The ancient city of Eretria was an important Greek city state that fell into decline in the first century.
Excavations have revealed many artifacts that are now housed in the Archaeological Museum in Chalkida. This is a fascinating site with the remains of a gymnasium, a palace, a theatre and an acropolis. The House of Mosaics which was built about 370 BC has some impressive floor decorations.
This is a coastal site which was a very important part of Greek maritime commerce. It was destroyed twice by the Persians and the Romans and was abandoned until 1827 when it was rebuilt by refugees fleeing from Psara. A new town was built on part of the original site of Eretria and you can see lots of ruins dotted around the new town.
The modern town attracts many visitors and has many restaurants, tavernas, shops and a long promenade. There are plenty of options for accommodation in the town.
A trip here is truly an unforgettable experience for visitors to Greece.
You can reach Ancient Eretria by ferry or by road. It is situated on the island of Evia and is 52 kilometres from Athens airport. From Athens the distance is 96 kilometres, an easy drive along the highway.