Evia is the second largest island in Greece, an ideal and exceptional destination for people of all ages.The island of Evia has only become known as a tourist destination for all seasons within the last several years. It is a land of natural beauty, cultural heritage, local tradition, popular art and a warm welcoming smile of hospitality from its residents who offer delicious and mouth watering traditional Greek cuisine.

Evia has an unchanged natural environment totally unaffected by mass tourism and yet growingly popular as a new destination. A place that remains genuine, authentic and traditional.

The route from Athens and the international airport  Eleftherios Venizelos is by the main highway and just one short hour drive away. Access is by bridge from the mainland and there are several drive on drive off ferry boat services available at other access points like Rafina and Ag Marina ports.

The island boasts more than nine hundred kilometres of coastline and 1.200 thousand acres of natural forest and woodland. There are endless sand and pebble beaches, areas of natural beauty, archaeological monuments and museums.

The Old Bridge

At the capital of the island, Chalkida, the gap is just 40m and is spanned by a bridge that was first constructed here in the twenty-first year of the Peloponnesian War (410 BC).

The old bridge, located at the narrowest point of the Euripus strait and one of the world’s last remaining “sliding” bridges, opens every night a little after 23:00 to allow vessels to pass through the strait.

More recent  in 1992 was built The “big” Euripus Bridge as the locals call it(also Euripos BridgeEvripos Bridge). The big Euripus bridge connects Euboea to the Greek mainland and was the first cable-stayed road bridge in Greece with total length of 395m and total height 90m.

The City of Crazy Waters and The Euripus Phenomenon

At the most narrow part of Evia Island jand the Greek mainland, everybody can observe that every 6 hours the sea water rises (flood) and in the next 6 hours it goes down again (ebb).

We have a period of 12 h or 4 phases in 24h 50min 30sec. The 50 min and 30 sec difference from the “24 hours” refers to the Moon, because the Moon needs exactly this period of time to pass over the same place on Earth twice (Newton 1687).

This is why Chalkida is regarded as a city of “crazy waters”, while locals call themselves trelonerites, or people of crazy waters. It is said that, like the changing water currents, locals can be fickle. This can also be the case with visitors, who often arrive intending to stay just for the day and end up remaining for two or three days!

According to popular tradition, the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle, in despair at his inability to solve the problem of their cause, drowned here; their cause is not fully understood today.

Lefkadi during the ancient years and the expedition to Troy

During the ancient years the area of Lefkadi used to be a place of glory and a main trade center. Eretria, known as one of the main city states of Ancient Greece, along with Chalkida, Athens, Thiva and Sparta, used to be the port of Lefkadi. It’s a historic fact that major part of the ships sent to Troy during the Greek expedition started from Eretria using the same spring thermal winds that nowadays make Lefkadi Surf Club a favourite kitesurfing and windsurfing destination.

Dirfys and the Volcanoes

Beyond the manmade sites over the millennia, you will be impressed by the biodiversity and nature of Evia Island. Several not active volcanoes are situated around the island creating magnificent ecosystems. Dirfy and Xtipas Volcanos located West and North East of Lefkadi Surf Club have been rightfully designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty by the Greek State.

Dirfy is of special ecological interest, thanks to the diverse flora, shape and hydrological features. Crossing Dirfy’s Agali Gorge is an amazing experience that must not be missed, so is a visit to the Aesthetic Forest of Steni which is protected by a government decree.

If you’re near to the Central Evia visit Kymi and the Oxylithos Volcano towering over the village by the same name.

South of the island and in close distance to Marmari Surf Club Ochi mountain hosts Dimosari and Agios Dimitrios gorges laeding both to hidden Aegean beaches.

Petali Islands, the hidden Royal Residence and the Picasso Family


Located in front of Marmari village and just across Marmari Surf Club in the gulf that bears their name, is a complex of ten privately-owned islands known as the Petali. Known since the ancient years as a settler for the sailors of the Aegean Sea they were inhabited centuries ago. The last residents left the islands at the beginning of the 20th century and built the village of Marmari.

Their unparalleled beauty, crystal-clear waters, untouched nature and the close proximity to Athens attracted plethora of important figures ranging from politicians to Hollywood celebrities. Some of them were Aristotelis Onassis, Maria Kallas and Winston Churchill. The ex Royal Family of Greece and Picasso family used to spend their summers in the private properties until they recently sold them to one of the wealthiest Greek families.

Petali Islands is our favourite Kitesurfing playground and KiteGreece organises regularly daily kite safaris and half/full day boat trips departing from Marmari Port or Marmari Surf Club.

Ochi mountain and Dimosari Gorge

Dimosari Gorge is located in southern Evia, on mount Ochi, at an elevation of 1.386 meters. It is definitely one of the most beautiful hiking trails in Greece, if not the most beautiful and It is 10 kilometers long.  One part is a little bit steep but the rest seems more like a valley, going parallel to the river. The gorge ends up at Kallianos beach, on the side of the Aegean.

It’s even said that, during the archaic and classical period, metal mines were located on the gorge direction to the beach. You will become a witness of the great history of the canyon, with the dragon houses, the medieval cobbled streets and the fossils at several points.

Many chestnut trees and plane trees being are the dominant element and variety of birds, including owls, eagles, buzzards and nightingales, and many other animal species. Highly suggested for lovers of natural beauty and photography, as interchangeable images, colors and flavors of Greece complete the landscape. You will enjoy the flowing waters, waterfalls, rivers, uncountable animals, trees and flowers everywhere. Don’t miss it!

Mythology

According to mythology, the first inhabitants of the island were the Titans. When the Giants arrived on the, also called, island of Euboea, they fought against the Titans with the intention of conquering it. The fight between the mythological deities were so violent, that every time they they took place there was an earthquake. Every earthquake of the prehistoric times was attributed to the fights between the Titans and the Giants. Another myth associated with Evia Island is that it was separated through a blow of the trident of God Poseidon from mainland Greece. At last, Evia Island is among the possible birthplaces of Goddess Hera. The myth suggests that Hera was raised on Mount Ohi from the nymph Makri.