Karystos - Evia Island - Greece

The house,

situated at the end of a quiet earth road in the foothills above Karystos, is a renovated 100-year old traditional stone house, retaining many of the original features and feel while providing the conveniences of modern facilities.

It is far away from any international tourism centers and provides a naturally quiet rural environment whilst being on the edge of a village and only five minutes drive away from the town.

The position of the house provides wonderful views across farming land towards the sea. The house faces west and so the sunset is a daily spectacle.



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How to get there:

Transfer to the house is straightforward.

  • From Athens airport to Rafina port by bus or taxi, about 20 minutes.
  • Ferry from Rafina to Marmari takes one hour.
    At Marmari a taxi will be waiting to take you to the house, about ten minutes. Car hire can be arranged.



The area is famous for walks, particularly the two-day trek up the mountain overlooking Karystos, Mt. Ochi (1.400 m), and down the gorge to the sea on the other side. There are also shorter walks to extremely interesting and beautiful locations. There is even a lovely “after dinner” walk from the house to the local mountain stream where there is a traditional plane tree copse, church and picnic area. There is the constant sound of running water in the distance.

There are extensive and varied beaches within 5 or ten minutes drive. In Karystos Bay they are sandy and get deep after 5 or 6 metres. A little further away, on the western side of the island, they get deep after 50 metres. On the East, facing the Aegean and the summer meltemi winds, there are rollers and sand dunes and swimming gets exciting. Everywhere the water is crystal clear.

Karystos provides a comprehensive shopping center for necessities and all at reasonable prices. This is no tourist trap. The shops are for the island Greeks. The many tavernas provide a wide choice of eating out. The port is large, home to a serious fishing fleet, and there is an abundance of fresh fish, at a price.

Most importantly, the locals are certainly friendly.


This is the place for a peaceful holiday, with or without children.

The house and garden are over several levels and so is perhaps not suitable for those whose legs don’t like stairs, or for very small children.