Euboea will captivate you with its turquoise bays, rolling vineyards and ancient archaeological sites. Also known as Evia, it’s one of the largest islands in Greece but has a local and laid-back feel. Bask on uncrowded beaches, dine at waterfront seafood restaurants and explore scenic hiking trails. At just one hour from Athens, Euboea is an easy day trip from the Greek capital.
Things to do in Euboea
The beaches on Euboea are postcard-perfect and uncrowded. Most resorts are strung along the island’s west coast, which faces the shimmering Euripus Strait. Loutra Edipsou is one of the most popular beach towns, with golden sand, honey-coloured cliffs and crystal-clear water. Mineral-rich hot springs flow onto the rocks at the southern end of the beach and create thermal pools where you can enjoy a soak.
The mountainous landscape makes Euboea a dream destination for hiking and trekking. Trails wind across the island and take you to tumbling waterfalls, lush canyons and hidden beaches. The family-friendly Roman Quarry hike takes around one hour and leads you to an ancient archaeological site dotted with enormous marble columns.
Fertile soil and plenty of sunshine make Euboea a prime winemaking island. Visit sprawling Montofoli Estate to stroll through the vineyards and taste the award-winning sweet dessert wines. Family-owned Vriniotis Winery cascades down the hillsides to Edipsos Bay and specialises in ancient varietals such as Vradiano.
The Archaeological Museum of Eretria charts the fascinating history, heritage and culture of the island. Highlights include ancient terracotta statues depicting Greek deities, Archaic reliefs and mosaics from the 4th century.
From cosy taverns to upscale restaurants, Euboea is a foodie’s paradise. Dine on island delicacies like grilled halloumi cheese flavoured with lemon juice and herbs, fried courgettes and octopus cooked in red wine. Toast to your trip with a glass of wine from a local vineyard.
Getting around Euboea
A bridge in Chalcis connects Euboea to the Greek mainland. Resort towns like Karystos and Loutra Edipsou are pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. Renting a car offers the freedom to explore the island at your own pace. Athens International Airport is a one-hour drive away.