Evia Island

Evia Island

 

Evia, Greece’s second largest island (only Crete is bigger), is still an insider tip and a blank spot on most tourist maps despite its size and easy accessibility. But the island has so much to offer – especially for campers!

Evia is around an hour’s drive north of Athens and can be reached easily and free of charge via two large bridges near Halkida. One of the bridges spans the Euripos, the narrowest strait in the world (40m wide).

The 175km long island impresses with its mountainous, lonely interior, its unique hot springs and the many beautiful dream bays in the east and south. Travelers with their own vehicle and a little thirst for adventure in their luggage are at the right place here!

 

the wonderful mountains of Evia
the wonderful mountains of Evia

THE SOUTH

The south of Evia promises one thing above all: peace and quiet. If you are looking for real seclusion, this is the right place for you.

The landscape is dominated by lush green hills, countless modern wind turbines and lonely tiny mountain villages. Along the entire south coast there are a multitude of beautiful small beaches – most of them are completely undeveloped and just waiting to be explored.

 

camping at a dream bay in the south
camping at a dream bay in the south

Southeast coast

The southeast coast of Evia (from Kalamos to Cape Kafireas) consists of high, steep cliffs and deep, densely vegetated valleys. There are only a few small towns here. The mountain roads are narrow and winding. In order to get from A to B, you often have to make long detours because of the landscape. The beaches in this rugged, often completely undeveloped area are all beautiful! Most of them are hidden at the foot of high cliffs and are difficult to get to. With their white gravel and the light blue, shining, crystal-clear water, they are real little jewels.

Our favorites in the southeast of Evia: the easily accessible Amirichi Beach (coordinates: 38.2613939, 24.2513621), the large Giannitsi Beach (coordinates: 38.1580934, 24.3967754) and the beautiful Agios Dimitrios Beach (coordinates: 38.1411711, 24.4475758).

 

 

Attention: petrol stations and supermarkets are rare along the southeast coast. Always pay close attention to the fuel gauge and have enough supplies with you. For longer tours to the southeast, we recommend that you take an additional fuel canister with you! Because of the high cliffs on this side of the island, there is no cell phone reception on many beaches!

The road from the small village of Agatho around Cape Kafireas to Amygdalia is not (yet) paved. The narrow but good gravel road is feasible for any vehicle if you drive carefully.

 

Marmari's beach
Marmari’s beach

Southwest coast

The southwest coast of Evia is, in contrast to its eastern counterpart, a little less spectacular in terms of landscape, but still beautiful. There is significantly more civilization on the southwest coast than in the east.

In Marmari, travelers can relax on a wonderful headland with a dream view of the surrounding coastal landscape. Marmari beach is also a famous (kite) surfing spot.

 

Marmari - a famous kite surf spot
Marmari – a famous kite surf spot

 

Karystos, at the foot of the 1,398m high Mt. Ohi, beckons with its many lonely picture-perfect beaches. Around the southern tip of Evia, a bumpy, partly unpaved coastal road leads to a multitude of breathtakingly beautiful bays. Most of them are completely undeveloped and are ideal for (wild) camping. This is one of the most remote areas on the entire island and getting to the beaches is tedious – but it’s worth it!

Attention: the bumpy coastal road (not asphalted) from Karystos around the southern tip of Evia is tough! We cannot recommend them for mobile homes and only to a limited extent and with a really careful driving style for regular cars/vans!

 

beaches near Karystos

beaches near Karystos

for your roadtrip:

Der Griechenland Roadtrip – Taschenbuch
Taucherbrille
Aleader Wasserschuhe
Sonnenschirm
Griechenland Reiseführer (englisch)
Sonnencreme
Hamamtuch
Kappe Ripcurl
Alu Lunch Box
Edelstahlflasche
Der Griechenland Roadtrip – Taschenbuch
Taucherbrille
Aleader Wasserschuhe
Sonnenschirm
Griechenland Reiseführer (englisch)
Sonnencreme
Hamamtuch
Kappe Ripcurl
Alu Lunch Box
Edelstahlflasche

THE NORTH

Evia’s north is more developed than the south and impresses with its mountainous interior, deep forests, hot springs and wonderful beaches in the east and north.

Loutra Edipsou

Loutra Edipsou (Edipsos) is the place for travelers looking for a soothing bath in a hot spring! The small thermal town is the most visited attraction in northern Evia.

Since ancient times, visitors have flocked to the small town in the northwest of the island to bathe in the hot thermal water. Aristotle has also been here.

Located directly on the city beach, there are several beautiful pools and hot springs (free entry). The temperatures of the water vary depending on the pool – the further away from the source, the cooler the water becomes (at the source it is approx. 42 degrees). There are even pools in the sea – this is where the hot thermal water mixes with the sea water – a great experience!

 

bathing in the hot pools of Loutra Edipsou

bathing in the hot pools of Loutra Edipsou

Limnionas Beach

A long, dark brown sandy beach, bizarre karst caves, shimmering blue water and fantastic views of Evia’s mountains – welcome to the large Limnionas Beach in eastern Evia!

The beach is a little paradise for campers. Here you can camp in a somewhat separated area. Water, showers and toilets are available. A handful of simple restaurants and taverns take care of the physical well-being. But be careful: Limnionas Beach is a popular camping destination for Greek youth and is very crowded in summer. Better to come by in the off-season and then probably have the beach to yourself.

Photo tip: if there is snow on Mt. Dirfi, Evia’s highest mountain (1,743m), Limnionas Beach offers a particularly beautiful photo motif – dark sand, blue sea and snow-capped mountains in the background.

 

at Limnionas beach

at Limnionas beach

Hilladou Beach

The large Hilladou Beach in the west is Evia’s most famous beach. The fine, light gravel, the clear water and the many bizarre rock formations and sea caves attract many visitors every summer. Evia’s only nudist beach is also found here (it is located north of the main beach and is surrounded by rocks – so it is not directly visible).

Those who bring a stand-up paddleboard or a kayak (or rent them on the beach) can explore the many caves and rock formations around Hilladou Beach. There are a number of nice little restaurants, taverns and hotels on the beach.

Campers are allowed to park their vehicles directly along the quay wall.

Don’t miss: south of Hilladou, a good asphalt road leads south to Kymi. The road meanders along the rugged coastline and offers breathtaking views of Evia’s mountains and lots of beautiful photo opportunities! 

 

Evia Island - between mountains and beaches
Evia Island – between mountains and beaches

 

ATTENTION: Large parts of Evia were hit by forest fires in the summer of 2021. Many forests and villages in the north of the island were completely destroyed. The afforestation and reconstruction measures will take years and decades. Many residents have lost everything and are looking forward to every little support.

We can all help. We can donate, we can book our vacation on Evia and we can support the local shops, restaurants & cafes there.

20% of the proceeds of our Greece travel guide “THE GREECE ROAD TRIP” will be donated to families on Evia Island.

 

 

You can’t get enough of the sun, sand and sea and fell in love with Greece just like us? Are you planning your next road trip to Greece? Then our travel guide is just right for you!

In our guide “THE GREECE ROAD TRIP” we take you to the most beautiful corners of the country, reveal the coolest (wild) camp spots and the most beautiful photo opportunities!

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