General informations

From Aliveri, a road goes through South Evia and ends in Karystos. You first come through Lepoura, Krieza and Zarakes. A narrow secondary roads lead to various charming coastal villages, to Boufalo, Agios, Dimitrios, Panagia. On the east coast, towards the Aegean Sea, lies Paralia Zarakon. Continuing along the main road, one arrives at Almyropotamos (77 km from Chalkida), in a small village where many stone-built houses are still preserved in a traditional style. The small port of Panagia has a boat connection with Agia Marina on the opposite coast of Attica. Continue to Mesochoria, Elaiochori and Nea Styra (91 km northeast of Chalkida). In Nea Styra there are many accommodations and taverns. From there, there are regular ferry connections with the opposite Agia marina. At a distance of 4.5 km inland lies the town of Styra, which lies amphitheatrically on a hillside covered with trees with great views of the sea. Further south, there is a turnoff to Marmari, a busy village with a boat connection to Rafina. In the area there are beautiful, clean beaches, plenty of accommodation and taverns. In the bay of the same name are the wooded islands of Petalii. North of Mamarinos you come to the secluded beach Figia.

The road ends in Karystos, a pretty small town with a large harbor that offers daily boat connections with Rafina. The city has many houses in the characteristic construction of the island, it is well planned urban planning, has a beautiful front to the sea, good tourist infrastructure, many restaurants, taverns, bars and clubs. The surrounding beaches are charming and the sea very clean.

The most important sights are, to the right of the port, the rebuilt Venetian Tower (Bourtzi), originally built in the 13th century. Like the town hall, a neoclassical building from the 19th century. The remains of the Venetian castle (Castello Rosso). On a wooded hill with a beautiful view of the city the convent of Agia Mavra. 2km northeast of Karystos, the woody area of ​​Agia Triada with fountain and two chapels. In the center of Karzstos an ancient temple was discovered, most likely dedicated to Apollo or Hephaestus. In the east of the city, parts of the ancient Geraistos were dug out, and near the village of Kokkali, excavations revealed the Hellenistic Acropolis of Karystos, and in Palaiochora a large Hellenistic necropolis was discovered.

In the archaeological museum of the city, significant finds from the excavations in the area are issued. In Karystos theater performances and exhibitions are organized.

Above Karystos, scattered at the foothills of the Ochis Mountain some smaller places: Grampias, Lala, Myli, Nikasi, Kalyvia, Pothi. 2 km southeast of Karystos is the village of Etos with pretty houses set amidst lush gardens. A side street leads to the southern tip of the island, to Bouro, another side road leads to the remote places on the Cape Kafireas. The route through the unique plane tree forest of Platanistos is especially beautiful. The view of the sea and the wild cliffs is sometimes breathtaking. In a stream bed flows a narrow stream and flows into the rippling beach of the settlement Potami.

Other villages in this area are Evangelismos, Amygdalia, Prinia. They all have very few inhabitants and are largely untouched by tourism.

Geography und Geschichte

Im archäologischen Museum der Stadt sind bedeutende Fundstücke aus den Ausgrabungen in der Umgebung ausgstellt. In Karystos werden Theateraufführungen sowie Ausstellungen veranstaltet.

Oberhalb von Karystos liegen, verstreut an den Auslüufern des Ochis-Berges einige kleinere Orte: Grampias, Lala, Myli, Nikasi, Kalyvia, Pothi. 2 km südöstlich von Karystos liegt das Dorf Ätos mit hübschen Häusern inmitten üppiger Gärten. Eine Nebenstrasse führt bis zur Südspitze der Insel, nach Bouro, eine weitere Nebenstrasse führt zu den abgelegenen Orten am Kap Kafireas. Die Strecke durch den einzigartigen Platanenwald von Platanistos ist besonders schön. Die Sicht auf das Meer und die wilden Felsenklüften ist manchmal atemberaubend. In einem Bachbett fliesst ein schmales Flüsschen und mündet am reiyvollen Strand der Siedlung Potami.

Andere Dörfer in dieser Gegend sind Evangelismos, Amygdalia, Prinia. Sie haben alle nur sehr wenige Einwohner und sind weitgehend vom Tourismus unberührt.