The island of Evia is located off the Greek mainland in the Aegean Sea. This region has a special magic of its own, with ribbed coasts and golden sands, pine perfumed air, incredible sunsets, and uninhibited fun in the waterfront tavernas. The island is the second largest in Greece, after Crete. It is long an narrow, stretching over the Aegean Sea very close alongside the shores of the Greek mainland, and separated from it by the Gulf of Evia and the famous Evripos Straits. Evia has all the beauty and charm a traveller could want. What's more, it still preserves its typical character, which once led a Greek poet to describe Euboea as "Greece's rich jewel box". Enchanting mountainscapes with peaks of up to 1,800 meters - climbers paradise -, mountain villages and monasteries alternate with fertile valleys and plateaux, dense woodland and rugged limestone landscapes. Ever present is the sea, deep blue and emerald green, steep cliffs and wide sandy or pebbly beaches.