A thriving metropolitan city on a fabled ancient island, Chalkida blends the cultures of past and present. From the sacred fountain of Arethusa to fortresses, Roman ruins and kilometres of lively beach communities, this capital city of Euboea stretch along the Evripos Strait, punctuated by the impressive cabled Negroponte Bridge.
Things to do in Chalcis
The waterfront area of Chalkida is a natural gathering place, defined by the bustling promenade filled with small shops, cafes, upscale restaurants and pubs. It’s a favoured place for moonlit walks and for viewing the mysterious waters, a tidal phenomenon where the waters reverse direction about four times a day.
Spend a day at the beaches of Chalkida, including the sandy strips of Aghios Minas, Rodies, Liani Ammos and Asteria, where you can hit the water with jet skiing, boating, fishing or kite surfing. Feel like partying into the night? Head over to Alykes Beach and join locals in an array of creative cocktail lounges, bars and dance clubs.
History digs deep on the island, marked by the original theatre and Apollo temple of ancient Eretria, a Homeric literary launching point for ships heading to the Trojan War. History enthusiasts can visit the Karababas fortress perched atop Kanithos hill, as well as the Kamares site that showcases a centuries-old Roman aqueduct.
Explore the Archaeological Museum for bone and marble figurines, pots and statues dating from the 3rd millennium BC. The Folk Art Museum recreates a miniature traditional Evian home, along with textiles, period clothing and weapons.
Getting around Chalcis
Chalkida sits about 70 kilometres from Athens, accessible by car, bus, train or ferry. Buses, rental cars, bicycles, trams and taxis provide convenient ways to get around the city and the whole island.