Evia, known as the ‘mainland’ Greek island, is the ideal holiday destination all year round. Situated in South Evia, the ‘amphitheatre’ of Marmari, with its varied landscapes, its picturesque villages, fresh breezes, rugged rocks, and crystal waters is the culmination of the beauty of the island. The deep blue of the Aegean Sea itself is unsurpassably beautiful.
The small Bay of Marmari, only a stone’s throw away from the capital city, with island colours, architecture and culture becomes a little Paradise in the summertime. Known as a destination for quiet, relaxing holidays, it can also provide other kinds of entertainment for those who are looking for a livelier time.
The ancient sites and the rich history of the region date back to the Homeric era. It boasts many wild beauty spots, including gorges, running freshwater springs, golden sandy beaches, the scenic Petaloi Islands and countless little bays, all of which lead the visitor to know and to love Marmari. This charming fishing village, which breathes the elements of earth, air and water is the idyllic location where the visitor can escape to enjoy nature, the sea, history and warm local hospitality.
This picturesque little settlement took its name from the many-coloured marbles found in the area. The ancient quarries, now abandoned, in the neighbouring villages, and the name ‘Kionia” (a place close to Marmari) bear witness to the historical activity of Ancient Marmari as the port where marble was loaded onto ships. The monolithic columns known as Karystos Columns were created from these marbles.
Marmari has been inhabited since Homeric times. According to Homer, its ancient name was Charchapolis. Later we learn that it was settled by the Franks and Byzantines, until it was finally destroyed by the Turks. Nowadays just a few broken columns and capitals remain in the cemetery church of Saint Nicholas.