is a beautiful island with dramatic scenery and forests, but is little visited. Mediterranean
Islands, Survival Books 2008
Evia (also known as
Euboea) is Greece’s second largest island (after Crete) and the Mediterranean’s
sixth largest island. It is approximately 175km long and is well known for its
fine scenery, especially in the north. Despite its size and beauty, the island
remains unspoilt, partly helped by the absence of an airport.
Although a relative
backwater today, the island has a rich history. During the 8th and 7th
centuries BCE, the two cities of Eretria and Halkida were prosperous and
colonized much of Southern Italy and Sicily. Evia regained its importance
during the Venetian occupation (13-15th centuries CE), when its
strategic location in the Aegean was of great importance again. During this time both Evia and her capital (Halkida) were known as Negroponte.
Evia’s size, varied
scenery and coastline means that there is always something new to explore on
the island. At the same time, Evia is also famous for some of the best fish and
seafood in all of Greece.