This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Euboea. To help you make friends with Euboea before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Although Euboea is the second-largest island in Greece, it remains relatively unvisited by foreign tourists. However, travelers looking to experience Greek culinary traditions, fascinating archaeology, and healing hot springs should consider making this beautiful Mediterranean island a key stop on their tour of the country.
The island of Euboea, also known as Evia Island, is located along the Greek mainland’s eastern coast and will provide a more authentic Greek experience for those looking for a less touristy option. Hostels and hotels here still cater to foreign visitors, but tourists will definitely benefit from learning a bit of the Greek alphabet before they go.
Most travelers who stay at a hotel or hostel in Euboea are impressed by the area’s delicious, fresh seafood and beautiful handmade crafts. The island is filled with small mountain villages, featuring classic architecture, impressive chapels, and surrounded by picturesque Greek scenery. The southern portion of the island is dominated by the ancient site of the large city of Eretria, which is open for tourists to explore.
This area is also popular for its mineral baths and soothing hot springs. At Edipsos, tourists can visit luxury spas and resorts and indulge in some healing treatments, which have been used by island locals to treat a variety of medical concerns for thousands of years.
Euboea is fairly close to Athens and is an easy drive for tourists looking to rent a car and drive themselves to their local hotel or hostel from the airport. A bridge can get you to the island from Chalkidiki, or hop on a car and passenger ferry from the mainland town of Arkitsa. Shuttle services or taxis are also available. Getting around the island with a car is fairly simple, but Euboea can also be explored on foot or by bicycle – or book a tour to visit some of the island’s attractions.
Written by local enthusiast for Euboea hostelsJakob Lombardi