I recommend sight-seeing trips to the ancient towns of Karystos or Eretria, or the mysterious Dragon Houses (Drakospita) which are dotted across southern Evvia (also spelled Euboea or Evia). Day trips to Athens can also be arranged. Activities in the area include trekking, cycling, diving, cruises and canoeing/kayaking, all of which can be arranged from Karystos. Especially recommended is the excursion to the Dimosari Gorge, near Karystos (4 hour-trek). Also consider snorkeling in the Petali Islands which were frequented by Winston Churchill, Maria Callas, Aristotle Onassis and Rudolf Nureyev and which boast a house belonging to the Picasso family!
The city of Karystos boasts the Montofoli Estate (for lovers of wines), two Venetian castles (Bourtzi and Castello Rosso), and a wide sea-side promenade ideal for gentle cycling or people-watching from one of its tavernas.
In between Nea Styra and Palaia Styra is the ancient city of Styra, a city mentioned in Homer’s Iliad (Rhapsody B). Additionally, near Styra there are ancient structures standing which are 4,500 years old and are constructed using Megalithic Architecture. They are called Drakospita (i.e. Dragon Houses) and have been built using huge one-piece stones (monoliths). The size of each of these stones is 4.0m length x 2.5m width x 1.5m height, similar to those found in the Philippines and at Stonehenge. Ships left from the ancient city state of Styra to aid in the rescue of Helen of Troy.
For a list of activites provided by the hostess of Villa Delenia, click here.