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General Info

CLIMATE

The climate of Evia is Mediterranean. Winters are mild, but rainy, and summers are hot with plenty of sunshine. Evia has about 2.700 hours of sunshine per year, with more sunshine in the South and in the coastal areas. The maximum average temperature on the island is 28°C during autumn, 15°C in the winter, 24°C in the spring and 32°C in the summer. However, during the summer there are days where the temperature reaches 35°C.

From October to March, the weather is quite rainy; but there is almost no rain at all during June, July and August. July and August are the months of “meltemia”, the strong northern Aegean winds that make the heat less intense. Nevertheless, humidity may be quite high early in the morning, late in the afternoon and during the night. In general, the climate of Evia is considered mild and healthy.

TELEPHONE

The national prefix for Greece is +30 if you are calling from abroad.  All numbers in the capital Athens start with the prefix 210 and are followed by 8 digits (e.g. 210-3227400).

There are several Area Codes for Evia, depending on the area:
- Chalkida:+30 22210
- Kimi:+30 22220
- Aliveri:+30 22230
- Karystos:+30 22240
- Edipsos:+30 22260
- Mantoudi:+30 22270
- Psachna:+30 22280
- Eretria:+30 22290

If you wish to call abroad, you have to start by dialing the other country’s national prefix (i.e. 0049 for Germany, 0044 for England etc.) and continue with the area code and the number where you wish to call.

CURRENCY

Euro €
Euro Coins: 1 and 2 euro coins (gold and silver color), 10, 20 and 50 cents (gold color) 1, 2 and 5 cents (copper color)
1 euro = 100 cents / centimes.
Euro Bank Notes: Are available in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. It is not always easy to receive change for 200 and 500 Euro Notes.


Getting there

BY AIR

Evia does not have an airport.

BY BOAT

Several ports of Evia are connected to the mainland via ferry boar. Marmari is connected to Rafina, Attica (1 hour trip); Agiokampos is connected to Glyfa, Fthiotida, (25 minutes trip); Styra is connected to Agia Marina in Marathonas (45 minutes trip); Edipsos is connected to Arkitsa, Fthiotida, (40 minutes trip); and Eretria is connected to Oropos, Attica (25 minutes trip).
Moreover, the island is connected by ferry boat, during the summer, with Skyros, Skopelos, Skiathos and Alonnisos.
Information on ports and schedules:
http://www.gtp.gr/LocPortPage.asp?id=4918&Intern=0

BY CAR/KTEL

The trip from Athens to Chalkida by car lasts about 1.5 hours. All the big villages/settlements of Evia are connected to Athens by KTEL. The shortest route by KTEL is the one to Chalkida.
Moreover, Chalkida is connected to Thessaloniki (about 5 hours), Ioannina (5.5 hours) and Patras (3.5 hours) by KTEL.
For further information, accurate timetables and fares’ costs: Tel: +30 2221020400, +30 2108322997

BY TRAIN

Chalkida is connected by train to all the big cities in the mainland. From Athens the trip lasts about one hour. Information: http://www.trainose.gr/en
Tel: 14511 (customer service – charges will apply), 1110 (pre-recorded itinerary info)


Local Transportation

LOCAL BUSES

Chalkida is connected via bus to all the main villages in Evia, including Aliveri, Rovies, Edipsos, Limni, Gymno, Kimi, Prokopi, Mantoudi, Psachna, Karystos, Istiea and Agia Anna. For more information:
Tel.: +30 2221020400

TAXI SERVICE
Taxis are available in many spots on the island; every area has its own taxi service:  

Chalkida: Tel.: +30 2221089300, website: www.xtaxi.gr
Karystos: Tel.: +30 2224022200
Edipsos: Tel.: +30 2226023280
Kimi: Tel.: +30 2222023666, 2222022253
Limni: Tel.: +30 2227031000

WATER TAXI
Water taxis are available in Evia only in Kavos (close to Edipsos) and transfer visitors to and from Lihadonisia. The cost is 5 Euros per person and there is no need to make a reservation.


Local services

BANKS & ATMS                                                                                                            
There are 56 bank branches in Evia, which also host ATMs; 23 of them are located in Chalkida, 5 in Aliveri, 4 in Nea Artaki, 4 in Istiea, 3 in Karystos, 2 in Eretria, 2 in Mantoudi, 2 in Amarynthos, and 1 in each of the following locations: Agios Nikolaos Chalkidas, Nea Styra, Vasilikos, Styra, Kimi, Edipsos and Limni. Therefore, it is impossible for visitors not to find a branch or an ATM in Evia!

MONEY EXCHANGE                                                                                                          
Money can be exchanged in the bank branches listed above. 

                                                                             
POST OFFICE                                                                                                               
The Greek post office is called ELTA and you can find the main post offices of the island in Hora where there is also a branch of the Hellenic Post Bank. Post Boxes in Greece are YELLOW for normal post, usually with 2 slots for INTERNAL POST (meaning inside Greece) and post for ABROAD. RED Post Boxes are rarer and they are used for URGENT mail. You shouldn’t expect to find such boxes in the island. REGISTERED mail is always handled and given a receipt for at the POST OFFICE.
There are several Post Office branches in Evia, in every big village (Kimi, Edipsos, Karystos, Mantoudi, Istiea, Marmari, etc.); the central office is situated in Chalkida.  

Chalkida Post Office: 11 Karamourtzouni Str., Tel. no: +30 2221076511.
 
POLICE STATION                                   
Every big village of Evia has its own police station. The central police station is situated in Chalkida.
Chalkida Police Station: Tel.: +30 22210 83333, +30 22210 22100
Eretria Police Station: Tel.: +30 22290 64888
Edipsos Police Station: Tel.: +30 22260 23333
Karystos Police Station: Tel.: +30 22240 22262
Mantoudi Police Station: Tel.: +30 22270 23333
Styra Police Station: Tel.: +30 22240 51208
Marmari Police Station: Tel.: +30 22240 31333
Kimi Police Station: Tel.: +30 22220 22555

MUNICIPALITIES OF EVIA
Evia comprises of 8 distinctive municipalities (including the municipality of the island of Skyros):
Municipality of Dirfys-Messapia (in Psachna), Tel.: +30 2228350200
Municipality of Eretria, Tel.: +30 2229350109
Municipality of Istiea-Edipsos, Tel.: +30 2226350032
Municipality of Karystos, Tel.: +30 2224022246
Municipality of Kimi, Tel.: +30 2223350300
Municipality of Mantoudi-Limni-Agia Anna (in Limni), Tel.: +30 2227350101
Municipality of Chalkida, Tel.: +30 2221355111
Municipality of Skyros, Tel.: +30 2222091716


Useful numbers

•    Radio Taxi: +30 +30 2221089300
•    Evia Port Authorities: Chalkida: Tel.: +30 2221028888, Eretria: Tel.: +30 2229062201, Karystos: Tel.: +30 2224022227, Kimi: Tel.: +30 2222022606, Mantoudi: Tel.: +30 2227022020
•    Hellenic National Meteorological service: +30 2109699101-3
•    Elpa (Car breakdown tourist information service): 174


EMERGENCY NUMBERS

•    Police: 100
•    Fire Department: 199
•    Ambulance: 166

HEALTH

Hospitals and health centres are situated in the following places in Evia:
Chalkida Hospital: +30 22210-21901
Kimi Hospital: +30 2222029300
Eretria Health Centre: +30 2229062222
Istiea Health Centre: +30 2226350100
Karystos Hospital: +30 2224022257

PHARMACY
There are more than 200 pharmacies in Evia, located in the capital, Chalkida, and in all the big villages and settlements of the island.



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