In order to celebrate the end of the school year and the beginning of summer holidays, Family Goes Out decided to discover Northern Evia. Our star guests : Alice and Daphné, 4 years and a half and Sophie 9 years old. Let’s go North!
Evia (or Euboea) is the second biggest Greek island after Crete. It’s an island close to Continental Greece. You can easily reach it by car from Chalkida, its capital city situated 80 km from Athens.
If you take the new bridge you can go directly north or south of the island without having to drive through the city. The old bridge on the other hand is situated by the port in the city center. Once you’re at the old bridge, you can walk along the waterfront, a nice pedestrian road full of cafes and restaurants. The children wandered around, enjoyed watching the fish and tidal phenomenon in the port.
We then headed north by a curvy mountain road. When traveling this road you’ll have to consider that children can get car sick. But the landscape is amazing : a rich variety of different trees, numerous rivers and luxuriant nature.
We stopped for lunch at Platanos restaurant just by the road. There are quiet a few good restaurants by the road so you can pick the one that attracts you most. We chose cooked dishes with meat and a tiropitari, a sort of cheese donut, speciality in the region.
We arrived at our destination Kirinthos. In this typical Greek village, there is a 19th century mansion : Villa Averoff. You will find beautiful houses and villas in this mansion located in a luxurious garden with trees, flowers and statues. It belongs to the Averoff family for generations now. Every object, every piece of furniture has a particular glimpse into the past and has its story to tell.
You can find further detailed information about this accommodation here.
Our young guests wandered freely in the garden, played hide-and-seek, swam in the pool and fed the animals in the small farm.
The owner Alexis is keen and successful in answering all your needs with great kindess.
If you want to have a swim in the sea, Krya Vrissi is the nearest beach, at 4km . It’s a large beach part of which is organized with sunbeds, umbrellas and a snackbar.
In the evening we walked to Kirinthos where we ate a souvlaki, had a beer while the girls were playing and making friends on the village square.
Discovering the village of Vlachia
The next day we travelled to another part of the island and drove up to Vlachia. You first need to head back on the road to Athens until you turn left to Prokopi.
On the way we stopped for a swim in Pili Beach. A truly kids friendly beach: sandy, clean shallow water, sunbeds and umbrellas.
The road to Vlachia is narrow, many turns but! the view is amazing and really worth the ride. When we arrived in the village we pleasantly ate at To balkonaki tou Aigaiou restaurant (The Aegean Balcony) where you almost feel on the top of the sea.
Dinner in Limni
By the end of the afternoon we went to discover Limni a picturesque village on the seafront with traditional island architecture and houses that are well preserved. The houses stand in semi-circle along the bay with pine trees and beaches on both sides. A great moment: the sunset colouring the bay and the main road with its marvellous light and beauty.
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We strolled to the village and bay, took the road among the pine trees to have dinner in Lambros Lapinas restaurant. The view on the village and the sunset from the restaurant’s terrace was extraordinary while the seafood and cooked dishes were delicious!
Let’s go to Agia Anna!
Next morning it was time to head back to Athens: grownups said goodbye to the peaceful environment of the Villa Averoff. Our young guests left the magic playgrounds with their live and stone animals to the joy of other children coming after them.
We continued towards north-east Evia in Agia Anna’s direction and arrived at Thalatta a marvellous hotel built on the beach.
The clean architectural line, the design furniture and the colours that fit completely in the landscape made us adore it right away. The girls loved it because its small size made them quickly feel comfortable. Everything here is thought for families with children.
At the Thalatta Seaside Hotel, children can be taken care of all day long so that parents get to wind down and relax. The “Magic Forest” under the pine trees offers a playground with activities thoughout the day. In the evening, for 15 euros, the children can have dinner, play games and watch a movie all together. Meanwhile, we were able to sip a spritz on the hotel’s roof garden bar. Pure Magic!
More information about the Thalatta Seaside Hotel here.
If you want to eat with your children, you can have a family dinner at the nice hotel’s restaurant or go to Agia Anna where there are plenty cafes, bars and restaurants along the beach. We liked Alavastron restaurant, where Triantafyllos, the adorable owner serves fresh sea food and authentic cooked dishes.
Club Agia Anna
After a pleasant breakfast, we set off for Club Agia Anna, a camping originally with spots only for tents and caravans. Today it also provides other types of accommodation such as bungalows, huts and yurts.
The Club Agia Anna is mostly family and child friendly oriented. It has three pools, one castle with children’s activities all day long, special playgrounds for toddlers and a bungee jumping trampoline.
You’ll find all the informations about Club Agia Anna here.
Back to Athens
We finally took the way back home with our heads filled with images and pleasant memories.
Do not hesitate to take a moment to stop in one of the small shops on the side of the road. You will find tasty fruits and vegetables, Northern Evia being an agricultural area rich in local products like honey, olives, pasta, etc.
We stopped on the sea front in the village of Nea Artaki where we ate at Teskos tavern, a fish restaurant, very welcoming for children (there are a baby changing table and children toilets).
Sophie’s impressions, 9 years old
“What I prefered?’ I loved feeding the deers at Villa Averoff and Alexis showing me where the fawn was hiding. It was so cute! I also liked it when we went to Pili beach and ate at Vlachia in the restaurant with the great view and Thalatta where there was an enormous pool and Agia Anna with the three pools and the castle with lots of games for children.”
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We really thank accommodations and restaurants who invited Family Goes Out and gave us the opportunity to discover this incredible area. We also thank Katerina Tsitsipi from Livin’ Lovin’ for her advice and information about Evia.
With a French mother and a Greek father, Katia Papaspiliopoulos has lived and worked in both countries. She studied Philosophy and Art Managment in Paris and started soon creating educational programs for children, schools and adults in various cultural institutions. She is currently leaving and working in Athens and is a mother of two girls. She regularly collaborates with Family Goes Out as a content editor.