On the island of Evia southwest of Chalkida and opposite of Oropos coasts in Attica, is situated the beautiful coastal town of Eretria. Its name comes from the verb “eretto”, which means rowing, in the Ancient Greek language. Eretria was a great naval and commercial power of Greece, by the 8th century b.c. It already had many colonies on the Aegean coast, in southern Italy and in Crimea.
The path “Anagennisis”, concerns destinations of environmental and religious interest in North Evia. Specifically, we explore the areas of Edipsos Baths, Limni and Lichadonissia.
The area of North Evia was known for its forests and in general the rich vegetation that reached the sea. In August 2021, the catastrophic fires that hit North Evia left behind thousands of acres of burned forests. Many people lost their property and their jobs, especially those who worked in the agricultural sector. That’s why we symbolically named the path, ” Anagennisis”
We have defined the Baths of Edipsos, as the center of the path “Anagennisis”. The Baths of Edipsos are about three hours away from Athens.
Chalkida is the capital of Evia, the second largest island of Greece. The blue color of the sea, the taverns and cafes on the beach road of Chalkida contrast with the imposing picturesque green scenery of the village of Steni. Steni is located on the southern slopes of Mount Dirfys, in pine and chestnut forests. In winter, about a meter of snow falls in the area, creating an idyllic winter landscape. In spring and summer, you will be spellbound by the aromas of the herbs that grow in the area. That is why we gave this name to the path, “‘THE PATH OF AROMAS AND COLORS”.
The city of Chalkida is only 80km away from Athens. Because of its geographic position the city has a great history and remained a crossroad of ideas and culture, over the centuries. Today, Chalkida is the commercial center of the island, built on both sides of Evripos bridge. It is an ideal destination for short breaks, especially for the people who live in Athens, and everyone could have easy and quick access to the city thanks to its modern cable bridge.
Half an hour away from Chalkida-following the route of Artaki village you reach the beautiful village of Steni. Steni village is in the outskirts of Dirfis mountain the highest mountain of the Evia Island. The village it is known for its rich nature, its springs and delicious food. Although Steni is famous for its dense snow fall during the winter season, it is an interesting destination for all seasons of the year.
The sacred path consists of nearby destinations in the region of Boeotia. It includes the monastery of Osios Loukas, the Sanctuary of Delphi, the city of Amfissa with its famous olive groves and the area of Arachova.
The monastery of Osios Loukas is located at the foot of mountain Elikon in Boeotia. Osios Loukas Steriotis, who was known for his love for animals, nature and his healing gift, lived in this monastery. It is a 1000-year-old monastery and since 1999 it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was ruled by Latin monks during the years of Franciscan rule and during the years of Ottoman rule it passed into the hands of the Greek monks, playing an important role in the revolution of 1821.
The architecture of the monastery complex and its wonderful mosaic creations have made the monastery known all over the world.
Almost 20 kilometers further at the slopes of Mount Parnassos is the Holy Oracle of Delphi, the most famous oracle in Greece.
The sanctuary of Delphi in ancient times was considered “The navel of the Earth” as according to mythology the two eagles that had been sent by Zeus to find the center of the world, were met there. His oracles, which were considered the most reliable, were expressed by Pythia, priestess of the oracle, and were interpreted by the priests of Apollo. Cities, rulers and ordinary people hurried to consult the god and expressed their gratitude with brilliant votive offerings, which gradually flooded the sanctuary. It is believed that the Delphic oracle made decisive predictions about the flood of Deucalion, the Argonaut expedition and the Trojan War, while the important role of its opinion in the establishment of the Greek colonies is confirmed.
In modern times, the Delphi area was associated with the effort to revive the Delphic idea, by the poet Angelos Sikelianos and his wife Eva, who presented two performances of ancient drama, in 1927 and 1930, wanting to create a new spiritual place.
At a distance of about 18km from Delphi, between the mountains of Parnassos and Giona, is the beautiful city of Amfissa, which is the capital of Fokida and keeps its identity unchanged. An important feature of the area is its Olive grove, one of the largest in the world and protected by the Natura 2000 network.
Thirty minutes from Amfissa is the cosmopolitan Arachova.
Arachova is a small town, built on the southern slopes of mount Parnassos at an altitude of 950 meters. Arachova is famous for her winter sports on mountain Parnassos. Modern Arachova, despite its rapid growth, maintains its traditional character, its customs and traditions.
The island of Skyros is located east of Evia. The word Skyros means rubble of stone and as many historians believe, Skyros got its name from “Skyria stone”, the famous Skyros colored marble, with which the Romans decorated their mansions.
The island has dense vegetation in the Northeast, while the southeastern part of the island is rocky. «Hora» is the largest settlement on the island.
According to Greek mythology, Neoptolemus, son of Achilles, was from Skyros, as Sophocles mentions in his tragedy “Philoctetes”, Theseus died in Skyros.
Skyros was conquered by the Macedonians, the Romans, the Athenians. In 1538, Jaredin Barbarossa occupied the island and became part of the Ottoman Empire. The inhabitants were forced to take refuge in the famous castle of the island, because they were beset by pirates.
The island offered financial and naval assistance to the Greek revolution of 1821 and later joined the newly formed Greek state.