Chalkis. Chalkis is the capital of the island of Evia, situated in the east, where Evia and central Greece are connected. At the narrowest point is the Evripou channel. You can drive across the bridge here. A part of Chalkis is located on the mainland, the other part is on the island. There is also a new "hanging bridge," which lies a few kilometers south of Chalkis. Via this bridge and the construction of new motorways, Chalkis is easily and quickly accessible from Athens and other cities on the mainland.
It is worth climbing the hill Karnithos on the side of the mainland. At the highest point is the well-preserved castle Karababa. The view from this high perch is very beautiful. Chalkis is a vibrant town with many shops, and next to the sea are modern cafes and restaurants. In the evenings, especially in summer, it is very pleasing here. The bridge near the canal Evripus is a moving bridge that regularly opens and closes, to allow larger boats and sailboats through. As you approach the bridge you will see a striking phenomenon that nobody can explain; every six hours, the water flows in a certain direction, then back to the north, then to the south. I saw fishing boats and canoeists who had a hard time going against the direction of flow. At night, you will see many lighted fishing boats and fishermen with rods. Chalkis is home to many government buildings and courthouses. Because of its universities the population in the area is relatively young. Chalkis located 75 kilometers (47 miles) north of Athens and has approximately 90,000 people.
Text: Jorgos and Wendy Nikolidakis - Text edited by Katrina Butzer