Attractions to Visit in Evia, Greece
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The Greek island of Evia is the closest to Athens and one of the most fascinating. It is a large island that stretches from the tip of the Pelion Peninsula to the coast of Attica. The island is rich in things to explore and learn about. If you’re visiting Evia, Greece, make sure to see some of these impressive attractions.
Located at the north side of Evia, Drimona waterfall is surrounded by the oak and fir forest. The waterfall can be found at an elevation of 620 meters. The mountainous landscape is breathtaking. During the summer months the flow of the waterfall can be more lean, but even during these months, the waterfall is beautiful to see. Drimona Waterfall is found 4 km from the Monastery of St. David, along the road that starts at Rovies. This is a peaceful place to visit if you’re looking for a natural attraction in Evia.
Drakospita (Dragon Houses)
Drakospita is 25 megalithic structures that are scattered around Styra at the south of Evia. These structures are perched on mountains and hills. These huge slabs of grey limestone were formed to create pyramid-like buildings that have dry-stone walls. Ceramics that have been found dating back to the 8th century BC. These ancient buildings are beautiful and worth exploring. The location of Drakospita in Evia are located in the mountains, which offer spectacular views. It is unclear what they may have been used as but possibilities include: houses, shelters, lookouts, or sanctuaries. Legend says that dragons built these houses. In Greek legends and myths dragons look like humans, but are not. They are large in size with extreme strength.
Monastery of Saint David
Located just four kilometers from the Drimona Waterfall, the Monastery of St. David was established in 1540 by Saint David of Evia. The old monastery was burnt down in the 1820s by the Ottomans during the Greek Revolution to punish the monks who had sheltered insurgents. The monastery was rebuilt in 1877. The Monastery of Saint David is a functioning monastery. In the church of the monastery are valuable relics and around the monastery you can visit churches of various saints. The hermitage of Saint David is located a short distance from the monastery.
Archaeological Museum of Chalkida
The Archaeological Museum of Chalkida is house in a neoclassical building that was built around 1901. The museum itself opened in 1960. It closed in 1981 due to damage caused by an earthquake and reopened in 1991. Collections of the Archaeological Museum of Chalkida include pottery, figurines, statuettes, Early Hellenic finds from the settlement and cemetery of Manika, honorary decrees, and more.
Some of the most important exhibitions at the museum are a beak-mouthed jug dating to the 3rd millennium BC, bone and marble figurines from the cemetery of Manika, the torso of Apollo dating to the Archaic period, and a golden wreath to name a few.
There’s so much to do in Evia, Greece you likely won’t know where to start. Consider tying one of these activities while here!
This post was written by Greek Boston