The cosmopolitan Chalkida, Evia’s capital, is an ideal destination for short breaks from Athens. The city lies on both sides of Euripus Strait, with one part being on Evia Island and the other one on Central Greece.
In its continental part, Karababa’s Venetian castle dominates, offering magnificent views over the city, the sea and the Euripus Strait! In Evia’s side, the reference point is the paved promenade. This pedestrian area is ideal for relaxing walks amongst the sea anglers and the training canoe-kayak athletes. Here you will find beautiful cafés, restaurants and taverns, famous for their delicious seafood which ideally accompanies ouzo drinks.
As you walk along the promenade, your eyes will be caught by three beautiful neoclassical buildings; reminding of the architectural richness and charm of bygone eras: the imposing Kochika’s Palace, which houses the City Hall, the "Red House" and the "Statues’ House”.
Apart from the fascinating seafront of this beautiful city, Chalkida also hides charming “inner corners". At the "heart" of the city, small original shops are scattered, while on Sundays, at the Market Square, a small bazaar is been set. In the neighborhood stretching around Agia Paraskevi’s Church, poor, yet picturesque houses digging up memories of the past cause a feeling of nostalgia to the visitor! In the nearby square of Fallen Soldiers, there is the impressive mosque of Emir Zade, while in the city center the imposing building of the Court House predominates.
Chalkida is famous for its "crazy waters"; a peculiar phenomenon of change in the direction of the sea water flow at the Euripus Strait every six hours with intervals of stagnation. You can admire the unique phenomenon from the old bridge. The view there is spectacular!
Chalkida, although is a modern city, it manages to maintain a special "character" that captivates every visitor: the castle, the majestic temples and neoclassical mansions give Chalkida a unique identity while they reveal a city "trapped" between the past and the present!
The most popular beach in Chalkida is Alikes. Large in size, sandy with shallow waters, the beach is famous for its café-bars, which attract several tourists. Apart from Alikes, Chalkida has numerous beaches, including these of Kourenti, Asteria, Souvala and Papathanasiou. Quite close to the city center, there is Liani Ammos beach with shallow waters and very fine sand.
On the southern side, there is the beach of Agios Andreas Malakontas, ideal for those who want to avoid crowded places. Along the coastal road Malakonta-Eretria there are other quiet and secluded little coastal coves. Just outside Chalkida, on the way to Artaki, there is Manika or Ekso Panayítsa beach; a mix of sand and scattered rocks which is worth visiting.
Travelling by car
You can drive to Chalkida from Athens (76 km distance - 1 hour ride) via the National Highway, taking the exit to Chalkida and Schimatari. Follow the road to Chalkida, cross the large suspension bridge and on the first traffic light turn left to Chalkida's center.
Travelling by bus
You can also take the bus line of Evia KTEL (private common bus line) from the Intercity Bus Station of Liosia (1 hour & 15 minutes journey). For more information on the bus routes of Evia KTEL click here.
Travelling by train
You can take the Suburban Railway line on the direct route or with a stopover at Oinoi village. For more information on the Suburban Railway's routes click here.
During your stay in Chalkida, you can be served for health issues:
General Hospital of Chalkida which is located at 48, Gazepi street, in the center of Chalkida (+30) 22213 50100
Police Station of Chalkida: (+30) 22210 22100
Chalkida Port Authority: (+30) 22210 28888
General Hospital of Chalkida: (+30) 22213 50100
Intercity Bus of Chalkida: (+30) 22210 23120
RadioTaxi of Chalkida: (+30) 22210 89300-3