Euboea
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Euboea

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

Since the Corinth Canal was completed in 1893, separating the Peloponnese from the rest of mainland Greece, the island of Euboea has lost its title of being the biggest island in the country. On the Aegean Sea, it lies to the north-east of Athens, just two hours away by road, after crossing the Gulf of Euboea between the ports of Skala Oropo and Eretria. Frequented by many Greeks, easily accessible as it is very close to the mainland, this authentic island offers a special setting through the beauty of its coasts and the great variety in its landscape with its massive mountains, fertile valleys where olive trees and vines grow and creeks and coves that are good for relaxation and swimming. Euboea is not really the most interesting place to visit in terms of archaeological sites but it does have some relics, such as the mosaics of Eretria and the group sculptures of Theseus at the Museum of Eretria. On the seaside, the island is rich in hotel clubs of all kinds.

To see

Stroll around the island, the landscape is worth a tour.

To do

On the island, you must visit the island's capital, Eretria, or the fishing village located a little farther south, Amarynthos. For bigger excursions, you need to take the ferry again and return to the mainland.

pros

  • +  The hotel infrastructures for quiet holidays
  • +  Its proximity to Athens

cons

  • -  The poor quality of the beaches
  • -  The absence of really significant archaeological sites

To think about

Buses operate well in the region. You can reach Athens in an hour and a quarter; the capital is really worth a visit.

To avoid

Unless you are in search of absolute calm, the island of Euboea is empty in the off peak season and most of the shops are closed.

To try

There is plenty of fish, moussaka, fried foods and Greek specialties. Go out for dinner in a local tavern.

To bring back

You will find charming souvenirs in the shops in Eretria.
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