As we depart from our stopover we ascent to a trail which leads us to Evvoia highest mountain, Dirfis.
There we follow the unique scenic route of Chestnut Forest one of the 19 Aesthetic forests of Greece, this route leaves long back the city civilization and we now move to the hospitality and breeze of dense forest and multiple water streams and cliffs. Pine trees, firs trees, oak trees along with plane trees dominate the views to a fairy tale like environment waiting for the fairies and elves of folk legends to be shown up.
As we approach the Chapel of Agia Kyriaki n stop for an outdoor BBQ picnic - lunch and a coffee will give us the extra strength to go on.
The Chapel is build inside a small cave surrounded of plane trees forest and crystal running waters. This small Chapel has a specialty, the Holy Room is not directed to East as most of the Christian Orthodox churches have but is directed to the South. Inside the Holy Room crystal waters spring up and it’s believed by many as Holy Water.
After the adventurous cross of a narrow gorge we pass the mountain refuge at 1100m and continue until the top of the ridge of mount Dirfis at 1743m, from this point we can admire the breathtaking views of whole Evvoia Island.
We descent through the dense “Black Forest” to our next destination, the traditional village of Steni, well known for the crystal water streams, the perennial plane trees and chestnut forests.
At the Steni village we have free time for a coffee or a visit to local shops for traditional shopping, Tea, oregano, wild herbs, local cheese, honey, handmade pasta, sweets, liqueurs are few of traditional products mount from mount Dirfis is generously produce.
Our path now descends towards Chalkis, we visit the picturesque city and we pass above the exceptional drop-slide bridge at the narrowest point of the channel. We have the time here to admire and photograph the as locally called “Crazy Waters” phenomenon, just before we hit the National Road on our way to return to Athens. Here before we go down the highway to return to Athens.
Euripus channel is a narrow line of sea water 39m, width of 40m and depth of 8.5m connects North and South Euboean Gulfs and separates the Euvoia Island from Mainland Greece. It is worldwide known for a unique physical phenomenon take place here, the waters are continuously moving and randomly change direction either to North or South Euboean Gulfs.