Welcome to Halkida
Mentioned in Homer's 'Iliad', once-powerful Halkida (also Halkis or Chalkis) spawned several colonies around the Mediterranean. The name derives from the bronze that was manufactured here in antiquity (‘halkos’ means bronze in Greek). Today there's little to detain travellers, but Evia's capital is a lively commercial centre, and the main gateway to the island, with good restaurants and accommodation. As evening approaches, the scenic waterfront promenade extending from the old bridge comes to life beside the narrow Evripos Channel, which reverses direction several times a day.