Evia, also known as Euboea, is the second largest Greek island separated from the mainland by the sixty metre Euripus Strait. We thought visiting Evia would be a fun way to hop, skip and jump across to Athens from Volos instead of the three hundred or so kilometre drive along the motorway on the mainland. After an overnight stop in the little fishing port of Achilio we boarded the nine o’clock ferry at Glypha for the forty five minute ferry crossing to Agiokampos.
We parked up on the beach at Pefki and after a walk got the chairs out for a spot of al fresco lunch. Whilst munching our sandwiches we had some welcome visitors when a pod of dolphins swept across practically right in front of us. We couldn’t believe how close in to the shore they were. Lovely to see. They disappeared, then reappeared for a second swim past before going off to pastures new.
We spent a few days trundling round the northern end of Evia at an average speed of about twenty five kph, stopping at beaches along the way.
It’s a mountainous, sparsely populated part of the island with a windy up and down main road which snakes through thousands of acres of pine forest. We could smell the strong scent of pine resin when driving through a couple of the villages and saw plastic bags of the stuff piled up into large mounds. Then we noticed all the plastic bags hanging from the tree trunks catching the sap dripping from open wounds on the trees where a large patch of bark had been removed.
Apparently Northern Evia is the largest resin producing area in Greece and its main use is to give Retsina, the Greek white (or rosé) resonated wine its distinct flavour.
Evia is linked by two bridges to the mainland at Chalkida but we continued the fifteen or so kilometres to Eretria to stop for a couple of nights before getting the ferry back to the mainland.