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The close proximity to the Greek mainland, beautiful mountains, endless beaches and bountiful springs and rivers have long been an attraction for settlers and visitors to this wondrous island whose lush landscape contrasts sharply with the more barren landscape found further south in the Cyclades.
Evia or Evvoia, also known as Evvia, is the largest of the Greek islands after Crete and is one of the few isles where life carries on regardless of the ebb and flow of tourists. Quieter than the touristy islands of Skiathos and Skopelos, Evvoia offers an ideal destination for rambling complemented by a cultural interest in local museums and lazy days on lovely beaches.
Chalkida on the central southern coast is the capital of Evvoia and has an excellent market down by the waterfront. Nearby ancient Eretria is the source of many significant archaeological finds. On the southeastern tip, Mount Ochi standing at 1,398m offers great walking with stunning sea views and down in the bay nestles the sleepy traditional fishing port of Karystos.
On the northern coast lies Kymi which was once a wealthy port back in the 1880s and traces of its past are still evident in the local museum. The inland village of Steni which lies on the verdant slopes of Mount Dirfys 1,745 m offers a pleasant change from the warmer coastal areas and is much frequented by day trippers.
Porto Evia is a fairly lively small seaside village with trendy bars and restaurants serving wonderful fresh fish and seafood overlooking the sea.
There are frequent ferries servicing Evvoia and the bridge to the mainland makes access very easy too.
The nearest airport to Evia is Athens International (ATH) which is serviced by direct flights by both Easyjet and Ryanair. There is a good motorway (toll road) connection for much of the way and a suspension bridge connects Evia island to the mainland, the journey from Athens to the bridge at Chalkis (Chalcis) takes about an hour. There is also a car ferry service which runs every half an hour, it is a cheap and useful and very pleasant way to get to the mainland for day trips especially (Eretria from Oropos. 25 minutes).
The climate on the island of Evia is idyllic in many ways, sunny with little rain from April through to October, hotting up in the main July and August summer holiday periods.