1 island, 2 names. To locals and classicists, it’s Euboea (you-BEE-yah). To visitors and hopeful residents, it’s Evia (EH-Vee-Ah). Without fail, no matter your infliction, everyone finds happiness on this big, beautiful piece of land floating in the Aegean Sea, whether you’re touring archaeological sites, relaxing in healing waters, or vacationing in a luxury residence just steps away from immaculate beaches.
The Big and the Beautiful
There’s no downplaying its appeal, as the second largest island of Greece (after Crete), Evia is a great beauty. Although long and narrow, it bears a striking resemblance to the mainland. Still, Evia’s landscape proves monumental all on its own. Visitors don’t miss a second of lost hours spent discovering Evia’s large and lively cities, between its interior forests and mountains, mythological relics and rich cultural heritage, scenic promenades and sweeping sea views, charming streams and wetlands, picturesque beaches and mysterious coves. The island of Evia invites you to get lost in its beauty.
Seeing beauty is one thing, living in beauty is another – and also a little harder to achieve. The real estate market for prestigious vacation homes in Evia solves this dilemma by holding a selection of beautiful Greek residence in Evia for interested buyers. To acquire a seaside house in Evia, with charming outdoor living and dining spaces (you can count on many festive BBQs), breathtaking panoramas, a swimming pool, and a garden plot of olive and citrus trees, is to stop and smell the roses. It’s the little things in life that create the most beautiful memories. A maisonette in an idyllic setting, just a beautiful stroll away from the sandy bays and invigorating waters of the Aegean, is an experience that will not only be etched in the family scrapbook, but in the minds of the youngest to the oldest.
What to do and Where to do it in Evia
There is no Greek word for boredom, at least not in Evia. The island’s terrain is vast and rich with daily possibilities.
Evia gives the term “island hopping” a new meaning. Perhaps it’s more accurate to call it city hopping, because Chalkida, the island’s capital city (also known as Halkida), can easily be reached from Athens and Central Greece by an old bridge that covers a gap of 50 feet, give or take, over the slim Euripus Strait. In Chalkida, you’ll find the island’s urban core, with busy streets, apartment buildings, supermarkets, and even a downtown area. Here’s a tip: During the day, discover historic Venetian and Turkish architecture from the 13th to 15th centuries; in the evening, take a romantic stroll along the promenade and roam in and out of seaside tavernas and fish restaurants. Lastly, beware of the “Crazy Waters”! Chalkida is the site of a mystical tidal phenomenon, in which the current changes direction as frequently as every 6 hours.
Outside of the capital is a world of exploration. There are beaches like Chrysti Ammos, Agia Anna, and the most popular Chiliadou, with sand that looks as if it’s been gilded from gold. Those who like a healthy dose of adrenaline head to Mourteri Beach to get their hands (and feet) wet practicing water sports.
Speaking of water, it may be a coincidence but Evia, not to be confused with Evian in Switzerland, is a world-class center of wellness. The city of Edipsos, in the north of the island, is Greece’s most famous spa-town. For hundreds of years, it has been celebrated for its hot springs of healing waters that have provided a purified foundation for many hotels and spas to specialize in hydrotherapy, a specialty service of the region. Aristotle has even recorded its transformative truth.
In between treatments, lose yourself in the treasures of Evia, its charming villages, archaeological museums, romantic harbors, and fish dishes galore. But before, take it from Aristotle, and consider buying a beautiful home in Evia or Euboea.