Welcome to Karystos
Set below Mt Ohi (1398m) on wide Karystos Bay, and flanked by two sandy silver-brown beaches, this low-key coastal resort is southern Evia's main hub, where friendly locals enjoy life at a pace that makes you forget how close you are to Athens. Mentioned in Homer’s 'Iliad', Karystos was a powerful city-state during the Peloponnesian War. Today, there's little evidence of its former status, and the down-to-earth grid-design town is the starting point for stunning treks up Mt Ohi and down Dimosari Gorge, as well a popular weekend getaway for Athenians.
The lively Plateia Amalias faces the harbour, which glitters come evening with lights and bobbing boats. A few white sand-and-pebble beaches trickle southeast and southwest around the bay.