• The capital of the Prefecture, Halkida, is known for the two bridges that connect the island to mainland Greece and also for the phenomenon of the tide of Evripus
• Take a trip up Mountain Ohi and see the “drakospita”, i.e. prehistoric constructions that cannot be accounted for, and the Canyon of Dimosari
• Make an excursion to the northern part of Euboia with the verdurous hills and the vast sandy beaches
• Visit the island of Skyros and the impressive castle in the town of Skyros or “Horio”. “Horio” has preserved its traditional elements, such as the cobble-stone pavements, the white little houses and various monuments
Perfecture of EVIA
Region of Sterea Ellada Capital town: Chalkida Area: Population:
Evoia is the second largest Greek island; it stretches along the entrance of Pagasitikos Gulf up to Attica, creating the sea pass of the Evoikos Gulf. The capital city of Halkida is more or less a suburb of Athens while the suspension bridge enables its connection to mainland Greece.
The beaches on the west side of the island are smooth and accessible in contrast to the steep beaches on the east side, especially that of Cavodoro. The island’s terrain is steep and the land is quite mountainous: Dirfi, Olympus and Ohi Mountains dominate the landscape.
All over Evoia, the natural and built environment is impressive. The “Drakospita” in South Evoia are very imposing –the way they were constructed is still a mystery. The island of Skyros – a beautiful, Aegean island, known for its Skyros ponies- pertains administratively to the Prefecture.
In Evoia, findings certify the existence of human settlements thousands of years ago. Colonies of Evoia had been founded in several parts of the Mediterranean Sea. The island flourished during the Macedonian rule, while a decline took place during the later Roman conquest.
Since then and until the Venetian Rule in 1204 AD, the island had a feeble historical presence. In 1470, Evoia was conquered by Mohammed the Conqueror and remained under Ottoman Rule until 1833. In 1922, large numbers of immigrants settled in the island.