Holidays in Chalkida - Evia
The capital of Evia is Chalkida, a historic city of particular beauty located on the western side of central Evia, almost on the waters of the Euripus. Chalkida is connected to mainland Greece through its bridge, which has made access even easier and faster. It is less than 1 hour from Athens by car, which makes it an ideal proposition for pleasant one-day city breaks, weekends and holidays all year round.
Chalkida is a city of special beauty and great historical importance, which is evident in the impressive castle that dominates the city. From up there, the view is highly impressive and offers a panoramic view of the city and the surrounding area.
The Promenade offers beautiful walks by the sea, and along it are cafes, tavernas and beautiful shops with gifts and other products, so you can spend a beautiful day shopping and relaxing.
The beach bar is an ideal proposition for all hours, enjoy your coffee, a drink or ouzo with appetizers and seafood next to the sea, relaxing in the beautiful atmosphere.
Just outside the city you will find beautiful beaches to swim and relax in the sun. Some of them are Pomegranates, Asterias and Agios Minas.
If you travel to Chalkida by car, you can take advantage of the opportunity and discover beautiful areas of Evia, making a beautiful excursion e.g. in Edipsos with its Baths located in N. Evia.
The "John's" Hotel in Chalkida is the ideal accommodation base to enjoy your holidays in Evia and to discover the sights and corners of the island. With the comforts and facilities of our hotel, the many suggestions for enjoyable activities and the easy access to all the attractions, your holiday in Evia will be one you will remember and always look back on with nostalgia.
The Euripus Tide phenomenon
A unique phenomenon is also observed in Chalkida, that of the Tides of the Euripus strait. Almost every 6 hours the waters of the channel change direction thus causing the intensity of the tide.
This phenomenon was thought to be caused by the attraction of the moon and the sun on the Earth. Since ancient times, Aristotle and Eratosthenes were supporters of this idea.
A more recent research by professor Dimitris Aeginitis, claims that the cause lies in a very narrow point of the channel, about 40 m long, where the difference in the length of the route from the South and North Euboea combined with the attraction of the moon and the sun that exert on the Earth, cause this phenomenon.
It is definitely a unique phenomenon that is worth observing, as you visit Chalkida. You will surely be impressed and do not miss it from your events.
Points of interest in Chalkida
In addition to its beautiful beaches, Chalkida has other attractions that are worth visiting and getting to know. Below you will see a brief description of some of the most popular attractions in the area.
Certainly one of the most important is the Archaeological Museum of Chalkida which hosts many archaeological findings from excavations that have been carried out in various areas of Chalkida and Evia in general.
The findings include coins from various periods, grave goods, bronze and ceramic tables and many other objects. The exhibits cover periods from the Paleolithic to the Roman period. The museum is open every day except Monday. Tel: ( + 30 ) 22210 25131.
The Folklore Museum of Chalkida is another interesting point of the city, as it is located in the city castle and more specifically in the three rooms of the historic castle that are left. This museum exhibits over 1000 exhibits which include weapons, uniforms, household items, books, ceramics, woven kilims, clothing and traditional costumes. The museum covers many time periods from the Classical period to the modern era. You can find out about the opening hours of the museum by calling (+ 30 ) 22210 21817.
Another interesting place to visit, although not so well known but definitely impressive is the Siren Tower of Chalkida. It refers to a Venetian tower in which the siren was built in the 2nd AD. It is still in operation so visitors are not allowed to enter for safety reasons. Other points of interest in the city are the Central Public Library, the Emir Zadeh Museum, which after the liberation had been converted into a barracks, today houses part of the medieval archaeological collection of Chalkida, without operating as a museum open to the public, the Courts, the early Christian Basilica of Agia Paraskevi, the church of Agios Nikolaos, the Cultural Center and the art gallery.
Discover the island of Evia
Apart from Chalkida, which is the capital of Evia, there are other beautiful places to visit while you are on the island. Evia is the second largest island of Greece after Crete, so its cities, towns and villages are open for visits and tours. Evia has an excellent tourist infrastructure but has also preserved its traditional color. It was a historical hub both in antiquity and in the years that followed, which is why the monuments and exhibits in its museums are abundant. In central Evia you will visit cities such as Eretria which is very close to Chalkida. To the east is the port of Kymi, another beautiful proposal to visit.
In the north of the island is Edipsos with its famous thermal baths, as well as Rovies, Limni and other beautiful villages. The northern part of Evia is rich in vegetation and very impressive in natural beauty. Here you can visit the petrified forest of Kerasia, the waterfalls of Drymona, interesting museums and monasteries.
In the south you will encounter different but equally beautiful landscapes, in cities such as Karystos, Marmari and Styra. You can visit interesting museums such as the archaeological museum of Karystos, the local museum of natural history, the Dracospita, the gorge of Dimosari, the lake of Dystos and others.
Chalkida Travel Guide
At the entrance of the city there is the new impressive Cable (suspension) Bridge. A modern technological achievement, for the entire Greek area. The new bridge built further south contributes to the easier approach to the city and avoids traffic congestion in its center.
The Old Drawbridge is used by visitors as a point of observation of the tidal alternating movement of the Euboean waters. In its current form, it was built in 1962. The Euripos strait with the drawbridge is the point where the Northern and Southern Euboean Gulfs join.
The castle of Karambaba on the Boeotian coast of the city, which occupies the entire top of the Kanithos hill. The church of Prophet Ilias is preserved inside the castle. Here the visitor had the opportunity to admire the wonderful view of the city. Outside the fortress there is the tomb of the Chalkidian writer G. Scaribas.
The Town Hall which is housed in the Kotsika Mansion. It dominates the beach of the city with its beautiful architecture and the wonderful balance of volumes.
The Red House of the Mallios family adorns the square on the North side of the town's beach. It was built in 1884, the architect of which was the Frenchman Fleggis. It belongs to the Municipality of Chalkidea. Opposite the red house is the house with the statues, which also belongs to the municipality of Chalkideon and hosts the Hellinidon high school.
The mosque of Emir-Zade, a characteristic monument of the time, is preserved in very good condition today. It is located in Hoplite Square on Kotsou Street. In front of it is a marble fountain (faucet) with a relief inscription of the time.
The archaeological museum of Chalkida is located on El. Venizelou very close to the courthouse. The building in which it is housed began to be constructed at the end of the 19th century, while the work was completed in 1901. The design is by the architect Lykakis. In the center of the face of the building above the wooden central door there is a pediment which, together with the carved masonry at the base of the building and the corners, make it separate from the rest of the buildings. In the courtyard of the museum there are various exhibits, trees and some sheds which were added to the area recently for the purpose of protecting the marbles. Observing photos of the building from all this period, the conclusion is drawn that almost nothing has changed in the museum since its construction at the beginning of the last century, until today.
Sirina of Chalkida is located on Balalaion Street, a small street in the center of the city. The siren is located on a square Venetian tower which was known as the old clock. In 1940, for the needs of the defense of Chalkida, this tower was suitably configured so that the air-raid siren could be installed on it. The tower is of medieval age and has undergone multiple interventions over the centuries. Its interior has been plastered while repairs have also been made to the staircase that leads to the highest point of the tower.
The folklore museum of Chalkida has been housed since 1982 in the last part of the Venetian castle. This piece is what is left of the city walls that were torn down due to the "beautification" of the city at the end of the 19th century. Since 1904, when the demolition of the entire wall was finished, this part of the castle was used by the army as warehouses. Later, during the Greek-German war, it was used by the Germans as a prison for those who were to be executed.
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