City of Karystos
Karystos was founded in the middle of a beautiful horseshoe bay at the foot of Mount Ochi. Modern and comfortable, the town has a functional urban structure designed in the mid-19th century. As the political and commercial centre of South Evia, the town shows a continuous population growth. The city plan expands as the settlements around the hills increase. The monuments that still exist, testify to the regions’ rich history, and maintain the legacy of a great past. Nowadays, the Municipality of Karystos (14.000 inhabitants) consists of the Town with its surrounding settlements (7.000 inhabitants). The municipals districts of Styra, Marmari and Kafireas are added to the municipality.
The main economic resources of the area are: stone slate extraction, constructions, windmill power, fishery, excellent livestock production (sheep and goats), beekeeping, wine and tourism. The combination of a mountainous and sea landscape, in addition to the good communications with Athens turned Karystos into a touristic destination. Karystos is a landing place for rest and relaxation; a good base for exploring the many beauties of South Evia.