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Central Evia

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General Informations

From Chalkida you can drive southeast along the coast to Aliveri.
Through this route you will enter through the villages of Mytikas and Vasilikos. In the latter there is a Frankish castle and located a bit outside of the village, on hills, are two more Castles all with stunning views of the surroundings and the sea. Nearby, the municipality of Fylla, is the Venetian castle Likarios (from the 13th -15th century).

In the coastal towns Levkanti and Malakonta are beautiful beaches and many tourist facilities. Also in this area excavations were made, where important finds have been discovered, those finds have been dated back to the prehistoric settlements. Continue to Eritria, which is the second largest port of Evia, on to Halkida. From here there are boat connections to Attica.

Eretria extends along the coast to the ruins of the ancient city. Ancient Eretria was established in the 8th century, and had a significant prosperity. in 490 BC. it was destroyed by the Persians, but had recovered itself and took on the side of the Athenians and took part of the naval battle of Salamis (480 BC). In 198 BC and 87 BC, it was destroyed by the Romans and has not been rebuild.

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At the archaeological excavation site Eretria you can visit, a covered house with mosaic floors (4th cent. BC.), remains of the east wall of the ancient Acropolis, the ruins of the Ancient Roman Theatre and the Palaistra at the foot of the Acropolis hill, the temple of Dionysus and Demeter, and the sanctuary of the goddesses of the south side of the Acropolis, next to the theatre, also the ruins of a great temple of Daphniporos Apollon, approximately in the center of the archaeological site, the remains of a temple of Isis, the Palaistra, gymnasium, homes and graves near the beach at the Livadia named location.

At the Archaeological Museum valuable finds are exhibited from the excavations in Eretria, Amarynthos, Magoula and Levi Kanti. The city of Eretria hosts in late July / early August a festival with cultural and sporting performances. Located in the area of Eretria are many hotel complexes, restaurants, bars, entertainment venues and various water sports facilities.

On the pine-covered islet Pezonisi, which is located to the right of the port, is a hotel complex offering bungalow. The Small island is connected to the city by a bridge.

On the way we come to Amaryntho, a beautiful on the coast located town, with beautiful beach and fish tavernas where they serve fresh fish and seafood. A side road leads from there to Ano Vatheia, a village in traditional style, located in a dense vegetation of the valley, surrounded by green hills.

Near this village is, located in beautiful surroundings, the convent Agios Nikolaos. In the church you can see frescoes from the 16th century. Further east lies Aliveri, a bustling county town, northeast thereof is a power plant, located just behind this plant, ist the castle Rizokastro, one of the oldest Frankish castles in Greece.

In the area Katakalou, 7 km north-east of the castle, a Mycenaean grave dome has been found. Not far from there is also the interesting biotope Dystos. The road now turns away from the coast inland towards Lepoura. Then this leads in a northerly direction through a fertile plain with fields to Avlonari, a pretty village in the traditional manner, which is like an amphitheater on a hillside, with beautiful views of the plane.

At the top of the hill there is a Venetian castle and a church. In Chania Avonariou you can admire the Byzantine church "Agiaos Dimitrios' decorated with frescoes from the 13th century. Other beautiful villages in the scenic surroundings are Agios Georgios, Agios Vlasis, Orologio, Monodri, Konistres, Oxylithos, Taxiarches, Pyrgos. Most of these villages reign on hills, have a beautiful view of the plain and the sea, beautiful houses and landscaped gardens. In Chania Avlonariou the road forks.

One branch leads to the coasts of Stomios and Platana and to different coastal settlements of long beaches with many hotels, restaurants, taverns and other eateries. It ends in Paralia Kymi, an important port for traffic between Evia and the Sporades and Volos.

The other branch leads to the center of the island and up to the charming town of Kymi the "terrace for Aegean" as it is called because of its incomparable view of the ocean (44 km from eritria and 91 km from Chalkida). It is built like a amphitheater on a hill with overgrown trees. A 4km long, winding road connects with Kymi Paralia Kymi. In the village, many houses have been preserved in the traditional manner, which are between narrow streets, beautiful gardens, fountains and trees.

In ancient times Kymi was one of the most important cities of Evia. The city also founded colonies in southern Italy and Asia Minor (in the 8th century. BC.). Kymi has an interesting folklore museum with exhibits from the period from 1800 to 1930. In a separate room you can see memorabilia from the world-renowned physicians Georgios Papanikolaos. 2km northwest of Kymi is the Chonevtiko said location with a spa. West of Kymi are the beautiful beach and the village Chiliadou Damari, with houses in traditional style.

Located at the northwest of Kymi lies at the foothills of Mount Dirpis the mountain village Stropones, surrounded by streams, fruit trees, vegetable fields, chestnut and plane trees. A little further south of this village is the Steni Dirfis called location, a lush environment with sycamore covered riverbed on the river of Dirfis. This whole area in the heart of Evia is very scenic.

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