Holidays in Chalkida – Evia
The capital of Evia is the beautiful town of Chalkida, which is located on the western side of Central Evia on the Euripus Strait. Chalkida is connected to the mainland via the Chalkida bridge, making it possible to drive across to the island. Chalkida is less than an hours drive from Athens, making it a great destination for year round holidays, weekend breaks and even day trips.
Chalkida is a place with immense historic importance and this is highlighted by the famous fortress that stands above overlooking the city. From up here you can enjoy some really amazing views of the town and the surrounding area.
There is a lovely promenade that you walk along with the sea next to you. Here you will find a number of cafe bars, restaurants and local shops offering a whole range of items and products.
Its a great place to stop and enjoy an afternoon coffee or a relaxing drink in the evening. Chalkida is very famous for it’s fresh fish and seafood, so try and sample some at one of the restaurants if you find the chance.
A little further out from the main part of the city you can find some very nice beaches that are ideal for a cool refreshign swim during the hot summer days. Some of the most popular includes the beaches of Rodies, Asteria and Agios Minas.
If you are travelling to Chalkida by car, then you can venture even further and explore some of the many beautiful parts of the island such as the famous spa town of Edipsos which is located in North Evia.
The “John’s Hotel” in Chalkida is the perfect base for your holidays in Evia. From here you can really explore this amazing island and experience some of it’s most unique locations and sample its many delights. With our comfortable accommodation and excellent guest facilities, you can be sure that your holidays in Evia will be ones that you will always cherish.
The Tidal Phenomenon of Euripus
Chalkida is home to a very unique tidal phenomenon that takes place in the waters of the Strait of Euripus – a point between Evia and the mainland. Approximately every six hours, the direction of the waters changes, causing the flow of the tide to reverse.
This phenomenon is said to be caused by the pull of the Moon and the Sun to Earth. Even back in ancient times, Aristotle and Eratosthenes had addressed this study.
A more recent study by Professor Dimitris Egnitis has focused on a very narrow point of the channel that is about 40 meters in length where the difference in the water level of the north and south coast, combined with the effects of the attraction that the moon and sun have on the earth, is the primary cause.
Visitors from all over the world have come to Chalkida to witness this very unusual and unique phenomenon. It is something that all visitors should try and see when the are staying in Chalkida.
Places of Interest in Chalkida
In addition to the lovely beaches you can find around the region there are a number of other very interesting sights and places of interest in and around Chalkida. Below you will find an overview of some of the most popular sights in the area.
One of the most important is the Archaeological Museum of Chalkida which houses a wonderful selection of artifacts including a number of findings from excavations that have taken place in the region.
These include coins from various time periods, funerary artifacts, bronze and ceramic figurines and many more interesting objects. Many of the exhibits in the museum are from the Paleolithic period up to the Late Roman period. The museum is open daily apart from Mondays when it is closed. Tel: ( + 30 ) 22210 25131
The Folklore Museum is another very interesting place to visit in Chalkida and it is located in three rooms that remain in the historic castle. There are over 1000 exhibits in this museum that include weapons and armour, household items, books, pottery, woven fabrics, clothing and traditional costumes. The museum covers a wide range of periods from the Classical period right up to modern day. You can check the opening hours with the museum by calling them on – ( + 30 ) 22210 21817.
Another popular place for visitors in Chalkida is the Tower Siren which is the remains of the Old fortification from WW2, though entrance here is not allowed.Some of the other places of interest include the Central Public Library, the Emir Zade Mosque, the Court House, the early Christian Basilica of Agia Paraskevi and Agios Nikolaos Source and the Cultural center and art workshop.
Discover the island of Evia
As well as the capital town of Chalkida, there are lots of other beautiful and interesting places to visit all over the island. Evia is the second largest island in Greece after Crete, so there are many wonderful places and locations that you can enjoy and experience while visiting the island. In the central region of Evia are a number of other towns and resorts that are ideal for visiting such as Eretria which is just a short distance from Chalkida. There is also the port of Kymi on the eastern side of the island.
In the north of the island is the famous spa town of Edipsos that is famous for the natural spa waters. The north is very rich in vegetation and is an extremely beautiful part of the island. There are a number of very interesting sights to see in North Evia such as the Petrified Forest of Kerasia, the Drymona waterfalls, and a number of excellent museums and monasteries.
In the south are a number of towns that are well worth visiting such as Karystos, Marmari and Styra. There are many interesting museums in the southern region of Evia including the Museum of Local and Natural history of Drakospita, the Demosaris Gorge, Dystos lake and many other places.
Chalkida Travel Guide
The Laographic museum of Chalkis is roofed since 1982 at the last part of the Enetian castle. This part is what is left from the walls of the city that were demolished because of “embellishment” of the city in the end of the 19th century. Since 1904 when the ruins of all the walls were finished, this part of the castle was used from the army as warehouses. Later in the Greek-German war it was used from the Germans as a prison for those who were later hanged. After the war the building came back to the army’s hands that until 1 9 8 2 was used as a warehouse . Then it was given to the
municipality in order to install the Laographic museum of Chalkis. The building that is saved today in a good condition consists of three rooms while sensation cause its walls that exceed 2 meters deep.
The siren of Chalkis is situated in Balalaion street, a small road in the center of the city. The siren is on a square Enetian tower that was known with the name old clock. In 1940 for the needs of the defense of Chalkis that tower was formed so that the siren of the aerial alarm is situated on it.
The tower is of Mesaiwnian time and it has endured multiple interferences in the passing of the centuries. Its interior has plastered while repairs have been made to the stairs that lead to the highest point of the tower. Unfortunately on the outside the neighboring house has plastered a part of it spoiling in this way a historic relic of the city. The siren is in operation until today and for this reason the entrance there is not allowed.
The archeological museum of Chalkis is situated on El Venizelou street very close to the judicial palace. The building in which it is roofed, began being constructed at the end of the 19th century while the works finished in 1901. The plan is the architect’s Lykaki. The building is a one-floor with ceramic roof on its sides from which there are decoration In the center of the appearance of the building on top of the central wooden door there is an gable and with the sculptured brickwork on the base of the building and the corners, make it special from the other buildings. In the museum’s yard there are various exhibits, trees and some sheds that were added to the area recently for reasons of protection of the marbles. Observing photographs of the building throughout the years it is concluded that almost nothing has changed in the museum since its construction in the beginning of the last century till today.
The pane of Emir-Zaze characteristic monument of season is saved in very good situation today. It is found in the Athanaton square in the road Kotrsoy. Front of pane, it exists marble fount with embossed sign of season.
The red house, symbol of Chalkis is a palace building at the end of the seaside. Its prominent position makes it unique and it catches the eye of the visitor.The house with the statues is situated at the seaside of Chalkis opposite the red house. It was built in 1891.
The Kotsika mansion is a three storey building with neoclassic and mparok elements. It is situated at the seaside of Chalkis on the Voudouri Avenue.
On the hill of Kanithos, on the Voiotian side of the city, there is the castle of Karambamba. Its construction is defined from the historians between 1680 and 1690 from the Turkish that had taken over the city for two centuries. The caslte was built to enhance the defense of the city since from 1628 the Enetians with Morozin with joint actions were trying to take over Chalkis.
The old mobile bridge is used by the visitors as point of observation of water tide of Euvoikos. In her current form was manufactures the 1962. Euripos with the mobile bridge is the place where they are linked the northerner with the southern Evoia gulfs.
In the entry of city exists the new impressive bridge. A modern technological realisation for Greece. The new bridge that was manufactured the last years contributes in the easier approach of city and in the reject of circulatory congestion in her centre.
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