Escape the crowds and discover the Greek jewel of Karystos. Linked to the mainland by two bridges, Evia boasts crystal-clear waters and some 435 miles of secluded coastline – from Agia Paraskevi’s pebble-burnished coves to the balmy shallow waters and soft sands of Elafolimano – Evia abounds in beautiful beaches. Karystos, southern Evia’s largest city, is dominated by its Bourtzi Venetian tower and massive Castello Rosso medieval fortress, both offering panoramic views of the Aegean. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike the Dimosari Gorge or windsurf along Karystos Bay. Enjoy fresh seafood in seaside tavernas and soak in the Mediterranean sun.

Did you know? On the remote, goat-strewn Cavo D’Oro peninsula in the southeast of the island, locals still speak Evia’s disappearing whistled language, sfyria.

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