1. Evia occupies the 10th place in the list of best places in the world for sailing cruises.
Among the Top 10 Sailing Cruises worldwide from National Geographic
Evia island among the 10 best places for sailing cruises is the island of Evia, according to the National Geographic book “Travels of Life» (Journeys of a Lifetime) – nationalgeographic.com.
Evia is separated from the mainland by only 130 feet (40 meters) and is the second largest island in Greece. It is a rugged coastline with wide beaches, steep cliffs full of mountains with villages and monasteries. Sailing a boat you can enjoy the remote beaches of Evia and private islands Petalioi and other beautiful parts of Evia.
The remaining 9 parts is
1st. Nova Scotia and Labrador, Canada
2nd. San Juan Islands, Washington
3rd. Pirate cruise to Grand Cayman Island
4th. French Polynesia
5th. Cruise in Andaman sea, Thailand
6th. Bay Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
8th. Cruise in the Strait of Hormuz, Oman
9th. Lamu Island, Kenya
2. Xiliadou beach Evia island) awarded as the best European filming location of 2022.
The European Film Commission Network (EUFCN) awarded Chiliadou Beach on the island of Evia as the best European filming location of 2022.
Chiliadou Beach on the island of Evia, Greece, washed by the Aegean Sea, was featured in Triangle of Sadness, winner of the Palme D’Or at Cannes 2022, as the castaway island where the protagonists find themselves after the explosion of the yacht. The island becomes the set of a fight for survival, where social hierarchy is turned upside down, revealing the tawdry relationship between power and beauty.
Chiliadou Beach, which was proposed by the Hellenic Film Commission, was featured in “Triangle of Sadness”, winner of the Palme D’Or at Cannes 2022, as the castaway island where the protagonists find themselves after the explosion of the yacht. The island becomes the set of a fight for survival, where social hierarchy is turned upside down, revealing the tawdry relationship between power and beauty.
Originally, Ruben Östlund’s black comedy film was intended to shoot in Thailand on a location which would combine a virgin beach with a jungle-like flora embracing the sea. Greece was chosen for many reasons, as highlighted by Erik Hemmendorff, one of the main producers of the film: The Greek cash rebate had just been announced, Greece is part of Europe and much closer to Sweden than Thailand. But we chose this location mainly for the quality of the place itself: we found Evia and Chiliadou Beach a bit different than the “usual” and more touristic Greece. The vegetation, the high mountains, the sea, and the stony beaches, give the island a feel of “unknown and secret place”, which fitted perfectly to the story of the film. The support and hospitality from the local community was also a very big factor.
Triangle of Sadness, written and directed by Ruben Östlund, was produced by Plattform Produktion. Producers Erik Hemmendorff and Philippe Bober.
3. Fantastic Scenery – Mountains, Gorges and Valleys
The central Evia landscape dominated by Mount Dirfys (Dirfys). At 1,743m altitude, there are dense forests of chestnut trees, oaks and fir trees, and there is also a magic view of the Aegean and the Evoikos Gulf. This term is especially popular in the winter months to lovers of cycling and climbing, and for those who love climbing on ice.
4. Amazing beaches
Evia consists of beautiful, and usually remote beaches, surrounded by mountains and pine forests. You will find both sandy beaches with umbrellas, deck chairs, bars and every kind of shop needed for holiday needs, and remote beaches with stunning canyons and mountains, suitable for exploration.
5. Remote villages and warm hospitality
Ancient stone paths link the picturesque villages, hidden in the mountainsides. Walk into any point of any picturesque village and enjoy the magical picture of nature and the fantastic hospitality of the local people who represent the face of “Real Greece”.
6. Incredible story
Evia has been inhabited since the Stone Age and settled by Ionian Greeks, as mentioned in Homer’s Iliad. Went the Roman republic the second century and then the Venetians in the twelfth century. The island came under the control of the Ottoman Empire in 1470 and eventually joined the Greek kingdom after the Greek Revolution in 1830.
7. Archaeology and Architecture
Evia represented by archeology and architectural elements in all periods of history, including: Roman quarries and aqueducts, Byzantine churches and Frankish castles Mycenaean tombs.
8. Delicious food
Evia is a traditional island. Dozens of restaurants provide the best quality seafood, squid, octopus, red mullet, clams, fresh seasonal vegetables, skewers, meat portions, always accompanied by excellent salads and appetizers. Evia is well known for its honey, olives, figs, cherries and many types of cheese.
9. Crystal waters
There are complicated scientific reasons which, that the Sea consists of both clear blue waters. One of the reasons that are impressive and clear blue waters ideal for diving and swimming is the absence of plankton.
The enchanting landscapes of Evia, convert it into a paradise for nature lovers. Hiking, climbing, sailing, kayaking, kitesurfing, mountain biking, 4×4 off-roading, trail biking, diving, canoeing, fishing …
11. Easy accessibility
The capital of Evia, Halkida, is just an hour from Athens airport. Two road bridges spanning the narrow gap from the mainland to the island, so access is easy all year.
12. Natural resources
On the coasts of northern Evia, Edipsos, often referred to as a “spa town” of Evia, due to the famous natural hot springs and mineral springs located there. These majestic waters and more than 80 spas, have attracted millions of visitors.