Natural Landscape of North Evia island

Lichada islands

[40′ away from our premises]

According to the legend Deianira believed that her husband Hercules was cheating on her. So, she sent him a poisoned cloak as a gift with his servant Lichas. Hercules realised that the cloak was poisoned so he threw the servant, Lichas, into the sea where he broke into pieces. It was then that the god Poseidon turned him into stones creating the Lichada Islands.

Of course, there is another, much more prosaic explanation for the formation of the islands. The natural phenomenon of a massive earthquake in 426bc caused pieces of land to sink into the sea, creating the small island chain.

The mythical isles are often compared to the Maldives and Seychelles, as they have stunning beaches with golden sand and turquoise waters.


The Drimona Waterfalls

[25′ away from our premises] 

The Drimona Waterfalls are a location of exquisite natural surroundings. These gorgeous waterfalls can be found at an altitude of 620m and 4 km after the monastery of St.David, close to village Drimona. The journey amongst the lush greenery provides a peaceful drive for the visitor. There are two versions as to the origin of the name: either from the thick oak forest that surrounds it or the severe cold that exists during the winter months.

The Forest Ranger’s office of the nearby area has created for the visitor, with great care and respect for the natural surroundings, a wooden kiosk with a small exhibition of local plants as well as fossils that have been found in the area. Also, through the construction with natural materials and trunks, they have built bridges and supports to allow the visitor to enjoy his exploration around these excellent waterfalls.

The biodiversity of the area is very rich. The dense forests that surround it consist mainly of black pines, oaks and Aleppo pine. Other trees that grow near the waterfalls are plane trees, maples, oaks, wild cedrals, elms and many species of flowers. 

There are many paths for hiking and canyoning excursions are often organised.

Kireas River

[35′ away from our premises]

The Kireas River is located in Northern Evia island on the way from Chalkida-Prokopi- Mantoudi. The plane tree forest of Kireas is among the most beautiful forests in Greece.

The river stems from the mountains Fteritsa, Pyxaria, Mavrovouni, Kantili, meets the Nileas river and they end up in the Aegean Sea and more specifically on Kria Vrisi beach.

Mount Telethrio

[2′ away from our premises]

With an altitude of 970m it stretches from Aidipsos to Rovies in North Evia island. It is renowned for its biodiversity. In its forests, which fall in the ‘Mixed Mediterranean Forests’ category, grows the wideleaf oak. There are also pines, arbutus, etc and in higher altitude we can meet cork oaks. 

It offers trekking routes, biking and 4×4 off road routes.

Skalistiri Lakes

[25′ away from our premises]

Where there used to be excavation of magnesite for decades, now the nature stands. It has healed its wounds and there is a breathtaking landscape with 12 lakes.

Mount Kantili

[25′ away from our premises]

Kantili is a mountain range in the northwestern part of Evia island. Its maximum elevation is 1,246m. It stretches along the west coast of the island, above the shore of the North Evoikos, between Limni and Politika.

Its East part is rich in vegetation mostly in pines (Pinus halepensis, Pinus nigra and Abies cephalonica. In its North part there are mines in operation and its West part lacks in vegetation. In the South it is connected with Evia’s biggest mountain, mount Dirfi.

Despite its low altitude, it offers unique experience to those who are willing to cross its west part.

Big & Small Livari

[35′ away from our premises]

They are two swallow lagoons where  rare migrant birds rest and feed. Part of their surface is covered in canes, bulrushes and water lillies where in their shores there are bluish green grass and bushes. Here we can see ducks, swans, flamingos, glossy ibis, many species of reptiles and otters. In the Nortern part of Big Livari Lagoon there is a production unit of restocking fish. The Small Livari Lagoon is near Tsokaiti beach. It is surrounded by dense vegetation and there is a rural road circumferentially. The two lagoons among the Xeria’s River Delta, Snt Nickolas aquatile forest (800m south of Kanatadika) and the Coastal Zone belong to the Natura 2000 Network, thus they are protected. 

On the other hand, the Big Livari lagoon, especially in the mid winter, offers even more roundup of species, mostly in Cygnus olor, Casmerodius albus, Anas penelope, Fulica atra and Croicocephalus ridibundus. There are groups of Aythya nyroca and Plegadis falcinellus. Some of the highlights is the flight of Asio flammeus, the arrival of a flock of Chlidonias leukopterus and the passing of hundreds of Motacilla flava that turn everything yellow! It is worth mentioning the 6-8 breeding pairs of Tringa totanus and the 3-4 breeding pairs of the Himantopus himantopus.

Papades Waterfalls

[30′ away from our premises]

They are located in the area from Papades village to Agdines village. The area is characterised by a unique variety of vegetation where you can meet the protected Evoiki oak, pine and black pine, impressive trees rooted on the rocks.

With the strange geomorphological formations and the watersheds they compose a unique landscape and give the visitor a life experience. The waterfalls are approximately 500 m above the sea level.

Kremasi Waterfalls

[30′ away from our premises] 

It is hidden by the dense vegetation, in an inaccessible spot in the forest, between the villages Millies, Agdines and Kryoneritis. Its water comes from the sources of the river Xiria.

Gerakiou Waterfalls

[40′ away from our premises]

Five kilometres from Pefki you find the Geraki village. About 700 metres before the village, in a beautiful location  there is the Gerakiou waterfalls.