Evia- Neglected Paradise

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ENG: Welcome to Evia, the second largest island in Greece. This island is located in  Aegean Sea. Evia or Euboea, is relatively new travel destination considering that tourism has started to develop here a decade ago.

On the  area of 3684 square meters, on the Evia island, you can find two main tourist centers, Pefki and Edipsos. The administrative, cultural, political and financial center of the island is Chalcis. The island of Evia has around 200 000 residents during the year, but during the summer, that number  is significantly increasing, because of large number of tourists.

The nature of this island is breathtaking! On the north part of the island there are mountains with the highest peak of the island, Dirfis, 1743 menters high. On the south, there is  more flat land. Main part of the locals is working on their fields full of olive trees and producing home made olive oil. Olive oil from Evia, is considered to be one of the best in Greece.

How to get here? Well, if you are travelling by plain, you can land at the airport in Athens, and than take a car to get t the island. When you are coming here by car, you will get to the port of Glifa. From Glifa, there are ferries every 30 minute to the small port of Agiokambos, at Evia island. When you get to this port, you will ride 10 more minutes to Edipsos or 20 mnutes to Pefki. The first ferry runs at 6 o’clock in the morning and the last one at 8 o’clock in the evening.

As you already know, there are two main tourist centers in Evia. They have many similarities, but they are essentially completely different. Pefki is typical Greek summer resort with hotels, villas, beaches, cafes and restaurants and Edipsos is more like a small spa center on the shores of the Aegean Sea. Pefki has more beaches and it is more adapted for tourists, but Edipsos is world famous spa. Celebrities and historical figures like Aristotle, Maria Kalas, Greta Garbo, Marco Aurelius, Aristotle Onazis, Winston Churchill spend some time here, relaxing and recovering. The water temperature in Edipsos spas is between 30 and 70 degrees Celsius.

You are probably wondering why is this paradise neglected and not that popular like the other Greek islands? Me, too! This island have to offer so much to tourists, but considering that that tourism is still developing here, I believe it will be one of the most visited island in Greek in  few years time. Here, you have breathtaking nature, beautiful beaches, spa by the sea, delicious Greek cuisine, hotels and restaurants. So, I’m suggesting you to visit it, before it becomes hot spot for tourists all around the world.

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SRB: Dobrodošli na Eviu, drugo ostrvo po veličini u Grčkoj. Ovo ostrvo je smešteno u Egejskom moru. Evia ili Eubeja, je relativno mlada turistička destinacija uzimajući u obzir da je turizam na ostrvu počeo da se razvija tokom prošle decenije.

Na prostoru od 3684 metara kvadratnih, nalaze se dva velika turistička centra- Pefki i Edipsos. Administrativni, kulturni, finansijski i politički centar ostrva je Halkida. Na ostrvu tokom godine živi oko 200 000 stanovnika dok se tokom letnje sezone broj ljudi na ostrvu znatno povećava zbog veliko broja turista.

Priroda ovog ostrva će vas ostaviti bez daha. Na severu ostrvu, prostiru se planinski venci i među njima je i najveći vrh ostrva, Dirfis, sa visinom od 1743 metara. Južni deo ostrva je dosta pitomije, sa više ravnica i maslinjaka. Najveći deo stanovništva ostrva se bavi poljoprivredom, uzgojom maslina i proizvodnjom maslinovog ulja. Maslinovo ulje proizvedeno na Eviji, smatra se jednim od najboljih u Grčkoj.

Kako doći do ostrva? Ukoliko dolazite avionom, najbliži aerodrom se nalazi u Atini, odakle morate automobilom dalje do ostrva. Najveći broj turista iz Srbije, do Evie dolazi autobusom ili automobilom. Ukoliko putujete drumom, pratićete autoput E-75, sve do luke Glifa. Odatle svakih pola sata polazi trajekt to Agioskambos luke na ostrvu. Prvi trajet polazi u 6  a poslenji u 20 časova. Vožnja do ostrva traje oko pola sata odakle vam posle treba još 10-tak minuta do Edipsosa i 20 minuta  do Pefkia.

Kao što več znate, dva najznačajnija turistička centra su Edipsos i Pefki. Iako imaju dosta sličnosti, kao i sva druga turistička mesta u Grčkoj, ova dva mesta se dosta razlikuju. Pefki je više tradicionaln turističko mesto, sa prelepim plažama, restoranima i kafeima, dok je Edipsos pored svega toga i banja na obali Egejskog mora. Poznate i istorijske ličnosti poput Aristotela, Marije Kalas, Grete Garbo, Marka Aurelija, Aristotela Onazisa, Vinston Čerčila i srpskog kralja Petra I Karađorđevića, posećivali su ovo mesto i uživali u svim blagodetima blata i mineralnih voda. Temperatura mineralnih voda u Edipsosu je između 30 i 70 stepni.

Sada se verovatno pitate, zašto je ovaj raj zanemaren i nije toliko popularan kao ostala ostrva Grčke? Iskreno, i ja takođe! Ovo ostrvo ima toliko toga da ponudi turistima, ali uzimajući u obzir da se turizam ovde tek razvija, ne sumnjam da će u narednim godinama postati jedno od najposećenijih ostrva Grčke. Ovde, možete pronaći, neverovatne predele, čist vazduh, prelepe plaže, banju kraj mora, fenomenalnu Grčku kuhinju, restorane, kafee i hotele- sve što je potrebno za savršen odmar kraj Egeja. Zato vam preporučujem da ga što pre posetite, dok još uvek ne postane pretrpan turistima iz celog sveta.

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