Eretria is a bustling coastal town with an ancient past. In addition to beautiful beaches and lively cafes and tavernas, you’ll find fascinating archaeological sites and local history museums. The town is also a gateway to the island of Evia, where you can visit family-owned wineries and centuries-old castles.
Things to do in Erétria
Pebble sand and calm, crystalline water give Eretria beaches a postcard-perfect feel. Sunloungers and straw umbrellas dot the beach and make it easy to spend the day sunbathing and swimming in the Aegean Sea. Water sports are a great way to cool off in Eretria, so rent a kayak or paddleboard and spend a few hours exploring the coastline. Stroll up to a beachfront “taverna” to enjoy delicious seafood and classic Greek dishes like “moussaka” spiced meat layered with sliced eggplant and cooked in a rich tomato sauce.
Walk in the footsteps of Greek philosophers at Ancient Eretria. The archaeological site is dotted with ruins, including a hilltop acropolis, temple and theatre. Don’t miss the fascinating House of Mosaics decorated with scenes inspired by Greek mythology. Allow several hours to explore the site. View artefacts from the ancient city at the Archaeological Museum of Eretria. Excavations began in the 19th century and uncovered treasures like a terracotta statue of Medusa cast in the 4th century.
Discover the unique flavours of Evia at Lukas Winery. The family-owned vineyard is short drive from Eretria and pours award-winning whites made from Malagousia grapes. You’ll love the zesty palette, with hints of citrus, lychee and honeysuckle.
Getting around Erétria
Eretria is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. The town is a 30-minute drive from Chalcis, the island’s lively capital. Ferries run between port of Oropos on the Greek mainland and Eretria in 30 minutes. Athens International Airport is a 1.5-hour drive away.