A Travel Guide to Evia
If you’re looking for a breathtaking destination off the beaten path, look no further than Evia, Greece and take a look on our brief travel guide. This beautiful island is located in the Aegean Sea and is one of Greece’s most popular tourist destinations – at least for locals.
There are plenty of things to do and see on Evia, so whether you’re looking for a relaxing vacation or an adventure-filled getaway, you’ll find what you’re looking for on this enchanting island. Keep reading to dive into our complete travel guide about Evia in Greece.
Where is Evia, Greece?
Evia is located in the Aegean Sea off the eastern coast of mainland Greece. It is home to 4 main towns: Chalkida (actually a city of almost 90 thousand people), Kymi, Karystos & Aidipsos, which are connected by a bridge across the narrow strait between them.
Evia is the closest island to Athens and is driveable via a bridge across the Strait of Euripus. Yet, it is relatively unknown to tourists because it is not connected to the ever-popular Cyclades islands by ferry (even though a few of them are very close).
Evia is most popular for local Greeks, Greek-Americans, and other families that like to take local holidays. Many locals have holiday homes or live in the area year-round (like us!).
More info on how to reach Evia, can also be found here.
What is Evia Island Best Known For?
Evia is the second largest island in Greece, second only to Crete. It is best known for its stunning beaches, laidback lifestyle, and delicious local food. The island has a ton of natural beauty both on the mainland and surrounding small islands just waiting to be explored.
Many of the beaches on Evia island are some of the best in Greece. Two local beaches near Chalkida are even blue flag beaches, a special award for cleanliness and high standards.
Evia has something for everyone, whether you’re looking for an adventure or a relaxing break from city life. We will review the top attractions by region below. Although, the true beauty of Evia lies in the fact that you can wander along meandering roads and trails and discover all this beautiful land has to offer. From mountain views and waterfalls to pristine beaches and the friendliest locals around, you’ll love visiting Evia island.
Why Should I Visit Evia, Greece?
If you want to skip the crowds and dive into local culture, Evia island is your destination. No matter what season you visit, there are rich experiences and lasting memories to be made.
Evia offers a unique experience for those looking for a truly authentic Greek experience. You will find that this local island, such as restaurants, bars, and grocery stores, does not depend on tourism. Instead of finding yourself in an unauthentic tourist trap, you will find locals going about their daily business and living their lives.
What does this mean for you as a visitor? That you get a true taste of local culture. You will visit the beaches, restaurants, and sites the locals visit. The bottom line is simple, if you are looking to get away from the tourist masses, Evia is for you.
Evia by Region
Let’s review the top sites in each region throughout Evia island. That way, you can plan a trip according to your interests.
Southern Evia (and its east coast) is well-known for its beautiful gorges (canyons) and waterfalls – making the area a popular spot for hiking and canyoning enthusiasts. Other notable sites include:
- Drakospita (Dragon Houses): Mysterious sites from ancient times, with a mixture of Greek and pre-Greek cultures near Styra
- Ohi Mountain: Offering some of Evia’s most popular hikes, stunning views, and a unique ancient atmosphere.
- Dimosaris Gorge: A beautiful canyon with several caves, crystal-clear waters, and a waterfall near Karystos
- Eretria: A beachside town and archaeological site with ruins of an ancient city, the Eretria Archaeological Museum, and a Neolithic settlement.
- Medieval Watchtowers at Aliveri, Styra, and Karystos: Built in the 14th century, they offer history and stunning views of the island.
- Kymi: This small coastal town and ancient city are built on a hill overlooking the sea, offering panoramic views of the Aegean.
- Manikia Climbing Project: A non-profit climbing area with various climbing routes (and styles) ranging from beginner to expert levels.
Central Evia is most accessible from Athens via a bridge. Areas to explore include:
- Mt Dirfys: The highest mountain in the region that offers technical and fun hiking and biking options.
- Excellent beaches, particularly on the east: Don’t miss Xiliadou (where the Triangle of Sadness was shot in 2020), Petali, Thapsa and Vythouri – 5 stars are not enough!
- Medieval Towers at Messapia: Ancient towers scattered throughout the region.
- Chalkida: The main port and largest cosmopolitan city on Evia, with lively nightlife, restaurants, and cafes.
- Chalkida Bridge: The iconic bridge in the city, spanning the Euripus Strait to connect Evia to the Greek mainland. It is also home to a unique phenomenon, where the current under the bridge changes direction twice daily (almost precisely every 6 hours) due to unexplained current changes.
- Byzantine Churches at Avlonari: Some of Greece’s oldest churches that are rich in history, such as St Charalambos Monastery.
- Local Vineyards: Visit local wineries near Chalkida, like Avantis Wines in Mytikas, Skoumpris Winery in Agios Nikolaos, and Lykos Winery in Eretria.
- Dry Fig Farms: Pay a visit to bio-certified fig farms around Kymi, such as Askada Farm and Farma Sarli; and see why dry figs are one of the first five Greek products to receive a PDO certification.
- Old Monasteries: Visit historical sites (that are still active), like Galataki Monastery and Monastery of St David the Elder.
- Limni: A beautiful settlement and small coastal town that attracts visitors to its narrow streets and traditional homes.
- Drimonas & Dafnokouki Waterfalls: An escape to green trees sounds of nature, and crystal waters.
- Thermal Springs of Aidipsos: Soak in healing spring water that flows directly into the sea – a truly unique experience.
- Alpine Lakes: A former mining complex in Mantoudi that has turned into a magnificent alpine landscape with 12 natural lakes created from the mining craters. Most of the lakes have a depth of about 80 meters.
- Local Vineyards: Such as Vryniotis Winery near Aidipsos.
Interested in a particular site? Or have more questions? Check everything that Evia Private Tours has to offer. We can give you answers and help you create a personalized tour itinerary.
What Time of Year Should I Visit Evia?
Each season brings different things to Evia island, depending on what type of experience you are looking for. Here’s a breakdown of the weather and the best time to visit based on what activities you’d like to complete.
- Spring: Generally mild and sunny with occasional rain storms. Spring is ideal if you want to enjoy the wildflowers that bloom across the island at this time.
- Summer: Hot and humid, with temperatures usually ranging from 25–35°C (75-95 Fahrenheit). If you want to spend your days sunbathing or exploring the beach, this is the perfect time to visit.
- Autumn: This shoulder season is cooler and wetter than summer but warm enough for enjoyable days out on Evia. Autumn is a great time to explore cultural and historical sites. Plus, it’s also a great time to experience local wine, figs, and other seasonal favorites.
- Winter: Colder, with temperatures ranging from 10–15°C (50-60 Fahrenheit). Winter is an ideal season to enjoy Evia’s natural beauty (without melting) and winter festivals. Plus, winter is harvest season for olives – making it a special time to visit Greek locals.
Since Evia is a low-key island, you can expect a peaceful and laid-back atmosphere no matter what time of year you visit. Each season offers distinct perks, so we have carefully curated different retreats for each season to showcase them.
If you aren’t sure when you want to visit, we recommend from May to June or September to October. These “shoulder seasons” offer benefits like fewer crowds, better weather, and more budget-friendly prices.
What Else is There to Do Near Evia?
While there is plenty to do around Evia island, if you’re looking for a little more to explore, try these:
- Explore another Greek island. Small local islands in the summer by ferry (North Sporades), including Skyros, Skiathos, Skopelos, and Alonissos. This option is great for anyone that wants to see more Greek Islands that feel like the Cyclades cluster.
- Day trips to Athens on the Greek mainland (to visit the ancient theater, Acropolis, Plaka, Monastiraki, etc.)
- Day trips to an archaeological museum and significant historical sites like Delphi and Arahova.
- Visit other nearby coastal towns on the Greek mainland (if desired), particularly in the North like Volos or Corinthos in Peloponnese.
Tips for Enjoying Evia
Want to get the most out of your visit to Evia island? Try following these tips:
- Visit a taverna – a grill offering local meat and produce prepared traditionally.
- Try local cuisine by booking a cooking class or hiring a personal chef.
- Look for authentic local insight; it is truly invaluable. Don’t be afraid to stop and chat with a friendly neighbor.
- Get help from locals that understand all the nuances of Greece. Not sure who to talk to? Just ask (or email us!).
- Be open-minded and ready to explore real Greece; you’ll love what you find.
- Enjoy a retreat: Tap into everything the region can offer by season.
- Visit a local farm
- Go shopping in a local grocery store and talk with the owners
Where to stay in Evia
Evia has plenty of options to spend from one night to a week-long vacation stay. From top to bottom, there is a variety of accommodations depending on the season you are visiting, the setting you prefer (mountain or sea), and the distance from the beach.
Our top picks are:
- Selina Kaminos in Limni
- Zarka Villas in Zarakes
- Filion Eco Hotel in Styra
- Farma Sarli in Monodri
- Seastone Villas in Almyropotamos
- Writers’ Retreats in Greece in Aliveri
- Villa Aggeliki in Eretria
- Elivia Boutique Suites in Almyropotamos
How to Get to Evia
When planning a trip to Evia, there are several different ways to get there. This includes:
- Airplane (fly to Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos, then choose one of the following options below)
- Bus (or simply KTEL, the main intercity public transport bus service in Greece)
- Taxi or Private Transfer
Make Your Next Travel Destination Authentic
Evia offers travelers a truly unique experience. Isn’t it time to ditch the cookie-cutter resorts, where you are surrounded by large groups of other tourists, and get out and explore the real Greece? From natural beauty to delicious food and friendly locals, you won’t regret your visit.
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