s two largest rivers, the Messapios and Lilas. Due to the wide variety of both plant and animal species that it supports, Mt. Dirfys is included in the Natura 2000 program.

Mycenaean tomb of Katakalos
Evia / Central Evia

Within the small village of Katakalos just outside the town of Aliveri, stands the best-preserved Mycenaean tomb throughout all of Evia.

Oxylithos Volcano
Evia / Central Evia

Roughly 7 klm. south of Kymi lies the village of Oxylithos, meaning “acidic rock”. This would be an accurate description for the jagged hill which ominously looms over it, since it’s actually a volcano. Fear not, it’s been inactive since ancient times. It’s an interesting area to explore and visitors will also see the picturesque church of Evangelistrias.

Potiri Castle
Evia / Central Evia

The Frankish fortification known as “Potiri Castle” gets its name from its cylindrical shape (Potiri means glass in Greek). Originally built by the Byzantines, it was overtaken by the Franks in 1205.

Residence of N. Kriezotis
Evia / Central Evia

The former residence of the famous Greek general who fought against the Turks in numerous places during the Greek Revolution is found in the small village of Triada just east of the town of Psachna.

Roman Baths of Aliveri
Evia / Central Evia

Recently discovered in 1995, these Roman Baths lie just outside the town of Aliveri near the thermal power station at Karavos. The construction of the power plant is what revealed the site, which dates back to the 4th century AD and appeared to be used until sometime during the 7th century AD. The site contained the several different bathing areas, featuring cold, warm and hot baths as well as changing rooms and places where patrons could store their belongings. Though the site is well-preserved, some of it was unfortunately destroyed during the building of the power station.

Sanctuary of Artemis at Aulis
Evia / Central Evia

Aulis or “Avlida” as it’s known in Greek was where one of the most dramatic scenes throughout Homer’s Iliad took place. After killing a sacred deer of the Goddess Artemis, the leader of the Greek forces Agamemnon could not set sail for Troy due to a lack of wind.

Skoteini Thourrounion Cave
Evia / Central Evia

One of the most intriguing caves throughout Evia is the cave of Skoteini outside of the village of Thourrounia in the middle of central Evia.

Tzivani Wines
Evia / Central Evia

Another impressive and award-winning organic wine.

Varka Psachnon
Evia / Central Evia

In the area of Messapia, traces of Neolithic settlements have been found, which contained a significant amount of pottery and other wares. Within the site there are also ruins dating back to the Mycenaean era.

Venetian Tower at Avlonari
Evia / Central Evia

The most well-preserved Venetian tower throughout all of Evia can be found within the small town of Avlonari , approximately 15 klm. South of Kymi. Renovation took place in 1953 and today it remains a jewel throughout the surrounding area.

Venetian Tower at Gymnos
Evia / Central Evia

A Venetian tower sits at the highest point of the village of Gymnos, just north of Aliveri.

Venetian Tower at Kipi
Evia / Central Evia

The village of Kipi just east of the town of Konistres is home to Evia’s largest Venetian Tower.

Venetian Tower at Pissonas
Evia / Central Evia

The lovely village of Pissonas is home to two Venetian towers, one of which is still inhabited and referred to as the “Tower of Mostra”, taking its name from its Venetian benefactor.

Venetian Tower of Kadi
Evia / Central Evia

In the village of Kadi travellers can visit a well-preserved Venetian tower located next to the village church.

Venetian Tower of Politika
Evia / Central Evia

Visitors to the coastal village of Politika along the northern Euboean Gulf should take some time to visit the village’s extremely well-preserved Venetian tower.

Venetian Tower of Trachili
Evia / Central Evia

Located about 15 klm. North of Aliveri, a Venetian Tower sits within the cemetery at the highest point of the village of Trachili.

Venetian Tower of Triada
Evia / Central Evia

South of Mount Dirfys, the village of Triada is home to a Venetian tower of unknown age.

Venetian Towers of Vasiliko
Evia / Central Evia

Two well-preserved Venetian towers stand on the hill above the area of Lilandio at Vasiliko. They date back to 1200 AD and are open to the public.

Viglatouri Kymi
Evia / Central Evia

Throughout the last century, fascinating finds just outside the modern seaside town of Kymi have revealed sites of settlement dating back to 1900 BC. On the hill of Oksylithou, remnants of an entire town including buildings, roads, temples and squares have been unearthed. The variety of artefacts found within the area shows that the site must have served as an important trading centre for centuries.

Voidokleftra Cave
Evia / Central Evia

Within the Agali Gorge outside of the small village of Theologos, the small cave of Voidokleftra consists of two small chambers which are not particularly impressive. However, interest in the cave grew after the discovery of evidence of prehistoric habitation and later shards of pottery dating back to the Classical Era.

Women’s Monastery of Agios Nikolaos of Ano Vatheia
Evia / Central Evia

The women’s monastery of Agios Nikolaos lies in the village of Ano Vatheia approximately 5 klm. west of Aliveri. Built on the side of Koutali Hill, the monastery sits at an altitude of 430 m. and is famed for its incredible views out over the south Euboean Gulf. Some claim it was built by monks who were being chased by Turkish forces and founded the church on atop the ruins of an earlier church. Even before that, it seems likely that a sanctuary of Asclepius stood on the site. Today the church has been converted into a women’s monastery.

Women’s Monastery of Mantzari in Oxylithos
Evia / Central Evia

Evia’s second-oldest monastery can be found in the village of Oxylithos 7 klm. south of Kymi. Though the date of its foundation is unknown, the church is mentioned in archives dating back to the early 16th century AD. What is certain is that it had amassed a fortune in land stretching as far as Styra in southern Evia. Its monks also appear to have fought against the Turks during the revolution alongside the famous Evian general, N. Kriezotis. Today it is home to a handful of nuns.

Women’s Monastery of Panagia Perivleptou Politikon
Evia / Central Evia

Just outside of the village of Politika along the northern Euboean coast is the women’s monastery of Panagia Perivleptou. Surrounded by foliage atop a picturesque hill, this 11th century church is now home to a handful of orthodox nuns. Its exterior consists of a single dome and ceramic tile roof, while its multi-colour marble floors are unique.

Amarynthos
Evia / Central Evia

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.

Eretria
Evia / Central Evia

The small, unassuming seaside town of Eretria along the coast of the Evian Gulf is the home of one of the most significant and expansive archaeological sites throughout Greece today. Though it played an important role throughout the much of the country’s ancient history, Eretria is best known for its traces of life dating back to the Neolithic period.Stone artefacts and pottery shards dating back to around 3500-3000 BC sparked interest in the site, which also revealed signs of intermittent settlement from 3000 BC until its destruction by the Romans in 87 BC. Today, a theatre, remnants of temples to Ares, Apollo and Dionysus can be seen as well as baths and fragments of walls and gates.

Heroon monument of Toumba
Evia / Central Evia

Within the site of Lefkanti, the Monument of “House of Toumba” is one of the largest structures which date back to the so called “Dark Ages” of Greece. The house itself appears to have been built around 1000 BC and included several graves built in shafts underneath the structure. The tombs contained human and horse skeletons, and the rich artefacts found included the earliest known piece of clothing in the form of an ankle-length robe.

Kalogerovrysi
Evia / Central Evia

Prehistoric settlements and artefacts including a trove of pottery, weapons and tools have been found at this location about 15 klm East of Evia’s capital city, Halkida. Researchers date the site to have been inhabited from the early 3rd millennium BC and supported sporadic periods of habitation including an important Mycenaean colony where tombs containing skeletons were unearthed.

Kastri Potamias
Evia / Central Evia

Ruins found on the hill of Kastri within the Potamias region reveal that the area was inhabited sporadically from the Neolithic era until the 6th century AD. Artefacts found at the site range from clay figurines to millstones and suggest that the area may have included a number of artisan workshops. Experts believe that it was later used as a lookout during the Byzantine period.

Lefkanti
Evia / Central Evia

The archaeological site of Lefkanti at Xeropoli located between Halkida and Eretria has helped shed light on life during the so called “dark ages” of Greece. Excavations confirm that the site was an important Bronze Age settlement dating back to 2100 BC and continued to support a permanent population until as late as 825 BC. A number of tombs and artefacts dating towards the end of this period have proved invaluable in helping archaeologists learn more about this misunderstood period within Greek history.

Mycenaean tomb of Katakalos
Evia / Central Evia

Within the small village of Katakalos just outside the town of Aliveri, stands the best-preserved Mycenaean tomb throughout all of Evia.

Roman Baths of Aliveri
Evia / Central Evia

Recently discovered in 1995, these Roman Baths lie just outside the town of Aliveri near the thermal power station at Karavos. The construction of the power plant is what revealed the site, which dates back to the 4th century AD and appeared to be used until sometime during the 7th century AD. The site contained the several different bathing areas, featuring cold, warm and hot baths as well as changing rooms and places where patrons could store their belongings. Though the site is well-preserved, some of it was unfortunately destroyed during the building of the power station.

Sanctuary of Artemis at Aulis
Evia / Central Evia

Aulis or “Avlida” as it’s known in Greek was where one of the most dramatic scenes throughout Homer’s Iliad took place. After killing a sacred deer of the Goddess Artemis, the leader of the Greek forces Agamemnon could not set sail for Troy due to a lack of wind.

Varka Psachnon
Evia / Central Evia

In the area of Messapia, traces of Neolithic settlements have been found, which contained a significant amount of pottery and other wares. Within the site there are also ruins dating back to the Mycenaean era.

Viglatouri Kymi
Evia / Central Evia

Throughout the last century, fascinating finds just outside the modern seaside town of Kymi have revealed sites of settlement dating back to 1900 BC. On the hill of Oksylithou, remnants of an entire town including buildings, roads, temples and squares have been unearthed. The variety of artefacts found within the area shows that the site must have served as an important trading centre for centuries.

Castle of Apokleidi
Evia / Central Evia

Located outside the picturesque seaside village of Kymi, the remnants of this medieval castle lie next to the Monastery of the Transfiguration.

Castle of Fila
Evia / Central Evia

Rising abruptly from the otherwise flat Lilandia plains, the Castle of Fila towers over the modern-day town of the same name.

Castle of Karababas
Evia / Central Evia

Complete with multi-sided towers, ramparts and an interior church, the castle of Karababas is an excellent record in itself of Halkida’s history over the past 300 years. The structure was originally built at the end of the 17th century on behalf of the Turks. Its builder however, was a Venetian deserter and the castle has elements of both Venetian and Turkish architectural heritage. It stands on the Greek mainland directly across from Halkida and offers visitors amazing views over both the northern and southern halves of Evia’s Gulf.

Kastri Psachnon
Evia / Central Evia

Built by the Venetians around 1205 AD, this castle commands a privileged spot overlooking the village of Psachnon. Parts of its walls, ramparts and the foundations of towers still remain today, though most of the castle was destroyed by the Turks in 1470.

La Cuppa Castle
Evia / Central Evia

This small fortification built with large stone slabs sits at the entrance of the Manikiatis Gorge just above the small hamlet of Vrysi. Researchers have also discovered ruins at this site which date back to the Hellenistic period.

Potiri Castle
Evia / Central Evia

The Frankish fortification known as “Potiri Castle” gets its name from its cylindrical shape (Potiri means glass in Greek). Originally built by the Byzantines, it was overtaken by the Franks in 1205.

Skoteini Thourrounion Cave
Evia / Central Evia

One of the most intriguing caves throughout Evia is the cave of Skoteini outside of the village of Thourrounia in the middle of central Evia.

Voidokleftra Cave
Evia / Central Evia

Within the Agali Gorge outside of the small village of Theologos, the small cave of Voidokleftra consists of two small chambers which are not particularly impressive. However, interest in the cave grew after the discovery of evidence of prehistoric habitation and later shards of pottery dating back to the Classical Era.

Church of Agia Kyriaki in Kambia
Evia / Central Evia

One of Evia’s most picturesque churches lies just outside the village of Kambia at an altitude of 290 m. Virtually surrounded by foliage and reached by a wooden bridge; Agia Kyriaki seems taken out of a fairytale. A cave is found next to the church.

Church of Agios Georgios in Loukissia
Evia / Central Evia

This small chapel is unique, inside and out. Architecturally notable is the fact that it’s a single space church, which is quite rare in Greece. It consists of an octagonal dome and an entrance gate dating back to the 14th century AD, though its foundations are believed to have first been built sometime during the 11th century AD. The interior wall frescoes are still visible despite their old age.

Church of Panagia Chiliadou
Evia / Central Evia

Meaning “1000” this church is believed to be the 1000th of its kind built by the Byzantine Empress Theodora. It’s located near the village of Chiliadou just north of Kymi along central Evia’s Aegean coast.

Church of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Aliveri
Evia / Central Evia

Dating back to 1393, this remarkable chapel houses a number of well-preserved paintings. It’s located in the town of Aliveri along the southern Euboean gulf and stands atop a hill in the centre of the city next to a cemetery.

Early Christian Basilica of Agia Paraskevi in Halkida
Evia / Central Evia

Considered the protectress of Evia’s capital city Halkida, the church of Agia Paraskevi was first built during the 5th century AD. Despite its large size and historic importance, the church itself is quite modest and is divided into 3 spaces within its interior. A number of notable Byzantine and Venetian nobles were buried onsite, and a gravestone from the 14th century AD can still be seen today.

Monastery of Ioannis Kalavitis Psachnon
Evia / Central Evia

The picturesque Monastery of Ioannis Kalivitis is located roughly 5 klm. from the village of Psachna in the western section of central Evia. The church is famed not only for its beautiful location within the surrounding greenery, but also for the interesting story regarding the martyr it honours. According to tradition, the monastery was named after Ioannis Kalavitis, the son of wealthy parents in Constantinople. Born in 460 AD, the boy began reading and studying the New Testament from a young age, though his father tried to discourage it, preferring that his son pursue more of a traditional education.

Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour in Kymi
Evia / Central Evia

Honouring Christ’s transfiguration, this lofty monastery is built at an altitude of 280 m. on the side of hill within remote surroundings just outside of Kymi. Dating back to the 15th century, the monastery is said to have been founded from monks from Agios Oros.

Women’s Monastery of Agios Nikolaos of Ano Vatheia
Evia / Central Evia

The women’s monastery of Agios Nikolaos lies in the village of Ano Vatheia approximately 5 klm. west of Aliveri. Built on the side of Koutali Hill, the monastery sits at an altitude of 430 m. and is famed for its incredible views out over the south Euboean Gulf. Some claim it was built by monks who were being chased by Turkish forces and founded the church on atop the ruins of an earlier church. Even before that, it seems likely that a sanctuary of Asclepius stood on the site. Today the church has been converted into a women’s monastery.

Women’s Monastery of Mantzari in Oxylithos
Evia / Central Evia

Evia’s second-oldest monastery can be found in the village of Oxylithos 7 klm. south of Kymi. Though the date of its foundation is unknown, the church is mentioned in archives dating back to the early 16th century AD. What is certain is that it had amassed a fortune in land stretching as far as Styra in southern Evia. Its monks also appear to have fought against the Turks during the revolution alongside the famous Evian general, N. Kriezotis. Today it is home to a handful of nuns.

Women’s Monastery of Panagia Perivleptou Politikon
Evia / Central Evia

Just outside of the village of Politika along the northern Euboean coast is the women’s monastery of Panagia Perivleptou. Surrounded by foliage atop a picturesque hill, this 11th century church is now home to a handful of orthodox nuns. Its exterior consists of a single dome and ceramic tile roof, while its multi-colour marble floors are unique.

Chrysanthopoulos Mansion
Evia / Central Evia

Within the picturesque village of Pyrgos outside of Kymi, the former mansion of Greek painter Sotiris Chrysanthopoulos has been converted into a gallery of his works and an opportunity to see what his life was like.

Residence of N. Kriezotis
Evia / Central Evia

The former residence of the famous Greek general who fought against the Turks in numerous places during the Greek Revolution is found in the small village of Triada just east of the town of Psachna.

Venetian Tower at Avlonari
Evia / Central Evia

The most well-preserved Venetian tower throughout all of Evia can be found within the small town of Avlonari , approximately 15 klm. South of Kymi. Renovation took place in 1953 and today it remains a jewel throughout the surrounding area.

Venetian Tower at Gymnos
Evia / Central Evia

A Venetian tower sits at the highest point of the village of Gymnos, just north of Aliveri.

Venetian Tower at Kipi
Evia / Central Evia

The village of Kipi just east of the town of Konistres is home to Evia’s largest Venetian Tower.

Venetian Tower at Pissonas
Evia / Central Evia

The lovely village of Pissonas is home to two Venetian towers, one of which is still inhabited and referred to as the “Tower of Mostra”, taking its name from its Venetian benefactor.

Venetian Tower of Kadi
Evia / Central Evia

In the village of Kadi travellers can visit a well-preserved Venetian tower located next to the village church.

Venetian Tower of Politika
Evia / Central Evia

Visitors to the coastal village of Politika along the northern Euboean Gulf should take some time to visit the village’s extremely well-preserved Venetian tower.

Venetian Tower of Trachili
Evia / Central Evia

Located about 15 klm. North of Aliveri, a Venetian Tower sits within the cemetery at the highest point of the village of Trachili.

Venetian Tower of Triada
Evia / Central Evia

South of Mount Dirfys, the village of Triada is home to a Venetian tower of unknown age.

Venetian Towers of Vasiliko
Evia / Central Evia

Two well-preserved Venetian towers stand on the hill above the area of Lilandio at Vasiliko. They date back to 1200 AD and are open to the public.

Archaeological Museum of Halkida
Evia / Central Evia

Halkida’s Archaeological Museum is one of Evia’s most extensive collections of island’s past. Featuring artefacts from the Neolithic Era down to the Late Roman Empire, visitors are offered a rare and in-depth look at Evia’s history down through the ages.

Folklore Museum of Halkida
Evia / Central Evia

Housed in a restored Venetian fortification, Halkida’s Folklore Museum offers visitors a chance to see what country and city life was like long ago.

Folklore Museum of Kymi
Evia / Central Evia

Housed in a three-storey neoclassical building in the centre of town, Kymi’s Folklore museum has been characterised as one of the best museums of its kind throughout Greece.

Folklore Museum of Psachna
Evia / Central Evia

Take a step back in time on entering the Folklore Museum of Psachna located within a restored building in the centre of Psachna.

Aesthetic Forest of Steni
Evia / Central Evia

Outside the central town of Steni, visitors have the privilege of exploring one of the richest and most scenic forests throughout the country. The area is teeming with rivers and streams thanks to the unusually large number of springs within the area. Its large variety of flowers has made it an invaluable biotope for a great deal of species, which has secured its protection via Presidential decree. Throughout the forest several different types of trees grow, though chestnut, plane and Kefallonian fir are the most common examples. Aside from vegetation, the forest is also known for its geomorphologic features, including rock surfaces dating back to as far as the Jurassic and Triassic periods.

Kolovrechtis Wetlands of Psachna
Evia / Central Evia

Located 12 klm. north of Halkida, the Kolovrechtis Wetlands should be famed for the natural utopia it provides to hundreds of different plant and animal species. Unfortunately, over the past few decades, industrial pollution has all but turned this beautiful landscape into a chemical wasteland. Despite the fact that it provides shelter to 49 endangered bird species and numerous other amphibians and unique flora, little has been done to stop the pollution to one of Evia’s most valuable biotopes. Supposedly protected by Presidential Decree, evidence of such is sadly, hard to see.

Lake Dystos
Evia / Central Evia

At the southern edge of central Evia sits Lake Dystos, an invaluable habitat for countless plant and animal species. Though it has dried up several times during its known history, the Lake and surrounding marsh areas have managed to keep afloat during the last few years. Its size is impressive, covering an area of over 7,500 stremmata, though large sections of this are frequently dry. Farming, livestock, hunting and industrial activities have all had negative effects on the lake over the past century. Despite this, the area continues to be a haven to migratory birds during the spring and remains an important biotope for a number of plants and animals, and for this reason it is part of Europe’s Natura 2000 initiative.

Mt. Dirfys
Evia / Central Evia

Evia’s highest mountain is also one of the island’s most important landscapes. Its highest peak Delphi, reaches a height of 1743 m. and offers climbers and nature lovers views over both the Aegean Sea and the Euboean gulf. Its southern side is covered with the wild mountain tea plants that the famous eponymous tea is made up of. This is also the greenest section of Dirfys, covered in chestnut, plane, oak and fir trees. In contrast, the northern section facing the Aegean is mostly dry and bare, though two rivers, the Metohiou and Stroponon flow through this area year-round. The mountain is also the source of the island’s two largest rivers, the Messapios and Lilas. Due to the wide variety of both plant and animal species that it supports, Mt. Dirfys is included in the Natura 2000 program.

Oxylithos Volcano
Evia / Central Evia

Roughly 7 klm. south of Kymi lies the village of Oxylithos, meaning “acidic rock”. This would be an accurate description for the jagged hill which ominously looms over it, since it’s actually a volcano. Fear not, it’s been inactive since ancient times. It’s an interesting area to explore and visitors will also see the picturesque church of Evangelistrias.

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Archaeological Museum of Halkida
Evia / Central Evia

Halkida’s Archaeological Museum is one of Evia’s most extensive collections of island’s past. Featuring artefacts from the Neolithic Era down to the Late Roman Empire, visitors are offered a rare and in-depth look at Evia’s history down through the ages.

Castle of Karababas
Evia / Central Evia

Complete with multi-sided towers, ramparts and an interior church, the castle of Karababas is an excellent record in itself of Halkida’s history over the past 300 years. The structure was originally built at the end of the 17th century on behalf of the Turks. Its builder however, was a Venetian deserter and the castle has elements of both Venetian and Turkish architectural heritage. It stands on the Greek mainland directly across from Halkida and offers visitors amazing views over both the northern and southern halves of Evia’s Gulf.

Eretria
Evia / Central Evia

The small, unassuming seaside town of Eretria along the coast of the Evian Gulf is the home of one of the most significant and expansive archaeological sites throughout Greece today. Though it played an important role throughout the much of the country’s ancient history, Eretria is best known for its traces of life dating back to the Neolithic period.Stone artefacts and pottery shards dating back to around 3500-3000 BC sparked interest in the site, which also revealed signs of intermittent settlement from 3000 BC until its destruction by the Romans in 87 BC. Today, a theatre, remnants of temples to Ares, Apollo and Dionysus can be seen as well as baths and fragments of walls and gates.

Mycenaean tomb of Katakalos
Evia / Central Evia

Within the small village of Katakalos just outside the town of Aliveri, stands the best-preserved Mycenaean tomb throughout all of Evia.

Sanctuary of Artemis at Aulis
Evia / Central Evia

Aulis or “Avlida” as it’s known in Greek was where one of the most dramatic scenes throughout Homer’s Iliad took place. After killing a sacred deer of the Goddess Artemis, the leader of the Greek forces Agamemnon could not set sail for Troy due to a lack of wind.

Venetian Tower at Avlonari
Evia / Central Evia

The most well-preserved Venetian tower throughout all of Evia can be found within the small town of Avlonari , approximately 15 klm. South of Kymi. Renovation took place in 1953 and today it remains a jewel throughout the surrounding area.

Women’s Monastery of Agios Nikolaos of Ano Vatheia
Evia / Central Evia

The women’s monastery of Agios Nikolaos lies in the village of Ano Vatheia approximately 5 klm. west of Aliveri. Built on the side of Koutali Hill, the monastery sits at an altitude of 430 m. and is famed for its incredible views out over the south Euboean Gulf. Some claim it was built by monks who were being chased by Turkish forces and founded the church on atop the ruins of an earlier church. Even before that, it seems likely that a sanctuary of Asclepius stood on the site. Today the church has been converted into a women’s monastery.

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Avantis Winery
Evia / Central Evia

Taking its name from what the island was called in ancient times, Apostolos Mountrichas produces award-winning wines from within the Lilantio Plain, one of Evia’s most well-known wine regions.

Kokkinos Pyrgos
Evia / Central Evia

For over 130 years, the vines of the Kokkinos Pyrgos Estate have proudly continued the tradition of wine-making which dates back over two millennia throughout the Lilandia region.

Tzivani Wines
Evia / Central Evia

Another impressive and award-winning organic wine.