A wide range of activities from hiking and diving to birdwatching and horse riding are available in this region. Get ready to discover the very best of Northern Evia!
Northern Evia’s thick pine forests and easy-going coastal roads provide cyclists with endless opportunities to enjoy the region from a different angle. The northwestern section of the area is particularly picturesque and bike rental is easy to find around the health-inclined resort of Aidipsos.
Conveniently located along the beach of Aidipsos, the experts at Diving Travel can help divers get the certification they need and enjoy diving in the rich and beautiful waters of northern Evia. Equipment rental is also available here. Alternatively, with its home base adjacent from what are referred to as the Greek “Seychelles”, Lichadonisia Diving Center in Agios Giorgios is a one-stop place for learning everything there is to know about diving, renting equipment, or finding guides to the best dive sites throughout northern Evia.
Though not as popular as southern Evia, the coastal towns of Limni and Kanatadika can be great places to enjoy the sport when there is enough wind. Finding a breeze will certainly not be an issue in the northern town of Pefki where you can expect a decent wind year-round and must actually be careful in August due to the severity of the northern Meltemi winds which pelt the area during this time.
The Gorge of Nileas and the river by the same name provide a unique and intriguing landscape for canyoning and hiking enthusiasts. Go on this two-hour journey starting from the long descent into the gorge in the area of Paliovrisi. While the river cuts through the rock of the gorge until it exits at Kriovrisi along the sea, most walkers head northward towards the village of Kerasia. Swimming is unavoidable in some areas and canyoners must cross through narrow passes and caves along the way.
Northern Evia’s dense forests and mountain ranges provide walkers with plenty of routes which will take them through some of the island’s most picturesque corners. You can hike from Agios to Prokopi in 6.5 hours, from Drymonas Falls to Mount Ksiron in 3.5 hours and from Mnimeio to Mount Pyksarias in 6.5 hours. Other hiking areas include the Nileas Gorge, Kastaniotissa, Mount Telethrio and many others.
Surrounded by the rich forests of the Telethrio Mountain Range, the Petalo Horse Riding Center invites equestrian experts and novices to explore the beauty of northern Evia atop one of nature’s most majestic creatures. The seven beautiful horses of Petalo provide riding opportunities for all ages and abilities within the forests of Telethrio. Set on over 25,000 square meters of land, Petalo offers accommodation and dining as well, making it a destination in itself for all who desire a different kind of vacation.
Alternatively, just south of the northern town of Istiea, the small village of Kamartirades is home to one of Evia’s prime horse riding destinations. One of 13 horses will take you on an unforgettable journey through northern Evia’s lush forests and winding rivers.
Northern Evia’s diverse landscape of open meadows, mountain ranges, wetlands and rocky seaside cliffs provide a welcome variety to several types of birds. The two main areas of interest among bird watchers are the Kandili Mountains to the West and the wetlands and lagoons of Istiea in the Northern part of the region. The low mountains of Kandili are a favoured habitat among migratory birds and also serve as an invaluable breeding ground for large raptors. Cretzschmar’s Bunting (Emberiza caesia) can be seen within the wooded areas here. Istiaea’s wetlands and lagoons of Mikro and Megalo Livari provide safe shelter to the beautiful Mute Swan (Cignus olor) as well as a large number of seabirds which winter here. The large variety of flora and fauna provide ample food for several bird species, though illegal building, hunting, and draining of some wetland area has imposed a threat on the ecosystem and has prompted the area to become a candidate for SAC.