Astride the river like sea, at the narrowest point between mainland Greece and the island of Evia, sits Chalkis since ancient times, on land and sea crossroads. Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines, Francs, Venetians, Ottomans, echoes of the past waiting to be discovered by the visitor. From the temple of Artemis in Aulis, the ancient spring of Arethousa and the roman baths and gymnasium, to the medieval church of Agia Paraskevi, the mosque, the house of the Venetian governor, and the last remaining bastion, the city of the past emerges into the light.
The Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Folk art and the museum in the fort of Karababa, the narrow alleys of the Old Town and the neoclassical mansions of the promenade, offer interesting visits and pleasant walks. 30 minutes drive to the south is the archaeological site and museum of Eretria and 30 minutes drive to the west is the brand new archaeological museum of Thebes.
Mostly known for its vast variety of sea food, Chalkis and its surrounding area boasts many choices in restaurants and food products of the finest quality.
The city’s organized beach “Asteria” is situated just below Hara Hotel, the picturesque cove of Agios Minas is four kilometres away, and the long sandy beach of Alykes is in seven kilometres distance. Within an hour and a half drive from Chalkis there are dozens of beaches on the Aegean side of Evia and also on the sheltered western side of the island. Many of them can be visited through scuba diving and sailing excursions.
Hiking and bicycling routes in the city suburbs, in the aesthetic forest of Steni and mount Dirfi, 30 minutes drive from Chalkis, in the forested mountains of north Evia and the arid mountains of the south abound …you will be enchanted by Evia’s nature.
Internationally revered religious relics like St John the Russian in Prokopi (1 hour) and secluded monasteries like St David in Rovies (2 hours), the monastery of Galataki in Limni (2hours), the monastery of Makrimalli (30 minutes) and the monastery of St john Arma in Fylla (20 minutes) await the pious pilgrim.
The image of the city, of the sea scape and of the surrounding mountains change with the seasons and the town’s poet recites: