The Island of Evia (Euboea in Ancient Greek) is the second largest Greek Island, after Crete. It has three distinct regions: the fertile and forested north, dramatic mountains and rolling farmlands in the center, and baron south. It is said that you can discover all the diversity that Greece has to offer within Evia. Only two bridges connect the Island of Evia to the mainland, both run through the city of Chalkida.
Villa Katrin is located in the center of Evia, just 20 minutes from Chalkida, making it the ideal home base for exploring Evia with day trips and activities, or just spending quiet time in the country.
Chalkida town is the gateway to the entire island.
The Villa is just outside of Chalkida (also known as Chalcis in Ancient Greek), the largest city on the Island of Evia. It has a fascinating ancient history, complete with a castle ruins and museums.
The earliest recorded mention of the city is in the Iliad. It is also noted that the ships set for the Trojan War gathered at the nearby port of Aulis. This was the home of Aristotle at the end of his life. Here you can witness the legendary Evripos Tidal Phenomenon.
Chalkida is also a modern port town with shopping and a fashionable seaside promenade of open air restaurants and music. During the summer months you may happen upon special events and festivals along the promenade or boat parades in the harbor.
Evia is rich in ancient history, especially concerning the Trojan War. The Island holds a prominent and dramatic role in Homer's Iliad. Among many sites, you will discover the Ancient Temple of Artemis (the Goddess of hunting) where Agamemnon sacrificed the sacred deer before setting sail for Troy. If you are a fan of Greek Mythology, you will find the lands come alive as you explore the rolling fields of farmlands and mountains where fair maidens hunted the land and bathed in streams.
Without a doubt, the ancient Greek soil and the perfect weather combine to create some of the best wines and spirits in the world. There are several family vineyards and distilleries on Evia, which make wonderful day trips from Villa Katrin.
Located to the north of the villa, Edipsos is one of the most famous spa towns in Greece. Popular since ancient times, the healing properties of the thermal springs (about 80 of them) were mentioned in the works of Aristotle, and have hosted notable visitors from Marcus Aurilius to Aristotle Onasis to name a few. You may find semi-thermal sea water at certain beaches where thermal springs reach the sea. Make sure to add this day trip to your 'do-not-miss' list.
Visit a local farm to learn the ancient art of making Greek feta cheese. Each region in Greece creates a special feta that incorporates their unique flavors. This is a wonderful and flavorful experience.
Explore the hidden and out of the way sights of Evia on a bicycle tour.
Evia has a fantastic nightlife scene! There are several night clubs in Chalkida to dance the night away. The best part is, you can be back to your country home in just 20 minutes.
One of our favorite night clubs in Chalkida is Mist Club.
The Karababa Castle is one of the most prominent features of Chalkida. It is located on the hill above the city, serving as an ancient fortress. From the castle ruins you see the port and city of Chalkida. There is a museum inside with artifacts found in the area. Within walking distance are the Archaeological Museum of Chalkida, and the Folklore Museum. Both have very interesting exhibits to feel a connection to the region.
Central Evia’s geographical features make it the perfect place for those looking to get out on the trails not far from the village. Located on the western side of the Evia Gulf, the seaside walks are fun for hikers looking for a more relaxed and scenic route. Hikes along the Dirfis Mountain and Havos Gorge are more challenging but well worth some of the most beautiful scurry on Evia.
At the southern end of Evia you will find Lake Dystos, a dramatic location for photographers and bird watchers. We can provide referrals to many outdoor activity tour companies that can accommodate everyone from the novice to the most advanced explorers.
Evia’s tallest mountain is the best place for mountain climbing and hiking. Reaching over 1700 meters, the climb to the top is considered a difficult hike.
Due to the location between the Aegean Sea and the Gulf of Evia the climate can be much cooler even in the warmer months of summer. A light jacket is recommended.
There are many beautiful hikes around Mount Dirfys for everyone from beginner to expert level.
Escape the crowds for a truly unique outdoor experience. The purest waters flow from Mount Dirfys. It is bottled at the source and available throughout Greece. (Look for the Dirfys label everywhere). There are many hiking and swimming locations in the lush valleys of Evia.
Kayaking enthusiasts can enjoy the sport both in freshwater rivers and in the sea thanks to Evia’s diverse landscape. Inland, the Manikiatis River lies at the eastern section of Central Evia and offers kayakers the chance to experience Evia’s beauty up close. Lake Dystos towards the southern edge of the region provides bird watchers the opportunity to observe the numerous fowl via kayak along the lakes peaceful waters.
Our staff is happy to assist in booking activities and tours with local companies. Please feel free to inquire at the time of your booking, or after your arrival.
Of course, sometimes the best activity is no activity at all. You can curl up with a good book in the Villa or on the grounds, or take a stroll into the nearby village.