Hiring a boat is the ideal way to explore the hidden beauty of Chalkida, the capital of Euboea. Chalkida is situated to the east of mainland Greece and has a capital of 90,000 people. There are many destinations off the coast of Chalkida you can visit for memorable moments with a private boat. You can easily find the ideal catamaran, sailboat, motor yacht, or speedboat of your choice from Chalkida’s port or any other marina in Euboea. You can directly contact the owners of the vessels for the ideal boat, or simply allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some suggestions.
You have plenty of options:
You can book and hire a sailboat or speedboat with a skipper, or without if you own a license, and enjoy a one-day cruise to Eretria. You also have the option to rent a motorboat and tour various beaches in Northern Euboea or enjoy a day cruise to Lihadonisia. If you book a catamaran, you can arrange a family reunion or a team-building event, you may also impress your guests with the ideal wedding anniversary onboard. Finally, you can hire a luxury yacht or sailboat at a decent price, making sure to include Chalkida in your itinerary.
Euboea is the second-largest island in Greece, its central region is connected to the mainland by Chalkida’s bridge. The city is ideal for a day trip, not only because it offers numerous bars and restaurants but also because it is blessed with history. The temple of Artemis in Aulis is an archaeological site you can visit. According to mythology, the daughter of King Agamemnon was sacrificed here in order for Greek ships to reach Troy through more desirable winds. You can also visit the Karababa fortress where you will have panoramic views of the Aegean or even the Archaeological Museum to better understand the entire history of Euboea.
One thing that stands out in Chalkida among its enduring buildings is its tides. The sea currents in the Evripus Channel continue to change direction every six hours and form whirlpools according to the phases of the moon. This narrow strait that separates Chalkida from mainland Greece made even the most popular scientists including Euripides, Aristotle, Plato, and Socrates question the irregularity of the tides. Besides that, and visiting remarkable and important sights, you can dedicate a special day by renting a boat in northern Euboea and exploring the coast.
Away from the narrow strait and unusual sea tide, there are several beaches you can explore by renting a boat in Euboea. You have the option to cruise towards the North Eueboan Gulf and explore Lihadonisia. On your way to the majestic island cluster of Lihadonisia, you can make stops at some beautiful beaches. The beach of Dafni has many springs that flow into the sea from the mountain above. The beach has crystal-clear waters and a tavern nearby. 25 km away from Chalkida, you can visit the village of Politika and its appealing beach. The village is covered in rich vegetation and the beach is one of the cleanest of the Northern Euboean Gulf. For a two-day cruise, you can stop by Kamena Vourla or continue sailing towards Lihadonisia. Swimming and snorkeling Is a popular activity here.
From Chalkida, you can also enjoy a day trip to Eretria situated on the south Euboean Gulf. Eretria is a popular holiday destination just 24 km south of the capital. Along the coast, you will find lots of places offering fresh seafood and traditional recipes. Apart from unwinding and relaxing at the seaside of the settlement, you can stop to learn about the history of Euboea in the Tomb of Eros or the Archaeological Museum. Some beautiful areas around Eretria to explore by catamaran or sailboat, are Magoula or Amarynthos. Around the southern bay, the island of dreams which translates from ‘Nisi ton Oneiron’ has turquoise waters and excellent sceneries. Lots of boats from Skala Oropou right opposite spend their day here for swimming, kitesurfing and watersport activities. From Chalkida, you can enjoy a week’s cruise with a sailboat. Megalonisos and Chersonisi are part of the Petalioi complex and are known for their exotic waters that will remind you of the Caribbean. You can even visit Karystos and dock your yacht in the tiny treasures that are hidden in Southern Euboea. Karystos is not too far from Kea or Andros, planning your itinerary around the Cyclades is also possible.
Below you will find some useful information for your boat rentals in Chalkida.
Vourkari Marina: A marina offering fuel, water, power supply, and boat repairs and maintenance. There is free WI-FI and car parking available within the marina zone.
There is no airport in Euboea, you can take the ferry boat from Arkitsa across Edipsos or the ferry from the port of Glyfa which will take you to the town of Agiokambos in North Euboea.
The journey from Athens to Chalkida by bus or car should take around 1 hour and a half to two hours.
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